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Big second quarter paves way for Bellarmine

Cole Despie finished with 20 points in Bellarmine's 78-68 win at Sacred Heart Prep. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo
Cole Despie finished with 20 points in Bellarmine's 78-68 win at Sacred Heart Prep. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo

This game came down to a big run in the second quarter by Bellarmine, where it utterly dominated and took control of the game. After the big run, Bellarmine did enough to keep Sacred Heart Prep from completing a comeback, and eventually Bellarmine walked away with a 78-68 victory behind some good performances. 

The first quarter was evenly matched and was even tied going into the final seconds before a buzzer beater by Bellarmine gave it a two-point lead after the first period. However, in the second quarter, a huge run by Bells changed the whole game. After being up by two to start the period, a huge second quarter with some amazing defense and big shots propelled Bellarmine to a 43-30 halftime lead. It had an even bigger lead at one point but Sacred Heart Prep did enough to keep it within an arm’s reach so they could fight in the second half. Ryan Kiachian and Josh Wolf-Bloom of Bellarmine lead the way in the first half. 

The second half started and Sacred Heart Prep was fighting, but it could never get over the hump. It ended up winning the third quarter and got it to single digits a few times, but everytime it got it to single digits, it seemed like Bellarmine hit a shot. Particularly Cole Despie, who finished with 20 points on the night and Kiachian, who finished with 16 and went 6-for-9 from the field. They were not the only ones holding off Harrison Carrington and Aidan Braccia. Bellarmine had four players in double figures and a total of eight players scored. 

For SHP, there were two players who kept making shots, and that was Carrington and Braccia who worked really hard to overcome the clear height difference between the two squads. Carrington had 22 and Braccia had 19 points, but there were contributions from all over, as SHP had 10 total players score.

When it came down to it, though, there was nothing Sacred Heart Prep could do, even as it got into the bonus just one minute into the fourth. Bellarmine always had a response. In the fourth quarter, SHP got it to single digits a couple times, but eventually with just a couple minutes left and down 13, SHP threw in the towel and waved the white flag bringing in all of its subs. Ultimately, the hard fought game on both sides ends as a 10-point win for the Bells. Bellarmine head coach Patrick Schneider said that the Bells have a lot to work on but gives credit to his players who put in a lot of work over the quarantine period to prepare for this season and these moments. 

After the loss, Sacred Heart Prep will continue its season against Harker next Wednesday and play three games next week, including a rematch against these Bells next Saturday night. Bellarmine will have two really hard games before that, as it will play Mitty twice next week before the rematch and have another three games after that. With six games in two weeks in this condensed season, there will be a lot of fun basketball on tap for both teams.

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