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The St. Bede boys basketball team had a case of déjà vu Friday.
Last season after the Bruins started 3-0 to win the Coaler Turkey Tournament, they went to IVC, where they struggled and suffered a 22-point blowout loss.
Friday’s game had a similar story.
After St. Bede went 3-0 to win this year’s Coaler Turkey Tournament, it again struggled against IVC.
Despite a quick start, the Bruins fell behind early.
St. Bede trailed by as many as 20 points in the third quarter but cut the deficit to nine in the fourth quarter.
However, that was as close as SBA came as it suffered a 68-55 loss to IVC on Friday at the Academy.
“It was even worse last year,” SBA coach Mike Kilmartin said. “Then we didn’t even make a comeback like we did here. We got it down to nine, but then they got a three-point play (that sparked a closing run).”
Even though Friday’s loss wasn’t as bad as last year, it was equally as frustrating. “We didn’t play very well in the first half, and the game was lost in the first half,” Kilmartin said. “We didn’t shoot very well and couldn’t make a basket. And they shot really well and were real physical. We just didn’t match physicality with them.”
St. Bede (3-1) took a 7-2 lead just 2:38 into the game, but IVC responded with an 11-0 run to close out the first quarter.
In all, the Grey Ghosts outscored the Bruins 66-48 after falling behind 7-2.
“I remember from my Tri-County (Conference) days that if you’re not better than them — having more intensity — it’s hard to win here,” said first-year IVC coach Joe Mintus, who coached at Midland and was an assistant at Henry last season. “This is a hard place to win, but I thought our intensity was real good the first half. Our pressure was real good. We really got out and made their guards move away from the basket. They didn’t really get many open looks.”
IVC frustrated the Bruins most of the night.
St. Bede committed 21 turnovers, including 15 in the first half.
Both teams made 23 field goals, but IVC hit seven 3-pointers to SBA’s three and made 15 free throws to SBA’s six.
The IVC bench also outscored the Bruins 34-4.
Despite St. Bede falling behind 29-19 in the first minute of the second half, a fast-break layup by SBA senior Bobby Morrow cut the deficit to 30-26 with 6:08 left in the third quarter.
IVC responded with an 18-2 run to take a 48-28 lead with 2:42 left in the third quarter.
The Bruins, however, started to chip away as center Joe Pyszka came alive.
After scoring just six points in the first half, Pyszka had a personal 6-0 run in a stretch of 1:23 in the final minutes of the quarter.
St. Bede continued to feed its big man in the fourth quarter as it slowly cut the deficit to 57-48 with 3:20 left in the game.
Unfortunately, the Grey Ghosts were able to make enough plays and free throws down the stretch as St. Bede never came within single digits in the final 2:20.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do, and that’s the good thing,” Kilmartin said. “The good news is we play (today against Immaculate Conception at the Amboy Shootout) so we don’t have to think about this too long.”
Pyszka finished with a game-high 21 points and nine rebounds, while Sam Lucas added 10 points and seven rebounds.
IVC received 20 points from Reilly Owens off the bench.
Note: St. Bede received two technical fouls, both of which were credited to its bench. However, one of the technicals was called an indirect technical and was not attributed to Kilmartin, who was not ejected despite already having received a technical. Kilmartin is expected to coach Saturday. … The Bruins rolled to a 70-45 victory in the sophomore game. Jarret Olson had 19 points for SBA, while Colton Collins added 16 points.
Jared Bell can be reached at 220-6938, or at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @NT_SportsJared.
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