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St. Bede’s Ethan Duttlinger (right) takes a shot over Hall’s Zach Urbanski during the Bruins’ 57-47 victory Friday in a Three Rivers Conference South Division game at the Academy. Duttlinger, St. Bede’s lone senior, had eight points and four rebounds on Senior Night. NewsTribune photo/Chris Yucus
After losing to rival Hall by 15 points on Jan. 17 in Spring Valley, the St. Bede boys basketball team flipped the script Friday as the Bruins topped the Red Devils 57-47 in a Three Rivers Conference South Division game at the Academy.
“Our defense improved 100 percent since the last time we played Hall,” St. Bede junior Jack Brady said. “We played great defense. We had a better game plan than last time. We knew the shooters. We knew who we had to stop. We just had a good game plan going in.”
In January, the Red Devils drained 9-of-20 3-pointers. Ian Trevier sank six 3-pointers and scored 23 points, Miguel Villarreal hit a 3 and scored 19 points and A.J. Gaeta knocked down a pair of long-range shots.
On Friday, Villarreal scored a team-high 18 points on 7-of-19 shooting, Gaeta had eight points on 2-of-10 shooting and Trevier managed three points on 1-of-7 shooting as the Red Devils made just 3-of-21 shots beyond the 3-point line.
“We defended,” St. Bede coach Mike Kilmartin said about the difference between the meetings. “We worked on different things to do against them. The first time they lit us up from 3. Tonight, especially in the first half, we were very good against dribble penetration and kick outs for 3s. We got into them. … We just played better position and got our share of the rebounds. A lot of times they only got one (shot) and done.”
This time, it was the Bruins using the 3-pointer to their advantage as they hit three in the second quarter — two by Jarret Olson and one by Brady — to turn a first quarter tie into a 24-16 halftime lead.
Brady stayed hot in the third quarter as he scored nine points to help St. Bede extended its lead to as many as 13 before going into the final eight minutes up 40-32.
“Once again, they were keying on Jarret, and that opens me up as much as you can be open,” Brady said. “I made my open shots. My teammates found me.”
Brady finished with a game-high 24 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field — including 4-of-7 from 3-point range — and 4-of-4 from the free throw line.
“This game was almost the exact opposite of when we played at our gym, Ian went off and had a huge game, and basically they couldn’t stop him,” Hall coach Mike Filippini said. “Tonight, Brady did the same thing. We couldn’t stop Brady. I thought we did a good job on Olson, but Brady had a great game. That’s what kills us.”
The Red Devils (15-10, 6-5 TRC South) made a late run and cut their deficit to six at 53-47 on a three-point play by Villarreal with 50.2 seconds left, but the Bruins (14-11, 6-3 TRC South) made 4-of-6 free throws in the final 47.5 seconds to seal the win.
“What we’re good at is attacking the hoop, spreading teams out and getting to the line or kicking it for 3s” Filippini said. “I didn’t think we did a very good job attacking the hoop in the first half. The second half, I was really happy with the way we played, but the first half we just did not attack the hoop well enough to get any dribble penetration or kick outs. We shot way too many jump shots. They were 15-footers and stuff we don’t normally do.”
Along with 24 points, Brady had five rebounds and three assists. Olson scored 15 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out four assists, while Ethan Duttlinger — St. Bede’s lone senior — had eight points and four rebounds on Senior Night.
Note: St. Bede won the sophomore game 53-24 behind 17 points from Jon Dose. Brian Bernadoni had seven points for Hall.
Kevin Chlum can be reached at 220-6939, or at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @NT_SportsEditor.
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