On the heels of an exceptional victory over sixth-ranked (Union-Tribune) Santa Fe Christian, Bishop’s boys’ basketball headed into a heavy dose of Coastal League play against Francis Parker at home on January 15 and Army-Navy Academy on January 18 in their Duffield Athletic Center. Both games had eerie similarities and the same unfortunate outcomes.
Against eighth-ranked Parker, the game began with convincing first quarter 21-10 advantage for the Knights as the team seemed to buzz through the Lancer defense. In the second, Bishop’s extended that lead to 14 points before Parker battled back to narrow the margin to 26-23 at the half. The Knights could only muster five points in the second and watched their significant lead evaporate.
What was once a dazed Lancer squad came out rejuvenated in the third period. At the same time, Bishop’s buckets would not fall, rebounds would not be grabbed, and the team’s hot hand went cold. With 2:15 left in the quarter Parker tied the game at 33, stealing the momentum and emerging from the third with a 39-37 lead. The fourth quarter would see Parker take over the game, outscoring the Knights 16-8 to take home the win at 55-45. Parker’s Kimo Ferrari scored 10 of his 19 points in the fourth, dominating the quarter.
After scoring 21 points in the first quarter Bishop’s could only fire in 24 over the next three frames. Zach White ’20 finished with 17 points and Dash Tsai ’20 joined him with 15. Anthony Wood ’19 pulled down 11 rebounds and Christian Rose ’19 had eight.
As the team headed up to Carlsbad on Friday afternoon, there was reason to be optimistic about the Knights’ chances to bounce back from that disappointing loss.
With an 8-11 record and occupying last place in the Coastal League, the Warriors seemed to be a good opportunity for a Bishop’s win. Once again, the Knights sailed out to a convincing first quarter, engaging the larger, very physical and fast Army-Navy squad in tight combat, and emerged with a 16-12 lead.
Bishop’s continued the battle throughout the second quarter, managing 12 points and a 28-27 halftime lead. The Warriors, encouraged by a barrage of threes by Albert Pichardo, went into the locker room with an air of confidence.
Many times this season, the third quarter has not been good to the Knights. This game was no different. Army-Navy brought out the cannons and fast infantry to overwhelm Bishop’s 23-11 before the buzzer closed the period with them in the lead 50-39.
Stunned by the sudden outburst, the Knights recharged, clawing back with 16 points in the fourth, but proved unable to stem the Warriors’ tide. Led by freshman guard A.J. Marmolejos, who scored eight of his 18 points in the final frame, Bishop’s ship was sunk 67-58. Zach White scored 23, Chris Rose had 12 and Anthony Wood netted nine in the loss.
In both losses, the Knights began strong and sharp by winning the first quarter, but the sands of time ran out on the team. In each contest, they lost the last three quarters. Bishop’s is now 13-7 and took on fifth-ranked Foothills Christian on Jan. 22 at home.