There’s not a player in any sport that wouldn’t love to go 4-for-5. The boys’ varsity basketball team did just that.
The team’s performance in the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic was gutsy. Coming back from a loss in the initial game to finish with three victories made it remarkable. The players and fans trudged up to Carlsbad’s Sage Creek High School to engage in play.
Drawing the eventual Mayor’s Division champion Rancho Buena Vista High in the first round would be an eye-opener for the Knights. Bishop’s played them tough through the first half. The Knights led 15-12 after the first and ended the second period in a 29-29 deadlock. Despite that encouraging play, the Longhorns rustled up a 66-50 victory with a 17-point third and 20-point fourth, outscoring the boys 37-20 to conclude the game. In this match-up, Zach White ’20 hit the net for 21 points and Christian Rose ’19 had 14. Owen Hill ’21 had seven in his first game as a Knight.
But this loss did not spoil the party. The team’s second game against Fountain Valley High began with many of the trademarks of the first game. Tied at the end of the first quarter with 16 each, the half ended at 24-24. This time, the Knights won the third and fourth quarters to deliver a tight 55-46 win. That second-half performance set the tone for the rest of the tournament. Zach and Christian led the scoring again with 33 and 11 points respectively. Rose ruled the boards with 12 rebounds. The Bishop’s defense was swarming and exceptional. Seniors Dom Haley, Anthony Wood and Graham Cartwright roamed the court as part of our denial package.
Against Sage Creek, it stood to reason the home court boys would put up a good fight, and they did. Once again, Bishop’s found itself in a 20-20 tie at halftime. But the Bobcats could only manage 38 points in four quarters of ball. The Knights reeled in 48 for the 48-38 win. The Knights had an 82.4 percent free throw tally, sinking 14 of 17 chances. Bishop’s made two three-point shots so those free-throws proved valuable. Christian had 16 rebounds followed by Dash Tsai ’20 with seven.
The final game of the Holiday Classic was against Ramona High School, also 2-1 at this point of the tournament and playing for fourth place. At halftime, Bishop’s blasted off to a 37-19 lead. The Bulldogs would only score nine more points in the game and were held scoreless in the fourth period. The final was a 68-28 triumph. Chris Rose plunked in 18 and Zach had 13, along with Anthony who had nine and Dash who dropped in seven. The Knights finished the tournament 3-1 for fourth place.
As if to put icing on the cake, another New Year’s treat awaited the team. On Jan. 4, La Jolla High visited Eva May for the always anticipated Battle for Pearl Street. This crosstown contest, no matter what the sport, is always special for both schools. Even though it is non-league, the stakes are high.
As the game unfolded things remained close. The Knights led by five after the first and closed the half at 35-27. The Vikings narrowed that lead in the third, outscoring Bishop’s 20-17, but they could not stage a comeback. They were held to only six points in the fourth, succumbing 70-53 to the Knights. Zach poured in 30 points, Chris had 12 and Dash and Anthony added eight apiece.
This win capped a pretty nice week for Bishop’s. The team put together four straight victories, improving their record to 12-4. Over the course of play, Zach, Chris, Anthony and Dash tallied 118, 68, 34 and 25 points respectively.
The Knights’ remaining portion of the schedule features formidable league opponents. Three of the teams rank among the top ten in Division I and the San Diego Section. Bishop’s played Foothills Christian at Cuyamaca College on Jan. 8 and faces fourth-ranked Santa Fe Christian at home on Friday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m.