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Bell-Jeff boys' basketball wears down Providence

Guards work size advantage to outdistance short-handed Pioneers.

December 15, 2012|By Nathan Cambridge

BURBANK -- In Saturday night’s Bellarmine-Jefferson High boys’ basketball game against Providence, the Guards, despite having a significant size advantage and with Pioneer superstar Marcus LoVett, Jr., still out due to the lingering effects of an ear infection, only led by two points at half.

“We wanted to see what size of heart we had because we weren’t playing very good in the first half... we missed a lot of shots, so [in the second half] the size of our heart was what I wanted to find out,” Bell-Jeff coach Julian Andrade said. “They came out and did what they needed to do.”

Things changed in the second half as Bellarmine-Jefferson, ranked No. 7 in the most recent CIF-Southern Section Division 5AA poll, used its inside presence to dominate the offensive boards and pull away for an 88-66 non-league victory over Providence, ranked No. 6 in 5AA.


“The main thing today is we couldn’t rebound,” Providence coach Ernest Baskerville said. “They’re big. They’re physical. They play hard. I thought they did a job. They’re playing in the second half... they just dumped it in, dumped it in, dumped it in. We couldn’t do anything with that size.”

Bellarmine-Jefferson (3-5) built as much as an eight-point lead in the second quarter before Christian Ware-Berry hit two three-pointers, as part of his 19 second-quarter points, in the final three minutes before halftime to pull the Pioneers within a basket at the break, trailing 37-35.

In the third quarter, Providence (2-7) took the lead with 5:50 remaining when Brian Cabagnot sank a triple from the right side. The Pioneer advantage peaked at four when Ware-Berry made a reverse layup driving the left baseline. However, after that the Guards finished the quarter on a 24-5 run, highlighted by a one-handed jam by Jalen Henry following a steal and a three-pointer by Noah De Corsi following another Henry steal just before the buzzer.

The final quarter saw Bell-Jeff build the lead and win going away. The Guards dominated the lane and shut down everyone on Providence, save for Ware-Berry, who had 14 in the final period to end with a game-high 43 points.

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