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.