BURBANK — The Bellarmine-Jefferson High basketball team isn’t used to playing catch-up in the Santa Cruz League.
The Guards also are not accustomed to being the No. 2 team in the league standings and not capturing a league championship, something they have accomplished for five straight years,
But this season’s perspective changed for Bell-Jeff on Tuesday, when it fell in a league game to host St. Anthony. It was the Guards’ first league defeat since 2008, snapping the squad’s 29-game league winning streak.
Bell-Jeff looked to bounce back Thursday when it hosted St. Matthias in a league contest. The Guards were able to storm back in a big way, shutting out the Victorians for the first two quarters and coasting to an easy 48-18 home victory.
“It was really important for us to be able to come back and win a game like this after Tuesday,” said first-year coach Stan Delus, whose squad fall to St. Anthony, 72-36. “We lost a little confidence after that loss. We just needed a good performance to let ourselves know we’re still a good team.”