Posed with an earlier start Friday or playing on Saturday, second-seeded Bellarmine-Jefferson High's boys' basketball team chose the former in its CIF Southern Section Division V-A second-round game at Mesa Grande Academy.
What resulted was a bit of a lackluster first half for the Guards, but perhaps a needed wake-up call, as Bell-Jeff thumped Mesa Grande, 73-49, on Friday afternoon.
"To be honest, we didn't play very good. Second half, we came out and played a lot better," Guards Coach Julian Andrade said. "I gotta give [Mesa Grande] a lot of credit. They were undersized, but they played with a lot of grit.