The most effective and efficient offensive basketball team in Kentucky is not UK or U of L or Western Kentucky or any squad not wearing a uniform with Bellarmine across the chest.
And I’ve got a stat to prove it.
The Knights, 87-73 victors over Wayne State, played 31 1/2 minutes before they actually stalled getting immediately into their motion offense. Up 63-55, Bellarmine inexplicably needed a few seconds, a veritable hiccup, to get going. So seamlessly do Scotty Davenport’s charges move to their spots and get in motion, that’s it’s noticeable when they don’t. The Knights did get a slow start against the taller, quicker Warriors. But it wasn’t because they weren’t running the offense with precision. Shots just weren’t dropping.
During that stalled possession, the Knights still scored. Luke Sprague tallied on a follow shot to put the Knights up by a ten spot.
The lead grew to 23 at 87-64, when Davenport put the pinetimers in. The Warriors scored the last 9 points of the game to make it look like a closer contest than it was.
Bellarmine may have started slow, but led by one at the half over the visitors from Detroit, who had a stunning zero assists at the half.
The Norris Placers scalded their foes with 8 treys in the 2d half, after hitting only 1 in the opening stanza. Three minutes into play after the break, Bellarmine expanded a 1 point lead to 10, with a triple triple, consecutive threes by Justin Benedetti, Braydon Hobbs, and Luke Sprague. So nice they did it twice, BU again notched three from Treyville in a row as the game reached its last quarter stage, with Jeremy Kendle nailing a three, followed by consecutive downtowners from Hobbs.
Another stat underscoring Bellarmine’s passing acumen: They made 28 field goals and had assists on 17 of them.
The Knights also know positioning, winning the rebound battle over the taller, leaping Warriors, 40-33.
Both teams showed discipline at the charity line. Bellarmine was 22/27 (81.5%). Wayne State hit 20/23 (87%).
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It was the Knight’s opener. Next up is a trip to West Virginia State.
Wayne State, who bested the Knights last season in double OT, now stands 2-1.
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Less than two minutes into the game, Davenport was nailed with a technical. As one of the zebras ran by, the coach, unhappy apparently with a call or no call at the other end of the court, yelled, “I’ve spent five weeks teaching the rules.”
It took him until the midway point of the half, coincidentally when Bellarmine pulled ahead, to finally calm down.
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Coed Lena Geary soared on stirring, countryish rendition of the national anthem.
– Seedy K