Knight Report: Bellarmine Slays Another Conference Foe

With 2:30 to play, Bellarmine held a precarious 76-75 lead over Drury, who, like the Knights, were picked to win their Division of the GLVC, the NCAA Div II’s toughest league.

Down 7 at the half, 311-38, the Norris Placers had tied it at 41 on an old fashioned three point play by Justin Benedetti.

The lead see sawed until that two and a half minute mark. Benedetti, Luke Sparague and Jeremy Kendle were all saddled with four fouls. The team, hitting just under 40% on the year from beyond the arc, was 0/7 after the break. Braydon Hobbs had missed treys on consecutive trips down the court.

Then Hobbs took the game into his own hands.

His three — the only one by either squad after the break — at 1:47 upped the lead to 80-75. He forced a walk. He blocked a shot. He got the assist on Chris Dowe’s +1.

Bellarmine broke it open, scoring the tilt’s last 9 points, for the 85-75 W.

Bellarmine stands 12-1 (5-0 GLVC) on the season, heading into Saturday afternoon’s homer against Rockhurst. (More about that vexing L in a moment.)

Hobbs, a gamer of the highest order, finished with 16 points, 4 boards, 6 assists, 3 steals and that important block. Chris Dowe, Nick Holmes and Kendle also tallied in double figures.

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Bellarmine’s lone L was over the holidays to NAIA school, St. Catherine’s. The game came two days after the Knights completed the NCAA-mandated 7 day off period. Thus were noticeably rusty, while St. C hadn’t labored under such restrictions.

Not an excuse. An L is an L. Just sayin’.

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I remain amazed at how well coached — and coachable — the Knights are. Scotty Davenport has done a boffo job. They get quickly into the offense. Players are where they’re supposed to be. Their defensive fundamentals are solid.

I also remain amazed at how much energy Davenport expends during the games, yelling about calls to the zebras. Last night he got a T, as well as an Official Warning from one of the refs for his complaints.

Yes, the officiating was a bit schizzy. But even handedly so. Twenty three fouls were called against the Knights, 3 less than the Panthers.

It just seems so wasteful, game in and game out, to exert such energy to no avail about refs calls.

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Three more reasons why I love Bellarmine games:

1. During one of the timeouts, they honored, Dr. Bob O’Conner, a member of the very first Bellarmine team in the 50s. He was cited for his major contribution: The most foul outs during the season.

2. Kelly Hall didn’t hit enough shots during a halftime Impellizzeri promo to win the big prize. But, as consolation, she earned a free order of breadsticks. (If you’ve ever had any of Benny Impellizzeri’s garlic butter-laden delicacies, you know this is a prize of the highest order.)

3. Professor Knight. He’s the adjunct mascot, who roams the sidelines like a Max Patkin of the Hardwood.

– Seedy K

2 Comments

  1. Angela Merici
    Posted January 7, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    That game was just stellar last night! The students and the crowd really motivated the team in the 2nd half. I can’t recall a more recent nail biter in the last few years. And while the officiating ended up being even at the end, there were some calls that were extremely questionable and usually followed up by a make up call for either team. The Knights are the real deal!

  2. Birdie King
    Posted January 8, 2011 at 12:08 am | Permalink

    Seedy One, since you are a great Bellarmine promotor maybe you can explain why the C-J almost never has a word to say about the Knights BEFORE the game. I had every intention of making a game this month, but didn’t even know they were playing last night because there was not one word in the sports section Thursday about the game. NOT ONE. Had to look in the small print in the Scoreboard section, but it was too late. Scotty, or someone at Bellarmine, needs to put some pressure on the C-J. Even being rated one the top Div 11 teams in the country doesn’t seem to impact the C-J.

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