They’re Back: Bellarmine Goes For Back to Back

Syracuse’s beleaguered coach Jim Boeheim might get Bellarmine’s Scotty Davenport on the line. The coach of the DII defending champs has his Knights back to the Elite Eight for a shot at a repeat.

And they got their without starting center Luke Sprague, an integral part of the Bellarmine team.

No starting center. No problem.

Bellarmine 79, Kentucky Wesleyan 74. Bring on Alabama Huntsville in the Elite Eight.

So how exactly did Bellarmine do the tighten up and persevere?

For one, the undersized Knights offset a -11 deficit on the boards with a stunning 10 blocked shots. Mr. He’s Everywhere, He’s Everywhere Braydon Hobbs, a guard, mind you, was responsible for 7 of the rejections. When not tending to that chore, Hobbs also tallied 14 points and had 8 assists.

And he didn’t even win the MVP award. That went to running mate Chris Dowe, also a guard who had 10 boards to go along with his 21 points and 6 assists.

Sub Jelani Johnson had his best game as a Knight with 11 points.

Bellarmine scored first on a Jeremy Kendle jumper after the break, which the teams entered knotted at 31. Though it remained a dogfight, the Knights never surrendered that advantage.

Kendle tallied 19, and Richie Phares, subbing for the injured Sprague, scored 10.

– Seedy K

One Comment

  1. Bobby Bellarmine
    Posted March 14, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

    You forgot the 7 boards, almost a quad double. Hobbs does not break mentally which is why the Knights are where they are. Scotty had his strongest player, JKendle, fronting Wesleyan’s center which allowed Hobbs to come from the weakside for blocks. Nice job Scotty, Jeremy and Braydon. And Chris Dowe just closes the deal. Fantastic effort. Two #1 seeds on our side of the bracket, just keep on keepin’ on.

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