BY BARRY WONG
The numbers 14, 13, 12, 12 and 9 are not jaw-dropping point totals individually, but collectively that’s 60 of Bishop Gorman’s points in a 73-50 victory over Centennial in a Southwest League game on Wednesday night.
“All of our first 10 players have the ability to score 10 points,” Gorman senior Obim Okeke said.
Okeke finished with 12 points. Chase Jeter led the way with 14, while Nick Blair had 13, 10 of which came on dunks. Noah Robotham added 12.
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The Bulldogs came into the contest remembering the tough loss to the Gaels in last year’s state championship game.
“We think about it every day. We talk about it every day,” senior guard Khalil Thompson said at a Centennial practice weeks ago.
The Bulldogs came out quick, especially from long distance, hitting five 3-pointers on the way to a 19-18 lead after the first quarter.
“We had to make an adjustment,” Gorman head coach Grant Rice said.
The Gaels switched from zone to man-to-man. Good defense led to a Gorman run late in the second half that may have determined the final outcome. After Centennial freshman Troy Brown hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 24-24, the Gaels scored 12 unanswered points and finished the half on a 14-3 run to take a 38-27 lead.
The 3-pointers that fell in the first quarter weren’t dropping for Centennial in the second half, and Gorman pulled away late.
Brown led Centennial with 14, while Garett Scheer and Eddie Davis both added 11.