RENO – With a third consecutive NIAA State Division I title within reach, the Sunset Region champion Bishop Gorman Gaels decided to flex their muscles in Thursday night’s semifinal with North Region champion Reno.
It wasn’t pretty.
The Gaels used a 20-0 run and held the Huskies without a field goal for almost seven minutes while building a 46-15 halftime lead en route to a 68-27 victory at the Lawlor Events Center.
Bishop Gorman (28-4) will face Sunrise Division champ Canyon Springs (25-4), a 66-51 winner over Spanish Springs, on Friday night at 8 p.m. in the championship game.
“We’re excited,” Bishop Gorman coach Grant Rice said. “I think that’s the matchup everybody has been excited about this week so we’re up for the task and we’re excited to play them.”
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The Gaels should certainly be well rested for the title game.
As lopsided as the 41-point final margin of victory was, it could have been a whole lot worse.
Midway through the third quarter after a Stephen Zimmerman basket put the Gaels up 60-19, it was announced the final 12 minutes would be played with a running clock.
Yep, a state semifinal game that was so one-sided that the basketball equivalent of a mercy rule was used.
Rice also had the Rebels dribble out the final 30 seconds of the third quarter without attempting a shot and cleared his bench early and often.
Junior forward Chase Jeter led five Gaels in double-figures with 14 points and 12 rebounds in 16 minutes of action while Zimmerman, Noah Robotham and Nick Blair each finished with 12 points and guard Obim Okeke chipped in with 10 points.