Special to The Sun
OKLAHOMA CITY —
The defending class 5A State Champions showed why they carry that title on Friday night as the Bishop McGuinness Fighting Irish defeated the Deer Creek Antlers 58-32 on the Irish home court on the second day of the McGuinness Classic basketball tournament.
It took three minutes for the Irish to score. However, they only trailed by five points and in just one minute built a 6-5 lead. The Antlers responded and a Joel Blumenthal three to end the quarter gave Deer Creek a 10-7 lead.
McGuinness found the net a lot more frequently in the second quarter and at the first timeout had built a 15-14 lead. David Love had four points in the run and finished the half with six. Despite winning the quarter 14-10, the Irish still trailed the Antlers at halftime 23-20. Blumenthal and Brennan Miyake led the Antlers with five and six points, respectively.
Five turnovers and an 0-for-10 shooting slump plagued Deer Creek in the third quarter. The Antlers failed to score a single point and fell behind the Irish 34-23. Brian Cranfield and Greg Roberts led the Irish in the third with five points apiece.
“We were doing the same things, we just went cold,” Matt Bailey said. The Deer Creek head coach added that it wasn’t all the offense that had problems in the third. “We gave up a lot,” Bailey said.
Cranfield kept the hot hand in the fourth. After hitting his third 3-pointer of the game the Irish led 42-23. Steven Love also found a kind basket in the final quarter. After only scoring two points in the first three quarters combined, Steven Love had nine points in the first four minutes and the Irish led by 30 points, 55-25.
David Love finished with eight points but his presence on the defensive end helped propel the Irish. “He made a difference,” Bailey said. “He only had two blocks tonight, but his presence was big.”
The final few minutes were merely garbage time and Bishop McGuiness pulled away to the 58-32 victory.
“We’ll see how they respond,” Bailey said after the game.
Miyake’s six points led the Antlers, who only managed nine second half points, all in the final three minutes of the game. Blumenthal added five as did Tyler Haddock.
Cranfield had 15 points off of the bench to lead the Irish.