get muscled out of district title by Padua
By Kevin Kelley
March 9, 2005
The Padua Bruins'
more physical style of play led them to their first district championship
since 1971 in a 67-57 victory over the Bay Rockets Friday night at
senior forward Derek Riedel (Photo by Larry Bennet)
When the Rockets
tried to get more aggressive, all they heard were referees' whistles.
Senior forward Derek Riedel was forced to sit out the game for two
extended periods -- first for getting into foul trouble early and
second for an injury to his lip.
Both teams appeared
shaky during the first half and made frequent turnovers. But Padua
senior center Matt Huml helped the Bruins pull to a 20-11 lead by
scoring three consecutive field goals to end the first quarter.
Jankowski, who led the Bruins with 24 points, hit a long three-pointer
midway through the second quarter. But Bay junior guard Trevor Wenzell
responded with a three-pointer of his own to make the score Bay
23, Padua 25, one of several points in the second quarter where
the Rockets pulled to within two. Senior guard Joe Calabretta hit
a jump shot with three seconds left in the first half to cut the
Padua lead to single digits, 33-25.
press was ineffective against the Bruins, and Padua used its size
advantage effectively throughout the first half. When Bay got more
physical in the third quarter, they only got into foul trouble.
called for his third foul early in the third quarter. Still Bay
stayed close. Another three-pointer by Wenzell pulled the Rockets
to within one with just over two minutes left in the third.
later, Riedel got injured while going to the basket, but the refs
called the foul on the Bay forward. During the nearly three-minute
delay while small puddles of Riedel's blood were being wiped from
the court, Bay's normally reserved coach Scott Sharp ripped the
officials for missing the call.
head came back and hit me right in the lip," Riedel said after the
game, "and my teeth went through my lip so I got to get stitches."
biggest player being treated in the locker room, Bay stayed close,
tying the game on a three-pointer by senior guard Joe Stark with
just over a minute left in the third.
With 6:34 left
in the fourth, Wenzell gave Bay its first lead since early on with
two foul shots to make it 46-45. And with just over five minutes
left, two free throws by senior guard Dan Howarth gave Bay a two-point
afterwards, Howarth and junior forward B.J. Baran each incurred
a fourth foul. Two key Padua steals, along with Bay's foul troubles,
helped the Bruins pull away from there.
"Once we got
to the point where we had to foul, that was pretty much it as long
as they got the foul shots," Sharp said.
out with 2:44 left. And Riedel, who had returned with 3:45 left
in the fourth, fouled out with 2:09 left.
outscored the Rockets 23-15 in the final quarter.
the way his younger players, especially Wenzell, who led the Rockets
with 19 points, took charge while Riedel was on the bench.
for an extended period of time tonight," Sharp said, "and the young
guys really stepped up and put us in a position to win. We just
couldn't get over that hump though."
coach Mitch Gerycz acknowledged his team let Wenzell get open for
shots too often.
you have to try and pressure their guards and not let them spot
up," said Gerycz, who credited his junior forward Nate Ritter with
stepping up his play late in the game. Ritter finished with seven
started the season 4-9 and was unseeded in the district tournament,
increased its record to 13-11. Bay finishes at 11-12.