By John Vellios
If you were at Bishop Mcdevitt High School tonight to watch the doubleheader boys and girls games against the Trinity Shamrocks, you were in for a treat.
After the McDevitt girls defeated Trinity, it was time for the boys to play. With the clock ticking down to one minute until tip off, the announcer informed the crowd that they were no longer allowing spectators to enter the gym. People sat in aisles, stood in all four corners of the basketball court and crammed against one another in the stands.
Bishop Mcdevitt boys pulled out a hard-fought 78-72 victory. It was a physical, hard hitting, tough game from both teams. Tempers flared and trash talking traveled back and forth.
It started out slowly as McDevitt led 10-8 after the first quarter and then 30-19 at the half.
Both teams turned up the offense in the second half that was laden with dozens of fouls by each team. The Crusaders and Shamrocks were both in the double penalty by the end of the third quarter that closed with McDevitt still holding a 54-45 lead.
Trinity coach Larry Kostelac kept the rotation of players moving in and out as multiple players were in foul trouble. Almost mirroring each other’s tactics, McDevitt coach Mike Gaffey substituted players hoping to delay anyone fouling out.
In the end, McDevitt prevailed by making their free throws when it was crunch time.
The stars of both teams were evident, Jake Kelly led McDevitt scorers with 25 points and Tarajae Davis finished with 23. Trinity’s showcase guard, Chance Westry, led all scorers with 27 points followed by Matt Long’s 10 points, the only other Shamrock to hit double digits.
With the win, McDevitt’s record goes to 9-1 and they’ve won nine games in a row. The Crusaders’ next game is Tuesday on the road against Cedar Cliff.
Pictured at top is Bishop McDevitt’s Jake Kelly. Both photos were take by Vicki Vellios (@vickivellios).
CLICK HERE for a game report by Eric Epler of PennLive.