Despite sloppy game-play at times on both sides, the execution and crispness of the offensive execution from the Bishop Ahr boys basketball team was able to compensate for 29 team turnovers.
Behind the strong play of senior guard Owen McLeod, who registered a game-high 17 points, Bishop Ahr handled Edison 64-44 on Friday morning in the Gene Haley Memorial Tournament at J.F. Kennedy and will face Mater Dei in the championship at 12:30 p.m. today.
“We executed a little better than we have been,” Bishop Ahr coach Dennis O’Keefe said. “We were very sloppy with the ball, but we got the double-digit lead and they never got it under that for the whole time we got it.”
The game was back-and-forth the first few minutes before Bishop Ahr (2-1) closed the first quarter on a 12-2 run to take a 21-12 lead.
The Trojans continued to hold the lead, taking a 31-21 advantage at halftime and maintained a double-digit lead the entire second half, as they found the open man and got some easy looks.
“The ball movement was very good,” O’Keefe said. “We got the ball to the middle against their press, we were able to look to the opposite side, and got some easy shots out of that, and we shot foul shots better.”
McLeod scored nine of his 17 points in the first half, as whether he was the one with the rock or if he was passing off to an open teammate he caused frustration for Edison (2-1), which even went box-and-one on him for a point, to no avail.
“We just didn’t come out and play with the energy and the effort that we needed,” Edison coach Charlie Mohr said. “Bishop Ahr played very, very well and you’ve gotta hand it to them.”
“We did throw a little box-and-one at (McLeod) in the first half and a couple of their other guys stepped up and made open shots. Box-and-one’s not really our style, we want to play man and get after people, but we did throw it at them a little bit and Bishop Ahr did a great job, they played a really, really good game, and McLeod’s a fabulous player.”
In addition to McLoud’s 17 points, starters Pat Astarita and Cory Webster each added 12 points and Tom Weiler chipped in nine for the Trojans, as they compiled 16 assists as a team.
“I tried my best to be the best leader I can,” McLoud said. “I’m the captain of the team so I try to make sure everything flows like it’s supposed to be. I’m supposed to be the coach on the floor so I like to make sure everything just goes properly as it should.”
Raekwon Ross scored a team-high 13 points for Edison while Trayvon Washington added 12 and Devon Johnosn finished with 10.