If Brother Rice has plans on making it to the Catholic League tournament for the first time in several years, they will need some help from others in the league as the Warriors dropped a must-win game against Catholic Central 58-56 tonight.
“We no longer control our own destiny,” said Head Coach, Ed Shaffer.
Both the Warriors and Shamrocks had the benefit of a snow day, but only one team showed up to play in the first half—the Shamrocks.
“It was disappointing that we didn’t come into the game playing with the sense of urgency we needed. If you don’t come to play in this league, you’re going to lose. The bottom line is, they were ready and we were not.”
In the first half the Warriors were beat to loose ball, beat on the boards, and got beat off the dribble repeatedly. Even so, the Shamrocks held only a 4-point lead at the half.
The Warriors got themselves back in the game in the 2nd half due to a spark from Junior-guard, Varcellus Seaton, and Seniors, Brad Royer, Brendan Smith, Dominic Downs and Kevin Hayes, all of which combined for 14 points in the 4th quarter.
But the Warriors comeback fell short at the end as they couldn’t make a defensive stop or execute a desperation three at the buzzer.
Head Coach, Ed Shaffer, summed things up at the end by saying, “On a positive note, this creates an opportunity for us to improve. We need to learn our lesson and get ready for the stretch run, the Catholic League tournament and the state playoffs. We got key contributions from a few veterans, as well as a few reserves, that we can build on. If it makes us better, then it was probably worth it.”
Brother Rice was paced by Hayes with 19 points, Downs with 17 points and 5 assists, and Nick Bielkie who added 10 points and 5 assists.
The Warriors fell to 9-4, 3-3 in the CHSL as they prepare for a rematch against Warren De La Salle on Friday, February 6th.