Bellarmine Prep 68, Olympia 62
(Olympia, WA) Joey Bodoia was unstoppable and his defensive steal and basket with 40-seconds to go sealed the Lions win over Olympia. This play would earn our ProActive Physical Therapy Play of the Game and we’ll get back to it but first tell you how we got to that critical play.
In the 1st quarter the 2 teams ding-donged back and forth and Bellarmine Prep led by 2 with just seconds to play when Bodoia grabbed a loose ball from Olympia’s Casson Rouse and then drilled a 3-ball at the buzzer to give the Lions a 5-point advantage. The 3-pointer would be Bodoia’s and BP’s only long ball of the entire game.
BP would extend their lead in the 2nd quarter and Bodoia would finish the 1st half with 20 as he drove the lane time and again. Bodoia also expertly used the rim almost as a shelter from the Bear defense and reversed laid up several buckets. The Lions rolled up a 32-23 lead holding the Bears to just 9 2nd quarter points. Hunter Sipe and Casson Rouse led Olympia with 6 points.
Neither team was too prolific offensively in the 3rd quarter and the fouling increased as the Lions did push their lead to double digits with a 44-34 lead. Then in the 4th quarter it looked like the Lions would finally put the Bears away pushing their lead to 13. With 1:56 left to play BP still in control with a 9 point lead but the Bears would not go away. Sipe would foul out with 13 but Rouse would heat up scoring 11 of his 20 in the 4th quarter.
The Bears clawed their way back to a 3-point deficit with about a minute left to play. The Bears then fouled Bodoia with 40 seconds to left to play but he would hit only 1 of 2 but then he made the play of the game. After a time-out Olympia tried to inbounds the pass but Bodoia stole and spun into the lane for an easy laying making it a 6-point difference. Olympia’s comeback ended there and in fact fell behind by 9 when Lucas Bowser hit a 3 as time expired for the final difference 68-62.
Christian Moore supported Bodoia’s 41 points with 13 while Charkes Elzie also had a big game for BP setting the offense, passing the ball, playing stingy defense and scoring 8 of his points. Rouse led Oly with 20, Sipe had 13 and Bowser finished with 12.
Bellarmine Prep improves to 10-3 and still has an outside chance to contest for the league championship and certainly a shot at 2nd place. Olympia’s loss likely will see them finish in 4th place with just 2 games to play. Our Tommy Lowe of the Greene Realty Group Players of the Game went to BP’s Joey Bodoia and Olympia’s Casson Rouse.
Bellarmine Prep: Joey Bodoia 41, Christian Moore 13, Charles Elzie 8, Garrett Horner 6
Olympia: Casson Sipe 20, Hunter Sipe 13, Lucas Bowser 12, Marcus Miller 8, Luke Kiley 5, Logan Wood 4