The Gehlen Catholic basketball teams picked up a pair of road wins in a sweep of MMCRU on Friday night.
The Gehlen girls started off the night picking up their first win of the year in a 51-42 final over last year’s state runner-up.
The Jays were building off a strong showing against the seventh-ranked Braves of Cherokee the night prior and used the momentum to start their game with MMCRU. Head Coach Brandon Schaecher says things looked good up until a rough second quarter.
The Jays got the momentum back offensively by returning to what worked in the first quarter. Gehlen Catholic utilized an inside out offensive attack to pick up the speed offensively. That led to Miyah Whitehead scoring 20 points and Rysaiah Sitzmann scoring 14 points in the game. Coach Schaecher says they have weapons in the paint, and they have to utilize them to be successful.
The win for the Jays caps off a start to the season in which they started 0-4 against a pair of ranked teams in there. Coach Schaecher says the Jays now need to take advantage of an opportunity to rest and get themselves ready to continue their new-found momentum.
Gehlen Catholic is now 1-4 following the win. MMCRU starts their season 0-1 with the loss. Kora Alesch led the Royals with 21 points.
The Gehlen Catholic boys finished off the sweep with a thrilling 65-56 victory over the MMCRU boys.
MMCRU wasted no time in jumping out to an advantage. The Royals led 10-2 to start the game and would keep that lead at 31-25 heading into the halftime break. Gehlen Catholic head coach Mike Langel says it was a perfect storm that led to the tough first half for the Jays.
The second half turned things around for the better after some adjustments were made offensively. The Jays outscored MMCRU 40-25 in the second half thanks to shooting 12-22 from the floor and 5-10 from the three-point arch. Coach Langel says the Jays got an inside touch to open up the offense more.
It was the third game in a row for the Jays in which they had four players reach double-digits scoring offensively. The Jays are a selfless bunch that do not care who gets the glory at the end of the game as long as the result is a win. Coach Langel says that makes this team a fun bunch to coach.
The Jays were led by Keaten Bonderson with 24 points and helped by Ryan Augustine who scored 14 points. Gehlen Catholic is now 3-0 to start the year. MMCRU opens the year 0-1 and was led by Kyler Bork who scored 15 points.