31 Jan 2018

CHS Hoopsters Get Big Win Over District Rival

Bear Nation helped provide a raucous gym setting for the visiting McKinley Panthers on Tuesday night. That energy, coupled with a fine defensive performance in the second half by the Bears, helped propel Catholic to a 50-47 win over district rival McKinley. The victory improved the Bears to 15-7 overall and 1-1 in district play. The Panthers are now 1-1 in the 5-5A standings and 17-8 overall.

Tyrese Radford was a force for the Panthers in the first half and almost unstoppable. But an adjustment at halftime by Bears’ coach Mark Cascio and his staff, stifled the Panther offense and Radford in the final sixteen minutes. “We were able to hold off offensive runs by McKinley in the second half after we switched to a zone defense. It seemed to frustrate them a little and get them out of their comfort zone, noted Cascio. “The Panthers are so athletic and force you to defend for forty-eight minutes. It was great to see us knock down enough shots down the stretch to come out with a win.” The Panthers entered the game ranked #3 in the Division I power ratings.

The Bears were led by Collin Holloway and Connor Shamlin with 11 points each. Catholic entered Tuesday night’s contest at #5, and could move up in the next release of the Division I power ratings.

“It is so awesome to have Bear Nation support us. We feel that playing at home in front of a great crowd provides the team with a momentum boost against our opponents,” noted senior Hunter Williams. “They definitely helped us in the win against McKinley.”

The Bears return to the court on Friday, Feb. 2, when they travel to Gonzales to face East Ascension in another 5-5A slugfest. Varsity tip-off against the Spartans is set for 7:15 p.m., with freshmen and JV at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. respectively.