by Tom Brown
The Benedictine Eagles opened the game strong and never looked back as they defeated the Dominican Stars 74-54 Tuesday night at the Dan and Ada Rice Center.
The Eagles came out strong early, jumping out to a quick 7-0 lead. Despite a few runs from Dominican, they were able to hold the Stars off and win without ever trailing in the contest.
“We had good energy in the first half and a nice start to the game,” BenU Head Coach Keith Bunkenberg said. “We did a good job of stopping the runs that they put together. We have given up some big runs this year, and the biggest adjustment we made today was we slowed out offensive game down and made them play defense. That took them out of their flow offensively.”
Nate Green led all scorers with 21 points, but what may have benefitted him the most was the strong play from junior guard Jamison Montgomery, who scored 16 points.
“Having Jamison out there really helps me a lot,” Green said. “Having two guys out there who can really handle the ball helps take pressure off me and allows me to attack as a scorer.”
In addition to the play of Green and Montgomery, the Eagles had many other contributors. Freshman big man Tim McGinty chipped in 11 points, while sophomore guard Mike Woolf scored seven of the Eagles 23 bench points.
“We have a lot of guys who can come right into the game and be effective off our bench.” Bunkenburg said.
With the win, the Eagles improved to 5-10 overall and got back to a .500 winning percentage in Northern Athletic Conference play with a 4-4 record. Darrius Nelson led the Stars with 16 points as they fell to 3-12 overall and 1-6 in the conference.
The Eagles are back in action this Thursday night, as they host rival Aurora at the Rice Center at 7 pm.