By: Jay Ahuja
The offense can make an impact, but Benedictine proved that defense wins games. This past Saturday, Benedictine (3-1, 2-0 NACC) hosted Edgewood (1-4, 1-1 NACC) in both team’s 2nd conference game, and the Eagles pulled out a victory in the second half, 63-53.
Benedictine outscored Edgewood 39-26, and held their opponent to 23 percent shooting in the 2nd half. The lead went back and forth between the teams throughout the 2nd half until the eight-minute mark, when the Eagles rallied for a 10-point run and took a commanding 56-45 lead. The run was fueled by a couple of threes coming from senior forward Tim McGinty, and sophomore guard Michael Blaszczyk. McGinty scored 16 in the game to lead Benedictine in scoring, and grabbed seven boards as well. Blaszczyk had 10 points and seven rebounds in the game. After the run by Benedictine, Edgewood was unable to get make a dent in the lead, mainly due to a low shooting percentage. Benedictine shot 43 percent overall in the game.
“We had a low scoring game but with solid defense, we were able to pull out the win,” stated McGinty.
“This was a tough conference game as Edgewood has played some great teams so far this year. Our first half was a little sloppy but we really picked it up in the second. I think Tim McGinty really had a great game and helped us get the victory. Now we just have to prepare for one of the biggest games all year against Aurora,” said Tim Reamer.
The first half was a different story for both teams, as Edgewood was in control of the lead for most of the half. Benedictine never trailed by more than five points in the half, but wasn’t able to regain the lead after the 17-minute mark. Edgewood shot 48 percent, and led 27-24 at the end of the first half.
“We picked up a huge win this weekend in conference after a tough loss to Wheaton. We were excited to play going into this Edgewood game, especially knowing that we have four games within seven days. Picking up this win is a confidence booster heading into our Tuesday night rivalry game against Aurora,” said junior Niji Lomax.
“I thought we played great defense and crashed the boards hard. We executed our offense late in the game and made big shots. Overall it was a good team win with big contributions off the bench,” said Michael Blaszczyk.
Men’s basketball will be away Thursday, December 4 when they play Concordia University Chicago at 7pm in River Forest and Saturday, December 6 when they play Concordia University Wisconsin at 4:15 p.m. in Mequon, Wisconsin.