BasketballBLOOMINGTON – Without opening his computer to check his stats following his team’s game here, Olympia head coach Gerry Thornton said the Spartans had “close to 20” turnovers against Bloomington Central Catholic here Friday night.

Understandably, that was just too many to his liking, giving the Saints an advantage, beating Olympia, 54-44 in a Corn Belt Conference matchup.

BCC (21-3, 10-2 Corn Belt) jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead as the game began, with 5:34 left in the first quarter, on the strength of treys by junior guard Tom Norton and senior guard Jeffry Collier. Oly regrouped during a time-out and came within four, 14-10 at the end of the first quarter, on the strength of six points scored by junior center Trevor Strubhar.

Oly came from behind for its only lead of the game with 6:53 left in second quarter, on a trey by junior forward Matt Frahm, putting the Spartans up 15-14. But back-to-back unanswered deuces by BCC junior forward Adam Rebholz put the Saints in front for good, 18-15, with 4:19 until halftime

Central CatholicBCC owned a convincing 41-29 lead at the end of the third quarter.

Frahm’s 14 points led Olympia in scoring, followed by 12 from Strubhar, and 10 from junior forward Matt Flynn.

Senior guard Aaron Garriott was the only BCC player to achieve double-figures against the Saints defense, scoring 21 points.

“We just need to smooth some things out offensively,” Thornton said after Olympia dropped to 14-8 overall, including a 5-6 conference mark.

Olympia“There’s no defense for a breakaway layup,” Thornton said, referring to the way the Saints offense scored on them throughout most of the game. “We turned the ball over too much. Even though we did not have a good offensive game, we turned the ball over way to much and gave (BCC) too many baskets off of turnovers. That was the key to the game.”

The clock became an added opponent for BCC, according to their head coach, Jason Welch. With Olympia closing in, 51-40 with 1:38 in the game, Welch said he tried impressing upon his team that they should not take on the clock while taking on the Spartans.

Despite that, Welch said he was proud of his team’s effort on the night. “I’m real proud of our team defensively,” he said. “We did some things right. We made it difficult on (Olympia) and they’re a good ball club, so we feel very fortunate.”

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