The Varsity Basketball Bombers welcomed Alter to Berning Gymnasium on Tuesday night, their second straight GCL Co-Ed league opponent. After beating Roger Bacon on Saturday night to improve to 7-3 on the season, the Bombers took on the Knights who entered the evening 3-6 on the season with a loss to Carroll HS on Friday night in their last game.
St. Xavier started quickly once again as senior Chase Wolf knocked down three 3 point field goals in the first quarter as the Bombers opened a 16-5 lead with 1:57 left in the opening quarter. The Knights fought back and scored the final four points of the quarter to make it 16-9 heading to the second. St. Xavier extended their lead in the 2nd quarter by holding the Knights to 25% shooting in the quarter and outscoring them 18-6 in the frame. Junior Luke Pellot scored five points in the quarter while classmate Nathan Stockman also added five points for the Bombers to open a 34-15 halftime lead.
The 2nd half was much of the same as the Bombers kept up their defensive pressure and outscored the Knights 26-6 in the third quarter. Alter shot 16 percent in the quarter and turned the ball over seven times as St. Xavier extended their lead to 60-21 by the end of the 3rd quarter. Junior Brandon Gilbert led the offensive attack for the Bombers in the quarter as he scored 13 points that included two dunks. Alter outscored the Bombers in the 4th quarter but the damage was done as St. Xavier sealed the 71-41 win.
Gilbert added one more dunk in the final quarter before exiting with a game high 17 points on 8 for 10 shooting (1-1 3FG) to lead the Bombers. He also added 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Wolf finished with 16 points as he shot 5 for 10 from beyond the arc and added 2 rebounds and 2 assists. Stockman contributed 10 points while Pellot finished with 8 points and 3 rebounds. Junior Nick Frank scored 6 points and led the team in rebounds with 5 total and added 2 assists.
St. Xavier improves their record to 8-3 on the season as they turn their sights to GCL South play which begins Friday night, 1/12, at Moeller HS. The Crusaders enter at 8-3 as well on the season with wins over Eastmoor Academy, Oak Hills, Purcell Marian, Sycamore, Wilmington, Scott County (KY), Clark (NV), and Centerville. Their losses have come to very talented teams that include Covington Catholic (KY) and Long Island Lutheran (NY) and Imhotep Charter (PA) in the Beach Ball Classic. The Varsity game is scheduled to tip off at 7:30 pm while Freshman will start the night at 4:30 pm and JV will play at 6 pm.