The Varsity Basketball Bombers enjoyed their second straight home game on Saturday night after playing six straight away from Berning Gymnasium to end the month of December. They beat Shroder on Wednesday at home to start the new year and hosted Roger Bacon on Saturday night. The Bombers entered the game with a 6-3 record while the Spartans entered with a 4-7 record after losing to Purcell Marian on Friday night.
St. Xavier jumped on Roger Bacon early and did not let off the gas pedal. The Bombers scored the first 10 points of the game with senior Brandon Gilbert leading the way with eight of those points with a breakaway dunk to get the Alumni in attendance cheering loudly. Roger Bacon scored their first basket of the night with 4:58 left in the 1st quarter and would not score again until 2:15 left in the 2nd quarter. During that span, St. Xavier went on a 27-0 run to open a 37-2 lead after leading 21-2 at the end of the 1st quarter. The halftime score ended up being 39-7 in favor of the Bombers. Gilbert finished the half with 13 points on 3 for 5 shooting and 5 rebounds and junior Nathan Stockman also had 13 points on 4 for 5 shooting.
The 2nd half looked a lot like the 1st half as the Bombers led 56-18 after the third quarter. St. Xavier kept up the pressure defensively and held the Spartans to 3 for 11 shooting in the quarter while the Bombers shot 7 for 10 to widen their lead even more. Roger Bacon found somewhat of a rhythm in the final quarter as they scored 18 points on 5 for 11 shooting but the damage had been done as St. Xavier scored 17 points in the final quarter to seal the 73-36 victory.
The Bombers were led by Stockman who ended the night with 18 points on 6 for 8 shooting (2-4 3FG) with 3 steals, 2 assists and 2 rebounds. Gilbert ended with 15 points on 4 for 7 shooting with 5 rebounds and 2 steals. Sophomore Danny Greive finished with 7 points while seniors Andrew Wittrock, Bobby Jefferson and Chase Wolf each had 6 points.
St. Xavier improves to 7-3 on the season with the victory. They will play their third straight home game on Tuesday night at 7:30 pm against another GCL Co-Ed rival, Alter HS. The freshman game will start the night at 4:30 pm with JV game at 6 pm. The Bombers start GCL South play on Friday night, January 12, at Moeller HS.