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BOYS BASKETBALL: Hot shooting leads Brother Rice past city rival Seaholm WITH TOUT VIDEOS

BIRMINGHAM – One of the things that Birmingham Brother Rice head coach Ed Shaffer knew about his team heading into this season was that his team could shoot the ball from the outside.

And that was on full display on Friday night.

The Warriors buried 10 3-pointers, including four in the fourth quarter against Birmingham Seaholm to earn a 61-52 win, topping their cross-town rivals for the first time in three years.

Shaffer said that there are several members of his team that can shoot the ball well from the outside and added that the Warriors were able to hit 3-pointers well in transition, which helped them keep a double-digit lead for the majority of the night.

“It’s big when we shoot it well, and we shoot it well,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of guys who can shoot the ball and we’re trying to give them a license to shoot and feel free to shoot it. You can see, we shoot it a lot in transition and it worked for us tonight. We did it the other night against Ferndale and they did it better than we did and we lost by three, so I think it’s one of the things that you live with or die by.”

Holding a 46-34 lead heading to the fourth quarter, Denny Flynn, Dominic Downs and Pat Sparks each knocked down a triple to start the fourth quarter to extend the Warriors lead to 55-36 early on.

After the Maples eventually cut the Brother Rice lead down to 13 after a basket from Erik Halverson, Sparks hit his second 3-pointer of the quarter to push the lead to 58-42, allowing Brother Rice to ice the game away late with free throws.

Sparks and Downs each finished with a game-high 17 points, while Steve Westbrooks chipped in with seven more in the win for the Warriors (1-1).

“That’s a big thing that we work on in practice,” said Sparks of Brother Rice’s outside shooting. “Coming into the season, the coaches knew we had a lot of great shooters and we definitely wanted to utilize that come game-time and tonight, it was on.”

The Warriors didn’t waste any time getting their 3-point shooting going as a Westbrooks and Downs each hit from behind the arc to give their team an 8-5 lead and after two more baskets from Downs, Ryan Jordan knocked down two triples of his own to give Brother Rice a 20-7 lead late in the first quarter.

Facing a 26-13 deficit midway through the second quarter, Seaholm slowly crept back into the game, going on an 11-2 run, highlighted by seven points from Austin Roth and baskets from Jeff Bowman and Halverson to cut the Brother Rice lead down to just four, 28-24.

Seaholm head coach Jose Andrades said that the key for his team narrowing the deficit down to just four after trailing by as many as 13 was that his team was able to take better shots, which allowed his team to get back on defense and slow down the Brother Rice transition scoring attack.

“It was more getting back in transition,” he said. “We weren’t doing the things that we needed to do offensively and defensively. We had too quick of a shot selection and that led to us getting back poorly on defense. So once we started slowing that down and doing that right, things started going a lot better for us.”

Roth finished with a team-high 15 points to pace the Maples on Friday night, while Bowman chipped in with 13 more and Halverson contributed eight points for Seaholm (1-1).

The Warriors managed to push their lead back to eight before halftime after back-to-back baskets from Downs and Sparks to give their team a 32-24 advantage at the break.

Shaffer said that after losing narrowly to Ferndale on Tuesday, it was good for his team to not only get its first win of the season, but to beat its crosstown rivals as well.

“We played really well Tuesday, but it’s really nice to get a win tonight,” he said. “It’s hard to tell my guys on Wednesday that they played a great game, because they were kind of down because we lost. But it’s nice to get this win, especially against Seaholm and it’s a huge rivalry for us and they’ve beaten us the last two years, so it’s nice to get them back."



BIRMINGHAM BROTHER RICE 61, BIRMINGHAM SEAHOLM 52

SEAHOLM – Joey Nagridge 1 (1) 0-2 5; Austin Roth 4 (1) 4-4 15; Alex Breeden 1 2-6 4; Jonah Kest 1 2-4 4; Jeff Bowman 5 3-4 13; Karl Marback 1 1-2 3; Erik Halverson 4 8; Totals: 17 (2) 12-22 52

BROTHER RICE – Nick Bielko 2 0-1 4; Denny Flynn (2) 6; Steve Westbrooks 2 (1) 0-1 7; Dominic Downs 4 (3) 17; Ryan Jordan (2) 6; Pat Sparks 4 (2) 3-4 17; Drew Gallagher 1 2; Kevin Hayes 1 2; Totals: 19 (10) 3-6 61

BR 20 12 14 15 -- 61

BS 11 13 10 18 -- 52

RECORDS – Birmingham Seaholm 1-1; Brother Rice 1-1

JV – Brother Rice d. Seaholm

Last Updated: 12/14/2013 2:46:13 AM EST

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