Between the records threatened by one side and the torrid pace set by the other side, it is fun following Bishop Grimes basketball in the early stages of the 2011-12 season.
Not only are both the boys and girls Cobras teams undefeated, they’re doing so with an entertaining style that leaves opponents either breathless or baffled – but so far, always beaten.
A big weekend for the Grimes boys team culminated on Saturday with an 86-70 victory over defending state Class D champion New York Mills in the Peppino’s Invitational at Henninger High School.
Prior to this, the Marauders had won 37 straight in the regular season and 50 in a row against Section III foes. But Mills arrived at this game short-handed, missing Jake Kehrli, a key contributor to the state title team last winter, who tore an ACL late in the summer.
Of course, even if Kehrli was around, he and the rest of his Marauder teammates may have found it too difficult to deal with Grimes’ all-out tempo, featuring full-court pressure and continual sprints to the basket on the offensive end.
Junior forward Jon Carnegie had 12 points in the first quarter to propel the Cobras in front, 21-13. Then Gai Ater had his turn, with eight points in the second period as the margin grew to 45-32 by halftime.
From there, it rarely fluctuated, Grimes getting as far ahead as 63-45 in the third quarter as Mills simply could not keep up.
Carnegie finished with 23 points, including a pair of dunks, with Ater close behind as he got 22 points. Tom Steinberg managed 14 points as freshman Connor Evans jumped off the bench to earn 13 points, more than twice the total of Casey Evans.
For Mills, Matt Welch had 20 points, while Nick Commenale (13 points), J.T. Ross and Cody Mariotti (12 points each) also hit double figures.