SYRACUSE Effort was not an issue for the Bishop Ludden boys basketball team as it squared off with Rochester-area power Bishop Kearney in Wednesday night’s final of the Rosemary Corcoran Holiday Tournament.
However, the Kings’ talent was a big issue, as it simply had too much of it, which eventually boiled to the surface as Kearney beat the Gaelic Knights 64-51 for top honors.
Thanks to the presence of highly-touted 6-9 junior Chinoso Obokoh, Kearney has risen to the no. 2 spot in the state Class A rankings, trailing only Jamesville-DeWitt.
The Kings beat Syracuse Academy of Science 61-43 in Tuesday's opening round here, mainly by going on a 26-9 tear through the second quarter as Obokoh had 11 blocks to go with 14 points and Alvin English added 17 points and eight rebounds.
Ludden reached the final without any trouble, routing Onondaga 81-38. Since the Gaelic Knights built a 60-20 lead on the overmatched Tigers by the end of the third quarter, Donnelly could get his entire roster some significant playing time.
And by game’s end, all 12 Ludden players had at least one point. Kyle Hawk had the most fun, hitting four 3-pointers on his way to a career-high 19 points, while Ben Hackett had 12 points. Zach Harding got nine points, with Matt Rogers (eight points) and Alex Trufino (seven points) right behind them.
Dan Kaigler only had six points as the starters mostly rested and awaited Kearney, but even that tactic would not fully work against the Kings.
A fast-paced, well-balanced attack helped Kearney gain a 29-16 lead early in the second quarter. When the game slowed down, Ludden crept closer, and in the third period the Gaelic Knights were within five, 36-31.
However, Kearney used a 14-2 run to extend the margin to 50-33 late in that period, and Ludden never got closer than 10 points again. Rogers (15 points) and Zach Walser (11 points) had season-best offensive totals, but Kearney mostly contained Kaigler and Hackett, who each had 10 points.