Grimes bounces back, beats SAS 66-61

Four Cobras score in double figures against Atoms

— In fact, Grimes had near-perfect offensive balance. Of Connor Evans' 15 points, nine of them came in the fourth quarter, with Carnegie also finishing with 15 points. Steinberg managed 14 points and Casey Evans, despite his injury, still had 13 points.

All game long, Ozkan had his way inside, and he led the Atoms with 24 points. Chimaka Browne, whose last-second basket beat Westhill on Dec. 14, had 14 points, while Agim Hamiti managed 11 points.

A night earlier, Bishop Grimes’ girls team hosted Bishop Ludden in a wild, foul-filled affair that the Cobras, through clutch performances by Tina Hoag and Megan Driscoll, pulled out over the Gaelic Knights 56-52.

Everything looked bad for Grimes in the first quarter. Not only did three of the Cobras’ starters pick up two fouls, head coach John Cifonelli’s protests led to two technical fouls and an ejection.

Somehow, the Cobras survived all this and only trailed 14-10 after one period. Then, with extensive use of its bench, Grimes survived the game’s middle stages, getting particular help from reserve guard Teresa Shattuck as it held Ludden to one field goal in the third quarter.

Entering the fourth quarter, it was tied, 36-36. Having sat for so long, Hoag and Driscoll avoided major foul trouble and, in those last eight minutes, hit a trio of 3-pointers between them to put Grimes in front.

As Ludden tried to rally, the Cobras held on through making all six of its free throws in the last two minutes. Not until Jordan Vaught sank the last of those foul shots with seven seconds left could Grimes break clear.

Hoag, with 13 points, and Driscoll, with 12 points, both set season marks, while Shattuck finished with eight points and Alex Guhin added seven ponts. All nine Grimes players that saw action got at least two points. Ludden’s Kelly Granteed led both sides with 15 points, including three 3-pointers.

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