Rashard Baker and Jordon Rivers each scored nine points, but Battery Creek shot only 22 percent from the field and Bishop England stayed atop the Region 8-3A standings with a 48-32 win over the host Dolphins on Friday night at the Palace.
“It’s mind blowing, a tough loss like this,” Creek coach CJ Brown said. “We didn’t play our best tonight and Bishop England, they came to play. I think we shot the ball a little bit too much tonight, becoming dependent on it and that was the only thing we could do.”
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Bishop England started on a 9-0 run before Creek got on the board with Jaeon Allen’s bucket, but the errant shots continued to hinder the offense. The Battling Bishops led 11-6 after one. Freshman Talon Lee collected all three of his points in Battery Creek’s six-point second period.
Battery Creek’s defense started off strong in the second half, keeping Bishop England off the board in the opening minutes. But the offense had trouble driving to the basket which caused the urge to start taking highly contested shots. The 22% from the floor was the lowest this season for the Dolphins, who were 2-for-17 from 3-point range.
With only two teams qualifying for this year’s playoff spots, every game counts, especially those against the teams sitting atop the standings.
“We’re only accepting one or two (teams for the playoffs),” Brown said. “This is what they’re going to see. They aren’t going to see three or four teams like last year. We have to go in and play on that level as a top team.”
Creek hits the road on Tuesday, squaring off against Oceanside Collegiate. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Written by Brackin Lambert / Photos by Gabriel Jenkins