Boys Basketball: Benet smothers Joliet Catholic
By Mike Fitzgerald For Sun-Times Media January 11, 2013 10:33PM
Updated: January 12, 2013 12:35AM
If you’re a fan of defensive basketball, then Benet’s 47-18 win over host Joliet Catholic Friday in the East Suburban Catholic Conference was for you.
“I thought we were a little bit sluggish, but I have to credit Joliet Catholic for having a good game plan,” Benet coach Gene Heidkamp said. “They did some things to slow us down, and I didn’t think we played all that well in the first quarter, but they had a good game plan for us and they executed it well.”
Benet (16-3, 3-0) led the Hilltoppers (4-16, 0-3) 10-8 after one quarter as Joliet Catholic used a 1-2-2 zone defense to try to neutralize the Redwings’ size advantage on offense, and the Hilltoppers slowed the tempo of the game down offensively.
“I was very pleased with our effort,” Joliet Catholic coach Joe Gura said. “Our kids played very hard. They were digging. They were giving up seven or eight inches to some kids,”
Benet led 19-10 at halftime because of some gritty defense of its own. The Redwings started stealing Joliet Catholic passes and scoring layups.
“We needed to generate offense off of our defense,” Heidkamp said. “We missed shots that we normally make, and they did a good job of taking us out of any kind of offensive flow, so those extra scores we got from our defense proved to be helpful for us during the course of the game.”
Benet’s 6-foot-5 inch Jack Euritt, 6-5 inch Pat McInerney and 6-9 inch Sean O’Mara only combined for 11 points, but they did other things to help the Redwings win.
“Two things really got us,” Gura said. “Offensive rebounds for them and their length really bothered us in attempting to score.”
Joliet Catholic shot 4-of-22 from the floor. Benet guard Eddie Eshoo led all scorers with 11 points.