Guerin Catholic Outlasts Bishop Chatard 40-35 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rosemarie Kelly   
Saturday, 05 January 2013 04:02

By Rosemarie Kelly

Holy Hoosiers, Golden Eagles fans!

Guerin Catholic stole a page out of Hollywood and Hoosier hardwood history Friday night, employing a stall tactic a la Milan High School circa 1954, and the movie Hoosiers, circa 1986, to secure a 40-35 victory over a gritty Bishop Chatard team that never quit.



With the fourth-quarter score at Guerin 33, Bishop Chatard 30, Golden Eagles coach Pete Smith told his team to go into a stall with about 7:01 left in the game. Point guard Tyler Vickery obliged,standing just beyond the half-court line dribbling in place. Trojans guard Stan Jackson finally came close to Vickery at about the 5:55 mark for a few seconds, then backtracked to the zone defense. Tyler finally passed off the ball to his twin, Tayler Vickery who stalled for another couple of minutes. After a couple of errant shots by Bishop Chatard, Guerin Catholic sophomore Matt Labus hit a bucket at the 1:42 mark to score the first two points of the fourth quarter, making the score 35-30 Guerin.

Bishop Chatard had a chance, but the Trojans leading scorer Stan Jackson missed a jumper with 1:20 remaining. The Trojans missed yet another shot attempt, and before you could say Jimmy Chitwood, Golden Eagles shooting ace Aaron Brennan dunked the ball on a breakaway, bringing the score to 37-30 with 49 seconds left in the game. Guerin made good on free throw attempts to seal the win.

Click here to see a slideshow of pictures from the game.

Stall logic revealed

After the game, King explained the logic behind the stall.

"We had the lead and with Whitt Rapp and (leading scorer) Aaron both on the bench, I wanted to give them both a little more time to rest."

King said he expected a tough game from Bishop Chatard, now 4-6.

"When these two teams get together, you can throw the records out the window," King said. "They know each other well and they are such competitors. (Bishop Chatard) did a couple of nice things on defense against us tonight that we haven't seen before and that we can learn from. For us to be 10-3 right now for as young a team as we have, I'm quite pleased."

Brennan, a 6-6 junior, averages nearly 18 points a game, led all scorers with 26 points. He accounted for all of Guerin's first-quarter 10 points and 15 of the team's halftime 20 points. Stan Jackson earned top scoring honors for the Trojans with 12 points, followed by Stephen Schueth with 8 and Rob Dury with 7.