Eagles Defeat Cardinal Ritter 72-54 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bob Kelly   
Saturday, 17 December 2011 03:05

Kyle Bloom is in a good place these days.



The first-year head boys basketball coach at Heritage Christian is out to make a difference more than just coaching his team.

Bloom told The Sports Chronicle he plans to leave his postion as head pro at Hillcrest Country Club so he can devote more time to his family and is at the school for one reason and that is to start to platform of the faith that is taught at the school.

"Our goal is to have the players compete so that it is for the team," Bloom said. "It is fine if we win the game, but to have God is the right focus for us."

The Eagles, who compiled a 13-9 record last season, is off to a 4-2 start after jumpiing out to a 15-1 lead before registering a 72-54 victory over visting Cardinal Ritter on Friday night in high school basketball action.

Junior center Jeffery Davis' tip-in pulled the Raiders to within 18-14 with 5:56 remaining in the second quarter, but they would get no closer for the rest of the first half as Heritage Christisan widened its lead to 37-24 at intermission. The Raiders had a chance three times in the second half to cut the lead to less than double digits, but failed to score each time.

Bloom said his team seems to lose intenstity during each game that allows its opponents to make a run at its lead.

"It seems like we have three minute lapses in each game where we just let our opponents back into the game," Bloom said. "We have a brand new sysytem and have had only 25 practices with it so far and it is just going to take time to get it, but I think they will be fine once they just do it and not think about what they have to do."

Bloom was impressed by how his team played in the game, but two players who stood out were senior Joel Smith (11 points, 11 rebounds) and junior Anthony Warrum (21 points, 8 assists and 3 steals).

"Warrum just improves each week as does Smith and the rest of the team," Bloom said. "They are starting to understand what they need to do and it is nice wehn they can tell you what they did wrong and needs to be done to correct it. It is a great thing for a coach."

Bloom's team plays two more games before it faces Indiana University recruit Yogi Ferrell and Class 2A Park Tudor in its last game before the city tournament.

"We just want to be able to compete in each game," Bloom said. "I am just happy to be here and be part of this program."




Name: Anthony Warrum

Year: Senior

Sport: Basketball

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