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Basketball Cats Dominate Benedictine at Sullivan Gym

By Bobby Gerome '21 , 02/03/19, 12:15PM EST


Ohio City or Lob City?

The winning streak will stay alive, as the Saint Ignatius varsity basketball team played an amazing game against the Benedictine Bengals on Saturday night in Sullivan Gym, winning a dunk-filled contest, 74-38.

The game started out even. The Wildcats scored quick, and sophomore Henry Raynor had six points in the stanza. The score at the end of the first was 14-10, Wildcats ahead.

The second quarter is when the Wildcats picked it up, scoring seventeen points in the quarter. On the opposite end, the strong Saint Ignatius defense held the Bengals to eight points. The halftime score was 27-18 Wildcats.

The second half could not have been better for the Wildcats. The team scored 43 points in the half. Benedictine only managed 20.

The fourth quarter had to be one of the most impressive quarters of Saint Ignatius basketball this season. The Wildcats roared to a 20-5 run in the fourth, highlighted by two dunks by Kevin Davet and a two-handed jam by Henry Raynor.

The final result of the game was the Wildcats winning 74-38, increasing the winning streak to four games. The dominant win is a huge one for the Wildcats.

“I think this game was great for the team,” Kevin Davet said. “Benedictine is a great team who gave a great effort against VASJ in a close game last night. Everyone was very unselfish, everyone contributed.”

Head Coach Brian Becker ‘77 praised his big men, Davet and Raynor, on an exceptional game. The duo dominated in the post on both offense and defense.

“They work very hard in practice, [assistant coach] Zydrunas [Ilgauskas] does a great job and works with them before and after practice. They’re willing to spend extra time, and when you’re willing to spend extra time, eventually good things are going to happen.”

The Wildcats have an important week ahead, with two significant games on the calendar in the next five days.

“Next week is a huge week with John Marshall on Monday, we’re not used to playing Monday games, and Saint Edward on Friday, which will be easy to get up for because it’s a rivalry game.” Coach Becker said. “We need to stay focused, the Ed’s game is coming at a good time for us and I believe we’ll be ready.”

The John Marshall game on Monday and the Saint Edward game on Friday can both be heard on the SIBN. Both games will tip off at 7 p.m.