Noblesville, Ind. (Feb. 1, 2013) — Guerin Catholic’s boys varsity basketball team put the hammer down early and hard on visiting Indianapolis Metropolitan, cruising to a 78-29 victory in front of an appreciative crowd at the Eagles’ Nest.
The Golden Eagles jumped to a 20-2 lead and never looked back. It allowed coach Pete Smith to play his entire roster and give some who rarely see action extensive playing time. Guerin Catholic advanced its record to 15-4 while Metropolitan, just two years removed from the Class A state championship, fell to 5-11.
“Overall, I thought it was a good win,” Smith said. “A lot of guys got some playing time who usually don’t. I thought we started the game like we needed to; we played pretty good defense. In a game like this where we go in knowing that we should be winning the game, I thought we didn’t lose our focus and that was the most important thing. A lot of times in games like this, you go down and play at their level. I didn’t think we did tonight.”
Senior guard Tyler Vickery led GC in scoring with 17 points, including a pair of three-pointers in the early outburst, and handed out six assists. Junior center Aaron Brennan had 15 points and 13 rebounds. Senior guard Alex Dallas scored 10 and had three assists in one of his longest playing stints of the season. In all, 11 Golden Eagles scored in the rout.
“I thought the Vickerys got off to a good start for us — Tyler and then Tayler came in and nailed a three for us also,” Smith said. “I thought Whit (Rapp, junior point guard) made good choices; I thought our guard play was good. We’ve been on the road four straight games, so it was nice to get one at home and get some other guys some playing time, and get some guys some rest.”
Guerin Catholic, the defending Class 3A state champion, has three remaining games in the regular season. Next up is diocese rival Lafayette Central Catholic, which was 8-6 heading into its game with West Lafayette tonight. The Golden Eagles travel to visit the Knights on Thursday, Feb. 7, with the junior varsity starting at 6 p.m. and the varsity tipping off at 7:30.