Wasatch Academy Almost Defeats #1 La Lumiere; Loses By One Point at The Bob Kirk Invitational. Wins Big in Other Matchups.

Tournament Report

vs. Mercersburg, PA (Jan. 31) at 3:00 p.m. (EST)
WIN: 105-44

vs. #1 La Lumiere School, IN (Feb. 1) at 6:15 p.m. (EST)
LOSS: 53-54 👀

vs. Bishop Walsh, MD (Feb. 2) at 6:15 p.m. (EST)
WIN: 83-50

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#3 Mike Saunders
2019 BKIT All Tournament Team


by Michael McLamb, Marsreel.com

(February 3, 2019) — Undefeated and No. 1-ranked La Lumiere almost suffered its first loss of the season. Wasatch Academy (UT)  gave the Lakers all it could handle on Friday night at the Bob Kirk Invitational in Maryland.

Wasatch had a chance to close La Lumiere out at the free throw line. With 19.7 seconds remaining, Wasatch senior Tre Williams stepped to the free throw line with his squad holding a 52-51 lead. However, Williams missed the front-end of a one-and-one.

La Lumiere rebounded the ball and drove the length of the floor and got fouled.

La Lumiere senior Gerald Drumgoole calmly stepped to the free throw line and buried two free throws to give La Lumiere a 53-52 lead with 7.3 seconds remaining.

Wasatch received one last chance to win. Leonardo Colimerio got a decent look from mid-range, but the shot rimmed out.

The Lakers escaped with a 53-52 victory.

In La Lumiere’s next game, the Lakers took care of business. La Lumiere pounded Sunrise Christian (KS) 74-52 in the championship game of the Bob Kirk Invitational.

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Top-ranked La Lumiere survives Wasatch Academy in Kirk Invitational, 53-52

 
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by Mike Mathews, Cumberland Times-News

With a whole lot of Keion Brooks and Isaiah Stewart, two pressure-packed free throws by Gerald Drumgoole and a defensive stop at the end, top-ranked La Lumiere survived a furious comeback by No. 12 Wasatch for a spot in today’s championship game of the Bob Kirk Invitational.

La Lumiere, up by as many as 13 points in the second half, made the most of seven fourth-quarter points for a 53-52 victory in Friday night’s first semifinal in front of a standing-room only crowd at Bishop Walsh.

The Lakers (24-0), of LaPorte, Indiana, will play the winner of last night’s late game, between Bishop Walsh and Sunrise, Kansas, in today’s 8 p.m. final. Wasatch (22-3), of Mt. Pleasant, Utah, will play the BW-Sunrise loser in the 6:15 consolation.

Brooks scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds, Stewart had 13 points and 18 rebounds, and Drumgoole finished with 10 points for La Lumiere, which led by 46-35 going into the fourth quarter.

Mike Saunders led Wasatch’s fourth-quarter comeback and finished with 17 points. Marvin Williams had 10 and Mady Sissoko nine points and 10 boards.

“It was just a heck of a finish,” said La Lumiere coach Patrick Holmes. “We didn’t execute well in the fourth quarter, and I take full responsibility for that, not putting our guys in position to make plays and shots in the fourth quarter.

“My hat’s off to those guys because they battled. Wasatch was down 11 in the fourth quarter. They don’t quit. They had every reason to maybe throw in the towel, but they came out and threw a lot of punches.”

Wasatch scored 15 of the first 18 points of the fourth quarter, and when Richie Saunders hit a three-pointer from the corner, the Tigers led 50-49 at the 1:57 mark.

“La Lu is No. 1 in the country and we felt like we were right there with them,” said Wasatch coach David Evans. “The biggest thing is we showed a lot of grit. It’s not won or lost on one or two plays. It’s a little bit of everything throughout the game.

“We didn’t rebound at the end and we missed some free throws. They’re very good and you got to give them credit for finishing it out.”

Wasatch led 52-49 after a driving layup by Mike Saunders with a minute to go.

It all boiled down to the final 19 seconds, and La Lumiere pulled it out with a steal, a relentless attack on the boards, and four free throws.

Wasatch had the ball and the three-point lead but turned it over on an inbounds pass that led to two foul shots by Brooks that cut the score to 52-51.

Wasatch missed the front end of a one-and-one with 17 seconds to go, and La Lumiere got three shots and two offensive rebounds on the other end, with Drumgoole getting fouled and canning both free throws with seven seconds left to put the Lakers up to stay.

A 15-footer by Wasatch’s Leonardo Colimerio rimmed out at the buzzer.

The only glaring difference in the game was the battle of the boards, which La Lumiere won 52-34. The Lakers had 19 offensive rebounds compared to eight for Wasatch.

“They’re athleticism inside is a problem for almost everybody in the country,” said Evans. “And not just Stewart. Brooks, and their other guards crash really hard as well. And that’s something we struggled with.

“We’re getting better. And hopefully we’ll get a chance to play them again.”

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