FROSTBURG — Bishop Walsh’s biggest win of the season may have been against Allegany, but it’s most impressive performance likely was Friday night at Mountain Ridge.
The second-ranked Spartans hit on all cylinders from the opening tip to the final buzzer in a 68-46 romp over the fourth-ranked Miners.
Liam Rhodes scored 15 points, Lucas Bruck had 14, eight rebounds and four blocked shots, Hunter Marrale 12 points, and Quincy Redmon 11 points and 17 rebounds for the Spartans, 18-5 overall and leaders of the Appalachian Mountain Athletic Conference at 11-1.
BW missed by one point of having all five starters in double figures as Billy Conroy had nine points on 3 for 4 three-point shooting.
“I thought we moved the ball really well, and we’ve told our guys if we go inside teams can’t double- or triple-team without someone being open,” said BW coach Bob Boyle. “We found the open man a lot of times, kicked the ball out and were hitting the shots.”
Bishop Walsh shot 7 for 10 from the field in the first quarter, 13 for 20 in the first half, and 20 for 33 through three quarters. And while some were in the lane and from close range, some were not. The Spartans hit 6 of 12 three-point shots through the first three quarters and finished 8 for 18 for the game.
BW’s front-court size of Redmon, listed as 6-foot-6, and Bruck, at 6-7, gave the smaller Miners fits on both ends.
After Rashawn Johnson scored eight points in the first three minutes to give Mountain Ridge (9-9, 7-6) an 8-5 lead, the Spartans outscored the Miners 12-3 the rest of the quarter, and 31-11 the rest of the half for a 36-19 lead at the break.
“The kids battled and our effort was there til the end and I’m most proud of that,” said Mountain Ridge coach Dave Hobel. “But BW is big.
“They played really well. I thought we did a good job on their top scorers, but their other guys hurt us.”
Bruck led the way in that category with eight points, five rebounds and three blocks in the first half. His 14 points were a season high.
“He’s got all the tools,’’ Boyle said. “He has a nice touch on his shot and battles inside and is a strong rebounder. He just needed a little confidence, and I’m hoping tonight gave him that. Tonight he showed what he can do.
“And Quincy was so unselfish. He’s like that all the time, and had 17 big rebounds for us in another great game.”
Bruck scored inside and Redmon followed to give BW the lead for good, 9-8, with 3:28 left in the first quarter. A Marrale three-pointer capped BW’s first-half surge and made it 36-19 at halftime.
Logan Cheshire and Johnson, who led the Miners with 16 points, scored in the opening minute of the third quarter to get Mountain Ridge to 38-24, but Marrale hit another three-pointer and the lead reached 20, 48-28, after a Bruck tip in later in the quarter.
The largest lead was 26 several times in the fourth.
Mountain Ridge won the jayvee game 54-34. Lucas Lowry had 18 points, Dylan Williams 11 and Dylan Shimko eight points, 12 rebounds, three assists and three steals. Darius Barry and Isaiah Fraser had 10 points for BW.
Bishop Walsh will host St. Maria Goretti on Monday while Mountain Ridge plays again Tuesday at Allegany.
Mike Mathews is a Cumberland Times-News sportswriter. Write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org