WASHINGTON — Powered by a dominating first-half defensive effort, Bishop Walsh basketball opened the season with a 58-44 trouncing of Coolidge on Monday at Trinity University. 

The Spartans (1-0) stifled the Colts during the early stages, as they took a 20-7 lead after eight minutes. By halftime, the edge had ballooned to 39-14. 

Coolidge didn’t find the bottom of the net often, making just 6-of-27 shots during a paltry first half shooting. Despite the efforts of Chase Cook and Stephon Walker — who scored 18 and 10 points, respectively — and an improved second half, the struggles at the start were too much to overcome. 

Bishop Walsh, meanwhile, did just enough offensively to get the win.

Dimingus Stevens led the way with a game-high 22 points on 4-for-8 shooting from three-point range, and Jalen Miller added 10 points on 3-for-6 from the field. Wilson Ramabu grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds, falling just short of a double-double with nine points. 

The Spartans shot just 11-for-22 from the free-throw line, had 19 turnovers and were outscored 20-7 in the third quarter. 

Bishop Walsh returns home to face Tokoma Academy on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. 

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