Dominic DeGrazier 3:37 p.m., Sept. 21
Division IV: Bishop's vs Francis Parker
Knights beat Lancers for third time this season
Bishop’s didn’t earn any style points in their Division IV title game victory over Francis Parker. But the Knights’ 46-30 win Saturday at the Jenny Craig Pavilion was completely by design.
“Coach (Tarantino) said he wanted a boring championship game. He said he wanted to blow them out but he wanted it so boring that people would leave the game,” said Bishop’s forward David Stotlemyre. “We decided defense was going to get that.”
Trailing by four in the second, the Knights (25-4) closed the first half on a 12-0 run capped by a Malik Love three-pointer at the buzzer. Bishop’s controlled the game in the second half to win going away.
“We saw a very grinding, chopping game,” said Bishop’s coach Tom Tarantino, “because both teams are very familiar on what each other wanted to run.”
Early on, Francis Parker (13-10) took it to Bishop’s. The Lancers had a 9-3 lead in the first quarter and scored the first five points of the second quarter.
“It’s a good feeling to know that we come back if we are in a rut,” Stotlemyre said. “It’s a little nerveracking but we knew we could get through it.”
The Knights’ win was their third over Francis Parker this season. Stotlemyre said this win was the most difficult of the Knights’ three over their Coastal South rival.
“When you beat a team three times in a row, it’s tough. It’s not so much that it’s easy to beat them, but that these guys have nothing to lose,” Stotlemyre said. “We knew they were going to come out fired up and that we had to take it up to that next level.”
Bishop’s Division IV boys title was the second of back-to-back section titles for the school. The Knights’ girls team beat Mater Dei in the first game of Saturday’s session.
“To have girls and boys back-to-back – both programs are pretty close-knit and we’re pretty proud that we held our part of it,” Tarantino said.
Stotlemyre led Bishop’s with 14 points and Love added 13. Francis Parker guard Deon Randall had 13 to lead the Lancers.
Bishop’s guard David Stotlemyre slices through Francis Parker’s defense