TBT: Bells sweep Holy Wars

By Ash Dwivedula ’20 and Alex Clark ’20

In a game that the Bells managed to take complete control of from the beginning, Bellarmine walked away winners against St. Francis, sweeping the Holy Wars series, at least for basketball.

It was loud from the get-go and the Bells took control early, taking a 14-7 lead after the 1st quarter. The Bell’s defense managed to hound and harass St. Francis, but it wasn’t until the 3rd quarter, when the Bells doubled St. Francis’s quarter score, 16-8, that the game was truly taken care of.

By the 4th quarter, with the game already decided, Coach Schneider decided to sub in many of his seniors who would be playing in their last holy wars game. For the Bells, their dominant 68-45 win was a welcome sight, especially with the packed gym that night.

Nor-Cal High was kind enough to send me their stats. For the Bells, Quinn Denker ’20 scored 22 points along with 3 steals. Kiran Kruse ’19 scored 10, making several tough baskets.

After the game, Alex Clark ’20 managed to catch up with Kyle Lewis ’20 to talk about the result.

Q: Was the prep for this game any different from other games you’ve prepared for this season?

A: No, we knew this was going to be a high-intensity matchup, with a lot of energy, but we prepare for every team the same way. We practice the same, we practice hard, and we believe in what we can do. And we come out and try to get wins every time we play. So no I don’t think we prepared for it any differently.

Q: Does a special rivalry game like this one, hold any extra significance for you?

A: Yes for sure, these are the type of games that we live for. Lots of people, a large crowd, lots of energy, and it’s so much fun. The student section gives us a lot of energy and we just feed off of that.

I had the chance to talk to Coach Schneider after the game as well.

Q: How does it feel to beat your rivals?

A: It’s just a special rivalry. It’s fun to be part of. Obviously, it’s a lot more fun to win than to lose in a rivalry. But the rivalry is special whether you win or lose. So enjoy the moment, and enjoy the crowd.

Q: How do you want your team to be the rest of the way?

A: We have a lot of games left to play. We have work to do and [must] stay focused. There are four teams that have played great all-league.