By Josh Levine
Behind a pair 7-0 runs in the second and third quarters, Archbishop Riordan High School pulled off a 53-37 upset over visiting Bellarmine in West Catholic Athletic League play on Saturday night.
The Crusaders (9-6, 2-3) outscored the Bells (9-6, 2-3) in every quarter and never lost the lead after a basket with 1:08 remaining in the first half.
The win is Riordan’s first over Bellarmine since 2007 and puts the Crusaders in a fourth-place tie with the Bells and St. Francis.
“This was one of, if not the best game we have played all season,” said Riordan head coach Rich Buckner. “It was well-played, crisp and a great effort. I’m very proud of our guys. It’s a good Saturday when the 49ers and the Crusaders win.”
Riordan juniors Graham Gilleran and Geru Mabrey led the Crusaders with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Mabrey and fellow guard D. J. Harvey provided constant defensive pressure and offensive penetrations.
“What we lack in height, we really make up with an advantage on the perimeter,” Buckner said. “Geru is a three-year player and he really provides us with some steady offense, and Gilleran has had to move from a forward to a center with a transfer of a player to a different school. He likes to shoot, but has become a default inside player. Today, he got to shoot a little more.”
The Crusaders also got a spark from senior guard Daniel Selsor, who hit two key 3-pointers in the third quarter to allow Riordan to open up an insurmountable lead.
“I can’t say enough about Daniel,” Buckner said. “He has grown tremendously in one year. I wasn’t expecting much of a change, but he has made such a turn around in practice and it shows in the games.”
Graham Gilleran – 12
Geru Mabrey – 10
Daniel Selsor – 8
D.J. Harvey – 8
Three players tied with 4 points
Jack Fordyce – 12
Jack O’Hara – 11
Grant Vermeer – 4
Isaac Gayles – 3
Kenneth Olugbode – 3