Boys Basketball: Riordan shocks Bellarmine to move into fourth place

Riordan senior guard D. J. Harvey drives past a Bellarmine defender on Saturday at Archbishop Riordan High School. (Photo by Eric Luis)

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.

Riordan junior guard Geru Mabrey skies for a contested layup against Bellarmine on Saturday at Archbishop Riordan High School. (Photo by Eric Luis)

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.”

Scoring Leaders

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

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  1. GCJ01 says:

    Great job Riordan. Keep it up!!!!!

  2. RC Cola says:

    This points out a few things…

    1. Anyone can beat anyone this year. This was proven Saturday with Valley Christian beating SI, Riordan beating Bellarmine, and Serra beating Mitty.

    2. Riordan doesn’t suck. Well at least not always… :)

    3. Riordan is doing better than SI.

    4. Maybe Domingo would be interested in playing for Riordan.

    5. All teams are beatable.

    6. Riordan is doing better than SI.

    • JJ says:

      Domingo had a great game to beat Riordan, yet tons of the naysayers tried to discredit Domingo’s accomplishment saying he did it against an undersized froncourt. Graham Gilleran is not short and plays tough defense. In that game, Domingo showed emotion and played very well, yet people on here wants him to not show emotion as they feel it is unsportsmanlike. Since that game, he has not showed emotion on the court and his game has suffered. At any rate, Buckner is a great coach. I’ve seen him scouting SI on the same day that Riordan had a game. Good luck to the Crusaders and I hope they continue to play well, as well as the other teams in the City.

    • COncerned Citizen says:

      Did you also mention that Riordan is doing better than Si

  3. WCAL Fan says:

    Great job Crusaders beating the bells.

  4. Big guy 24 says:

    You got to love the WCAL because of the tough talent and good coaches. On any night you can beat a tough team, Riordan beats Bellermine, SI loses to Valley, Serra beats Mitty. What a good night in basketball it was. Keep working hard Riordan cause you never know what can happen. SHC looks really good so far too. City teams making us proud.

  5. crusader 81 says:

    so has there been any news on the soph transfer controversy? will there be forfeits? will the kid be allowed to play at some point this season?

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