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Depth proved to be a key factor for Our Lady of the Lake's Saints in a 105-81 victory over Bacone on Monday night at the Palmer Center.
A back-and-forth first half quickly got out of hand as the No. 17 (NAIA) Saints grabbed a 23-point lead at 48-25 with 2:00 minutes to go before Bacone rallied to make it 50-35 at halftime.
The Saints pushed their lead to 20 points before the Warriors answered, trimming the lead to five points at 64-59 with 13:32 remaining. That's when the depth began to show itself.
“I was so proud of our kids’ effort, they competed so hard tonight.” Bacone coach Alan Foster said. “This is a ball game that’s even closer than the score because towards the end we just ran out of gas. They’re (OLLU) playing about 12 or so and we’re only playing seven.”
Foster’s comments rang true as the Saints bench racked up 54 total points with three in double figures in contrast to the Bacone’s 18 points from the bench.
“If you looked at the second half we basically played six people to their 10 or 11,” he said. “We could play with them until fatigue set it. That’s the same it was in the first half, it was very close then they put a run on us with their bench. It was a superior effort by our guys even though the scoreboard doesn’t show it.”
Collectively the Warriors hit 41 percent (24-of-58) and knocked down 30 of 45 free throw attempts. The Saints (14-3, 11-0) dropped in 50 percent (37-of-74) from the field while going 23-of-36 at the charity stripe.
La’Charleston Tumblin led Bacone in scoring with 26 points. James Scott added 12 points and 11 rebounds, Lakheem Trotter and Quinten Rose both finished with 10 respectively.
The Warriors (2-14, 1-10) host Huston-Tillotson on Saturday at the Palmer Center with the tip-off set for 7:30 p.m.
Our Lady of Lake 95, Bacone 74
Despite shooting 53 percent (16-of-30) in the first half the Lady Warriors still saw themselves trailing Our Lady of the Lake by seven at 50-43 at halftime.
The shooting streak didn’t carry over as the Lady Saints (14-3, 9-2) worked their way into the eventual victory.
The closest the Lady Warriors would get was four points at 55-51 with 17:46 remaining in the second half.
Danielle Jackson led the Lady Warriors in scoring with 22 points and Noelani Gi chipped in 17. Bacone (6-9, 3-8) faces Huston-Tillotson on Saturday at the Palmer Center.