By ISAAC DEER
Turnovers and foul trouble were the achilles heel for the Cair Paravel Latin boys in a 67-41 home loss to Bishop Ward on Tuesday night.
Lion standouts Carter Brian, Noah Hastert and Zach Clark all were in significant foul trouble early in the first quarter.
The three starters picked up two fouls each before the first quarter ended. Bishop Ward was able to draw four charges in the first quarter, which had an impact on the Lions’ foul troubles early in the contest.
Bishop Ward’s interior offense dominated in the first quarter along with the Cyclones' defense in the paint.
“We have got to get tough,'' Cair Paravel coach Mike Malloy said. "We were bullied with a lot of bodies on us.''
Bishop Ward had the hot hand all night long on Tuesday, with the Cyclones hitting seven 3-point shots against the Lions.
Three of those long-range shots were from Lorenzo Hernandez, who led the Cyclones with 17 points on the night.
Cair Paravel had a difficult night defending the Cyclones' key bench contributors as Bishop Ward had 36 points off of the bench. Hernandez, Chris Galloway, and TJ Maddox were the main catalysts from the Cyclone bench.
“You have to play through those kinds of things,'' Malloy said. "We have to play better defense. We have to suck it up. If you can’t do anything else, you better play defense.''
The second quarter was the worst chapter in Tuesday night’s book for Cair Paravel, with the Lions outscored 24-3 in the quarter. Seventy-five percent of the 24 points scored by the Cyclones were from the bench. Pressing defense by Bishop Ward created easy fastbreak opportunities that spread the floor out.
“We didn’t protect the paint,'' Malloy said. "That’s where (Bishop Ward) got a good amount of offense against us. We weren’t committing to the switches. People would holler switch, but the other guy wouldn’t. Next thing you know (the Cyclones) were getting layups instead of forcing things out of the paint.''
While the Cair Paravel defense struggled, some parts of the Lions’ offense thrived.
Clark led the Lions with 17 points and Ethan Everhart had 10 points.
The Lions want to completely erase Tuesday night’s contest out of their memory.
“We have to forget about the night. It’s done, so we have to forget about that. I’ve pretty much already forgotten about it,” said Malloy.
The (6-3) Lions will travel to (3-4) Maranatha Christian Academy to take on the Eagles on Friday night.
BiSHOP WARD BOYS 67, CAIR PARAVEL BOYS 41
Bishop Ward 19 24 16 8 – 67
Cair Paravel 14 3 10 14 – 41
Bishop Ward (7-2) – Hernandez 6 2-2 17, Campbell 4 1-2 9, Rector 3 1-2 9, Pickens 3 1-2 8, Galloway 3 0-1 6, Maddox 3 0-0 6, Brown 2 1-3 5, Jones 1 0-0 3, Holmes 1 0-0 2, Braden 0 2-2 2.
Cair Paravel (6-3) – Clark 6 5-6 17, E. Everhart 3 2-2 10, Hastert 3 0-2 6, Pavlik 1 1-1 3, Gossard 0 2-2 2, Will 0 2-2 2 S. Everhart 0 1-2 1.
3-point goals -- Cair Paravel 2, Bishop Ward 7. Total fouls -- Cair Paravel 18, Bishop Ward 22.