Going into the Castle-Bosse rematch on Feb. 6, there was a lot of hype, and considering what happened in the first meeting between the schools this was to be expected. After all, the first game only lasted three overtimes with Bosse coming out on top in the slugfest.
The Bulldogs (12-5) needed no overtime against the Knights (7-8) this time winning by the score of 64-59, but the game was still fun to watch. In the rematch, the Bulldogs maintained anywhere between a four to seven point lead throughout most of the game and Castle was never able to get over the hump. The loss puts Castle on a four game losing streak. The Knights last three losses have come at the hands of teams all ranked in the state including Bosse who is currently 12th in 3A.
Against Bosse, it was too much athleticism for the the Knights to overcome in the end.
“The first half we didn’t do anything we talked about doing,” Castle coach Brian Gibson said. “We challenged them (at halftime). I thought the second half we really worked on what we were trying to do and got people in the right spots. We gave up nine offensive rebounds in the first half and only two in the second. Two I can live with. I was really proud of the efforts of some of our guys.”
The Knights had a 10-6 lead midway through the first until the Bulldogs ended the quarter on a 7-0 run with Kolten Sanford hitting a bucket as the buzzer sounded to give the Bulldogs the 13-10 lead heading into the second. Sanford led all scorers with 26 points.
The Knights took the lead in the third quarter at 35-34 thanks to the play by Louis Brock. The senior scored seven consecutive points for Castle in the quarter. While typically not asked to handle much of the scoring averaging 4.4 points a game, Brock came up big against Bosse scoring career high of 22 points.
“Louis played great. The secret to his success was the shot fake. We can’t some of other guys to shot fake no matter what. He was able to take what we practiced into the game,” Gibson said.
The biggest bucket of the night came in the fourth. With Bosse up 42-38, Xavier Burton put back a Bulldog miss and was fouled converting the three point play. The Knights free throw shooting kept them in the game as couple of freebies by Isaiah Swope helped the Knights to within two at 52-50 with three minutes left, but Bosse rattled off five straight points including two straight baskets by Houston commit Kiyron Powell to put the game out of reach. Powell finished the game with 16 points and 15 rebounds.
The win puts Bosse in the drivers seat of the SIAC. The Bulldogs are still undefeated in conference play with all other teams with at least two losses.