Walsh boys cagers bounce Bruins, fall vs. non-league foes

by Matt Deutsch | Correspondent Published:

The Walsh Jesuit boys basketball team endured a rough three-game stretch recently, dropping two of those three contests.

The Warriors won the first game in the series, beating North Coast League foe Padua Franciscan by the score of 70-60 at home on Jan. 25.

The Bruins led 16-15 after the first quarter, but Walsh Jesuit outscored Padua 19-12 during the second period to secure a 34-28 lead at intermission.

The Bruins hung with the Warriors in the second half, but Walsh finally pulled away in the fourth quarter.

Senior Mark Mittiga paced Walsh offensively with 21 points, while senior David Croft was also in double digits with 13 points and senior Doug Lewis tallied eight markers.

Scoring five points apiece were freshman Mitch Peterson, junior Max Siwik and junior Bryan DiCillo. Sophomore Anthony Rozum and Kay both accounted for four points.

Rounding out the scoring for the Warriors were junior Gaven Cona with three points and sophomore Dom Mittiga with two points.

With the loss, Padua's record slipped to 4-10.

The following day, Walsh Jesuit hosted St. Ignatius. The Wildcats beat the Warriors by a 64-46 margin.

St. Ignatius built a 17-15 lead in the opening period, and then the Wildcats outscored Walsh 19-6 during the second period and 18-13 in the third stanza.

The Warriors attempted a comeback in the fourth frame, but it wasn't enough to overcome their deficit.

Mark Mittiga was the only Walsh player to reach double figures in scoring with 14 points. Tallying eight points apiece were Siwik and DiCillo, while Cona accounted for five markers.

Other Warriors who cracked the scoring column were senior Jordan Kay (four points), Croft (four points), D. Mittiga (two points) and Sabella (one point).

Derek Sloan scored 21 points and Francisco Santiago poured in 20 points for St. Ignatius, which improved its record to 11-3.

On Jan. 29, Walsh Jesuit traveled to non-league foe Nordonia. The Knights, who play in the Suburban League, handed the Warriors a 71-61 defeat.

Once again, it was a close game, as Nordonia led by two points after the first quarter and by seven points at intermission.

The Knights kept pulling away in the third stanza, and although Walsh Jesuit put 20 points on the scoreboard during the fourth frame, the Warriors were not able to catch up.

This time, a total of three Walsh Jesuit players scored in double digits. They were Peterson with 13 points, Kay with 11 points and Lewis with 10 markers.

In addition, Mark Mittiga contributed eight points; Siwik added five points; and Croft, DiCillo and D. Mittga accounted for four points each. Cona rounded out the scoring for the Warriors with two points.

Nick Piotrowski led Nordonia (14-2) with 18 points.

Walsh Jesuit's overall record is now 11-4. The Warriors are still undefeated in league action at 6-0.

Walsh was set to face NCL foe Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin Feb. 1, but results weren't available at press time.

The Warriors will host St. Peter Chanel Feb. 5 and Lake Catholic Feb. 8. Game time both nights is set for 7:30 p.m.

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