Visiting Loyola came into town Tuesday night with just a 5-7 record and a fairly young team on paper. But the Bulldogs loaded up their early-season schedule playing not only some Division 1 programs but also some very good Division 1 programs and they certainly experienced some growing pains.
But against host Father Gabriel Richard, the Bulldogs appeared all grown up as they built a comfortable first half lead and cruised to a 66-42 win over the Fighting Irish – who certainly lived up to their name because they never gave up the fight in this one.
Father Gabriel Richard worked hard and never quit, but the Bulldogs had a little too much speed and size for the Fighting Irish. And whenever the hosts made a little run, Loyola seemed to come right back down the floor with an answer at the other end.
Senior Max Moon led the Fighting Irish with 11 points. Senior Andrew Kendzicky had eight points and sophomore Greg Kendzicky scored six for FGR.
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The Fighting Irish host Macomb Lutheran on Thursday night.
FGR started off the game in step with their talented visitors. A put-back by Andy Edwards cut the deficit to 7-5 and a triple by Moon cut Loyola’s lead to 10-8. But the Bulldogs went on a run and stretched the lead to 17-8 with less than 2 minutes to play in the quarter.
Loyola took a 19-8 lead into the second quarter.
The Bulldogs opened the second quarter with a triple and then a dunk.
A triple from the corner by Greg Kendzicky brought the Fighting Irish to within 24-11. But Loyola would answer with another run and extended its lead to 34-17 at halftime.
Two free throws from Brent Johnson cut the lead to 36-21. A turnaround jumper in the lane by Moon cut the deficit to 42-23 in the third quarter. But a triple from Lyn Derrick Brown with 2:10 left in the quarter made it a 20-point game at 45-25.
FGR’s Andrew Kendzicky hit a triple with 20 seconds left in the quarter to make it 51-31.
But the Fighting Irish kept fighting despite the score. They were diving on the floor, chasing rebounds and scoring. Dominic Ciarelli turned a steal into a layup for FGR in the last minute of the game.