Bellarmine Prep junior guard Malachi Flynn didn’t like the way things turned out last time the Lions played the Gig Harbor Tides and lost. So when the Tides rolled into Bellarmine’s home court Wednesday night, he took matters into his own hands, scoring from everywhere on the floor to give Bellarmine a 66-65 win over Gig Harbor.
“We got embarrassed by these guys last time. I just came out with a mindset to try to kill every play,” said Flynn, who finished with 31 points. “Go to the bucket and just put pressure on the defense at all times. I ended up having a good game.”
For much of the game, it wasn’t as close as the score indicated. At the end of the third quarter, Bellarmine (8-7 overall, 3-5 Narrows 4A) led 51-37. Nothing was going Gig Harbor’s way until the Tides went into a full-court press in the fourth quarter. The press, along with junior forward Sam Gagliardi and senior guard Chris Drake starting to hit their shots, allowed Gig Harbor (10-6, 4-4) to get back into the game.
“We played harder,” Tides coach Billy Landram said. “We were struggling all game with intensity and toughness. Our press kind of got that ramped up a little bit. They had a lead so they were trying to probably run the clock a little bit, too, and we hit some shots.”
Drake hit three baskets to get the Tides close and Gagliardi took it from there, nailing two threes to tie the game.
With three seconds left, tied at 65, Gig Harbor fouled Bellarmine sophomore Joey Bodoia, sending him to the line for a one-and-one. Bodoia hit the front end, sealing the win.
“I just tried to stay calm and just do what I do best and make it,” Bodoia said.
Bellarmine senior forward Rex Bodoia finished with 14 points.
Gagliardi led Gig Harbor with 16 points. Drake and senior forward Casey Gearhart added 13 each.