Northrop not only earned a chance to win a third straight SAC Holiday Tournament title Thursday night, but also gave itself a record and chance at another.
With their 88-67 victory over Snider, the Bruins earned their 55th tournament win to overtake South Side for the most single-game victories.
The win also gives the Bruins the chance to move into sole possession of another stat it shares with Archers – most team championships. Currently, Northrop and South Side are tied with nine titles each.
“The heritage of Northrop basketball is so rich and it's neat to have it back to where it was,” Northrop head coach Barak Coolman said. “We talk a lot about that because there are some great basketball players that came through Northrop … so we are excited, but again, we don't just want to win the most games. There's one more number we'd like to try and get.”
To achieve the record it's going to take a lot of endurance. The championship game will end up being the fifth game in four days for Northrop with the Bruins playing two games in the City Securities Hall of Fame Classic on Friday.
“We would be practicing two hours a day if we weren't playing, and we practice extremely hard,” Coolman said. “Sure there's going to be some fatigue, but overall just a matter they'd much rather play than practice.”
The Bruins earned the opportunity by exploding in the second quarter. Snider held a 1-point lead at the end of the first quarter, but Bryson and Brenton Scott quickly took control. Bryson scored 13 of his 33 points in the quarter and Brenton added five of his 27 on top of their defense that forced Snider into a lot of contested shots. It all lead to a 42-29 halftime lead for the Bruins.
“We can't live and die by three-point shots,” Snider head coach John Todor said. “We shot 26 three-pointers. We've been talking about it, if we aren't on. We live and die by the three-point shot, and we died by it tonight.”
Bryson Scott's production may have partially been due to seeing Bishop Luers's James Blackmon Jr. set the single-game scoring record Wednesday. He joked after the game about watching Blackmon from the stands and the motivation seeing someone do that can bring.
“He was just going on knocking three balls back,” Scott said about Blackmon. “It was crazy; it was fun to watch. It inspires me a little bit. I want to do the same thing, but I'm just trying to play with my team. I'd rather have 20 points and a win than 40 and a loss.”
NORTHROP 88, SNIDER 67
Northrop 18 24 28 18 — 88
Snider 19 10 14 24 — 67
Northrop: Brenton Scott 27, Womack 10, Bryson Scott 33, Thomas 6, Richmond 4, Griggs 6, Wilson 2
Snider: Covington 23, Halstead 7, Leeander Williams 14, Spitnale 2, Devlyn Williams 11, Harvey 3, Pierce 2, Washington 5