CUMBERLAND — Quincy Redmon was just about unstoppable and so was second-ranked Bishop Walsh as the Spartans got a little revenge and clinched at least a share of the City championship with a 59-49 win over top-ranked Allegany Tuesday night.
Redmon, a 6-foot-6 senior, made 9 of 10 shots and had game highs with 22 points and 15 rebounds, while Hunter Marrale had 14 points and Liam Rhodes 11 and five assists to lead the Spartans, now 17-5 overall and 2-1 in the City.
A win at Fort Hill in the league finale in two weeks would make the Spartans outright City champs. A Fort Hill win in that game would leave all three City teams 2-2.
Last night’s win also moved BW into first place in the Appalachian Mountain Athletic Conference with a 10-1 record.
“Winning the City is big, and it’s something special,’’ said BW coach Bob Boyle. “We’ve had some shots at the AMAC before but faltered in the end. I don’t think this team will be one that falters the rest of the way.
“This was a great game for us. Everybody played well, and it was a total team effort. I thought our defense was excellent most of the night.”
Trenton Eirich went 10 of 12 from the foul line and had 16 points for Allegany (13-5, 2-2, 12-2), which had a six-game winning streak snapped. Bryce Nightengale added 11 points, six rebounds, four steals and two blocks.
“We didn’t deserve to win,’’ Allegany coach Tedd Eirich said. “We missed some easy shots, and gave up too many offensive rebounds ... we played the exact opposite way that we played the last time we played them.”
Bishop Walsh, which lost at Allegany 64-61 three weeks ago, led for all but a few seconds as the only Camper lead was 3-2 in the early going. A three-point shot by Marrale began a 14-5 run that ended the quarter and put the Spartans up 16-8.
The lead grew to a dozen, 27-15, after a Redmon bucket after a nice drive and dish by Chris Scarlett with 1:50 left in the half. It was 29-22 at the break, when Boyle warned his players of what he knew was coming.
“We told the kids at halftime that Allegany’s going to make a run at us, all good teams do, and to be ready for it and push past it,’’ he said.
The Campers did just as Boyle predicted, getting to within 41-39 in the first minute of the fourth quarter, but Redmon, who had eight points and six rebounds in the third quarter, hit a shot in the lane and canned a pair of free throws to help stem the tide early in the fourth.
He had opened the second half with back-to-back shots in the lane and a third after an offensive rebound. All 12 of BW’s third-quarter points came on shots deep in the lane or on fast breaks.
“Quincy has always been able to get good inside position. We need to get him the ball when he does. That’s the thing. We did that a lot tonight,’’ said Boyle, “and if he gets the ball and draws two or three defenders, Quincy will kick the ball out to the open man. He’s very unselfish.
“We also had some fast break points when Allegany got close which were key, and for most of the night we moved the ball well.”
Mario D’Atri, who had four points, six rebounds and four assists off the bench, hit a jumper to get Allegany to 50-45 with just over three minutes left, but the Spartans went 7 for 11 from the foul line in the final 2:10 to seal it.
Allegany could have won the City title, outright, with a win.
“It seemed like the whole game was a struggle on both ends for us,’’ said Eirich. “We didn’t seem to play with much energy, and BW had great energy. Why we didn’t, I don’t know.
“We’ve got to play the way we’re taught in practice every day. If we go away from it, this is what can happen.”
Allegany won the jayvee game 52-26. Darick Kerns had 15 points and Dajaun Pendergast 12 for the Campers. Isaiah Fraser had 17 for the Spartans.
Bishop Walsh visits Mountain Ridge and Allegany hosts Frankfort on Friday.
Mike Mathews is a Cumberland Times-News sportswriter. Write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org