Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School held its senior night Friday at the Pleasant Valley gymnasium.
The six Marauder seniors - Chris Baldesssaro, Patrick Irwin, Tyler Koehle, Nate Nardelli, Zach Patterson and Brandon Drenning - were introduced with their parents prior to the game.
Those seniors, who have helped make coach Chris Drenning's first season at the helm a success, went out as winners, beating the Central Cambria Red Devils, 64-34, in their final appearance on their home court.
"We have a great group of seniors," the elder Drenning said. "For them to win tonight means everything."
Although the final score was a lopsided one, it was a competitive game for three quarters.
Following a pair of free throws by Tanner Ambrisco, Brandon Drenning began a 7-0 run by the Marauders with a 3-pointer. Patterson followed with a jumper, and Sam McCloskey followed with a tip-in of a teammate's miss. Randy Hodgson ended the run, draining a trey with 3:15 left in the first quarter. But the Marauders ended the quarter by scoring the last five points, giving them a 17-13 lead after one.
Following a jumper by Damon Rickens, a BG 6-foot-1 junior, the Red Devils went on a 7-2 run over the next three minutes and made the Marauder lead just one point (24-23). BG took a 28-26 lead into the locker room for halftime.
Just like the previous two quarters, the third was another highly-contested affair, with the Marauders out-scoring the Red Devils, 13-11. BG came out from the locker room and scored the first five points, with Patterson scoring four. That run was ended by a 3 by Ambrisco with 45 seconds left in the third to cut the Devils' deficit to 39-37. Irwin had a chance to end the third quarter by making a traditional three-point play but failed to convert on the free throw.
Brandon Drenning came out in the fourth quarter, shooting lights out, draining one 3 after another in the fourth quarter, making three of them in the first 2:30 of the quarter.
McCloskey also connected on a 3-pointer in that same time-frame, and all of a sudden, what had once been a four-point lead less than three minutes ago, was all the way up to 15. The Marauders outscored the Red Devils, 22-6, in that period.
"Those four big shots turned the tide," Chris Drenning said.
"I thought we played well for the first three quarters, but we just ran out of gas in the fourth," CC coach Adam Stephan said. "But Drenning got hot and made some 3s. We never recovered."
Brandon Drenning finished his last home game with a game-high 17 points, and McCloskey had 11.
Bishop Guilfoyle finished its regular season with a 17-5 record. It will square of with Ferndale in the opening round of the District 6-A playoffs at a date and time that have yet to be determined.
Ambrisco paced the Red Devils with 16 points, and Will Seymour chipped in with 12 points. Central Cambria wrapped up its campaign at 6-16.
CENTRAL CAMBRIA (43): Hodgson 2 0-1 6, Zearing 0 0-0 0, Ambrisco 4 6-7 16, Holsinger 2 1-2 5, Bowman 2 0-0 4, Seymour 5 2-5 12. Totals 15 9-15 43.
BISHOP GUILFOYLE (63): Irwin 2 1-3 5, Drenning 6 0-0 17, Baldessaro 0 0-0 0, Koehle 0 1-2 1, Rickens 4 0-0 8, Nardelli 0 0-0 0, Fulare 3 1-2 7, Fiore 0 0-0 0, Patterson 4 0-0 8, Chadbourne 0 2-3 2, McCloskey 5 0-1 11, Wolf 1 0-0 2, Little 0 0-0 0, Brumbaugh 1 0-0 2. Totals 26 5-11 63.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Central Cambria13 13 11 6 - 43
Bishop Guilfoyle17 11 13 22 - 63
3-point goals: Central Cambria 4 (Hodgson 2, Ambrisco 2). Bishop Guilfoyle 6 (Drenning 5, McCloskey).
Records: Central Cambria (6-16); Bishop Guilfoyle (17-5).