The Ardmore Tigers were simply no match for Bishop McGuinness Tuesday night as they dropped a 60-31 decision to the visitors.
McGuinness (14-2), ranked No 1 in Class 5A, dominated in every statistical category and were surgeon-like in the way they were able to put away the Tigers.
McGuinness had a significant height advantage, and they used that plus to help keep Ardmore completely out of the lane for higher percentage points. The Irish were 19 of 54 (35 percent) from the floor to just 26 percent (10 of 39) for Ardmore. The Tigers could not penetrate through the McGuinness defense and settled more often than not for a 3-point effort.
Ardmore was just 5 of 19 from beyond the arc, but the Tigers' 3s accounted for half of their points.
The Irish led 12-5 after the first period and by intermission had built to a 26-10 advantage. Ardmore had just four field goals and one free throw to show for the entire first 16 minutes of play.
"The ball only went through the hoop five times for us in the first half, and you can't beat anyone shooting like that," Ardmore coach Mark Wilson said. "I thought we did a decent job defensively in the early going, but when you can't make shots, it makes for a long night."
McGuinness did a good job much of the game of being patient on offense. Their goal was to work the ball inside to their tall forwards Will Lienhard and David Love. Fifteen of their 19 field goals were in the paint. Of their 19 field goals, 18 came because of a teammate's assist.
In addition, McGuinness owned a 39-27 overall rebounding advantage and a 12-2 edge on the offensive glass. The Irish outscored Ardmore 14-2 in second-chance points.
"They are extremely hard to guard," Wilson said. "They are such a solid team, and they move the ball well around the perimeter. This game boiled down to a poor offensive showing for us. We simply could not keep up with them because of our bad shooting from the floor.
"We dug ourselves a big hole in the first half. Then we could not make a game of it in the second half."
Ardmore (6-9) got two treys from Chantz White and another from O.J. Walker in the third, as both teams scored 14 points. But in the game's final eight minutes, the Irish pounded the interior, went on a 10-0 run and ouscored the Tigers 20-7 to pull away.
Ardmore committed 18 turnovers with 14 of those coming from Irish steals. McGuinness committed just seven miscues.
Love had 16 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Irish, Lienhard had 10 points and 13 boards, and six other McGuinness players made the scoring column.
Anthony Willis led the Tigers with 11 points, and White finished with nine.