Galilean Basketball starts 2-0 with home-opening win

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By Quincy Burt

Sports Correspondent

A good showing in a scrimmage and a road win launched the season in the right direction for the Galilean Eagles and Monday night (October 29) they continued with that trajectory.

Jordan Christian came to town and played well early with the short-handed Eagles. GCA had just seven active players for the home opener.

It was just a 38-35 lead for Galilean at the half as the guards for Jordan kept the visitors in the contest.

“Early, we had trouble getting out on their guards for some reason,” coach Scott Jones pointed out. “They did hit some that were pretty deep, but for our guys knowing who the shooters were there wasn’t any excuse to not get a hand up. We fixed some of that in the second half.”

Junior Caleb Burrows would keep the Eagles ahead with his second double-double performance of the young season. The guard scored a game-high 22 points while sharing the lead with 10 rebounds and led the contest with six assists. Freshman Aaron Brown, limited in the first half with foul trouble, was a spark in the second half hitting a corner three to get things started in the third quarter - his shooting got others going as well. Galilean shot 50% from three in the contest.

“Aaron can really be a difference for us this season,” Jones said. “His effort and athleticism really is a spark especially Monday night when we were short handed to start with. Caleb (Burrows) has really been showing that the work he put in this off season is paying off. When nothing else was working Monday night, he was able to get to the basket and keep us in it while everyone else got settled.”

Lee Van Lew II was the second-leading scorer on the night for GCA with 17 points while adding six rebounds, four assists and four steals. Brown added 16 points and 10 rebounds for his second-straight double double.

There would be five Eagles in double figures as seniors Lucas Cook (14) and Javion Jackson (12) got into the act as well. Senior Greg Sizemore played valuable minutes and eighth-grader Will Bennett added seven points off the bench.

“Lee is another one that has worked really hard in the off season,” Jones stated. “He is a steady presence for us and does all the little things. Once he gets some things figured out finishing around the rim, look out. Lucas and Javion each had really good performances for us and we will rely heavily on each of them this season. I was tickled pink with the way Greg and Will played. They were forced into some early action with some players out that night and they didn’t disappoint. We will need minutes out of them again, and I know they are ready and willing.”

The 88-58 win came on the above mentioned shooting and better defense in the second half. Galilean (2-0) will be tested this week with a rematch of the KCSAA State Semi Finals from last season on the schedule with CCHE coming to town and should have their full roster available. There will also be a home contest with Heart for Christ on Thursday evening beginning at 6pm.