Luke Hornberger, Zach Bloch lift Seabury past KC East
Throughout the fourth quarter Friday, Bishop Seabury’s student section rained chants of a drawn out “Lukeee” in appreciation of sophomore center Luke Hornberger.
Whether he was making layups, earning trips to the free-throw line or blocking a shot, Hornberger certainly made enough plays to keep the chants coming. When Seabury’s boys basketball team scored the first 10 points of the fourth quarter against Kansas City (Mo.) East Christian, the 6-foot-4 Hornberger scored seven of them.
Holding KC East to just four points in the fourth quarter, the Seahawks pulled away for a 57-41 victory at Dillon Gymnasium. It’s their fourth win in their last six games, improving their record to 7-7.
Hornberger, who didn’t make a shot prior to the fourth quarter, finished with seven points, five rebounds and two blocks. Using his size, he affected shots on defense without fouling.
“Luke has been really darn good for us,” Seabury coach Jonathan Raney said of Hornberger. “He really has. He doesn’t get a lot of credit for it.”
Seabury led by 10 points midway through the third quarter but were limited to two points over the last five minutes of the period. With an 8-2 run, KC East cut the score to 41-37.
In the team huddle between quarters, Raney said he “challenged” his players to pick up the intensity on defense. With an offensive boost from Hornberger, the Seahawks led by double digits for the final six minutes. KC East, which took half of its shots from the 3-point line, shot 2 for 14 in the fourth quarter.
“You could tell our energy picked up,” Raney said. “Our enthusiasm and communication was great. We were talking on the weak side, calling out screens and everybody was really engaged that fourth quarter. It was fun to watch.”
During the third quarter, the Seahawks relied on freshman point guard Zach Bloch to carry the offense. He scored six straight points — all on jump shots — on his way to a game-high 17 points.
Bloch thrives on pick-and-rolls, which sets up his mid-range game. He made 8 of his 13 attempts Friday by attacking mismatches on the perimeter. In the fourth quarter, his defender tried to stop a drive by Cobe Green, so Bloch called for the ball and drilled a 3-pointer from the wing.
“That boy is good,” Raney said of Bloch. “He’s solid with the ball, doesn’t turn it over, obviously can shoot the heck out of it. He just controls the game.”
In the first half, Thomas diZerega ran the show for the Seahawks. The team’s only senior scored 11 of his 16 points in the last 3:10 of the second quarter. That included a buzzer-beating triple, where he dribbled around a defender behind the 3-point line and did a half-spin before releasing his shot.
Raney said that he spoke with diZerega about focusing on the intangibles and being a leader. The 6-foot guard responded with seven rebounds and three assists, constantly diving on the floor for loose balls. Junior Chris Green added seven points and 10 rebounds, while Sam Bayliss had four boards.
“I feel like we’re moving in the right direction,” Raney said. “We’re becoming a more confident team.”
KC East Christian (41)
Max Titus 4-17 1-2 11, Samuel Burkart 3-9 0-0 8, Callen Dye 1-6 1-2 3, Caleb Ross 2-9 0-0 6, Zach Mann 1-2 0-0 2, Paul McDowell 4-8 1-3 9, Luke Spencer 1-5 0-0 2, Caeleb Dye 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-56 3-7 41.
Bishop Seabury (57)
Thomas diZerega 6-11 3-4 16, Zach Bloch 8-13 0-0 17, Chris Green 3-6 0-0 7, Cobe Green 1-9 6-8 8, Luke Hornberger 2-4 3-8 7, Henry Nelson 0-0 0-0 0, Sam Bayliss 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 21-45 12-20 57.
KC East 10 15 12 4 — 41
Seabury 12 21 8 16 — 57
Three-point goals: KC East 6-28 (Titus 2, Burkart 2, Ross 2); Seabury 3-10 (diZerega, Bloch, Chris Green). Fouled out: McDowell. Turnovers: KC East 11, Seabury 13.