A strong fourth-quarter finish propelled a pesky O'Dea team past Bainbridge as the Spartans fell 67-57 Friday in Metro League boys basketball.
The game was closer than the final score. Bainbridge was in front for most of the contest, and the Spartans sprinted to a 20-14 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The teams played even in the second, and Bainbridge led 33-27 at halftime.
O'Dea began to pull feathers out of the Spartans' cushion in the third quarter, and the Irish outscored BHS 21-17 in the quarter to narrow the gap to 50-48.
O'Dea's hot shooting continued in the fourth, as the Irish put another 19 points on the board to escape with a win.
"We had a hard time keeping them off the glass," said Spartans Coach Scott Orness. "We were down four with 1:30 to go and had to start fouling, which led to the 10-point spread."
Orness was pleased with the play of his young team.
"I am proud of our effort and we keep getting better game by game. You would never know that we are a sophomore-dominated team," Orness said. "We played physical and tough and controlled the tempo for most of the game."
"I felt it was our best 28 minutes of the year, but we needed 32 minutes to win," he said.
Joey Blacker paced Bainbridge and was the game's high-scorer. He finished with 23 points.
Oskar Dieterich added 19 points for the Spartans, and Trent Schulte contributed seven.
Nick Edens and Blake Swanson scored four points each for Bainbridge.