Bishop Diego went on an 18-0 run in the second half and knocked down on 12 three-pointers in a 65-39 victory over Grace Brethren in its second game Saturday at the Carpinteria Jim Bashore Holiday Cage Classic.
The Cardinals defeated Hueneme, 68-46, in the morning game.
Freshman Luis Fernandez and sophomore Anthony Villa each hit a trio of three-pointers against an undermanned Grace Brethren team in the nightcap.
“We are still a young team, so to come out and play versus a depleted Grace team, I felt we came out flat in the first half,” Bishop coach James Coronado said. “Our young guys responded in the second half and they made a run which was nice to see from a young team. Great defense and ball movement led us to a big second half.”
Villa ended the game with 18 points and Fernandez chipped in 13.
Bishop pulled away from Hueneme with a 24-point third quarter.
Bryan Trejo stepped up on defense to spark the Cardinals in the quarter.
“Bryan was playing the passing lanes great and got about four steal-layups in the third quarter,” said Coronado. “That got our whole team going, and when we are on a roll, we are sharing the ball, shooting threes and playing great defense. It all started with Bryan’s energy and intensity.”
Austin Ziehl led a balanced scoring attack with 15 points, while four other players scored eight points.
“We are a really good team when our defensive energy is up, and today in the second half, it was definitely up.”
Bishop is 2-1 going into the final day of the tournament on Monday.