Fast start by the Dons dooms the Friars


by Joe DiBlasi

The fall sports gear is not yet packed away, but the 2018-19 high school basketball season is officially underway and Loyola Blakefield opened up with a big 55-36 win at Archbishop Curley, Friday evening.

The Dons’ 6-foot-7 center-forward Mitch Fischer exploded for 36 points to lead coach Josh Davalli’s team to the victory.

Fischer poured in 17 first quarter points to give the Dons a 22-13 lead, and they cruised the rest of the way.

Fischer dominated the game on both ends of the floor, scoring nine of his buckets on the night inside the paint. In addition, he hit two 3’s, was 8-for-10 from
the free throw line, and he hauled down 13 rebounds.

Fischer was the only player to score from behind the arc by either team, and he was the only Don in double figures.

“We’re playing really well as team right now,” said Fischer. “Tonight, they basically fed me the ball down low, and I went to work.”

Davalli said that Fischer improved over the summer.

“He’s gotten much better,” said the veteran Dons coach. “He’s an inside-outside player, and he can do a little bit of everything on the floor. It was great to see him get to the foul line tonight as well. He had a great game tonight and we have high expectations for him.”

Davalli, who is now in his 14th year leading the Blakefield basketball program, is optimistic about the upcoming season.

“I like this group and we’re coming along nicely. I think we’re going to get better as the year goes along.”

Fischer said, “We wanted to come out fast tonight to get the early lead, and we did. The plan is to continue to play hard, fight for loose balls, and take good shots.”

Travis Dobbin led Curley with 15 points, and Calib Johnson added 10.

LOYOLA 55, ARCHBISHOP CURLEY 36
LOY 22 12 9 12 — 55
AC 13 9 10 4 — 36
LOY-Fischer 36, Hepting 4. Young 6, Smith 3,
Nnake 6.
AC-Dobbin 15, Johnson 10, Gray 2. Brandon 2, Bert 3, Odom 4.