Loyola’s Walsh scores 21 to lead the Dons to victory in their basketball opener

When quarterback Cam Newton scored a touchdown on his first touch during his triumphant return to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, he ripped off his helmet and yelled “I’m back,” into the television cameras for all the world to hear.

Loyola basketball player Gavin Walsh, who briefly transferred to Bishop Walsh in Cumberland earlier this year, only to quickly return to Blakefield, did not do something so demonstrative in the Dons basketball season opener, Wednesday against Gerstell Academy, but he made his presence known all the same.

Walsh netted 21 points in leading the Dons to a 54-39 victory of Gerstell Academy, who has moved back to the MIAA B Conference this season after two years in the A Conference with the Dons.

Loyola led by eight at the half and steadily grew its lead to 51-31 midway through the fourth quarter before the Falcons closed the gap a bit. Anything Gerstell accomplished offensively in this one, came from the outside, as the Falcons made 10 three pointers, accounting for 30 of their 39 points.

Sophomore J’lin Brown added 10 points, while Ryder Drew and Owen Fischer scored 8 points each for the Dons.

Pictured above: Loyola’s Gavin Walsh scored 21 points in the Dons’ season opener, Wednesday, leading his team to a 54-39 win over Gerstell Academy.