Coach Andrade Gets 100th Career Victory!

January 7, 2015 by  

julian-andradeBasketball: Guards break away in second game of season to down Van Nuys, 85-61, in Bell-Jeff Holiday Classic game. There was double the significance to the victory earned by the Bellarmine-Jefferson High boys’ basketball team Friday evening.

The Guards, playing in just their second game of the season, defeated Van Nuys, 85-61, to open their own Bell-Jeff Holiday Classic on a high note.

The win was also a monumental one for Bell-Jeff Coach Julian Andrade, who picked up his 100th career victory.

“It is really nice to get the win with this group, as this is my fifth season at Bell-Jeff,” said Andrade, who also coached two seasons at Eagle Rock and owns a 100-65 career record. “It kind of makes you wonder where the time has gone and I can’t believe I’ve been around long enough to get a 100th win.

“And who knows; hopefully I’ll still be around to get No. 200.”

The Guards (2-0) played an inside-out game to perfection against Van Nuys (6-4). Bell-Jeff used a powerful inside game with senior Abid Oses to complement a potent outside shooting attack spearheaded by seniors Isaac Etter and Clark Thomas.

Oses had 21 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks and Etter poured in 21 points, as well. Thomas clipped in 15 points and Raffy Verano contributed 10 points and seven rebounds.

“The defense really pushes our offense,” Oses said. “When we’re playing good defense that just makes our offense so much better. We have been playing for a year together, all of us, and we feel like we have a good team chemistry right now.”

After a three-pointer by Van Nuys’ Mike Commey with 3:45 left in the first quarter, the score was knotted at 7. But the Guards took control of the game from that point, outscoring the Wolves, 11-2, the rest of the way to go into the first break with an 18-9 lead.

Bell-Jeff seemed to turn on a switch in the second quarter when its offense took over and dominated Van Nuys. When the quarter was over, the Guards had outscored their opponents, 32-11, in the stanza and enjoyed a comfortable 48-21 advantage at the half.

The Wolves didn’t help themselves in the second quarter, as they converted just three of 13 shots (23.1%) from the field.

“We just have so many weapons it’s really hard to stop us,” Andrade said. “Even if one of our key guys has a bad night we can still win. We just have a lot of depth and we have a lot of talented guys.”

It was a little more even in the third quarter, but Bell-Jeff still held a sizable lead, 69-36, heading into the fourth quarter.

The Guards will finally get the on-court experience they have been looking for in the next two weeks. They play Marshall at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and go against Verbum Dei at 6:30 p.m. Monday in their tournament, with the final day of tournament action Tuesday. They will then take part in the #D1Bound Southern California Classic at La Salle after Christmas.

By Jeff Tully,  Follow Jeff Tully on Twitter: @jefftsports.

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