A capacity crowd of close to 1,400 packed the St. John Bosco gym Friday night for a Trinity League game for first place, with Braves fans thinking their team had a chance to compete with No. 1-ranked Santa Ana Mater Dei.
Katin Reinhardt, Mater Dei's 6-foot-5 senior guard headed to UNLV, put an abrupt halt to any Bellflower St. John Bosco party plans, making five three-pointers as part of a 17-point first-quarter performance, and the Monarchs (19-2, 6-0) went on to secure an 86-71 victory.
"Katin is on a different level at times," Mater Dei Coach Gary McKnight said.
The lesson for St. John Bosco (16-5, 5-1) and first-year Coach Derrick Taylor is that there's still much work to be done to challenge the Monarchs, who gave McKnight his 911th career coaching win.
Falling behind, 32-11, after the opening quarter forced the Braves to play catch-up. They settled down and closed to 55-46 late in the third quarter, which should help their confidence in a rematch scheduled for next Friday at Mater Dei. But the Monarchs had too many weapons.