St. Joe junior scores 37, including 30 in the first half, as he surpasses 1,000 career points; Gaels rout Pallotti

James Bishop joined some elite company in surpassing 1,000 career points at Mount St. Joseph.

by Joe DiBlasi

Just before the tip-off against St Vincent Pallotti on Monday night at Mount Saint Joseph, the Gaels’ athletic director Kraig Loovis announced to the home crowd that senior Jalen Smith was named as a McDonald’s All-American, the first St. Joe basketball player to ever receive that honor.

It was the first home game for the Gaels, who were hosting MIAA A Conference rival St. Vincent Pallotti, since the honor was bestowed on Smith last Thursday.

But on the court, after the game began, the night belonged to junior James Bishop, who poured in 30 points in the first half and went over 1,000 career points at the Mount.

Bishop hit seven threes (six in the first half), and he finished the night with 37 points.

Bishop opened the game with an old-fashioned three-point play. Seven minutes later he nailed a three, with 1:12 to go in the first quarter, and from that point through the end of the second quarter, the sharp-shooting southpaw poured in 27 points during a 10-minute span to finish the first half with 30, outscoring the entire Pallotti team at the half.

Bishop’s torrid shooting allowed the Gaels to take a commanding 50-29 halftime lead enroute to an 82-61 win over the Panthers.

It was the 11th win in a row for the Mount. The Gaels improved to 19-3 on the season.

On the win, Coach Pat Clatchey said that his team is getting better and guys are starting to settle into their roles.

“We still have a long way to go, and we still need better bench play and better execution but we’ve improved a lot since Christmas,” said Clatchey.

On Bishop’s performance, the dean of the Baltimore Catholic League said,” We’ve had a lot of great players and I’ve seen a lot of guys get hot, like Kameron Williams, Phil Booth, and Jalen Adams, but not that hot.

He was feeling it, 30 points in a half is pretty impressive.”

When Clatchey emptied his bench midway through the third quarter, he knew that Bishop could have gone on to even greater scoring heights, but Clatchey said the team win was more important.

When Bishop hit his third three of the night at the 6-minute mark of the second quarter he went over 1,000 career points.

Clatchey said, “He joined an exclusive club tonight, including Jalen Smith, Kameron Williams, Phil Booth and Eric Atkins, to name a few. He put on a great shooting display.”

The humble Bishop said, “I have teammates that feed me the ball. I got open and my shot was falling. My teammates were unselfish and they kept feeding me the ball. It was the hottest game I’ve ever had at Mount Saint Joe.”

On going over 1,000 points, Bishop said, “It means a lot. A lot of people want to get it done and I was able to do it in my junior year and that’s big.”

Smith finished with 15 for the Gaels and Miles Mallory led the Panthers with 13.

SVP  13 16  15  17  — 61
MSJ 20 30 20 10 — 80
ST. VINCENT PALLOTTI: Allison 5, Johnson 2, Giles 4, Cannady 10,
Otto 7, Oshinnaiye 2, Warrick 9, Martin 5, Carter 4, Mallory 13.
MOUNT ST. JOSEPH: Bishop 37, Smith 15, Myers 4, McMillan 8,
McDonald 4, Edokpayi 2, Brelsford 3, July 1, Marshall 2, Crawley 4.