Guido Gets 100th Win In Redeemer Rout

February 20, 2019
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YATESVILLE — There wasn’t much for Holy Redeemer to discuss at halftime.

Holding a 16-point lead at the break without much going wrong, the Royals simply needed to keep up the good work. They were back on the floor to stay sharp and shoot around with six minutes remaining in the break.

A 10-day gap between games left Holy Redeemer boys basketball looking fresh rather than rusty Tuesday night. The No. 2 Royals didn’t have trouble withstanding No. 7 Riverside’s outside shooting, rolling to a 73-55 win in their District 2 Class 3A quarterfinal at Pittston Area.

The strong postseason debut was win No. 100 for coach Paul Guido, whose Royals take on No. 3 Mid Valley in Friday’s semifinals. Guido said the milestone made him think about the players who have gone through the program, plus his family, assistants and school that gave him the opportunity to be a part of the past several years.

“It’s a little bit overwhelming, to be honest,” Guido said. “It’s something that’s special to me, and I’ll hold it very close to my heart, for sure.”

There was hardly any stopping Holy Redeemer (19-3), which had a clear size advantage in this matchup.

All forward Nick Prociak needed for a clean shot was a pass on the money as he stepped toward the low block. He scored 22 points.

Collin Cook found just as much success driving to the hole and had 17 points. Justice Shoats added 12 to go with pesky on-ball defense; his steals led to three fast breaks with buckets at the other end.

Leading 39-23, Redeemer mostly just made sure it still had a shooting rhythm at halftime.

“I just really wanted to emphasize the things that we talked about pre-game,” Guido said. “Repeat them, and then let’s just get right back up there and get some shots and stuff.”

Riverside did most of its damage from 3-point range, shooting 11 for 26 (42 percent).

The Vikings (9-14) stayed within five points after a quarter and was still 5 for 12 from deep at halftime thanks to strong shooting from Michael Rickert (15 points) and Razen Reyes (13), who both hit three 3s. Brandon Reed also finished with 11.

But Redeemer’s size inside sent the Vikings settling for plenty of mid-range looks, and they shot 7 of 21 on 2-point tries. Riverside eventually went cold from distance, too, missing seven straight 3s before reserve players sank four of their last five as time ran low.

“I thought defensively, overall 5-on-5, we were great. We rebounded really well,” Guido said. “They got zero, I feel like, second shots. Maybe only a few offensive rebounds; otherwise, it was one shot or no shot.”

The Royals — winners in 10 of their last 11 games — got by their first obstacle of the district tournament. If they do the same against Mid Valley next, they’ll advance to the championship round and qualify for the PIAA tournament, too.

“The guys know that that’s a big game on Friday. If you win, you get two more (games), and if you lose, you’re over,” Guido said. “I don’t need to say too much to them. I think they’re ready to roll.”

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