Calvert Hall dumps St. Maria Goretti

February 04, 1997


Staff Correspondent

Simply saying that Calvert Hall coach Mark Amatucci was unhappy with his team's performance Tuesday night at St. Maria Goretti doesn't begin to describe how he truly felt.

Calling the Cardinals' 56-45 Baltimore Catholic League win over the Gaels, "the worst game we've played all year," Amatucci made clear that the performance was far from what he expected to see.

"We came out of the Charm City tournament playing well, against teams with national recognition," Amatucci said. "We came in here tonight and stunk up the joint. I told them we can't have bad nights like this if we're going to win the league."


On the other hand, Goretti coach Cokey Robertson wasn't nearly as severe when grading the Gaels' overall performance.

"I give an `A' for effort. We played with a lot of heart tonight," Robertson said. "We just need to shoot the ball and take care of the ball better to beat a team like them."

It seemed as though things were working against the Gaels (12-13) from the outset. As the teams took the floor, Goretti was called for a technical foul for having a player on the floor who was not checked into the game. Juan Dixon sank both free throws to give Calvert Hall (20-3) a 2-0 edge before the clock had even started.

The Cardinals retained possession after the free throws and Aaron Herbert scored inside for a 4-0 lead. But Goretti scored the next seven points, capped by an Anthony Sowers 3-pointer, to lead by three.

A 3-pointer by Freddie Biggs with one minute left in the quarter pulled Calvert Hall even at 11-11. A free throw by Dixon on the Cardinals' next trip put them back in the driver's seat for good. Calvert Hall outscored the Gaels 16-8 in the second quarter and stretched its advantage to nine points, 28-19, at the half.

Three straight Goretti turnovers to start the second half helped the Cardinals increase the margin to 15 points midway through the second half. The Gaels were able to cut the deficit to 40-29 near the end of the third quarter on a breakaway slam by Kyle Logan, but Dixon scored the first 10 Calvert Hall points in the final period to seal the win.

"We played very well defensively. We gave ourselves a shot," Robertson said. "Too many unforced turnovers tonight ... too many lost passes."

Dixon led all scorers with 21 points. Herbert added 13 for Calvert Hall.

For Goretti, Logan had 16 points and Runkles grabbed 11 rebounds.

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