Gaels, Saints lose in St. James tournament

February 14, 1997


Staff Writer

ST. JAMES - With just over three minutes gone in its opening round game of the St. James Invitational Tournament, St. Maria Goretti was in pretty good shape.

The Gaels' Kyle Logan had just hit a short jumper to pull his team even with Mt. Zion Christian Academy.

But the Warriors - currently ranked No. 2 in the nation by USA Today - scored the game's next 23 points and turned the final three quarters into little more than a formality in a 92-50 victory.

"We were very intimidated," Goretti coach Cokey Robertson said. "We embarrassed ourselves, we embarrassed our school and we embarrassed the city of Hagerstown with the way we played.


"After this performance, the big challenge is to pick ourselves back up and come back tomorrow."

The Gaels (14-15) will face Mercersburg at 5:30 in today's second round. Mt. Zion (22-1) will face Oak Hill Academy (23-4) - a 67-41 winner over St. James in Thursday's tournament opener - tonight at 8:30.

After Logan's basket tied Thursday's game at 6-6, Tracey McGrady sliced through the defense to ignite the game-breaking run. McGrady, a 6-foot-8 guard, scored eight of his 15 points during the spurt, which featured scoring by seven Mt. Zion players.

Jamie Rice finally broke the drought for the Gaels (14-15), scoring the first basket of the second quarter. But Mt. Zion scored the next six points and 15 of the quarter's final 17 to take a 52-16 lead at the half.

"Looking to tomorrow, everybody thinks about Oak Hill," Mt. Zion coach Joel Hopkins said. "They've had such a good program over the years. They've got some guys that can play and they've got a great coach in Steve Smith."

Kyle Logan led Goretti with 22 points, five steals and five rebounds.

In the tournament opener, Dee Tolliver scored 15 first-half points as Oak Hill raced to a 31-16 lead by intermission. The Warriors scored the game's first 14 points, holding St. James (6-12) scoreless for the first 6:13 of the contest.

Tolliver, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, finished with a game-high 27 points, including seven 3-pointers. Attila Cosby added 17 points for the Warriors and William Avery scored 11.

Sophomores Larry Scott and Danny Brewington led St. James. Scott scored 19 points and Brewington added 15 .

"We just wanted to stay within striking distance and give ourselves a chance," St. James coach Wayne Ridenour said. "We kept it close for a while, but they're just too darned good."

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