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St. James comes up empty vs. Goretti

February 16, 1997

By MARK KELLER

Staff Writer

ST. JAMES - Looks certainly can be deceiving.

What looked like a Pete Webb 3-pointer and a free throw turned out to be an empty fourth-quarter possession for St. James in its 51-41 loss to St. Maria Goretti in the fifth-place game of the St. James Invitational Tournament Saturday.

Earlier, Martinsburg overcame a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat Mercersburg Academy, 85-83, in the seventh-place game.

After Goretti (16-15) took a 43-37 lead on Brad Runkles' baseline jumper, Webb was fouled on a 3-point basket that was disallowed because of offensive goaltending.

Webb, who earlier converted a three-shot foul, missed all three attempts and the Saints missed an opportunity to cut the Gaels' lead to two points.

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"It shouldn't have been that big, because you figure to hit at least two foul shots," St. James coach Wayne Ridenour said. "You've got to make a couple foul shots there."

St. James (7-14) trimmed the margin to four on a Danny Brewington jumper. But Goretti scored the next six, including four free throws by Jamie Rice, to extend its advantage to 49-39.

Kyle Logan had 11 of his game-high 19 points in the first half for Goretti.

"They controlled the tempo and made us shoot from outside instead of attacking," said Goretti coach Cokey Robertson. "I thought we played very well and we're satisfied coming out of here 2-1."

Brewington led St. James with 13 points and Webb added 10.

In the opener, Mercersburg (12-11) scored the first three points of the fourth quarter to stretch its lead to 69-57. But Martinsburg scored 10 of the next 12 to pull within four with six minutes to play.

The Bulldogs (15-4) continued to hammer inside despite having three players with four fouls. Martinsburg finally gained its first lead, 82-80, with 1:43 left.

After the Blue Storm tied the game on two Mike Bush free throws, Nate Maczuzak sealed it for Martinsburg with three free throws in the last minute.

Michael Wright had 21 points and Jason Dirting had 20 for the Bulldogs.

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