By CURT HORNBECKER
The absence of St. Maria Goretti basketball coach Cokey Robertson may have looked like a blessing.
"I should stay away more often," deadpanned the Gaels coach after a previous engagement kept him from witnessing his club's final home game of the season, a 65-36 walloping of St. James in a non-league contest Tuesday night.
Goretti narrowly escaped with a victory over the Saints in the final game of the St. James Tournament Saturday, but took care of matters much earlier on their home floor, taking a 22-9 advantage at the end of the first period, and cruising for the win.
"We didn't show up tonight," lamented Saints coach Wayne Ridenour. "We just weren't here. We played no defense in the first half, and our shot selection was abysmal. With no offense and no defense, what else is there?"