Gaels get no resistance from Saints

February 18, 1997


Staff Correspondent

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?"


The quick start continued into the second period, as St. Maria (17-15) ran off 14 of the first 16 points in the quarter to expand its lead to 36-11. Kyle Logan, John Thomas and Brad Runkles led the way, combining to hit 15 of 19 field goals for 31 of the Gaels 36 first-half points.

"We came out and applied a little pressure, were able to get some steals, and got some transition baskets," said Goretti Assistant Coach Scott Mowbray. "We did a better job attacking the zone tonight, and Logan hit a few of those 15-footers.

"We shot the ball very well in the first half, and when you shoot the ball well, it makes it easy for you."

Meanwhile, the Saints (7-15) were unable to find the range, hitting just seven of 28 first-half field goal tries. Larry Scott and Danny Brewington, St. James' leading scorers, combined for just 13 points in the opening 16 minutes, and no one else was able to pick up the slack, as Charles Barton was the only other Saints player to score in the opening half.

"I don't want to take anything away from Goretti," said Ridenour. "They played well, and we didn't. I just don't know where we were. Some nights we look really good, and some nights we look awful. This is a Jekyll and Hyde team."

Scott was the only player to reach double digits for the Saints with 16 points, while Logan, Thomas and Runkles finished with 21, 12 and 11 points respectively.

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