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Gaels phone one in

December 02, 1998

Gaels phone one in

Green dialed in from 3-point range in a romp

Goretti over Bishop WalshBy MIKE WOLFF / Staff Writer

photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer




The way Lee Green was dialing long distance on Tuesday, he may want use 10-10-321 to save some money.

Green held the hot hand in St. Maria Goretti's 78-37 washout of the Bishop Walsh Spartans as he poured in 18 points.

Green hit three 3-pointers, two of them from well beyond the arc, in the first half put the game out of reach as Goretti improved to 2-1 on the season.

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"He's been playing great for us," Goretti coach Cokey Robertson said. "I just hope that continues. He's been as good as any player I've seen so far this season."

The Spartans (0-1) hung tough with the Gaels during the first quarter as they trailed by just four late in the period.

Jared Ronai layed in a clutch basket to pull Bishop Walsh within two. But that would be the last field goal the Spartans would hit until midway through the third quarter.

Joey Widmyer hit a jump shot as time expired to give Goretti a four-point lead and momentum heading into the second period.

"We hit that shot a little too soon and we let them stick one at the buzzer," Bishop Walsh coach George Geatz said. "That took a little momentum away from us and we didn't play well in the second quarter."

Goretti outscored Bishop Walsh 22-6 in the second period as the only Spartan points came off free throws.

The Gaels got a complete team effort as Green, Brad Runkles and Anthony Sowers scored early and often to close out the Spartans before the first half came to an end.

"We feed off our defense," Robertson said. "You get the defense working, you get some rebounds, you score some points and you get back into your defense even more."

The third quarter was show time for Goretti as Green put an exclamation point on the game with a highlight reel slam midway through the period.

Green stole the ball at the top of the key and raced down the court and slammed the ball as the crowd erupted.

"I didn't realize what I did until I hit the ground," Green said. "I knew I could do it, I just didn't expect to get blocked like I did."

Moments later, Bishop Walsh finally ended its field goal drought when Joe Rowan hit a 3-pointer.

Unfortunately for the Spartans it was too late to get back into the game as Goretti rolled through the final period to earn the victory.

Runkles finished with 14 points, Ryan Devlin added 11 and Sowers chipped in with 10.

"We are pleased with our progress so far," Robertson said. "We have to continue to work on our inside game and our press wasn't as good tonight because we were gambling too much. Friday night (against Gonzaga) will tell us a little more about our team."

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