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Gaels trip Loyola

January 11, 1999

BALTIMORE - Get St. Maria Goretti's attention and the Gaels get defensive.

That's defensive in an aggressive way.

Unfortunately for Loyola, it hit Gorretti's transformation button, the one that raises the team's intensity on defense and while rebounding.

The Gaels battled back from an 18-10 deficit at the start of the second quarter and held Loyola to just 24 points in the final 23 minutes in a 55-42 Baltimore Catholic League victory on Sunday.

Ryan Bosica scored nine of his 10 points in the first quarter to lead Loyola to a 16-10 lead after the first period and scored the first basket of the second quarter.

Then, the Gaels kicked it into gear.

"Our defense got better, and our rebounding picked up," Goretti coach Cokey Robertson said. "We got some good transition out of our defense."

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Goretti (15-2) rallied to take a 29-27 lead at the half.

The Gaels re-established their inside game in the third quarter as Brad Runkles and Rodney Gibson scored 10 of Goretti's 12 third-quarter points, and Lee Green hit two 3-point baskets to open the fourth quarter to open a 47-35 lead.

The Gaels held Loyola to five baskets in the second half, including two in the final 10 seconds of the game.

Green led Goretti with 14 points, including four 3-point baskets, while Gibson finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

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