Goretti tops Mercersburg in boys hoop tourney

December 17, 1999|By DAN KAUFFMAN

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - If two players made a basketball team, Mercersburg Academy's boys would have left their home gym with their heads held high Friday night.

While center Adam Chubb and point guard Antoine McGee took turns shredding the St. Maria Goretti defense for 22 and 17 points respectively, the Gaels held the rest of the Blue Storm to nine total points and made the key plays late to claim a 51-48 victory at the Mercersburg Rotary Showcase Classic.

"It was a battle," Goretti coach Cokey Robertson said.

That was about all that needed to be said.

Mercersburg (5-3) held a 38-33 lead after ending the third quarter with a 13-2 run, and Chubb started the fourth with a putback to extend the lead to seven.

The Gaels (8-3), as they had done all game, turned up the defensive needle and started fighting back against the larger Blue Storm. Matt Tanner hit a jumper from the left elbow, and Chad Brashears followed with a 3-pointer from the left wing to cut the Mercersburg lead to two.


Chubb scored his final two points on a putback to extend the lead back to four, but Chip Chambers hit his own 3 to bring Goretti to within one. Both teams made two baskets in the ensuing two minutes, leaving Mercersburg clinging to a 46-45 lead.

"In the 15th round, who was going to make the final blow?" Robertson summarized.

The Gaels struck twice.

First, Rodney Gibson made a move into the lane from the left wing and glided in, sweeping a layup off the glass with his extended right hand to give Goretti it's first lead since late in the third quarter.

Then, after McGee sunk an off-balance jumper from the left baseline to give the lead back to the Blue Storm, 6-foot-2 guard Chad Brashears made a move on the right baseline and made a reverse layup past the 6-11 Chubb to give Goretti the lead for good, 49-48, with 50 seconds left.

The defense held firm from there, forcing a Mercersburg turnover with 17.7 seconds on the clock. Trey Cobb, the smallest player on the court at 5-8, took the inbounds pass, was fouled, and made both ends of a 1-and-1.

Gibson missed the front end of another 1-and-1 opportunity with 3.1 seconds left, but Sheanon Summers' halfcourt heave at the buzzer was well short.

"Our kids prepared for this," Robertson said. "We've faced some tough teams ... we are used to this."

Chambers led the Gaels with 18 points, while Brashears finished with 12 as the only players in double figures.

Goretti plays Sanford at 6:15 today. Mercersburg faces Bullis at 8.

Goretti 51, Mercersburg 48


Chambers 18, Gibson 8, Brashears 12, Tanner 6, Wills 3, Carter 2, Cobb 2. Totals 21 4-5 51.


McGee 17, Chubb 22, Davis 6, Brennan 3. Totals 21 1-2 48.



3-Point Goals - Goretti 5 (Chambers 2, Brashears 2, Wills), Mercersburg 5 (McGee 3, Chubb, Brennan). Fouled Out - None.

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