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Gibson leads Goretti to victory

January 10, 2000|By JACK HILL III

After a disappointing first half that gave them just a slim 20-19 halftime lead, the St. Maria Goretti Gaels started to pick it up during the third quarter.

That's when 6-foot-5 junior center Rodney Gibson started to dominate on the inside as he scored 10 of his 22 points and pulled down six of his 14 rebounds leading the Gaels over the Loyola Dons 56-41 on Sunday in a Baltimore Catholic League basketball game.

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"It was a good win," Gibson said. "At halftime, the coach said to us that we needed to play a little bit better defense. When we stepped our defense up, then our offense came along. I was doing the little things like getting the putbacks on the inside. That helped us to get the victory. We controlled the inside today better than what the other team did."

St. Maria Goretti (12-8 overall, 3-0 BCL) scored the first six points of the third quarter, four by Gibson, to extend its lead to 26-19. The Gaels' lead then kept going back and forth between five and nine points for the rest of the period until they were up 37-28 at the end of the quarter.

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"I feel that our team is starting to make a lot of progress," Gibson added. "We wanted to pick up on our performance from our previous victory against Archbishop Spalding. We didn't want to have any letdowns."

During the second half, Gibson made a pair of dunks off of alley-oop passes from Trey Cobb and Brad Alexander.

Chip Chambers collected nine points, nine rebounds, five steals and five assists for St. Maria Goretti. Chad Brashears also scored nine points for the Gaels.

"I was displeased with the first half," St. Maria Goretti coach Cokey Robertson said. "We didn't play with much intensity, we had a passive defense and we didn't shoot the ball well. Loyola controlled the tempo of the game in the first half. But then we controlled the tempo in the second half. We fed off of our defense in the second half."

Chris Clunie scored 17 points and Marcus Frisby added 14 points for Loyola (5-8 overall, 0-2 BCL). Matt Murphy and Ryan Seward grabbed six rebounds each for the Dons.

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