Montrose tops Goretti in SJIT

February 10, 2000|By DAN SPEARS

ST. JAMES - Afterwards, St. Maria Goretti coach Cokey Robertson admitted he lost it. By that time, though, the Gaels had also already lost it.

Robertson was ejected with 18.9 seconds left in the third quarter Thursday against Montrose Christian, and by the time he left the floor, his Gaels were down 30 and on their way to a 62-36 loss in the opening round of the 27th Annual St. James Invitational Tournament.

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"It got to be a little frustrating out there, and then that happened," Robertson said. "Then I don't know what happened. But I did lose it a little."

With the Gaels down 41-15 late in the third, Montrose forward John Gordon threw a wicked elbow at the head of Goretti guard Chad Brashears and landed it. Two officials blew their whistle, but Robertson walked nearly to the other end of the floor, pleading for a flagrant foul to no avail.


Robertson was escorted back to his bench, but continued to ride the officials during the Gaels' offensive set. After a blocking foul on Montrose, Robertson went off, and then was sent off with two technical fouls.

By that point, though, the game was settled. Goretti got just two points in the first quarter, then were sliced up by a wicked inside-outside combination of Mohamed Diakate and Marvin Lewis. The two combined for 32 points.

"We had a lot of respect for them and saw what they had done to everyone else," Montrose coach Stu Vetter said. "But if we got the early lead, we thought we could control the tempo and dictate things. We did that."

And that was more than Robertson could say for his team.

"Your leaders have to step up and get you going, and ours didn't do that today," Robertson said. "I wish I had more to say, but I missed some stuff at the end."

* In the first game, Notre Dame survived two late free-throw misses, then watched Gil Goodrich's 3 for the lead rim out to hang on for a 79-76 victory over Newport.

"That's a heck of a game," Notre Dame coach Larry Cullinane said. "It seems like every year we're in the toughest first round game here, either the 4-5 game or the 3-6 game. But that's what this is for."

The Dragons used 11 players and got a very balanced attack - four players in double figures and 10 in the scoring column. Thomas Johnson transfer Marcus West led the way with 16 points.

"That's been our thing all year," Cullinane said. "We get everybody involved, and have to with the way we play. I think we had just a little bit more in the second half than they did."

The loss snapped a nine-game winning streak for Newport, which lost despite only eight turnovers and 23 points and eight rebounds from James White.

"We just put ourselves in the hole, missed free throws and a lot of stuff," Newport coach Chris Chaney said. "And at the start of the second half (a 10-3 run by Notre Dame), we didn't come out good. They had the run that I thought we should have had."


Notre Dame 79, Newport 76


Weismiller 12, Hicks 3, Aliu 14, Teasley 3, Carter 5, Saragba 4, Hawkins 11, West 16, Minyem 9, Dieuf 2. Totals 31-70 6-11 79.


Davis 18, Thompson 12, Bell 9, White 23, Goodrich 12, Lyles 2. Totals 28-68 16-25 76.

Notre Dame22122421-79


Three-point goals - Notre Dame 11 (Weismiller 4, Hicks, Teasley, West 2, Carter, Hawkins, Hinyem), Newport 4 (Davis 2, Thompson 2).

Montrose 62, Goretti 36


Monroe 4, Hall 5, Watkins 6, Lewis 18, Diakate 14, Berdiel 2, Breland 2, Smallwood 7, Lambert 3, Hutchinson 1. Totals 23-40 9-15 62.


Brashears 2, Tanner 8, Gibson 12, Cobb 3, Herman 2, Carter 2, Spierenburg 1, Young 4. Totals 12-40 11-14 36.



Three-point goals - Montrose Christian 7 (Hall, Lewis 4, Smallwood 2), St. Maria Goretti 1 (Cobb). Technical Fouls - Goretti coach Robertson 2. Ejection - Robertson.

Thomas Johnson 79, St. James 45


Dickman 15, Fisher 3, Thomas 20, Higbee 17, Wells 12, Meekins 10, Truxillo 2. Totals 31 13-15 79.

ST. JAMES (45)

Knotts 12, Monroe 10, Ottley 2, Keyes 15, Johnson 6. Totals 20 4-7 45.

T. Johnson16231822-79

St. James1481112-45

Three-point goals - Thomas Johnson 4 (Dickman 2, Fisher, Thomas), St. James 1 (Knotts).

Oak Hill 89, Mercersburg 47


Diame 14, Carruth 17, Diop 13, Holmes 4, Ella 6, Whitehead 18, Allen 2, Williams 2, Mitchell 9, Neal 2, Hawkins 2. Totals 40 4-7 89.


Legler 11, McGee 30, Hollensead 4, Flanagan 2. Totals 14 12-16 47.

Oak Hill29151728-89


Three-point goals - Oak Hill 5 (Carruth 4, Mitchell), Mercersburg 7 (Legler 2, McGee 5).

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