SMG defeats Frederick

December 12, 2000

SMG defeats Frederick

By BOB PARASILITI / Staff Writer

Rodney Gibson had many reasons to make sure the St. Maria Goretti basketball team pulled out a victory on Tuesday. The only one that really counted was the last one.

"We lost two in a row and we were hungry for a win," Gibson said. "Plus then there was Coach ... we were eager to give him a win."

Coach is Cokey Robertson, who missed the game because of his father Robert's death in Lonaconing, Md., Sunday The Gaels went out to make their coach proud and did it with 30 points from Gibson and disruptive defense in the second half for a 65-44 victory over the Cadets.

Gibson scored 20 points in the first half, including 14 in the first eight minutes, as No. 7 Goretti battled to a 26-23 halftime lead. But in the second half, the Gaels (4-2) unveiled a 1-3-1 halfcourt trap that forced Frederick into bad passes and a bad experience in the final two quarters.


"We have some kids who are sick but we wanted to put some pressure on them," said Goretti coach Skip Chambers, who filled in for Robertson. "Our man defense wasn't doing it, so we tried to cut the court in half and when to a 1-3-1."

The move sent the Cadets to the stockade.

After tying the game at 26-26 on Greg Carter's 3-pointer to open the second half, Goretti rolled off an 18-2 run by intercepting Frederick's errant passes and turning them into easy hoops for a 44-28 lead.

"I'd like to send my condolences to coach Robertson," Frederick coach Derek Shackelford said. "The turnovers in that little stretch for awhile hurt us. They did a great job turning the turnovers into baskets. I keep telling my guys you have to convert turnovers and they did. We weren't patient."

Gibson went from scorer to decoy in the second half, working off Frederick's double-teaming defense and dealing off passes to let the rest of the Gaels into the act.

"We weren't running our offense in the first half and I was sort of freelancing to get open," Gibson said. "In the second half, we started running our stuff and I was trying to get the rest of the team involved."

Gibson hit 15 of 23 shots while pulling down 12 rebounds with four blocks, five assists and three steals. Derek Davis added 10 points while Matt Tanner had nine points and eight assists. Carter had 16 for Frederick.

Goretti's lead hovered at 15 for much of the rest of the game before using a 8-2 run to close out the game.

"I didn't want to lose this one ... I would have never heard the end of it (from his Goretti friends)," Chambers said. "This was a good win, but any win is a good one. You just don't spit on a win."

Goretti 65, Frederick 44


Lewis 5, Middleton 4, G. Carter 16, Stansbury 3, Shade 8, Ch. Crews 6, Cu. Crews 2. Totals 19 2-5 44.


Gibson 30, Tanner 9, Spierenberg 4, Davis 10, Wills 4, J. Carter 8. Totals 30 2-2 65.



Three-point goals - Frederick 4 (G. Carter 2, Lewis, Stansbury), St. Maria Goretti 3 (Davis 2, Tanner).

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