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Gibson helps Goretti upset BCL favorite Mount St. Joe's

December 18, 2000

Gibson helps Goretti upset BCL favorite Mount St. Joe's



BALTIMORE - Once again, Rodney Gibson stepped up when St. Maria Goretti needed him the most.

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Gibson scored 10 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, and the Gaels hit 24 of 30 foul shots to defeat Mount St. Joseph's 77-70 in the Baltimore Catholic League on Sunday afternoon.

"He's our leader," Goretti coach Cokey Robertson said. "He's an experienced player and our go-to guy in the clutch."

Goretti (5-3) took a 37-25 halftime lead, then withstood a rally early in the second half to hand St. Joseph's (8-1) its first loss of the season.

"They made a big run early in the third to cut it to six," Robertson said. "At one point (in the fourth quarter), I think they cut it to five, but we continued to hit our free-throws.

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Earlier this month, the Gaels suffered a one-point loss to Gonzaga and a two-point setback to Mercersburg Academy, losses which clearly proved beneficial on Sunday.

"That's the league favorite going down, beating then on their court," Robertson said. "We've been down that road before, so we knew what we were facing today."

Matt Tanner had a game-high 23 points for Goretti, while Derrick Davis had nine points, eight rebounds and six assists and Gibson added nine rebounds and five assists.

ST. MARIA GORETTI (77)

Gibson 22, Tanner 23, Carter 4, Davis 9, Spierenberg 9, Wills 10. Totals 26 24-30 77.

ST. JOSEPH'S (70)

Mitchell 5, Outlaw 18, Lattimore 11, Copeland 8, Johnson 10, Mickens 16. Totals 26 9-12 70.

Goretti16211624-77

St. Joseph's10151926-70

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