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Blue Storm strikes Gaels

January 25, 2001

Blue Storm strikes Gaels



By DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer

photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer

Mercersburg over GorettiMercersburg Academy shooting guard Greg Kinsey wasn't worried that it took him 14 minutes for his first field goal Wednesday night against No. 4 St. Maria Goretti. He just knew he had some catching up to do.

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The Holy Cross-bound senior made up for his slow start with a blistering finish, going 6-for-7 from the field in the second half on the way to 21 points and leading the No. 3 Blue Storm to a 66-61 victory over the Gaels.

"I got into a little foul trouble and struggled," Kinsey said. "I just kept my head up; I know what I can do out there. In the second half, I showed it."

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Kinsey hit his last shot of the first half, a layup to give the Blue Storm (9-3) a 28-25 halftime lead. After a make and miss to start the second half and his team down 38-31, Kinsey took off. Three straight 3-pointers sandwiched a fourth 3 by Antoine McGee to give Mercersburg a 44-41 lead.

"The defensive breakdowns really hurt," Goretti coach Cokey Robertson said. "That was a stretch ... he just knocked us in the eyes. After we got switched, he was OK, but it just ended up being too many times."

The biggest problem for the Gaels (13-6) - they all came on the same set play.

"Give the credit to coach. He recognized that I had that fire in my eye," Kinsey said. "And then Antoine and Jamie (Hughes) ran the play to perfection. I was just open."

It was just enough to close out Goretti's chances. His fourth 3 of the second half came with 4:23 to play and gave Mercersburg a 55-49 lead. The Gaels closed to two at 59-57, but Kinsey picked off a pass at halfcourt with 36 seconds to play and laid it in for a four-point game. He later made 3-of-4 free throws to keep the Gaels at bay.

"I just try to help the team win and make the big play when the opportunity is there," Kinsey said. "Everybody else played good defense, and they had to pass ... I just did my best to make the play."

Kinsey made more than enough plays, and McGee showed the balanced game that made him a first-team All-Area selection last season, finishing with 18 points and four assists. The two combined for 34 of Mercersburg's final 40 points, while Hughes added 12 points and 13 rebounds.

"We've played consistently lately," Mercersburg coach Mark Cubit said. "Chris Balaban and Mike Flanagan add a lot of chemistry for us and they're good defenders. Rodney (Gibson) can go for 40 on you any time, but Chris did a good job on him tonight."

No. 3 Mercersburg 66, No. 4 Goretti 61



MERCERSBURG ACADEMY (66)

Campos 5, Legler 6, Flanagan 4, Kinsey 21, McGee 18, Hughes 12. Totals 26-46 7-10 66.

ST. MARIA GORETTI (61)

Wills 10, Davis 8, Spierenburg 9, Tanner 12, Gibson 22. Totals 22-53 11-16 61.

Mercersburg13151820-66

Goretti15101917-61

Three-point goals-Mercersburg 7 (Campos, Kinsey 4, McGee 2), Goretti 6 (Wills 2, Davis, Tanner, Gibson 2). Fouled Out-Davis.

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