Tanner helps Goretti shade Cardinal Gibbons

February 12, 2001|By JACK HILL III

Tanner helps Goretti shade Cardinal Gibbons

When a team gets outscored with a 16-0 run during the fourth quarter, it usually doesn't win the basketball game.

St. Maria Goretti became the exception to the rule on Sunday by being on the short end of the final period, but the right end of the scoreboard in a 50-48 victory over Cardinal Gibbons in a Baltimore Catholic League basketball game at the Gael Center.

"We fell totally apart in the fourth quarter," St. Maria Goretti coach Cokey Robertson said. "The last three minutes were almost a catastrophe. We lost our focus. Our players thought that they had the game won. We were happy with the win. The sad part about it is that we played almost perfect basketball in the third quarter and then it was the exact opposite in the fourth quarter."

Junior forward Matt Tanner made sure the game didn't slip away by scoring Goretti's final six points of the game.


Tanner made a pair of baskets to give the Gaels (18-8, 8-3) their biggest lead at 48-30 with 5:35 remaining.

But Cardinal Gibbons (16-13, 5-8) proved that it was not going to quit by scoring 16 consecutive points to chop the Gaels' lead to 48-46 with 1:20 to go. Guard Corey Whittington capped that spurt by the Crusaders with a pair of 3-pointers.

After that, Tanner sank a pair of foul shots to extend St. Maria Goretti's lead to 50-46 with 12 seconds left.

"I wasn't too nervous shooting the ball," Tanner said. "I have good confidence in my free throw shooting ability. The first free throw is the hardest one, because it is usually the pressure shot. If I make the first one, then I feel like the second one is going in."

Point guard Rocky Brown went coast-to-coast for a layup to help Cardinal Gibbons narrow the gap to 50-48 with seven seconds remaining.

After the Gaels' missed the front end of a one-and-one, Brown attempted another layup for the Crusaders. This time, Brown missed his layup attempt at the buzzer and that sealed the victory for the Gaels.

Rodney Gibson led St. Maria Goretti with 16 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. Tanner added 14 points and seven rebounds, while Matt Spierenburg collected 12 points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots for the Gaels. Josh Carter had six rebounds and four assists for the Gaels.

"I congratulate Cokey," Cardinal Gibbons coach Bob Flynn said. "You can't win in the Robertson Dome by playing just four minutes of good basketball. Their team is the most well-coached and well-drilled team in the Baltimore Catholic League."

Goretti 50, Cardinal Gibbons 48


Whittington 6, Orsevich 3, Brown 15, Markovich 4, Dean 8, McCrone 4, Rozanski 8. Totals 20 3-4 48.


Carter 8, Spierenburg 12, Tanner 14, Gibson 16. Totals 19 9-12 50.



Three-point field goals: Cardinal Gibbons 5 (Whittington 2, Brown, Rozanski 2). St. Maria Goretti 3 (Carter 2, Gibson). JV: Cardinal Gibbons 61-44. (Goretti: Nick Adenhart - 16 points.)

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