Gaels lay it on Vikings

February 15, 2001

Gaels lay it on Vikings

By DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer

Sometimes field goal percentage doesn't always tell the true story of a basketball game. Then there are contests like Wednesday's matchup between No. 3 St. John's at Prospect Hall and No. 6 St. Maria Goretti, where it was the whole story.


The Vikings couldn't hit water from a boat, and the Gaels ran their high-low game for an incredible 21 layups to grab a 59-47 victory.

"That was picture perfect as far as a power game goes," Goretti coach Cokey Robertson said. "We pounded the ball really well tonight, and (Matt Spierenburg) passes real well for a big guy, doesn't he?"

The 6-foot-8 Spierenburg showed off his touch for five assists. The Gaels (19-8) ran lob plays over a shorter, front-defending Vikings defense, leading to easy scores for Rodney Gibson and Matt Tanner. It resulted in a 32-19 lead at the break.


"We did a better job with that in the second half than in the first half," Vikings coach Bruce Kelley said. "We usually do better than that, but they got the seals and ran the plays."

While the Gaels were running their lay-in drill, the Vikings (17-7) were struggling from everywhere, finishing a dismal 19-for-72 from the field. Star shooting guard Adama Diggs typified his team's problems, going just 5-for-19.

"I know they didn't shoot the ball very well tonight, but I thought we did a good job on (Diggs)," Robertson said. "He didn't get the penetration like we saw him at St. James."

Gibson had 21 points and added 11 rebounds, while Tanner had 16 points and nine boards. Diggs finished with 15 points, and Carlos Martinez had 13 points and 16 rebounds for St. John's.

"They're a good team, and at their place ... they always play well here," Kelley said. "You've got do some things well to win. One of them is to score."

No. 6 Goretti 59, No. 3 St. John's-PH 47


Alexander 7, Tabor-Fritts 8, Diggs 15, Ryley 2, Martinez 13, Battle 2. Totals 19-72 4-8 47.


Wills 4, Carter 9, Spierenburg 9, Tanner 16, Gibson 21. Totals 26-52 6-7 59.



Three-point goals-Prospect Hall 5 (Tabor-Fritts 2, Diggs 3), Goretti 1 (Carter).

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