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Goretti wins for share of BCL title

February 19, 2001

Goretti wins for share of BCL title



By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent


Senior Rodney Gibson added to his long list of accomplishments for the No. 6 St. Maria Goretti boys basketball team on Sunday in his final regular-season home game at the Gael Center.

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In the second quarter, Gibson scored his 1,500th career point on a 3-point play before he and the rest of the Gaels nailed down a 63-39 victory over the St. Frances Panthers to clinch a tie for the regular-season championship in the Baltimore Catholic League.

"This is a good victory for us," Gibson said. "I think that this team came together as a solid group. Everybody knew their role and did it. We are anxious for the BCL playoffs to start."

Gibson, a 6-foot-4 forward, finished with 14 points and four steals.

"Of course, Rodney is Rodney," Goretti coach Cokey Robertson said. "He gets his clutch rebounds and he blocks. He has made magnificent contributions throughout the year.

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"You tie your wagon to the mule and he pulls it for you. He has certainly carried the load for us. He has done everything that we have asked him to do."

The Gaels (21-9, 10-4) finished tied with Archbishop Spalding, which edged Cardinal Gibbons, 60-58.

Matt Tanner had 21 points and four assists for the Gaels. Derrick Davis collected 20 points, six assists, six rebounds and four steals for the Gaels.

"Derrick Davis is our ballhandler and he does a good job of running the offense and keying our defense," Robertson added. "Our defense was very sound. In the first half, we didn't give up a second shot and that was the key."

No. 6 St. Maria Goretti 63 St. Frances 39



ST. FRANCES (39)

Walker 6, Scott 2, Brooks 12, Ross 6, Taylor 3, Brown 2, Patty 8. Totals 17 3-6 39.

ST. MARIA GORETTI (63)

Wills 2, Davis 20, Carter 4, Spierenburg 2, Tanner 21, Gibson 14. Totals 23 14-23 63.

St. Frances77916-39

Goretti12121227-63

Three-point goals - St. Frances 2 (Ross 2), Goretti 3 (Davis 2, Tanner). JV - St. Frances, 60-45 (SF - Darnell Harris 15. SMG: Mike Green 14).

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