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Goretti delivers loss to St. Frances

January 22, 2002

Goretti delivers loss to St. Frances



By BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

St. Maria Goretti treated St. Frances into some hometown subscription basketball on Monday.

The Gaels went down on the Panthers' doorstep and delivered the post.

Goretti made headlines with some old-style, patterned basketball by assisting on 22 of 28 baskets in an convincing 67-51 Baltimore Catholic League victory in a Martin Luther King Day afternoon matinee at the Gael Center.

Goretti executed St. Frances out of a 1-3-1 zone and into a man defense, allowing it to take advantage of a height advantage for easy scores.

"We were going to get the ball inside," Goretti coach Cokey Robertson said. "When we got them out of the zone defense and (Panther center Michael Taylor) got in foul trouble, there were a lot of mismatches inside. They were playing three guards and we were only playing two, so it allowed us to post up players and take advantage of it."

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The Gaels (12-7, 6-3) jetted out to a 18-11 lead after a quarter but allowed St. Frances to crawl back to within 28-26 with 2 minutes, 30 seconds remaining in the half on a 3 by Darnell Harris.

Goretti turned the final 150 seconds of the half into a dress rehearsal, running high-low post plays and spread alignments to get easy layups or backdoor cuts for drives. In fact, forward Matt Turner started calling for the "Stack" play and the teammate to be set for the play as the Gaels scored the final eight points of the half for a 36-26 lead.

"Our kind of ball (isn't running up and down the floor)," Robertson said. "We don't have the kind of team that can do that. We have to be able to come out and do some things different. This is a style that we practice every day and know well and when you are playing four seniors, you are able to do a lot of things."

Tanner scored four of the eight points in the final first-half run en route to his game-high 25 points. Meanwhile, Derek Davis came out of his funk to orchestrate Goretti's floor game with six assists while adding 18 points and 10 rebounds out of the point guard slot.

"Derek has been playing well lately," Robertson said. "It was good to see the Derek that we are used to today."

Goretti opened the second half with a 11-2 run, keyed by seven points from Davis, to pull into a commanding 47-28 lead and leaving St. Frances without any answers. The Panthers clawed back to within 58-49 with 4:30 remaining in the game, but Goretti closed with a 9-2 rally to pull away for the 16-point final margin.

Goretti 67, St. Frances 51


ST. FRANCES (51)

Walker 12, Carman 5, Ross 1, Harris 13, Butter 4, Dicle 2, Chase 10, Taylor 4. Totals 20 8-15 51.

ST. MARIA GORETTI (67)

Tanner 25, Spierenburg 10, Davis 18, Breslin 4, Hudson 6, Adenhart 4. Totals 28 7-12 67.

St. Frances11151213-51

Goretti18181813-67

Three-point goals - St. Frances 3 (Harris 3); Goretti 4 (Davis 2, Tanner, Hudson). Foul out - St. Frances, Ross.

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