Tanner steals spotlight

February 04, 2002

Tanner steals spotlight


No. 7 Goretti 68
Calvert Hall 56


Jones 11, Birden 10, Thompson 2, Neal 15, Delaney 4, Phillips 3, Jennifer 2, McClinton 9. Totals 22 10-15 56.


Spierenburg 10, Tanner 25, Davis 17, Breslin 8, Hudson 4, Carter 2, Adenhart 2. Totals 20 26-31 68.

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Three-point goals-Calvert Hall 2 (Neal), Goretti 2 (Tanner). Fouled Out-Jones.

Matt Tanner spent most of his Friday night following the game.

The St. Maria Goretti senior laid back while running patterns, throwing passes, grabbing re-bounds, playing decoy and taking the occasional shot. All the while, he kept an eye on the action, and opposition.


In the end, the bloodhound act was over. Tanner played coy long enough. The game came to him.

Tanner turned his supporting role into a command performance in the fourth quarter, scoring 14 points of his game-high 25 points from all styles and angles to help the No. 7 Gaels finish off Calvert Hall in a 68-56 Baltimore Catholic League victory.

"The game was close and they did a good job against me," said Tanner, who also had 10 rebounds. "I was really patient today. I let things happen in the fourth quarter. I didn't play badly in early part of the game, but I waited for the right time. It's when good players come on to take the game over."

Tanner leaped from the back of the bus into Goretti's driver's seat in the final quarter. The Gaels (16-8, 8-4) battled to a 47-41 lead over the Cardinals in a game that was as stiff and tight as a parochial school uniform shirt.

He opened the fourth with drive to the hoop off an outlet pass. Calvert Hall closed to 49-45, but Tanner notched both ends of a 1-and-1, another fast break layup and a big 3-pointer from left of the key for a 56-46 Goretti lead with 5:08 remaining.

Tanner had the look of being in a serious winning mode. During deadballs, the senior resembled a confident Pete Sampras, eyes locked in and walking with a square-shouldered strut while his sweaty shirt dangled motionlessly.

"I got the feeling midway through the fourth quarter that we had the game going our way," Tanner said. "We had them in the foul trouble and we were in the bonus and then they had to make the game more uptempo."

Goretti iced the game with 6-for-8 foul shooting and a Nick Adenhart basket in the final 2:35. The Gaels hit 26 of 31 foul shots overall.

The two teams battled to five ties until Tanner hit a pair of foul shots with 4:18 remaining in the first half for a 20-18 lead Goretti never relinquished. Each Gael starter had a stake in getting the lead as Derrick Davis finished with 17 points and Matt Spierenburg added 10.

"I don't know when (Tanner) is going to do it ... I just know he's going to do it," Goretti coach Cokey Robertson said. "He's a gamer. He just has the instincts. He's the first one in the gym for practice and the last to leave. He just loves to compete."

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