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Goretti shines too brightly for Cougars

February 20, 2002

Goretti shines too brightly for Cougars



By CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

No. 7 Goretti 75
Jefferson 40

Jefferson (40)

Jackson 13, Jacobs 6, McLaughlin 3, Dailey 3, Holmes 5, Rishell 6, Brown 2, Reynolds 2, Totals 15 7-10 40.

St. Maria GORETTI (75)

Tanner 22, Spierenburg 10, Davis 20, Breslin 11, Hudson 4, Costello 3, Adenhart 3, Green 2, Totals 31 6-7 75.

Jefferson951214-40

St. Maria Goretti19191423-75

Three-point goals - Jefferson 3 (Rishell 2, Holmes). St. Maria Goretti 7 (Tanner, Davis 4, Costello, Adenhart). JV - Goretti, 57-43 (J: Adam Kessel, 12 points. SMG: Bobby Jones, 14 points).



St. Maria Goretti allowed Jefferson its moment in the sun, but the Cougars weren't there long enough to worry about sunblock.

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After spotting the visitors three points, Goretti's boys basketball team went on an extended scoring spree and trounced Jefferson 75-40 in the Gaels' final home game of the season.

"We were only in the game after our first shot," said Cougars coach Scott Douglas. "We were up 3-0, but after that the game was over."

More important than Goretti's 13-point first-quarter run was the fact that Jefferson was unable to do much of anything in the paint, with Matt Spierenburg blocking several shots early in the game, forcing the Cougars to resort to shooting from the outside.

Meanwhile, Goretti was successful scoring from almost anywhere on the floor, hitting seven 3s and finishing 31 for 60 (51 percent).

"Our defense was good early, and we shot the ball well early," Goretti coach Cokey Robertson said. "And we just ended the game. We had them outmanned physically inside. We should have limited them to one shot, and hopefully made that a tough one."

While the Gaels' 10-point lead after the first eight minutes was far from insurmountable, by the end of the second period, there was little doubt about the outcome. Goretti reeled off 27 of the next 30 points for a 48-14 bulge midway through the third period. Derrick Davis recorded 11 of his 20 points in the run. Matt Tanner, the Player of the Year in the Baltimore Catholic League, added six points.

Kevin Jackson's five points sparked a brief Jefferson run late in the third quarter to close the gap to 52-26.

While everyone in uniform scored for the Gaels, Tanner and Davis combined for 42 points, while Joey Breslin added 11 and Spierenburg added 10.

Jackson was the only player in double digits for Jefferson with 13 points.

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