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Blue Devils get fed up with Gaels

January 06, 2003|by JACK HILL III

St. Maria Goretti Gaels' coach Cokey Robertson might not have gotten the type of basketball game that he ordered off of the menu.

But the final result turned out to be a treat as the Gaels outscored the Greencastle Blue Devils 22-0 in the fourth quarter to get a 66-35 win on Friday night.

"That was a sandwich game," Robertson said. "We were good at both ends. But what we put in the middle during the second and third quarters was kind of shaky. It is like when you order a steak sandwich and then you find out that you only have a little bit of ground beef in the middle. We got off to a good start and we had a good finish."

Robertson felt pretty good about his team's performance during the fourth quarter.

"That fourth quarter was pretty nice," Robertson said. "We got out there in the fourth quarter and ran our offense nice. We also played pretty good defense."

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Greencastle coach Garon Gembe liked what he saw from his team until the fourth quarter.

"I thought that for the first 24 minutes that we played as good as we can possibly play," Gembe said. "We just ran out of gas in the fourth quarter and did not score any points. To be only down by nine points to St. Maria Goretti at the end of the third quarter is as close as Greencastle is going to get to a moral victory."

Senior guard Steve Costello scored 11 of his team-high 16 points in the first quarter to give Goretti (7-7) a 19-9 lead.

"I just felt that I had to step up," Costello said. "We scored some points. My shooting has been off this season. I just fixed my form a couple of days ago. Ever since then, my shots have been going in."

Derrick Davis scored 14 points and Joey Spierenburg added 10 points for the Gaels. Joey Breslin and Mason Herman had nine points each for St. Maria Goretti.

"Spierenburg had to have at least a dozen blocked shots," Robertson said. "He had six blocks alone in the first quarter."

Eric Ile scored a game-high 18 points and Dan Reese added 11 points for the Blue Devils (5-5).

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