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Second-half woes hurt Goretti boys again

January 21, 2003|by TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

Is there a sports psychologist in the house?

Could you please show up near halftime of St. Maria Goretti basketball games and help get the Gaels to perform as well beginning a second half as they do the first two quarters?

Goretti dropped a 50-42 decision to Mount St. Joseph Monday night in a Baltimore Catholic League game. Once again, a six-minute breakdown at the outset of the third quarter hurt Goretti, just as several games have done this season.

Goretti was up 24-23 at halftime against the BCL's first-place team. Derrick Davis had 11 points and Goretti had made only six turnovers, putting Mount St. Joseph's in a real dogfight - until the third period.

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"It gets tough when you have too many errors," Goretti coach Cokey Robertson said. "In the second half they (St. Joseph) finished their plays and we didn't."

Goretti (9-12, 1-6) made only two field goals, had six turnovers and went until its ninth possession in the third quarter before scoring at the 2:24 mark when Davis made 1 of 2 free throws for his only point of the quarter.

By that time, St. Joseph (16-2, 6-1) had opened a 31-24 lead and was working the basketball inside and out.

Down 33-30 entering the fourth, Goretti had two opportunities to tie with a 3-pointer, but instead committed two more turnovers.

The game then became a free-throw affair for Mount St. Joseph, which managed one field goal in the final eight minutes but made 20 trips to the charity stripe. St. Joseph connected on 15, including 6 of 8 from 6-foot-6 Will Thomas, who had a team-high 16 points.

Goretti stayed within three points through the last two minutes on baskets by Joey Breslin and Joey Spierenburg and a 3-pointer by Davis, but St. Joseph closed the game with five free-throws.

St. Joseph went 20 of 27 from the line compared to 6 of 11 for Goretti, which shot 57 percent from the field (17 of 30).

Goretti ended up with 11 second-half turnovers. Davis led Goretti with 15 points.

"St. Joseph is a quality team and we could have beaten them," said Robertson. "But mistakes kill you."

St. Joseph 50, Goretti 42


MOUNT ST. JOSEPH (50)

O'Connor 6, Lattimore 12, Mack 3, Fair 6, Thomas 16, Johnson 7. Totals 13-37 20-27 50.

ST. MARIA GORETTI (42)

Davis 15, Breslin 4, Costello 5, Herman 8, Nelson 4, Spierenburg 6. Totals 17-30 6-11 42.

St. Joseph 11 12 10 17 - 50

Goretti 13 11 6 12 - 42

Three-point goals - St. Joseph 3 (Lattimore 2, Mack), Goretti 1 (Costello). Fouled out - Davis. JV - St. Joseph, 61-44 (G: Trevor Cobb 14).

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