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Gaels come up short in overtime

December 03, 2005|By CURT HORNBECKER

FREDERICK, Md - St. John's at Prospect Hall boys basketball coach Rich Fairley didn't like seeing his team take the treacherous route to the promised land.

But just getting there was the objective, and his Vikings accomplished that with a 58-51 overtime victory over St. Maria Goretti.

The Vikings allowed Goretti to control the tempo of the game, but still managed to get the win with a productive extra period. In overtime, St. John's-PH managed to score 14 points, more than it scored in each of the final three periods of regulation.

"We didn't want a game in the 40s," said Fairley. "We wanted a game in the 70s. But (Gaels coach) Cokey (Robertson) is a master at keeping games in the 40s. They controlled the tempo the whole way. The good news is we won a 40-point game."

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Free throws by Kevin Breslin early in OT gave the Gaels a one-point edge, but David Saur's 3-pointer with 2:19 left gave the Vikings a lead they never relinquished.

Goretti was held scoreless from the field in the extra period, as a 7-1 Vikings run doomed the Gaels.

Just getting the game into overtime was an accomplishment for Goretti. The Vikings held a six-point edge with 1:39 left, but a layup by Gene Johnson was followed by four free throws by Breslin to tie the game with 48 seconds left.

Both teams missed opportunities to win it. Goretti's Andrew Chambers missed an off-balance 3-pointer at the end of regulation.

A 13-2 run in the second quarter allowed St. John's-PH to build a 29-22 lead late in the period, but field goals by David Plank and Benny Alencherry pulled the Gaels to within three at the intermission.

"It was a game we should have won," said Robertson. "It was a game we could have won. We had opportunities, and we just didn't do it."

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