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Owls spook Goretti at Gael Center

January 24, 2007|by CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

The surprise Cokey Robertson received Tuesday night was one he neither wanted nor expected.

"They just completely intimidated our kids," said the St. Maria Goretti boys basketball coach after watching Towson Catholic's resounding 97-58 win in a Baltimore Catholic League game. "I thought we would do a better job."

The short-handed Gaels (9-12, 2-6) watched Towson reel off 15 unanswered points to open the contest and roll to the easy win.

"We don't have the luxury of a lot of depth," said Robertson. "We had a couple kids - starters - out tonight, but it wouldn't have mattered who was here."

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To add insult to injury, Kevin Breslin - Goretti's leading scorer with 18 points - was saddled with his third personal foul after less than six minutes of play.

Still undefeated in league play, the Owls (19-3, 8-0) led 22-2 before settling for a 16-point advantage entering the second period.

"(The quick start) took us right out of the game," said Robertson. "We couldn't do what we wanted to do after that."

Led by Malcolm Delaney, Dante Greene and Le'Shon Edwards - who combined for 32 first half points - Towson's lead expanded to 53-22 at the intermission.

While the Owls starters accounted for just six second-half points, the Gaels were unable to cut into the lead. They trailed by 31 after three periods and it just kept getting worse, despite Breslin and John Duhring's combined 24 second-half points.

Towson finished with six players in double figures, including three off the bench.

"I have a lot of respect for Cokey," said Towson coach Josh Pratt. "He's one of a kind - a living legend. He's had some great teams here, and I just hope that one day I'll be as good a coach as he is."

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