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Cardinals turn Gaels inside out

February 12, 2007|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

St. Maria Goretti boys basketball team couldn't get the offense going on Sunday afternoon.

As a result, the Gaels were stuck in neutral as Calvert Hall posted a 56-46 Baltimore Catholic League victory at the Gael Center.

"We're not running a very good offense," Goretti coach Cokey Robertson said. "We work hard on defense, but our offense is struggling right now. We got very few transition baskets. We need to get some more wins. We have had a disappointing showing in the Baltimore Catholic League."

Goretti (10-17, 2-11) is currently tied with Archbishop Spalding for seventh place in the eight-team league. Staying out of eighth is a priority because the last-place team will have to face Towson Catholic in the quarterfinals of the league tournament.

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Braxton Dupree, a 6-foot-8 center, controled the inside for Calvert Hall (15-16, 5-9) with 22 points and six rebounds. Dupree has signed to play at Maryland next season. Kyle Jarcynski added 10 points for the Cardinals.

"This was the most complete game that we have played all year," Calvert Hall coach Mark Amatucci said. "Defensively, we took away their perimeter game. When you do that against them, you have got a great shot of winning. Offensively, we were trying to get the ball to Jarcynski on the outside. If they came after him, then we could give the ball to Dupree on the inside. That is a good inside-outside combination."

It was more than the Gaels could handle.

"We let Dupree get more baskets on the inside tha we should have," Robertson said. "Dupree played a superb game. He intimidated us on the defensive end. He did what he needed to do on the offensive end."

Kevin Breslin scored 16 points, Stephon Berry got 10 points off of the bench and Ben Alencherry pulled down 11 rebounds for the Gaels.

"Early in the game, they shot the ball well," Robertson said. "They were hitting the open man. We made some critical turnovers at the beginning of the third quarter and that dug us into a deeper hole. Our kids' efforts have been great, but we have not had the gamesmanship."

The Cardinals led for the entire game, except for two occasions in the first quarter when the Gaels managed ties. The first 3:34 of the game was scoreless before Jarcynski got the first basket.

Calvert Hall took the lead for good at 9-6 with 1:15 remaining in the first quarter on a three-pointer by point guard Kyle Wise.

Dupree scored off of an offensive rebound with four seconds left in the period to extend the Cardinals' lead to 11-6.

Calvert Hall held a 27-22 lead at halftime.

The Cardinals outscored the Gaels 12-6 during the third quarter to increase their advantage to 39-28.

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