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Mount Carmel streaks past Goretti to win MAIT

December 02, 2007|By TIM KOELBLE

Saturday's finale to the Mid-Atlantic Invitation Tournament between St. Maria Goretti and Mount Carmel was a game of streaks.

For Mount Carmel, it was its 12-0 run at the outset of the fourth period that propelled it to a 63-52 victory over the Gaels in the 25th edition of the MAIT.

The Gaels (1-1) led 46-41 after three periods, but four straight turnovers helped Mount Carmel in its comeback effort.

Troy Franklin hit a 3, Lamont Macey a 2 and a 3 by Rummel King followed for a 49-46 lead and Mount Carmel never looked back.

"We got out of our offense, got impatient and didn't run our stuff," said Goretti coach Cokey Robertson. "It was a game of streaks, but we didn't have ours in the fourth quarter."

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Goretti bolted to an early 12-3 lead as Kevin Breslin, playing with 15 stitches in his left cheekbone after a collision with teammate John Duhring on Friday, knocked down eight points on the way to a 20-17 lead after the first period.

"This was (Goretti's) tournament on their home floor and we knew they would come out excited," said Mount Carmel coach Tom Rose. "We just needed to settle down and let the game happen."

Franklin went to work in the second period with a seven-point stretch that pushed Mount Carmel out to a 30-22 lead. Goretti followed with a 7-2 run to close out the half behind the fine effort of reserve Alex Zoretich, who scored four of the points. He also had five rebounds in four minutes of play, but did not see action in the second half.

The Gaels appeared to be fully charged in the third period as Stephon Berry hit back-to-back buckets for a 43-39 lead at the 1:45 mark.

Breslin finished with a team-high 18 points, but he had 15 in the first half. His only points in the second half came late in the game with Mount Carmel ahead 58-48.

"We made some adjustments at the half to stop (Breslin)," said Rose. "He was catching the ball at the top and we were leaving the middle wide open."

"Kevin was a little out of sync in the second half," said Robertson.

Franklin, a signee at Towson University, led Mount Carmel with 22 points and totaled 50 for the tournament.

"We had defensive plays specially designed to stop him, but we just didn't get in his face," said Robertson.

Stanford McNair added 14 points and a team-high seven rebounds, King had 11 and Dwayne Wheeler chipped in with 10 for Mount Carmel, which shot 23 of 56 from the floor and was guilty of only nine turnovers.

Berry had 10 points while John Duhring, playing with 35 stitches in his right eye lid, managed only nine. Breslin led the Gaels with 10 rebounds. Goretti shot only 33 percent on 20 of 60 shooting.

In Satuday's consolation game, Bullis School beat Bishop Guilfoyle 71-41.

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