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Gaels can't climb out of early hole

January 09, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

The Towson Catholic boys basketball team hit seven 3-point baskets Tuesday night and used the inside presence of 6-foot-6 Brandon Greene to defeat St. Maria Goretti 61-37 in a Baltimore Catholic League game at the Gael Center.

"We get criticized at times for shooting so many 3s, but we take what the opponent gives us," Towson Catholic coach Josh Pratt said. "They were giving us the outside shot and we were hitting early. Greene also helped control things inside."

The visiting Owls (7-7, 2-0) jumped to a 7-0 advantage at the 6:52 mark of the first quarter and had things their way the remainder of the contest.

Nine different players hit the scoring column, topped by Greene with 14 points.

"We're just not playing well right now," Goretti coach Cokey Robertson said. "We're not passing, we're not guarding, we're not getting any flow on offense. Their full-court pressure bothered us in the first quarter, but we didn't hit the open man. It seems like we were running away from the basketball instead of going toward it."

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The early problems, including 15 first-half turnovers, were a far too familiar scene for Robertson and the Gaels (6-8, 2-4).

On Sunday, Goretti scored just nine first-half points in a 64-34 BCL loss at Mount St. Joseph.

"You can't put yourself in a hole against quality opponents," Robertson said. "They have a talented ball club but we're better than what we showed."

Towson Catholic enjoyed a 34-15 halftime lead. Goretti cut the deficit to 41-28 on Matisse Gaillard's foul shot with 2:10 remaining in the third quarter, but that was the closest the Gaels would get for the remainder of the contest.

"We did a nice job, but I've always respected the St. Maria program and I was concerned before the game," Pratt said. "This is a tough place to play and Cokey does a wonderful job."

Vinny Breckenridge, Leshon Edwards and Julian Hester each connected on two 3-point shots for Towson Catholic and Terrell Bruce added another.

John Duhring and Kevin Breslin led the Goretti offensive attack with 23 and 12 points, respectively.

"I thought David Bowen played solid on defense and Brendan Engle played well in spots," Robertson said. "Overall, we have to handle the pressure better and adjust to the opposing defenses."

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