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St. James boys, Goretti girls repeat as champs at Lions hoops tourney

November 26, 2008|By TIM KOELBLE

When St. James got the last bit of momentum, the Saints put a lock on the door to shut off Broadfording Christian and win its second straight Lions boys tournament on Tuesday night.

Down 56-53 with 3:16 to play, the Saints scored the final eight points to emerge with a 61-56 triumph over the Lions.

Mike Russ scored 28 points to lead St. James but it was also the play of Spencer Draper in the final surge that boosted St. James as he scored seven points down the stretch.

"(Broadfording) played hard and came out with a complete effort like I knew they would," said Saints coach Mike Brooks.

Draper hit back-to-back buckets, the second come off a rebound by Will Smith that gave the Saints a 57-56 lead with 2:30 remaining. Russ scored the last two goals in the final 1:15 to seal the win.

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"We feel fortunate to win, but starting out 2-0 is big for us with the schedule we play," said Brooks.

Early on, it looked like Broadfording might go to 2-0 as the Lions packed back in a variety of zone defenses and shot out to an 18-13 lead after the first period.

However, the Saints reversed the numbers in the second period as the teams deadlocked at 31.

St. James looked to begin locking things up in the third when it bolted to an 11-point lead at 46-35 on a 3-pointer from the wing by Russ.

Broadfording re-established its momentum behind Armondo Miller and the defensive play of Gabe Hirsch, who is likely to feel many bumps and see plenty of bruises this morning.

They were instrumental in the Lions coming back on a 9-point run and forge a 48-48 tie on two free throws by Hirsch at the 6:55 mark of the fourth quarter. With 4:40 remaining, the Lions had established their last 3-point lead on a runner by Miller, who ended with a team-high 23 points.

"We made a commitment to playing tougher defense and eliminating turnovers in the second half," said Brooks, after the Saints were guilty of 12 turnovers in the first half. "I think (Broadfording) kind of shook us up early."

During St. James' final run, Broadfording had opportunities but missed two shot attempts and had two of their 18 turnovers.

"I'm pleased with our effort and we came out and played an aggressive game," said Broadfording coach Bernie Clutz. "We wanted to mix up our zones and pack it in and make (St. James) beat us up front."

Hirsch and Steve Economes each scored 11 points for Broadfording.

n St. Maria Goretti head coach Chad Brashears picked up his first victory as the Gaels dialed in from long distance to down Faith Christian 73-29 in the boys consolation contest.

Tyler Sterling did the major damage as he hit seven 3-pointers on the way to a 23-point performance. Overall, the Gaels hits 13 of 22 from the 3-point line.

Stephon Berry and Tyler Shaper each had 10 points for Goretti.

Larry Kerns had a team-high nine points for Faith (0-2).

Russ was the tournament MVP and others on the all-tourney team included Draper and Barr along with Miller, Kerns and Nic Martin of Goretti.

The Goretti girls team captured its third straight Lions title with a 37-22 win over the pesky Frederick Warriors.

The Gaels started slowly but tournament MVP Colleen Costello got Goretti going with six points on the way to a 9-6 lead after the first period. Costello ended with 13 points as did Angie Nevarez, who kept the Gaels afloat with her scoring in the middle two quarters.

"We played tentative basketball," said Gaels coach Todd Rideout. "Angie kept us going with a hot spurt. I think our players took (Frederick) a little too lightly. With our schedule, we can't afford to take a night off. Every game is different."

Emily Pritt had nine points for the Warriors.

In the girls consolation matchup, Faith took charge in the latter part of the fourth quarter for the win, giving new head coach Tim Brown his first victory.

A pair of sophomores led Faith (1-1) as Nicole Deneseus scored 18 points and Jackie Solenberger 11. Charlotte Worsfold had a team-high 8 for Broadfording (0-2).

Joining Costello on the all-tourney team were Nevarez, Poole, Worsfold, Goretti's Maggie Garvey and Faith Christian's Jackie Solenberger.

BOYS BASKETBALL
St. James 61, Broadfording 56
ST. JAMES (2-0)
Dunbar 2, Barr 8, Draper 13, Russ 28, Zimmerman 6, Smith 4. Totals 22 13-26 61.
BROADFORDING (1-1)
Economes 11, Hirsch 11, Whitt 5, Miller 23, Borum 4, South 2. Totals 22 12-16 56.
St. James 13 18 17 13 -- 61
Broadfording 18 13 12 13 -- 56

3-point goals -- St. James 4 (Barr 2, Russ, Zimmerman). Fouled out -- Broadfording (Whitt).

Goretti 73, Faith Christian 29
FAITH CHRISTIAN (0-2)

Roman 6, Hoy 4, Apple 2, Cook 2, Gibson 0, Price 6, Mead 2, Kerns 9. Totals 12 4-6 29.
GORETTI (1-1)
Wilkinson 9, Martin 3, Shaper 10, Bolinger 7, Murray 3, Heizer 5, Engle 3, Berry 10, Sterling 23. Totals 25 10-17 73.
Faith 4 10 10 5 -- 29
Goretti 12 18 15 28 -- 73

3-point goals -- Faith 1 (Hoy); Goretti 13 (Sterling 7, Martin, Shaper 2, Wilkinson, Bolinger, Heizer). Fouled out -- Faith (Roman).

GIRLS BASKETBALL
Goretti 37, Fred. Warriors 22
FRED. WARRIORS (1-1)

R. Reifsnider 3, S. Reifsnider 0, Catoe 2, Poole 6, Pritt 9, Duke 2. Totals 6 9-17 22.
GORETTI (2-0)
Nevarez 13, Ka. Cronise 2, Garvey 6, Rzomp 2, Costello 13, Kr. Cronise 1. Totals 16 4-12 37.
Warriors 6 9 3 4 -- 22
Goretti 9 12 7 9 -- 37

3-point goals -- Warriors 1 (Poole); Goretti 1 (Nevarez). Fouled out -- Faith (Catoe).

FAITH CHRISTIAN (1-1)
Earle 4, Way 2, Deneseus 18, Solenberger 11, Lewis. Totals 14 9-21 37.
BROADFORDING (0-2)
Young 6, Burkhardt 6, C. Worsfold 8, A. Worsfold 2, Grimm 4, Litten 4. Totals 15 2-10 32.
Faith 9 6 10 12 -- 37
Broadfording 7 6 10 9 -- 32

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