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St. Paul's shows its talent vs. Goretti

November 29, 2008|By Tim Koelble

St. Paul's is a preseason favorite in the Maryland Interscholatic Athletic Association 'B' Conference, and the Crusaders showed their wares with a convincing 89-72 victory over St. Maria Goretti in first-round action of the 26th Mid-Atlantic Invitational Tournament on Friday night.

With experience returning in the form of nine of its 12 players, St. Paul's shot 56 percent from the floor with a precise inside-outside game that left Goretti defenseless for a good part of the night.

St. Paul's (2-0) will meet St. John's-Catholic Prep in the championship game around 8 tonight after Goretti battles Archbishop Carroll (D.C.) in the consolation game at 6:30. St. John's reached the final with a dominating 60-45 victory over Carroll.

"We are a little unique in that we've got four or five point guards and they can play anywhere," said St. Paul's coach Seth Goldberg. "And with our big guys, we just try to set ourselves apart."

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Winfield Willis, a 6-foot guard, set the tone early with seven points, and 6-7 forward Sidney McCray began asserting himself as the Crusaders bumped out to a fast 25-12 lead after the first quarter.

St. Paul's offensive rotation consistently found an open man on the low post or an effective kickout for a wide open 3, leaving Goretti defenders a step behind as St. Paul's hit six treys on the night.

"We just didn't get back on defense at all," said Goretti coach Chad Brashears. "They'd leak one player (in transition) and then they'd leak two. They were quick. We got down 6-0 and before I knew it, it was 20-6."

Goretti had its moments in the second quarter, working its way back with an 11-5 run that left the Gaels down only 45-36 at the break.

However, Sherrod Davis and Miles Code -- two more St. Paul's guards -- each hit two baskets and the Crusaders had a 15-point lead at 53-38 two minutes into the third period.

Goretti made a final run at the outset of the final quarter when Stephon Berry hit three buckets in succession to whittle the deficit down to 67-58, but St. Paul's regained the momentum, scoring 12 of the next 14 points.

The Crusaders hit 18 of their 28 shots in the second half.

Defensively, St. Paul's was tough to handle with a sticky man-to-man effort that made the Gaels work extremely hard to find an open shot.

"Their man (defense) in the first half really got us out of our offensive stuff," said Brashears. "There's a good reason why they are picked to win their conference."

Code led St. Paul's with 21 points, Sydnor added 19 to go with 12 rebounds, McCray had 15 points and eight rebounds and Willis had 15 points.

Berry had 19 points and five rebounds to lead the Gaels. Tyler Sterling had 16 points, Nic Martin 14 and Alex Bolinger 11, including three 3-pointers.

In the opener, St. John's bolted to a 7-0 lead two minutes into the contest and was never threatened by Archbishop Carroll.

Sophomore Grandy Glaze led the Vikings (2-0) with 22 points and sophomore Cedrick Johnson added 13. Kemy Osse led Carroll (0-1) with 13 points.

26th MAIT
St. Johns-Catholic Prep 60, Archbishop Carroll 45
ARCHBISHOP CARROLL (0-1)

Duada 10, Miller 6, Dunkin 4, Osse 14, Kerr 2, Manga 5, Gedroe 3, Price 2. Totals 17 10-17 45.
ST. JOHN'S (2-0)
King 4, Ferguson 6, Johnson 13, Reeping 2, Thomas 7, Delinac 6, Glaze 22. Totals 24 10-15 60.
Carroll 5 10 12 18 -- 45
St. John's 13 17 13 17 -- 60

3-point goals -- Carroll 1(Osse); St. John's 2 (Johnson, Thomas).

St. Paul's 89, St. Maria Goretti 72
ST. PAUL'S (2-0)

V. Davis 7, Code 21, Sydnor 19, Bowman 6, McCray 15, Willis 15, Riehl 4, Kuchno 2. Totals 35 13-14 89.
GORETTI (1-2)
Martin 14, Murray 2, Engle 2, Berry 19, Sterling 16, Wilkinson 4, Shaper 2, Bolinger 11, Heizer 2. Totals 32 2-4 72.
St. Paul's 25 20 22 22 -- 89
Goretti 12 24 16 20 -- 72

3-point goals -- St. Paul's 6 (Code, Bowman 2, McCray 2, Willis); Goretti 6 (Sterling 2, Berry, Bolinger 3). Fouled out -- Goretti: Martin.

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