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Gaels shrink next to size of Carroll

November 30, 2008|By DAN KAUFFMAN

It's a popular saying among basketball coaches: You can't teach size.

Unfortunately for the St. Maria Goretti boys, they were on the wrong side of a physical mismatch against Archbishop Carroll in the consolation game of the Mid-Atlantic Invitational Tournament on Saturday night.

With their starting front line averaging 6-feet-6, and three more players 6-7 or taller coming off the bench, the Lions wore out the Gaels inside, racking up a 36-25 advantage on the glass and scoring 22 second-chance points in a 73-40 rout.

"They took three shots all night outside of 5 feet," Goretti coach Chad Brashears said. "You can't beat anybody if you give up points like that."

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Stephane Manga scored Carroll's first seven points and the Lions (1-1) raced out to an 11-2 advantage in the first four minutes. They never trailed - although 3-pointers by Alex Bolinger at the end of the first quarter and Aaron Wilkinson just before halftime kept Goretti (1-3) deceptively close at 31-24 at the break.

But Carroll outscored Goretti 42-16 in the second half, including 21-4 in the fourth quarter. Manga led the Lions with 14 points and added six rebounds and six steals. Malick Duada had 12 points and seven rebounds, and Kenny Osse added 10 points.

While the Gaels couldn't control the size disadvantage, they hurt themselves with 24 turnovers, having trouble with Carroll's 2-3 zone as well as a trapping 3/4-court pressure defense.

"I thought we took shots too early," Brashears said. "We never made the extra pass or dribble to open them up."

Gaels center Stephon Berry was a bright spot, finishing with 20 points and seven rebounds and showcasing a nice mid-range jumper.

"We have to find a way to get him more looks," Brashears said. "The sad part is if we don't stop anyone, it doesn't matter."

Nic Martin added 10 points and eight rebounds for Goretti.

ยท In the championship game, Grandy Glaze had 32 points and 17 rebounds to lead St. John's Catholic Prep to a 72-56 victory over St. Paul's (D.C.) Glaze was named tournament MVP.

Winfield Willis had 17 points and seven rebounds to lead St. Paul's.

Berry was named to the all-tournament team for Goretti.

Archbishop Carroll 73, Goretti 40
ARCHBISHOP CARROLL (1-1)

Thompson 6, Duada 12, Sumlar 7, Miller 6, Dunkin 2, Osse 10, Kerr 4, Manga 14, Robinson 4, George 2, Price 6. Totals 34 5-7 73.
ST. MARIA GORETTI (1-3)
Wilkinson 3, Martin 10, Bolinger 3, Engle 4, Berry 20. Totals 19 0-2 40.
Carroll 15 16 21 21 -- 73
Goretti 11 13 12 4 -- 40
3-point goals -- Goretti 2 (Bolinger, Wilkinson).

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