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Gaels prevail on Sterling performance

January 13, 2009|By TIM KOELBLE

It was a "Sterling Silver" shooting performance for St. Maria Goretti on Monday night against Greencastle.

The Gaels set the table to break their 11-game losing streak with 67 percent shooting, knocking down 30 of 45 shots, on the way to a 72-57 win over Greencastle-Antrim at the Gael Center.

The chief table-setter was Tyler Sterling, who canned all six of his 3-point efforts, as the Gaels hit 9 of 16 beyond the arc.

"(Greencastle) was playing their zone and doing a lot of collapsing on Nic (Martin) and he did a great job of getting me the ball," said Sterling.

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Sterling hit two 3s in each of the first three periods, but the two in the second quarter were part of a Goretti surge that made the difference in the contest.

With a precarious 21-19 lead, Greencastle (5-8) went on a turnover binge and the Gaels (4-14) made the Blue Devils pay with a 15-0 run to close the quarter for a 36-19 halftime lead.

Aaron Wilkinson hit a 3, Martin followed with a deuce and Sterling knocked in two 3s, followed by goals from Tyler Shaper and Martin - all off Greencastle turnovers.

"That's the game on that run," said Greencastle coach Garon Gembe. "You take that away and we played and competed very well. Sterling shot so well and Martin is so tough to contain."

In the middle two quarters, Goretti all 11 of its 2-point shots and 6 of 11 beyond the arc- tough for any team to overcome.

Greencastle made a late run to cut a 23-point deficit to 67-55 before Martin scored five straight points for the Gaels.

It was the second time this season Sterling went on a 3-point binge, hitting seven against Faith Christian in November. Suffice to say Monday's showing was against stiffer competition.

"Coach has been saying to catch the ball in rhythm and shoot and have faith in it," said Sterling. "Tonight we treated this like a BCL game. We don't have a great record but we still want to make a mark in the area that we can still play."

Goretti coach Chad Brashears said his offense had more movement while echoing Sterling's sentiments.

"Tyler got the ball and shot in rthythm," he said. "And I thought our defense, especially Nic, Tyler and Aaron, made big defensive plays at the end of the first half."

Sterling's 18 points led the Gaels, while Martin finished with 17 points and 10 assists. When the Gaels worked inside, Stephon Berry scored 16 points and Wilkinson added 10.

Greencastle didn't shy away from 3-point shots, hitting 9 of 21, three each by Adam Ritchey and Nathan Pool.

"There's no hiding the fact we shoot 3's," said Gembe. "It's just that Goretti shot so well."

Ritchey led Greencastle with a season-high 22 points along with five rebounds. Pool added11 points.

Goretti 72, Greencastle 57
GREENCASTLE-ANTRIM (5-8)

Cordell 7, Frick 2, Pool 11, Ritchey 22, Ile 2, Gembe 3, G. Meyers 3, Koons 3, Group 4. Totals 20 8-10 57.
ST. MARIA GORETTI (4-14)
Martin 17, Engle 2, Berry 16, Sterling 18, Murray 7, Wilkinson 10, Shaper 2. Totals 30 3-7 72.
Greencastle1181721-57

Goretti17192313-72
3-point goals - Greencastle 9 (Ritchey 3, Pool 3, Gembe, Koons, Cordell); Goretti 9 (Sterling 6, Wilkinson 2, Murray). JV - Greencastle, 47-37 (G: Sprague 12, SMG: Forston 15).

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