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Gaels are no good vs. Counsel

November 28, 2009|By TIM KOELBLE

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    HAGERSTOWN -- On paper, the outlook heading into the 27th annual Mid-Atlantic Invitational Tournament suggested the winner of Friday's first-round game between Benedictine (Va.) and Good Counsel would come away with the championship on Saturday.

    After a sluggish start, Benedictine put a stamp on the MAIT title, rolling to a 66-40 victory over pesky John Carroll at the Gael Center.

    Good Counsel, a 74-67 loser to Benedictine on Friday, had an easy time in the consolation matchup as it posted a 91-42 victory over St. Maria Goretti.

    * The perfect game Goretti needed to play Saturday night never materialized. But it did for Good Counsel.

    The Falcons, whom some thought should have defeated Benedictine in Friday's opener, never left a shadow of a doubt about being the superior team to the Gaels in the consolation game.

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"We understood what a perfect game it would take if we shot and rebounded," said Goretti coach Chad Brashears.

Ben Hazel opened with a jumper for Good Counsel and Tyler Shaper followed for Goretti with a bucket and a 2-2 tie in the first minute.

Hazel and Rodney Glasgow made baskets and Jemel Sessoms followed with five points, and suddenly Good Counsel had a 12-2 lead with 4:10 left in the first quarter.

Goretti went on to commit three successive turnovers, and by the time the first eight minutes expired, it was 26-10 Good Counsel as the Falcons hit 10 of 16 from the field.

Good Counsel kept its hot shooting hand, duplicating its first-quarter numbers in the second on the way to a 51-22 halftime lead.

"Our guys really wanted to be in the championship game," said Good Counsel coach Blair Mills, who picked up his first varsity victory. "Friday was a great challenge. And we knew Goretti would come out and give it their best shot tonight."

Mills said the Falcons accomplished their game plan for Saturday.

"We wanted a track meet and we won that, and we had a size and quickness advantage," said Mills.

Goretti had seven of its 26 turnovers in the third quarter, and Good Counsel came out smoking, outscoring the Gaels 31-9 in the period. Devon Wright-Nelson used his 6-foot-5 frame to work for six points and pull down six rebounds in the quarter.

Goretti had no asnwer for the Falcons' quickness and speed, often taking a matter of seconds to work in transition on the way to 67-percent shooting through three periods before Mills began substituting.

"Some guys played like a deer-in-the-headlight," said Brashers. "Good Counsel was a shark seeking blood. They're a heck of a team. We have another game on Tuesday and all we can do is come back and work hard in practice on Monday."

Martin, frustrated by defenders who were equal in quickness and speed for two games, led Goretti with 22 points but hit only 7 of 22 from the floor. Tyler Leazier added eight points and led Goretti with seven reboounds.

In all, 11 players scored for Good Counsel, with Sessoms' 20 leading the way as hit on 9 of 10 shots. Glasgow added 16 and a team-high seven assists.

* In the championship game, Benedictine (2-0) came out fast with a 10-0 lead in the first 3 1/2 minutes against John Carroll before Malcolm McMillan hit a bucket for the Falcons.

John Carroll (1-3), at a decided height disadvantage, still made things tough on the Cadets, coming back within four at 22-18 with 3:50 left in the first half before things began to click for Benedictine.

MAIT Most Valuable Player Trey Davis hit three buckets and suddenly the Cadets were on top 39-25 by halftime. Davis had 17 of his game-high 22 points prior to halftime.

"We were a little sluggish at the beginning of the game," said Benedictine coach Sean McAloon. "I think we thought we were going to come out and score 100 points in the first quarter."

After a John Carroll timeout, the Cadets took advantage of the break to pull away just before the half.

"We just took a breather, let the game come to us and got some steals," said McAloon.

Erik Moody had 14 points and Mike Gbinije added 10 for Benedictine.

Ronald Scott, who was instrumental in John Carroll's victory over Goretti on Friday with key 3-pointers, led the Falcons with nine points.

Good Counsel 91, St. Maria Goretti 42

GOOD COUNSEL (1-1)
Glasgow 7-10 0-1 16, Hazel 4-8 1-2 10, Sessoms 9-10 0-0 20, Harrell 2-5 0-0 4, Stein 3-4 5-5 11, McCarthy 0-1 2-2 2, Wright-Nelson 3-7 1-2 7, Wright 3-5 0-0 6, Harvey 4-5 2-2 11, Russell 0-2 0-0 0, Merryman 0-2 0-0 0, Beck 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 38-68 11-14 91.
ST. MARIA GORETTI (2-2)
Wilkinson 0-3 0-0 0, Martin 7-22 6-8 22, Shaper 1-2 0-0 2, Heizer 0-2 0-0 0, Leazier 3-6 1-4 8, Donoghue 3-6 1-2 7, Bolinger 0-0 3-4 3. Totals 14-43 11-18 42.



Good Counsel 26 25 31 9 -- 91

Goretti 10 12 9 11 -- 42

3-point goals--Good Counsel 5 (Glasgow 2, Hazel, Sessoms 2, Hervey); Goretti 3 (Martin 2, Leazier 1). Rebounds--Good Counsel 37 (Wright-Nelson 9), Goretti 23 (Leazier 7). Assists--Good Counsel 18 (Sessoms 4), Goretti (Bolinger 3). Turnovers--Good Counsel 13, Goretti 26.

Benedictine 66, John Carroll 40

BENEDICTINE (2-0)
Moody 7 0-0 14, Davis 8 5-11 22, K. Gill 1 0-0 2, D. Gill 1 0-0 2, Price 2 0-0 4, Thurston 1 2-2 4, Shaheen 0 2-2 2, Gbinije 4 2-3 10, Pilot 1 0-0 2, Williams 2 0-0 4. Totals 27 11-18 66.
JOHN CARROLL (1-3)
Akinyulere 1 1-2 3, Frink 1 0-0 2, Scott 3 1-2 9, McMillan 3 2-2 8, O. Ouedraogo 2 1-2 5, Greene 2 0-0 4, Johnson 0 1-2 1, James 1 0-0 2, Rolle 1 0-0 2, Munson 1 0-0 2, Owona 1 0-0 2. Totals 16 6-10 40.



Benedictine

15241512--66John Carroll1114510--403-point goals--Benedictine 1 (Davis), John Carroll 2 (Scott 2). Rebounds--Benedictine 31 (Thurston 7), John Carroll 20 (Frink 7).

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