2009-10 CRC Tournament >> Results Press Coverage
By Kurt Stubbs
Cancer Research Classic
WHEELING, W.Va., Jan. 1, 2010 -- The 3rd Annual Cancer Research Classic got underway New Years Night on the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University with powerful Paterson Catholic (NJ) matching up with first-year school Huntington St. Joseph Prep (WV).
However, things didn't start smoothly for either team as the 7 p.m. start was delayed until after 10 with Paterson's flight being delayed.
Signs of travel and the late start were the play in the 1st half. Both teams shot under 40% from the field and defense was suspect. All and all, the play was ugly at times from two schools with a plethora of talent.
Despite the lackluster play Paterson, who is coming off a championship run at the City of Palms Classic, was able to etch out a 31-27 lead at intermission.
Huntington shot nearly 60% in the second half and it was enough and was able to force overtime. The Express forced the extra session battling through 22 turnovers compared to the Cougars 11.
Junior guard Myles Mack was terrific most of the night and was even more so in the extra period helping the Cougars to a 70-67 triumph. Mack finished with a game-high 21 points and added six boards and three steals. The junior was terrific off the pull-up especially going hard to his right.
Seton Hall commit Fuquan Edwin was good for 19 points and fours boards, while 6-foot-9 junior Derrick Randall added 12 points and 11 caroms. Highly-touted 6-foot-6 sophomore Kyle Anderson tossed in four points, three boards, and three dimes.
For the Express, 6-foot-10 senior Gorgui Dieng led the way with 17 points, 15 rebounds, and six blocks. Dieng showed his ability to be very active around the tin and was able to beat his man off the dribble and get to the bucket.
6-foot-8 senior Aleksandar Kesic had 15 points and five boards with the athletic junior Tyrel Edwards contributing 10 counters.
Highly-regarded senior Justin Coleman was held to just seven points on 3-of-9 shooting.