2009-10 CRC Tournament >> Results Press Coverage
By Kurt Stubbs
Cancer Research Classic
WHEELING, W.Va., Jan. 2, 2010 -- Saturday’s opening contest of the 3rd Annual Cancer Research Classic on the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University was classic match up of veterans versus underclassmen with the experience coming out victorious.
Neumann-Goretti, making its third appearance in Wheeling, used a group of strong senior guards along with an athletic wing forward to outlast Christ the King out of New Jersey, 73-65.
Led by its three D-1 guards Neumann-Goretti slashed into the lane scoring drive-in baskets and did some scoring on transition buckets to own a 31-26 lead at intermission.
The trio of senior guards featuring Tony Chennault (Wake Forest), Tyreek Duren (La Salle), and Mustafaa Jones (Hartford) all enjoyed strong first halves of action.
However, the second half belonged to Rider commit Daniel Stewart (6’6/2010). The athletic Stewart was more aggressive running the floor with ease and finishing above the rim with several spectacular dunk-shots. Stewart is the type of player that will make a couple ‘wow’ plays every game.
Stewart earned the game’s MVP honors for his second consecutive year thanks to a 24-point and 12-rebound outing.
Chennault chipped in with 14 points, seven boards, and three assists with Duren contributing 13 markers, 5 caroms, four steals, and three dimes. Duren is a kid that makes a lot of ‘winning’ plays.
Junior guard Lamin Fulton also scored in double figures with 11 lightings and Jones was good for nine points and four rebounds.
Christ the King didn’t go lightly refusing to back down to the team from Philadelphia (PA). Led by one of the top sophomore in New Jersey, Omar Calhoun (6’4), the Royals were able to hang around throughout the game but never could get over the hump.
Calhoun, who was quite impressive, tallied 14 counters and five rebounds. 6-foot-7 senior Dominykas Milka scored 15 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. Most of Milka’s buckets were the result of penetration from the guards mainly junior T.J. Curry.
Junior guard Aaron Williams added 10 points.