2009-10 CRC Tournament >> Results Press Coverage

Gonzaga College High School def. Rice High School, 67-55

By Kurt Stubbs
Cancer Research Classic

WHEELING, W.Va., Jan. 2, 2010 -- In game four of Saturday’s action at the Cancer Research Classic, two national powers hooked up in DC Gonzaga and Rice (NY).

The game featured two ejections and a showcase of two talented youngsters along with some top-notch seniors and one key injury.

Rice was able to jump out to a 34-28 lead at intermission getting quality play from 6-foot-5 junior Jermaine Sanders and 6-foot-8 senior Kadeem Jack.

Gonzaga was trying to find a rhythm despite losing ‘economical’ senior Tyler Thornton. The Duke signee left the game in the first half to an ankle injury after scoring just five points.

In his absence, the Eagles were in search of a leader and to the forefront came Richmond commit Cedrick Lindsay. The 6-foot-1 senior scored 17 points and dropped five dimes in helping the Purple Eagles overcome the halftime deficit with a 19-2 third quarter advantage. Lindsay showed his ability to switch gears on several occasions to get in the lane and showcased his ability to knock down the jumper.

“Tyler went down, and Cedrick stepped up big time,” Gonzaga boss Steve Turner said. “He is a kid that knows how to win and will make all the plays to do so. I do not think there is a more underrated guard in the country. Richmond certainly got a steal with him.”

Gonzaga (10-1) played basically even with Rice in the final frame giving Gonzaga its second consecutive CRC victory by a 67-55 count.

“It was a tough game,” Turner mentioned. “I thought we came out very flat and I think some of that can be attributed to all of the travel we have been doing the last couple weeks.”

Junior guard Cahli Thomas amassed 11 points and 6-foot-4 senior Malcolm Lemmons scored 10.

Two promising Gonzaga freshmen were performing well in 6-foot-6 and 250-pound Kris Jenkins and silky-smooth 6-footer Nate Britt. Jenkins, who has major potential, scored nine points and added three assists and blocks with Britt tallying nine as well.

Rice was led by Sanders with 13 points and Jack adding 12 and blocks.

Jack was very active for the Raiders with his ability to get his hands on seemingly everything along with running the floor very well and showing off a nice touch around the rim.

Kansas State signee Shane Southwell was held to just two points but did add six assists.