2009-10 CRC Tournament >> Results Press Coverage

St. Benedict's Preparatory School def. St. Frances Academy, 69-48

By Kurt Stubbs
Cancer Research Classic

WHEELING, W.Va., Jan. 2, 2010 -- The finale of the 2009 Cancer Research Classic was supposed to be one of if not the best match ups of the weekend, however, St. Benedict’s Prep had other ideas.

The Gray Bees jumped out to a 15-8 lead at the end of one frame and the rout was on. Baltimore St. Frances had no answer for powerful Benedict’s led by its head coach Dan Hurley, who is the son of high school coaching legend Bob Hurley Sr. and brother of former Duke star Bobby Hurley.

The Bees extended its lead with a 23-13 second quarter advantage giving Benedict’s a 38-21 margin at intermission.

The Panthers Sam Cassell Jr. and Richmond signee Wayne Sparrow were doing their best to keep St. Frances in the game, but it wasn’t nearly enough.

Led by senior Mike Poole (6’6), Texas commit Myck Kabongo (6’2/2011), senior Aaron Brown (6’5), and Rutgers commit Gil Biruta (6’8/2010) the Gray Bees out-quicked, out-hustled, and out-played the Panthers in every facet of the game.

By the end of the third, Benedict’s extended its lead to 55-31 leaving just a handful of fans remaining in Wheeling Jesuit’s Alma Grace McDonough Center.

The Gray Bees held St. Frances to 38% shooting and the Panthers only shot five free-throws for the game making just two en route to a 69-48 victory.

Brown led the Gray Bees with 17 points and four rebounds with Mike Poole adding 13 and five boards.

Kabongo had 12 points, eight dimes, and five caroms and Biruta added 10 and nine boards.

Kabongo is a do-it-all guard with great gears and Biruta is a ‘nasty’ and rugged power forward with the ability to knock down the three-point shot off the catch and shoot. Biruta is a deceiving athlete with a college-ready body that goes after everything on the offensive glass.

For St. Frances, Sparrow led the way with 24 points and Cassell Jr. had 11 including three triples. Potential-filled junior Greg Lewis (6’8) with held to just one-point and two rebounds.