2010-11 CRC Tournament >> Results Press Coverage
By Kurt Stubbs
Cancer Research Classic
WHEELING, W.Va., Jan. 8, 2011 -- Game 4 displayed Washington DC Gonzaga versus Christ the King of Middle Village, New York in a battle of national heavyweights.
Most basketball aficionados expected this to be a closely contested match up, but Gonzaga had other ideas. The Eagles raced out to a 26-12 1st quarter advantage and the only thing in doubt from that point on was the official score.
On two occasions, during the 2nd half, the score was questioned by both head coaches and it was decided a 54-44 score was actually 58-42 in Gonzaga's favor.
Other than the actual score being in question, the Purple Eagles left no other question unanswered.
High-major prospect Nate Britt of Gonzaga (9-4) spear-headed a Gonzaga offense, which shot 73 percent (19-of-26) from the field in the 1st half. The 6-foot-1 sophomore, who is being courted by the likes of Duke, totaled 20 points for the game on 6-of-7 shooting and added five rebounds and five assists.
"We played as a team and ran our stuff like coach said and we came out successful," replied Gonzaga's Nate Britt who was the game MVP.
Christ the King did its best to claw back into the contest trailing 60-48 at the end of 24 minutes after trailing by 20 at the break, but couldn't overcome Gonzaga's attacking transition game which led to several easy baskets for Britt and his teammates.
"I felt like I did a good job of distributing the ball today," Britt stated. "I like to get my teammates involved. I can make plays for myself and I felt like I got everyone involved today."
6-foot-6 sophomore DJ Fenner was on the receiving end of several long outlet passes leading to easy buckets for the talented youngster. Fenner was 6-of-9 from the floor for 13 points.
"We like to get rebounds and push the ball and DJ (Fenner) is real good in transition like you said," Britt mentioned. "That is how we got a lot of easy buckets today. We go transition first then slow down if we have to."
Britt knows today's victory was a step in the right direction, but they still need to improve.
"We need to improve on closing out games," said the Gonzaga point guard. "We did a good job today, but other games we have had trouble finishing."
6-foot senior Malek Williams added 12 points and 6-foot-9 senior Ben Dickinson chipped in 10 points and eight rebounds. Talented sophomore Kris Jenkins scored just 4 points on 1-of-8 shooting in just 21 minutes of play. Jenkins was strapped with foul trouble much of the evening.
6-foot-8 senior Chris Ortiz had an excellent showing for the Royals in a losing effort scoring 15 points and recording four rebounds. Highly sought after junior Omar Calhoun was just 4-of-12 from the floor but managed to finish with 13 points and four rebounds.
Senior TJ Curry added 12 points and George Mason commit Corey Edwards was good for 11.
Christ the King was just 3-of-15 from behind the arc and shot only 36 percent in the 1st half.
Interesting to note, Pitt's Jamie Dixon was in the building for this contest.