2010-11 CRC Tournament >> Results Press Coverage

St. Joseph's Preparatory School def. Wheeling Central Catholic High School, 52-47

By Kurt Stubbs
Cancer Research Classic

WHEELING, W.Va., Jan. 8, 2011 -- In the Cancer Research Classic finale, St. Joseph’s Prep of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania took on Wheeling Central Catholic for the third time in four years at the event. This time around the result was no different as Prep made it 3-for-3 against Wheeling CC with a well-earned 52-47 victory.

On paper, this was arguably St Joe’s best team it has brought to Wheeling and arguably Central’s worst so it would have been to predict a lopsided Hawks victory. However, no one told Central to not show up.

“I tell you what, Mel (Stephens) does a terrific job,” lamented Hawks veteran boss William “Speedy” Morris. “We got outcoached and we definitely got outplayed. They are not as good as they have been and they’re not as talented, but they play very well together. I was disappointed in our effort or lack of effort. I give them all the credit. They really played hard.”

St. Joe’s is 3-1 at the CRC with its only loss coming a year ago to Cleveland St. Ignatius, but for whatever reason they struggle to find the range inside the Alma Grace McDonough Center. The rims have not been friendly to the Hawks over the past four years especially from three-point range where they were just 3-of-15 from distance on Saturday night.

Though, Central wasn’t much better especially in the 1st half as the Maroon Knights were just 5-of-22 from the field (23 percent) and 16-of-45 for the game.

Despite the poor shooting Central was able to salvage a tie at the break (19-19) in what was a dismal half at best for both teams.

The Maroon Knights kept things close in the 2nd half thanks in large part to four Joel Jarrett three-point goals. The 5-foot-9 senior, who came off the bench, knocked five in all on his way to a team-high 14 points.

While Jarrett was knocking shots from the outside, 6-foot-4 senior Shane Greskevitch was doing on his part on the interior. The hard-working senior finished with 10 points and seven rebounds.

In the end, it was too much sophomore Myles Overton for the Hawks (7-3). The 6-foot-3 sophomore started taking the game over in the paint on his way to a game-high 22 points and earning MVP honors. He also added four blocks, four rebounds, two assists, and two steals.

Overton is the son of former La Salle University star Doug Overton, who played 11 seasons in the NBA and is now an assistant for the New Jersey Nets.

Overton’s classmate Steven Vasturia aided the winning cause with 15 points and 10 rebounds. The 6-foot-3 sophomore already has an offer from Temple and interest from several other D1 schools.
6-foot senior Brandon Ingram added 12 points for Wheeling CC (5-3).