2011-12 CRC Tournament >> Results Press Coverage
By Kurt Stubbs
Cancer Research Classic
WHEELING, W.Va., Jan. 7, 2012 -- The opening game on Saturday was a dandy as St. Raymond and Paul VI went back-and-forth for the better part of 32 minutes before the Ravens were able to secure a 68-61 victory.
Paul VI jumped out to a 15-11 lead after the first quarter thanks to Coleman Johnson (4 points) and Patrick Holloway (5 points) and a cold start from St. Raymond's star Daniel Dingle, who was coming off a shoulder injury. Dingle was 0-of-2 from the field and just 2-of-4 from the free-throw line in the opening quarter.
Though, Dingle was able to get going in the second quarter leading the Ravens with 11 points in the stanza. St. Raymond tallied 21 points in the period to take a 32-31 lead into the locker room.
The two squads played to a 17-all score in the 3rd quarter with Dingle scoring eight more. Point guard Tilman Dunbar tallied five points for Paul VI and 6-6 Johnson added six counters by knocking down three jumpers.
With Dingle, a Temple signee, being held scoreless in the final frame, it was Iowa State signee Nkereuwem Okoro picking up the slack after a lack-luster first three quarters. Okoro netted nine points in the quarter despite suffering through some stomach issues.
Dingle earned the game MVP thanks to 21 points, 15 rebounds, and four assists. Okoro added 12 points and seven rebounds. Crafty guard Lawrence Graves finished with 11 points, but finished just 3-of-11 from the field. Guard Shane Rector also finished with double figures accounting for 10 points.
Holloway and Johnson each scored 16 points, but Holloway was just 5-of-18 from the field and 2-of-10 behind the arc. Dunbar finished with nine counters and Jamall Robinson stuffed the stat sheet with eight points, 12 rebounds, and four dimes.
St. Raymond made as many free-throws (21) as Paul VI attempted.