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St. Joseph's Preparatory School def. Wheeling Park High School, 71-49

By Kurt Stubbs
Cancer Research Classic

WHEELING, W.Va., Jan. 7, 2012 -- St. Joseph's Prep has played in the Cancer Research Classic in all previous years, but its performance on Saturday was its best yet. Playing in front of a rowdy and overflowing crowd, the Hawks were able to knock down four treys in the opening quarter and never looked back in handing Wheeling Park a 71-49 beatdown.

The Hawks opened a 21-8 lead after one quarter and owned a 28-16 lead by half. Meanwhile, the Patriots were struggling to find their range shooting just 6-of-28 from the field in the opening half.

St. Joe's used a match up 2-3 zone to frustrate Wheeling Park, and the Patriots never seemed to figure it out. On offense, the Hawks execution was better than a pre-planned clinic.

Gene Williams netted nine points in the first quarter and junior guard Miles Overton added eight. Williams had 12 points by half.

The Hawks (5-2) used another strong quarter to extend their lead to 49-28 after 24 minutes of play. Notre Dame commit Steve Vasturia, only a junior, starting asserting himself. Vasturia totaled 10 points in the period and the Hawks hit three more triples as a team.

Vasturia sealed the deal in the fourth and final chapter going 7-of-7 from the charity stripe and adding another bucket. Overton chipped in with seven points in the final frame.

The Patriots (6-2) didn't knock down a three-point field goal until 6:20 to go in the final period. Park hit five treys in the quarter, but it was too little and too late.

Vasturia was awarded MVP with his 25 point-effort. Overton accounted for 19 points, Williams netted 16, and Kevin Oberlies was good for nine.

Park was led by Boo Lathon's 14 points. Vondel Bell chipped in 10 and Errin Baynes and sophomore Luke Saseen evenly split 16 counters.