2012-13 CRC Tournament >> Results Press Coverage

St. Joseph's Prep def. Wheeling Park, 70-43

By Kurt Stubbs
Cancer Research Classic

WHEELING, W.Va., Jan. 5, 2013 -- For consecutive years St. Joseph’s Prep (PA) met up with local favorite Wheeling Park, and once again St. Joe’s stormed past the Patriots. Notre Dame commit Steve Vasturia and Wake Forest commit Miles Overton did most of the damage, much like a year ago, to help the Hawks to a convincing 70-43 victory.

Overton came out hot, scoring eight points in the opening quarter, including two from behind the arc. Sophomore Chris Clover added six points and Vasturia dropped two buckets on drive-in baskets.

St. Joe’s took a commanding 22-12-advantage heading into the 2nd quarter when Vasturia decided to try his hand. The 6-foot-5 senior dialed up 10 points in the period, which included a pair of triples and constantly putting pressure on the Park defense. St. Joe’s extended its lead to 36-20 by intermission.

Vasturia passed the torch back to Overton in the 3rd sector and the 6-foot-4 senior produced 11 more counters. Vasturia added six. Neither player would score in the final episode. The Hawks led 59-31 heading into the 4th, which turned into mainly a reserve game.

Vasturia, who ended up with the game MVP honors, finished with 20 points, eight rebounds, five assists, and five steals. Overton led the Hawks in scoring with 21. Clover chipped in 10 points and eight boards and junior Kyle Thompson was good for eight points and six strays.

Wheeling Park got 10 points from junior Luke Saseen. Sophomore Ryan Reinbeau and senior Michael Thomas each contributed eight tallies. Reinbeau was just 2-of-10 shooting, but recorded seven rebounds and showed signs of a bright future.

The Patriots were guilty of 17 turnovers compared to just eight for the Hawks.

Stat of the Game:
St. Joe’s attempted 60 field goals making 28, which was double the amount Wheeling Park connected on. The Hawks made seven triples compared to just one for the Patriots.