2012-13 CRC Tournament >> Results Press Coverage

DeMatha def. Gill St. Bernard's, 83-64

By Kurt Stubbs
Cancer Research Classic

WHEELING, W.Va., Jan. 5, 2013 -- Game 2 on Saturday pitted high-powered DeMatha (MD) making its second CRC appearance against Gill St. Bernard (NJ) also making its second showing.

St. Bernard, who is still playing without transfers Austin Colbert (Illinois) and Chris Jenkins, were forced to mainly tough jump shots throughout the course of Saturday’s contest and the Knights also struggled to slow down a hot-shooting Stags offense, which contributed to DeMatha’s 83-64 triumph.

DeMatha shot 57 percent from the field in the 1st half and used great balance to secure a 35-24 lead at the intermission. On the other hand, St. Bernard’s senior guard Jaren Sina struggled mightily to find any rhythm shooting the basketball. The Northwestern commit was just 1-of-12 from the field in the opening 16 minutes, including 0-of-8 behind the arc.

Despite Sina’s struggles, highly talented freshman Tyus Battle did his best to keep the Knights in the game. Battle, who is a silky smooth, long, and 6-foot-4 guard, scored 12 points in the opening quarter and reached 15 points by half. Battle was 6-of-9 from the field and a perfect 3-of-3 from downtown.

St. Bernard was 9-of-12 from the floor minus Sina’s struggles.

Junior Corey Henson, who had a terrific game, had nine points at the break to lead the Stags.

The second half was a different story offensively for Sina, but as he began to find his mark, it appeared the Knights defense got sliced up even more. St. Bernard tried to press and make a recovery, but the DeMatha guards carved up the press leading to a lot of easy baskets. The Stags weren’t just making easy lay ups, they also knocked down an extremely high percentage of shots behind the arc.

Sina scored 14 points in the 3rd quarter, but DeMatha still extended its lead to 60-40. Henson countered with 11 points of his own and senior Kelvin Howard knocked down a pair of treys.

North Carolina State commit BeeJay Anya, a 6-foot-8 eight monster in the paint for the Stags, sealed the deal in the 4th quarter with eight points and a couple emphatic blocks.

Anya was awarded the MVP with 18 points, 13 rebounds, and three blocks. Henson, who was also deserving of the award, enjoyed a 25-point performance on 10-of-13 shooting, including five bonus goals. Henson also chipped in five assists.

Howard scored 16 points on 5-of-6 shooting, which included a 5-of-5 showing from distance. Senior guard Linwood Ruffin totaled nine points and classmate Jairus Lyles chipped in eight points and a like amount of assists.

DeMatha shot an astounding 77 percent from the field in the 2nd half, which included 7-of-8 from three-point range.

Sina finished with 29 points thanks to 27 points in the 2nd half. The 6-foot-2 senior was 9-of-14 shooting in the final 16 minutes of play adding five three-point goals.

Battle ended a solid afternoon with 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting.

Stat of the Game:
Both teams made 12 three-point field goals, but DeMatha was a much more efficient 12-of-18. The Stags shot nearly 67 percent for the game.