2012-13 CRC Tournament >> Results Press Coverage
By Kurt Stubbs
Cancer Research Classic
WHEELING, W.Va., Jan. 5, 2013 -- The middle contest on Saturday saw Whitney Young (IL) meet up with Neumann-Goretti (PA), a CRC mainstay. Whitney Young was coming off a championship at the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach (SC), while N-G was trying to bounce back from a pair of losses at the Les Schwab Invitational in Oregon.
On Saturday, Whitney Young’s size on offense and defense was just too much for N-G to overcome in 78-49 throttling. Simply put, the game was a total mismatch on the interior thanks in large part to one player in particular.
The teams traded blows in the opening quarter as the Dolphins got 6-foot-11 and 270-pound Jahlil Okafor going. Arguably the best prospect in the Class of 2014, Okafor, scored nine points in the opening eight minutes. Junior L.J. Peak backed Okafor with six counters.
N-G hung tough thanks to talented and tough junior guard Ja’Quan Newton and Townson commit John Davis. The two combine for 11 of the Saints 13 points.
Okafor scored eight more in the 2nd chapter and classmate Paul White got going as well. The 6-foot-9 White scored 10 points in the period. When engaged in the contest, White can be an offensive assassin with his skill set and ability to knock down shots.
The Dolphins led 40-27 at the break after leading just 17-13 following the initial quarter.
Okafor, White, Peak, and junior guard Miles Reynolds all but finished off the Saints following halftime. Okafor not only scored eight points, but he continued to make it a nightmare for N-G’s ability to score in the lane.
Okafor, who earned MVP honors, scored 32 points (14-of-18), grabbed six rebounds, blocked three shots, and altered many others. White added 19 points and seven rebounds. Peak chipped in 10 points and six boards, and sophomore Joseph Toye tallied eight.
Newton led the Saints with 14 points, sophomore Lamarr Kimble added 12, and Davis was good for 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Stat of the Game:
Whitney Young held Neumann-Goretti to below 33 percent shooting, while making 60 percent of its shots.