2013-14 CRC Tournament >> Results Press Coverage
By Kurt Stubbs
Cancer Research Classic
WHEELING, W.Va., Jan. 3, 2014 -- The 7th Annual Cancer Research Classic tipped off Friday afternoon despite a vicious winter storm that plagued the Midwest and Northeast part of the United States.
Hometown favorite Wheeling Park got things jumping against Seton-La Salle out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which was originally scheduled to be the second contest, but Simeon (Chicago, IL) was unable to attend cancelling its game with Prime Prep.
The Park Patriots and Seton-La Salle entertained a packed house inside Wheeling Jesuit University's Alma Grace McDonough Center. The teams traded blows nearly the entire way before the Rebels were able to escape with a (62-58) victory remaining unbeaten in two CRC games.
The Rebels held an (18-17) advantage after the initial quarter thanks to six points apiece from senior guard Dale Clancy and junior forward Ryan Norkus. Clancy performed well in last year's CRC as well.
Park secured the halftime lead with junior guard Trenton Smith tallying seven points in the period and 12 in the half. The Patriots led the Keystone state bunch by a deuce (34-32) at the intermission.
La Salle regained the upper hand in the 3rd period as Clancy continued to shine on the offensive end with face up three-pointers and drive-in baskets.
Norkus finished with 17 points and nine rebounds, while Clancy added 16 points, six assists, five rebounds, and four steals earning MVP honors once again.
Senior Malik White, a physical specimen, aided La Salle's cause with 14 points and junior guard Christian DelGreco tallied 11 counters.
Park got a team-high 15 points from junior Ryan Reinbeau and Smith totaled 14 points. Junior Toddy Goodwin-Rowe and sophomore Phil Bledsoe each chipped in nine points. Bledsoe, a talented underclassman, added a like amount of rebounds.
Stat of the Game:
The teams were nearly even in all statistical categories.