2013-14 CRC Tournament >> Results Press Coverage
By Kurt Stubbs
Cancer Research Classic
WHEELING, W.Va., Jan. 3, 2014 -- In a game featuring three of the nation’s elite big men, Las Vegas, Nevada’s Bishop Gorman was able to use its overall team size and length to get by Ohio’s defending Division IV state champion, Cleveland VASJ.
Gorman held VASJ to just below 35 percent shooting en route to a (73-60) victory at the 7th Annual CRC.
The two heavyweights traded blows in the opening quarter before the Gaels were able to grab a (19-17) advantage. Gorman's highly touted junior Stephen Zimmerman, who is rated amongst the top five players in America, got off to a nice start running the floor, filling the lane, and finishing with several crowd-pleasing rim-rockers.
Zimmerman got help from talented junior Nick Blair in the 1st half allowing the winners to stretch its lead to (36-27) at the break. Zimmerman had 12 points by half and Blair added 11 points and six boards.
"It's always fun," Zimmerman said when asked about playing against Carlton Bragg. "You know we have been at many camps together. We know each other on a personal level, so it's always fun to go at your friends. I love talking to Carlton, because he is a funny kid."
Bragg, who was bothered all night by the length and size contesting his shots, finished the opening half just 1-of-8 from the field.
The Gaels held an advantage in both the 3rd and 4th quarters as well as Zimmerman continued to dunk the competition adding nine additional points. Classmate and fellow nationally ranked junior, Chase Jeter, played solid in both halves in just 20 minutes of play contributing six points and four boards in the final 16 minutes.
Zimmerman paced the Gaels (10-4) with 21 points and eight rebounds, while Blair added 19 points and nine boards. Jeter totaled 11 points and nine rebounds in limited action and D1 prospect Noah Robotham, a junior, chipped in 11 points.
The Vikings (5-2) got a team-high 21 points from junior Simon Texidor, who converted 6-of-12 shot behind the arc. Junior guard Brian Parker was solid as well with 16 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and two steals.
Bragg, who admitted being a little nervous prior to the game, finished with nine points on 3-of-14 shooting and grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds. Classmate Derek Pardon added eight points and five boards.
Stat of the Game:
Gorman held a (44-35) advantage on the boards.
Kentucky head coach John Calipari and assistant Orlando Antigua along with North Carolina headman Roy Williams were in the building to watch the talented 2015 big men.