2013-14 CRC Tournament >> Results Press Coverage
By Kurt Stubbs
Cancer Research Classic
WHEELING, W.Va., Jan. 4, 2014 -- The Bishop Gorman Gaels came to Wheeling looking for a little momentum boost after getting drubbed in the Les Schwab Invitational Championship Game, and it got just that winning its second game in as many days at the 7th Annual CRC.
The Gaels defeated a talented Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph's team on Friday before meeting a game and scrappy DC Gonzaga squad on Saturday hungry, who was hungry for a victory coming into the contest under .500. After a sluggish start and trailing by a point at half, the Las Vegas-based crew used a (17-8) 3rd quarter to help earn a hard-fought (57-49) victory.
"I would say the first game we played very well learning from the past tournaments we've been in," said junior big man Stephen Zimmerman. "This game we were kind of sluggish, but we still managed to pull out the win."
Zimmerman and company didn't get as many run out buckets on Saturday, and had to buckle down and get some tough baskets in the half court.
"I think last night was kind of a run game," Zimmerman believed when asked to compare the two wins at the CRC. "Both teams were really fast and we were running in transition. This game was more set and we had to be smarter."
Gorman took a (15-13) lead after the opening eight minutes as eight players scored at least two points for the Gaels. Gonzaga kept within striking distance thanks to the point guard play of 5-foot-6 freshman Chris Lykes.
Gonzaga shot just below 28 percent from the floor in the 1st quarter compared to a 58 percent showing by the Gaels.
Lykes continued to keep the Eagles in the game with seven points in the 2nd chapter on a series of drive-in baskets, floaters, and a triple. Lykes had 12 points at the break on 4-of-5 shooting, and 6-foot-6 senior Bradley Jacks added eight points and four rebounds to help give the Gonzaga a (30-29) advantage.
Zimmerman had eight points in the 1st half on 3-of-4 shooting.
The 3rd stanza belonged to the Gaels and junior Nick Blair, who tallied eight points in the session. Blair was terrific in both games scoring when he had opportunities and showing great efficiency.
Senior Jordan Abdur-Ra'oof scored six of Gonzaga's eight points.
The teams played to a wash in the final frame.
Zimmerman led the Gaels with 17 points and eight rebounds giving him 38 points and 16 boards in his two CRC games. Blair, who earned MVP accolades, totaled 15 points and four rebounds. Blair tallied 34 points and 13 rebounds for the weekend.
Senior guard Noah Robotham added nine points, seven assists, and five rebounds, and highly touted junior Chase Jeter and senior guard Obim Okeke evenly divided 12 counters. Jeter also collected six strays and Okeke dished out six assists.
Lykes paced Gonzaga with 16 points and 6-foot-8 senior Sam Miller added 10 points despite 3-of-13 shooting. Abdur-Ra'oof and Jacks each contributed eight points apiece.
Stat of the Game:
Gorman shot 49 percent from the field, while holding the Eagles to just below 37 percent.