2014-15 CRC Tournament >> Results Press Coverage

Gill St. Bernard's def. Wheeling Central Catholic High School, 72-47

By Kurt Stubbs
Cancer Research Classic

WHEELING, W.Va., Jan. 2, 2015 -- The 8th Annual Cancer Research Classic (CRC), the Nation’s Premier Catholic High School Basketball Tournament, tipped off Friday afternoon inside the McDonough Center on the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University.

Local favorite, Wheeling Central Catholic, started the weekend off against a Gill St. Bernard team that came to Wheeling without its top player, Tyus Battle, a kid receiving heavy high-major interest including an offers from Kentucky, Duke, and Syracuse among other heavyweights.

With Battle out due to injury, the Knights from Gladstone, NJ used a beautiful display of team basketball and a sound team defensive effort to overwhelm Wheeling CC, 72-47, in the day’s opener.

Senior point guard John Michael Mae was sensational from start to finish for St. Bernard’s. Mae torched WCC with his relentless attacking of the goal, which resulted in a game-high 29 points on 10-of-13 shooting. Mae not only helped his own cause, but he served others as well dishing out seven assists most of which were highlight worthy. The 5-foot-11 senior also added 5 rebounds and 3 steals for good measure.

Central Catholic dug itself a huge hole trailing, 17-1, to start the game, but managed to close the quarter gap slightly thanks to 5 points from junior Chase Harler, an early West Virginia verbal.

John Michael Mae continued his assault in the 2nd quarter adding 10 more counters to his 11 opening quarter points. Mae was 9-of-10 from the field in the 1st half helping the Knights to a, 38-23, advantage at the break.

The hometown Knights never got any closer than eight points as St. Bernard’s closed the game like a lights out closer out pointing WCC in the final quarter, 20-8.

Mae was aided in victory by classmate Harrison DeMaira scoring 11 points, and Ian DeMarest and Julius Stoma evenly divided 14 counters. Junior Adam Mitola, who currently has a brother (Alex) playing at Dartmouth, added 6 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

Harler totaled 15 points despite a 4-of-12 showing from the field, and senior Boyd Bibey chipped in 10 points on 3-of-13 shooting. Junior Brian Campbell totaled nine points and seven boards.

Stat of the Game:
Wheeling CC shot just 14-of-46 (30%) from the floor and got out rebounded (47-31).