2014-15 CRC Tournament >> Results Press Coverage
By Kurt Stubbs
Cancer Research Classic
WHEELING, W.Va., Jan. 2, 2015 -- It was a show. It was a fabulous show by two of the nation’s best high school basketball players.
Junior Jayson Tatum of Chaminade and senior Jalen Brunson put on a show that won’t soon be forgotten. In the end, it was Tatum’s Red Devils that outlasted previously unbeaten Stevenson, 88-81, in front a packed house inside the McDonough Center.
Though, Brunson shattered the previous CRC scoring mark of 32 (Jahlil Okafor) with 48 points, his Patriots couldn’t overcome the Red Devils’ trio of Tatum, Tyler Cook, and Mike Lewis II.
Tatum scored 39 points on 13-of-20 shooting making an assortment of faders, step throughs, up-and-unders, and dunks, which included a perfect 12-of-12 showing at the foul line. Tatum, whose father (Justin) played at Saint Louis with Larry Hughes, added 14 rebounds, three assists, and two steals.
Cook, who is drawing offers from Kansas, Missouri, and Florida, scored 22 points on an efficient 8-of-12 shooting along with grabbing five rebounds. Lewis II chipped in 12 points.
The show began early as Tatum and Brunson each scored eight points for their respective outfits, but the aid of Cook allowed the Red Devils to grab a, 21-17, lead after one.
The Tatum/Brunson assault continued in the 2nd quarter as Brunson added 14 more and the St. Louis native poured in nine more. The two combined to shoot 15-of-21 from the field in the 1st half.
Brunson, a Villanova signee, continued his effort in the 3rd totaling 11 additional counters allowing the Patriots to tie the game at 55. Lewis scored six for the Red Devils and sophomore Reggie Crawford added five.
In the money quarter, Tatum and Cook came up huge scoring 29 of the team’s 33 points in the period. Tatum was 12-of-12 at the free throw line in final frame contributing to his 18 points, and Cook chipped in 11 counters.
Chaminade needed that type of effort to offset Brunson’s furious attempt at a comeback scoring another 15 points in the game’s final eight minutes with. Brunson finished his night with 48 points on 16-of-26 shooting, which included six triples and a 10-of-14 effort at the line. The son of former Temple star Rick Brunson added six rebounds, four steals and three assists.
Rice signee Connor Cashaw quietly accumulated 15 points with 11 coming in the 2nd half and corralled a team-high 11 boards.
Stat of the Game:
Chaminade shot 57 percent from field compared to just 43 percent for Stevenson. Chaminade was 21-of-24 at the charity stripe.