2014-15 CRC Tournament >> Results Press Coverage
By Kurt Stubbs
Cancer Research Classic
WHEELING, W.Va., Jan. 3, 2015 -- Neumann-Goretti has been a CRC mainstay and enjoyed highs and lows, but on Saturday the Saints delivered another high for head coach Carl Arrigale. The Saints overcame Wheeling Park’s outstanding 63 percent shooting by knocking down 10-of-20 triple tries en route to a, 93-82, triumph of crowd favorite Wheeling Park.
In a highly entertaining contest, which featured 65 made field goals. Wheeling Park was never able to overcome the three-point shooting of the Philadelphia-based school. Each time Park would make a big bucket the Saints seemingly answered at the other end with a three-pointer.
N-G was terrific in the 2nd half shooting nearly 67 percent from field, 86 percent from the distance, and nearly 82 percent from the line. It needed all of that to overcome Park’s nearly 71 percent shooting in the 2nd half, which included a 2-of-2 showing behind the arc and 11-of-15 from the charity stripe.
Quade Green, one of the nation’s best sophomore guards, tickled the twine for 31 points on 12-of-16 shooting including 5-of-6 makes from three-point range. Green added four rebounds and three dimes. Green got great support from junior guard Zane Martin (21 points) and St. Joseph’s signee Lamar Kimble (20 points). Kimble added five rebounds and four assists.
The Patriots trailed by just a point after a quarter as talented junior Phil Bledsoe started what would be a sensational afternoon with six points and five rebounds, and athletic classmate Elijah Bell chipped in four points.
The 2nd quarter belonged to the Saints as Green scored 12 points in the period, and Kimble added eight and Martin tossed in seven. Park’s Tre’ Saunders knocked down a big triple at the end of the half to cut Goretti’s lead to, 42-35, keeping Wheeling Park within striking distance.
N-G continued to building its lead in the 3rd behind an additional nine points from Green, who already owns offers from several D1 schools. The Saints took a, 69-59, into the game’s closing quarter.
Park continued to play extremely well in the 4th quarter, but just couldn’t overcome the three-point shooting of the winners. Saunders, Bell, Bledsoe, and senior Toddy Goodwin-Rowe continued to make 2-point buckets, but simple math tells us a team can’t trade threes for twos.
Neumann-Goretti’s junior guard Vaughn Covington totaled 13 points in addition to the point production from Green, Martin, and Kimble.
Bledsoe, an undersized four man, was outstanding all afternoon scoring 29 points on a variety of shots (10-of-13) and grabbing 17 rebounds. It was without question the best performance from a local player in CRC history.
Bell added 22 points for the Patriots and Goodwin-Rowe chipped in 13. Saunders, who was one of the smallest players in the field, chipped in 12 counters.
The Patriots were without the services of 6-foot-5 senior Ryan Reinbeau, one of the team’s best players.
Stat of the Game:
Neumann-Goretti made 10 three-point goals compared to just four for Wheeling Park. The Saints were guilty of just six turnovers compared to 15 by the Patriots.