2014-15 CRC Tournament >> Results Press Coverage
By Kurt Stubbs
Cancer Research Classic
WHEELING, W.Va., Jan. 3, 2015 -- In the shocker of the weekend, Simeon ripped previously unbeaten Bishop Gorman in a game that was anything but beautiful. The Wolverines used superior guard play and deadly three-point shooting to race past a much bigger Gorman squad by the count of 74-45.
For some, the result may not have been as shocking as the margin of victory. The Gaels, who recently participated and won the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, appeared to be, fatigued leading to 22 turnovers and getting out rebounded. Bishop Gorman never looked comfortable inside the McDonough Center, and the result showed that to be the case.
The Wolverines, the alma mater of CRC alumni Jabari Parker, jumped out to a, 17-10, leader after a quarter as junior Zachary Norvell totaled eight points and senior Isaiah Moss, an Iowa signee, chipped in two buckets.
The Gaels were just 3-of-12 from the field in the opening quarter with Duke signee Chase Jeter owning all three makes.
Media and crowd alike were waiting for the Gaels to make a run in the 2nd quarter, but it never happened as Simeon continued to show its Chicago toughness and build a, 36-22, advantage at the break. Moss totaled eight more points and Nebraska signee Edward Morrow, who played like a grown man, added six.
Simeon extended its lead after half as Norvell continued to assault the paint and he knocked down two more bonus balls. Despite losing the quarter, the Gaels did pick up the play behind one of the nation’s top unsigned seniors in Stephen Zimmerman, who had six points in the quarter and even led a fast break at 7-foot tall resulting in a nifty assist for a deuce. Big Zim’ is one of America’s most versatile big men.
The final frame was evident the boys from Las Vegas were gassed. The Wolverines owned the quarter out pointing the 14-time Nevada state champions, 21-9.
Norvell, who is a high-major priority, finished with 22 points, five steals, and four rebounds. The 6-foot-4 junior, who is as tough as they come, was 8-of-11 from the field and 5-of-7 behind the arc.
Morrow, who brought the noise early and set the tone, scored 18 points and snagged six boards. Moss finished with 14 points on an efficient 5-of-7 shooting. Illinois signee DJ Williams and senior Armon Benford evenly split 16 markers. Benford added six assists, five steals, and four rebounds.
Zimmerman and Jeter each had 12 points and four rebounds.
Stat of the Game:
Simeon made 10-of-14 tries from the behind the arc compared to just 3-of-16 for the Gaels. Simeon out rebounded the much bigger Gorman, 30-21.