2014-15 CRC Tournament >> Results Press Coverage
By Kurt Stubbs
Cancer Research Classic
WHEELING, W.Va., Jan. 3, 2015 -- Life without Jahlil Okafor and Paul White wasn’t kind to the Whitney Young Dolphins at the 2015 Cancer Research Classic. The Dolphins had a chance at redemption following Friday night’s lopsided loss to Montverde Academy, but not many teams get well playing Huntington St. Joseph Prep and Whitney Young was no exception.
The Dolphins got off to a much better start against undefeated Huntington St. Joseph Prep thanks to a hot start from Vanderbilt signee Joseph Toye, who didn’t miss a shot in the initial chapter scoring eight points as the Chicago-based Dolphins trailed just, 24-18, after one.
The next three chapters were a different story as the Irish, formerly known as the Express, outscored Whitney Young, 65-31. The rest as they say was history.
Juniors Curtis Jones and Miles Bridges and senior Thomas Bryant each took turns wowing the neutral crowd. The Huntington St. Joseph Prep trio combined for 59 points out scoring Whitney Young by 10.
Jones, who is receiving heavy high-major interest, got the Irish off to a good start scoring 10 points in the 1st quarter and 21 for the contest. Jones knocked down three triples and ignited the crowd with several high-flying dunks. Bridges totaled 15 points including three bonus goals and added a game-high 11 rebounds and 11 assists recording the first triple-double in CRC history. Bryant, a heavy Syracuse lean, quietly scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Puerto Rican Ivan Gandia, a junior, came off the bench to score nine points on a trio of three-point field goals. Junior Karim Ezzedine chipped in seven points and eight rebounds.
Whitney Young got 17 points from Toye, who was just 3-of-12 from the field after the opening quarter. Sophomore contributed 12 points, four rebounds, three assists, and three steals.
Stat of the Game:
Huntington St. Joseph Prep made 12 three-point goals on 22 attempts. The Irish out rebounded the Dolphins, 45-28, and held them to just below 34 percent shooting for the contest.