2016-17 CRC Tournament >> Results Press Coverage
By Kurt Stubbs
Cancer Research Classic
WHEELING, W.Va., Jan. 6, 2017 -- The nightcap was a back-and-forth, nip-and-tuck game for much of the night with Greenforest Christian (GA) using a strong 4th quarter to erase a nine-point halftime lead en route to a hard-fought (56-51) triumph of New Jersey power Roselle Catholic.
Greenforest held a slim 14-10 advantage after the 1st quarter thanks to six points apiece from senior guard Justin Forrest and Florida State signee Ikey Obiagu.
Roselle got cooking in the 2nd period using a 22-9 advantage to take a 32-23 halftime lead. 6-foot-4 senior Raheem Carter scored eight points in the quarter and Nathaniel Pierre-Louis added the same.
Greenforest cut into the lead after half behind 10 points from Abayomi Iyiola. The hardworking senior added four rebounds as well. Sophomore Kahlil Whitney and mega-talented junior big man Nazeron Reid evenly divided 10 counters.
Senior guard Michael Evans came up big in the 4th quarter scoring all of his points in the game’s final frame. Classmate David Quimby cashed in three big freebies to help the cause and secure the comeback win.
Obiagu, who was presented the game MVP by Doc Merrick, scored 12 points (6-of-6) and grabbed 12 rebounds along with doing what he does best and blocking four shots. Iyiola was every bit as good with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Forrest was the only other double figure scorer for the winners finishing with 11 points, but was just 4-of-16 from the field.
Carter led Roselle in defeat with 16 points and six rebounds. Nathaniel Pierre-Louis contributed 15 points and six boards, and Reid followed with a 12-point and 10-rebound performance. Reid was just 4-of-12 from the floor.
Both participants shot under 38 percent for the game. The teams were a combined 12-of-45 from the three-point range, and shot just 20 free-throws total for the contest.
Stat of the Game:
Greenforest out rebounded the New Jersey boys, 45-30.