2018-19 CRC Tournament >> Results Press Coverage
Cancer Research Classic
WHEELING, W.Va., Jan. 5, 2019 -- Wheeling Central has been included in all 12 of the Cancer Research Classics.
Each year, the Maroon Knights -- regardless of their record -- seem to play maybe their best game of the season.
One could make that argument again in 2019. But, quite simply, Butler was better and had arguably one of the premier players to grace the WesBanco Arena court all weekend in junior Ethan Morton.
After a first half in which Wheeling Central shot lights out and did a commendable job on Morton, the Maroon Knights went into half with a 37-35 lead. However, in the second half, Morton decided to take charge.
Morton, who is a highly sought after 6-6 point guard, did a little bit of everything except work in the concession stand on Saturday morning in helping Butler to an 84-65 victory.
Morton had just four points in the first half, but did pass out eight assists during that stretch. Sensing his team needed him, Morton went to work. He finished with 29 points on 9-of-18 shooting. For good measure, he passed out a CRC-record 15 assists and came up just a rebound shy of only the second triple-double ever recorded in event history. He also had four steals and blocked two shots.
All Wheeling Central could do was tip its cap. Morton was that good. Butler outscored Central, 25-12 in the third quarter and then closed it out with a 24-16 fourth quarter.
Morton was named the game's MVP and rightfully so. He hit a three and got to the line 13 times, making 10.
Since Morton raises the level of play of those around him so well, Butler's other players scored at will. On the strength of a 5-of-8 shooting effort from behind the 3-point line, Devin Carney finished with 21 points and six rebounds. Luke Patten had 14 for Butler, which is coached by former Major League pitcher Matt Clement.
Wheeling Central produced only one double-figure scorer. Senior Anthony Robbins had arguably his best game of the season, scoring 23 points and grabbing eight rebounds. He shot 50 percent from the floor. He was the only Central player to crack double figures.
J.C. Maxwell went for nine in top support of Robbins, while Clayton Abate and Ryan Reasbeck each had eight.