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Cancer Research Classic
WHEELING, W.Va., Jan. 5, 2019 -- In a game, that may have been overlooked at first glance, Roselle Catholic and First Love Christian put on one of the more entertaining games of the 2019 Cancer Research Classic. Roselle Catholic buried five out of nine three-point attempts in the 1st quarter to take a commanding 23-13 lead and withstood a late onslaught from the Knights to pull away for an (84-69) triumph moving Dave Boff’s squad to (8-0) on the season.
Senior backcourt mates Josh Pierre Louis and Colby Rogers combined for five treys in the opening quarter and 17 points helping the Lions move ahead in a late morning encounter.
The 2nd period saw the Lions produce an additional 21 points thanks to senior Khalil Whitney, a Kentucky commit. Whitney scored eight points in the stanza on three jumpers and a crowd-pleasing slam. Cliff Omoruyi, a 6-foot-11 junior, added two inside buckets.
Roselle opened up its biggest lead of the 1st half on Whitney’s jam, which increased the margin to 37-19. Seniors Naim Miller (5 points) and Egon Ruhek (4 points), and junior DJ Gordon (4 points) helped keep First Love within striking distance.
Whitney stayed hot following halftime adding 10 points to his total, which included a lay in to give the Lions their biggest lead at 59-37. Pierre Louis had a pair of buckets including a draw dropping dunk.
Naim Miller, who is committed to Mount St. Mary’s out of the Northeast Conference, did his best to keep the Knights in the game contributing nine points in the quarter. The 6-foot-5 senior was a bright spot despite the loss.
Khayree Wilson’s squad showed some Pennsylvania toughness in the final frame refusing to go down without a fight. Miller cashed in a triple try and talented junior Isaiah Wilson made good on an old fashion three-point play, which proceeded a jumper from Gordon and a hoop along with two freebies from Ruhek. The free throws from Ruhek cut Roselle’s lead to 70-63 with 4:11 to play in the game, but FLC never got any closer.
The Saints closed strong as Pierre Louis continued to ignite the crowd with two more rim-rocking dunks, Whitney slammed home another, and junior Richie Greaves helped put away a feisty First Love Christian outfit.
Whitney finished the contest with 24 points on 12-of-22 shooting, six rebounds, and four assists in 32 minutes of action. Pierre Louis was brilliant with 22 points on 8-of-13 field goals, six steals, and four dimes. Rogers added 14 points on just seven shot attempts to go along with five boards. Greaves showed well tallying 10 points and evenly split 18 rebounds, assists, and steals and junior Ahmad Robinson ended his day with eight points, six assists, and five boards.
Miller paced the Knights with 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting and four rebounds. Gordon just missed a double-double with 17 points and nine boards. The hardworking Ruhek cashed out at 11 points and five caroms, while Wilson chipped in six points, nine assists, and eight strays.
Roselle Catholic managed to earn a 15-point victory despite a 10-of-21 showing at the foul line including a 0-of-7 outing from Whitney. Though, the Lions defense forced 20 turnovers in the win.