Spalding Hoop Hall Classic Monday Games
Archbishop Mitty survives in the opener; St. Raymond and St. Anthony win big in Springfield
Jan. 21, 2008
By Van Coleman
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Van is one of the nation's premier recruiting experts.
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The first half was close throughout as neither team managed more than a three-point advantage. It was 14-all late in the first quarter when Sylven Landesberg (No. 32/Virginia) drove to the hoop and kissed it off the glass to put his Holy Cross club up 16-14 at the buzzer. Both clubs traded buckets in the second period as 6-foot-8 Enoch Andoh (Bucknell) tied it at 31-all with 58 seconds to play in the half. Down the stretch, 6-foot-1 Blaise Ffrench hit three free throws to put Holy Cross on top 35-32 at the intermission. Holy Cross was led by Landesberg with 15 points while Archbishop Mitty's top guns were 6-foot-6 Chiverton (Saint Mary's) with 12 points and Andoh who added 11.
The second half started with a quick Holy Cross 7-2 run to build a 42-34 lead behind five points by Landesberg. However, Mitty bounced back, chipping away at the lead to close to three, 47-44, at the end of three quarters. The fourth quarter saw Landesberg dominate early, as Holy Cross extended its lead back to six, 59-53, with 3:52 to play. But from that point on, Chiverton took over, scoring the next seven points for his Mitty squad in a 7-2 run to pull to within one at 61-60 with 38 seconds to play. Holy Cross missed two close shots to increase their advantage and Mitty's Brandon Scott hit Andoh under the hoop for a slam with 21 seconds left to put Mitty on top, 62-61. It was Mitty's first lead of the second half, and it held up, as Holy Cross missed a bounce pass on an inbound play in the final seconds that could have won it for the
Andoh led Mitty with 21 points and 8 rebounds, while Chiverton added 19 points and 6-foot-7 Angelo Caloiaro chipped in with 11. Holy Cross was led by Landesberg with 26 points on 8-of-22 shooting from the field. Ffrench and 6-foot-4 Kayvon Roberts added 14 points each in the loss.
Missing in action was Archbishop Mitty's 6-foot-10 Drew Gordon, who broke his foot last Friday and may miss the rest of the year. His team missed him early, but made adjustments behind Andoh and Chiverton to pull this one out in the final seconds.
The day's theme of nail-biters wasn't broken in the first half of this classic East vs. West matchup. The first quarter was a series of runs as St. Raymond's jumped to an early 20-10 advantage with two minutes to play in the quarter, but Taft roared back on two long threes by 6-foot-4 Bryce Smith and a lay-in by 6-foot-6 Eugene Phelps to close to 20-18 at the end of the period. The second quarter started with an 8-4 run by St. Raymond's to open up a 28-22 lead as 6-foot-4 Kevin Parrom and 6-foot-2 Darryl Bryant (West Virginia) combined for six points. However, 6-foot-1 Larry Drew (North Carolina) teamed with Phelps and 6-foot-2 junior Justin Hawkins (UNLV) to bring Taft back to tie it at 37-all on a Drew three as the half ended. St. Raymond's was led by 6-foot-2 Omari Lawrence with 13 points while Parrom chipped in with 10 points. Taft's top guns were Smith with 14 points, including four threes, and Phelps, who added 10 points in the half.
The third quarter mirrored the first two as both clubs traded buckets until about the two minute mark when St. Raymond's went on a 7-2 run to open a 60-54 lead with ten seconds to play in the quarter, but Drew nailed a deep three at the buzzer to pull Taft back to within three, 60-57, as the quarter ended. Taft scored the first bucket of the fourth quarter on a lay-in by 6-foot-4 Terran Carter to close to 60-59 with 7:11 to play. At that point, the roof caved in on the California squad, as St. Raymond's went on a 14-2 run over the next four minutes to go up 74-61, led by Parrom with eight points in that stretch. It was more than Taft could handle, as St. Raymond's coasted to an 84-69 victory.
St. Raymond's was led by Parrom, who finished with 27 points and 16 rebounds, while
This one might have been over early, as St. Anthony's used a smothering half-court trap to jump out to a 15-2 lead over Scott, but the Cardinals righted the ship in the middle of the opening stanza behind long threes by 6-foot-1 Jordan Adams to cut the lead to 19-14 with 2:15 to play in the stanza. However, that revived hope in a competitive matchup was smashed by a 14-2 run that opened up a 35-18 advantage for the Friars as they coasted to a 42-23 lead at the intermission. No doubt the
The second half was all St. Anthony's, as the athletic and sweet-shooting Friar club built its lead to over 30 points in the third period and closed the quarter up 73-38 over an outmanned
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