Grocki carries Westminster to 70-58 win over S. Carroll Boys basketball

February 13, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

The Westminster Owls got a game-high 21 points from Jamie Grocki and a solid all-around effort from Todd Dorsey to defeat host South Carroll, 70-58, last night in Winfield.

In both halves, the Owls (10-8) appeared ready to blow out South Carroll (5-14), only to see the smaller and less-experienced Cavs climb back into the contest.

Grocki scored the game's first six points, and the Owls built a 20-6 lead with less than two minutes left in the first quarter.

Most of the damage was coming inside from the Owls, and the Cavaliers offense had trouble getting on track, missing seven of its first eight shots and committing five turnovers in the quarter.

Brian Peltier helped start a 9-0 South Carroll run that began in the closing minute of the first quarter and continued through the second. They cut the Owls lead to 23-19 when Jon Strebe hit his second straight jumper with 5:02 left in the half.

The rest of the quarter belonged to Westminster's Dorsey, who would finish the night with 18 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and five steals.

He started things with a steal off an inbound pass which he convertedinto a layup. He later came out of nowhere to break up what appeared to be an uncontested Cavaliers layup. And then figured in on three straight three-point plays -- scoring on one and assisting on two others.

The last three-point play from Grocki built the Owls' lead back to 36-22, and they held a 38-22 lead at the half.

"I'm feeling pretty comfortable. Towards the end of the season everyone is playing well and things are starting to come together," Dorsey said.

"I really focused on this game for awhile, South Carroll is always a big game for us."

Westminster maintained an 18-point or better lead throughout most of the third quarter, only to see the Cavaliers rally once again.

"You got to give South Carroll a lot of credit," said Westminster coach Dave Byers.

"We were up 19 for a good while and their kids could have easily started to looking forward to next Tuesday, but they kept playing hard."

An 11-0 run -- that started at the end of the third into the fourth -- brought the Cavs back to within 53-46 with 6:30 left, but that's as close as they could get.

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