Gibbons shuts down McDonogh, 61-34

December 11, 1993|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

Let the numbers show how stingy the Cardinal Gibbons defense was against McDonogh.

The Crusaders limited the Eagles to 15 baskets, 31 percent shooting, blanked them for nearly eight minutes while scoring 22 straight and allowed just four shots over a six-minute stretch at one point.

And that's why No. 10 Cardinal Gibbons routed host and No. 20 McDonogh, 61-34, last night.

"It was a great defensive effort," said Cardinal Gibbons coach Ray Mullis. "It was the whole team. We came out and shut them down."

Gibbons (4-1) let McDonogh (0-1) do little on offense. The Eagles scored less than 10 points in three of the four quarters and led just one time.

McDonogh was 15 of 49 from the field. In the second quarter, the Eagles could take only four shots over the first six minutes because of the tenacious Gibbons defense.

The Eagles rarely got a good shot. A Cardinal Gibbons defender often had a hand in an Eagle's face or forced him to shoot before he was ready.

McDonogh, led by Dwayne Stukes' 12 points, wanted to keep the tempo slow, but Gibbons forced the Eagles out of that after the first quarter. The Eagles turned the ball over nine times in the second quarter, and Gibbons often turned those into easy layups.

"They were able to set their pace," said McDonogh coach Albie Swartz. "We didn't play the proper pace on offense."

Gibbons used its proper pace to blow the game open at the midway point. The Crusaders scored the first 17 points of the third quarter to finish a 22-0 run over 7:56 and extend their lead to 43-14 late in the third quarter.

The Crusaders made layups on six of the eight baskets at the start of the third quarter. Steve Wojciechowski hit a three-pointer, and Ryan Beaumont sank a hook shot for the other two baskets.

Beaumont led the way on offense. He scored a game-high 16 points, including eight in the first quarter. The senior forward added 10 rebounds and two steals. Defense, however, was his main focus.

"We wanted to beat them with defense," said Beaumont. "We knew if we stopped them from scoring, they'd get down."

For the Cardinal Gibbons offense, Wojciechowski was not as much of a factor as in previous games. Coming into this game, Wojciechowski averaged nearly 25 points.

Wojciechowski took just five shots and scored three points, all on the third-quarter three-pointer. Instead, he led the Crusaders with six assists and did a strong job of spreading the ball around to his open teammates. Kevin Dukes added 10, Jerard Rucker pitched in with nine, as did Josh Davalli.

"I didn't feel in rhythm tonight [shooting]," said Wojciechowski. "My job [is] to get them the ball."

And he did. The guard also scored well on defense.

Wojciechowski, along with Dukes, kept McDonogh point guard Donta Evans quiet on offense. The two alternated on Evans, and kept him and McDonogh from getting into the flow on offense.

"We're a very good defensive team when we want to be," said Wojciechowski. "Defense wins games."

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