St. Raymond's outruns Walbrook, 95-66

January 29, 1994|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,Contributing Writer

Walbrook coach Gus Herrington probably should have stayed in bed yesterday.

His morning started with the news that city schools were opening two hours late because of the freezing rain that made driving difficult. But by the time he reached the school, it was closed along with the other city schools.

Then, he was a late arrival for a brunch for players and coaches involved in the Charm City Classic.

But his afternoon was even worse.

The No. 11 Warriors were routed by St. Raymond's of New York, 95-66, in the opening game of the Charm City Classic at Loyola College's Reitz Arena.

St. Raymond's, ranked No. 17 in USA Today, will meet St. John's Prospect Hall in the championship game of the Northwest bracket at 7 tonight.

"We didn't play the way we're capable of playing," said Herrington. "We're just ripping and running up and down the floor because that's the way other teams are playing."

Junior guard Charlton Clark led St. Raymond's (13-3) with a game-high 22 points. Kareem Reid added 17 and four assists. Chris James led Walbrook (4-5) with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Travon Broadway and Anton Jenifer each added 13.

In their previous two meetings with nationally ranked teams -- both against Simon Gratz of Philadelphia -- Walbrook (4-5) played well for more than three quarters before succumbing.

But their prospects of another respectable showing yesterday ended early.

Broadway, the Warriors' leading scorer, picked up four fouls in the opening half. Walbrook trailed 50-32 at halftime and pulled no closer than 16 in the second half.

"We got away from our game plan," said Broadway, who played only 12 minutes. "We really didn't know their big people could shoot, and by time we adjusted, it was too late."

With its tallest player only 6 feet 6, St. Raymond's, which lost to Rice (N.Y.), 84-78, in overtime Saturday, depends on a three-guard perimeter game.

With Eric Harris, who has signed with Minnesota, Reid and Clark finding the range, they combined for nine of St. Raymond's 10 three-pointers.

"We asked our guards to do a lot," said St. Raymond's coach Gary DeCesare. "We asked them to run up and down the court, press, play a lot of defense and rebound."

Getting three-pointers from Harris (14 points) and Reid, St. Raymond's had an early 8-0 cushion. The Warriors came back with 12-1 run to take a 12-9 lead, but Broadway was on the bench with three fouls.

St. Raymond's outscored Walbrook 12-3 to gain a 21-15 lead. With two seconds left, Clark hit a three-pointer from the left corner, giving St. Raymond's control of the game at 24-15.

"I thought we had a pretty practice [Thursday]," Herrington said. "They feel bad and I feel bad, but I really don't know what it is. We're just not getting it done."

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