THURSDAY NOVEMBER 29, 2012
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Cavs fall to Scranton in OT BY KEVIN DURSO Sports Editor
A three-point shot at the buzzer by A.J. Williams bounced in-and-out to end regulation. A two-point jumper by Fran Rafferty rattled off the rim at the final buzzer in overtime. In the end, Cabrini suffered its second defeat of the season in a devastating 74-73 overtime loss to the University of Scranton Royals on Tuesday, Nov. 27. The Royals, ranked 12th in the nation, managed to stay undefeated for another day, improving to 4-0, while the No. 21 Cavs fell to 3-2. The game started in favor of the Royals who jumped out to a 6-0 lead. The Cavs managed to cut the lead to one by the midpoint of the half and trailed by just three points at the half, 34-31. Cabrini continued to trail for much of the second half before going on a 10-4 run to take a five-point lead, their largest of the game. The Cavs went up by five again with under three minutes to play. But the Royals refused to lay down, tying the game less than a minute later.
A pair of free throws by freshman Arron Goodman gave the Cavs the lead with 20 seconds left. But again, the Royals found a way to tie getting a layup by Brandon Boken with six seconds left. Williams fired a three at the buzzer that missed, forcing overtime. The two teams went backand-forth in overtime, trading baskets into the final minute. Fran Rafferty completed a pair of free throws to put the Cavs up by one with a minute to play. Cabrini nearly came away with a huge rebound off a Scranton miss with 31 seconds left. But instead of calling a foul, a jumpball was ruled with the possession arrow favoring Scranton. The Royals then got the remainder of the overtime to make a basket for the lead. With another chance to score, the Royals took advantage with Ross Danzig making the go-ahead layup with nine seconds left. After a timeout with five seconds left, the Cavs put the ball in the hands of Rafferty, whose shot at the buzzer rattled off the iron. Despite the loss, many Cavaliers finished with high point totals. Five Cavs finished in double figures in points.
Jack-ed up about Taylor
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Freshman Arron Goodman recorded 26 points and 12 rebounds in Cabrini’s 74-73 overtime loss to the University of Scranton on Tuesday, Nov. 27. Goodman led the way with his fourth double-double in five games, posting a career-high 26 points and 12 rebounds. Goran Dulac also had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Williams, Jeremy Knowles
and Rafferty each added 10 points. The Cavs are back in action on Monday, Dec. 3, when they travel to face Centenary College in their first CSAC match of the season. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m.
BOX SCORE No. 21 Cabrini 73 No. 12 University of Scranton 74 INDIVIDUAL LEADERS POINTS: CAB: ARRON GOODMAN 26 SCR: ROSS DANZIG 29 REBOUNDS: CAB: GOODMAN 12 SCR: DANZIG 12 TEAM STATS REBOUNDS: CAB: 50 SCR: 41 TURNOVERS: CAB: 16 SCR: 16 FIELD GOALS: CAB: 29-72 (36.1 %) SCR: 26-61 (42.6%)
Lady Cavs lose close game BY GEORGETTE BREEN-NAYLOR Staff Writer
The Lady Cavs basketball team tried to improve their 2-1 record as they traveled to the Scranton Royals on Tuesday, Nov 27. The 4-0 Royals were seeking to start the season undefeated but they had to earn it against a tough Cabrini team. After a slow start, Cabrini had a hard time battling back throughout the game. In the first half of play the Lady Cavs were struggling from the field as they just made seven shots. Scranton defense played the Lady Cavs tough all night and it showed from the start to the end of the game. Junior Brittany Sandone led the Lady Cavs with 19 points. However, her incredible performance was not able to match the play of Scranton’s post player Meredith Mesaris. Mesaris was able to score a game high 26 points to lead the Royals to a 57-53 victory. Although the Lady Cavs struggled in the first half to find the basket, the second half was no walk in the park for the Royals. The game never got away from the Lady Cavs but they were not able to make up from their poor shooting in the first half. Battling back from a half-
time deficit of 25-19, the Lady Cavs were able to shoot much better in the second half but still couldn’t hold the potent offense of the Lady Royals at bay. Scranton was never able to gain a major advantage during the course of the game but maintained a steady lead throughout. In the closing minutes of the second half, the Lady Cavs cut the lead down to 3 but were unable to capitalize. Mesaris’ teammate, Erin Boggan, put up big numbers as well to help her team hold on to victory. Boggan scored 11 points for the Lady Royals while Colleen Stewart scored a careerhigh 15 points for the Lady Cavs. Boggan and Mesaris dominated the boards grabbing a combined 9 rebounds, including 2 offensive rebounds. The Lady Royals improve their undefeated record to 5-0 while the Lady Cavs break even at 2-2. After a tough loss to the Royals, they do have something to look forward to. The Lady Cavs will get the opportunity to start fresh with a game against Notre Dame on Dec 3. Notre Dame will be the Lady Cavs first game against a CSAC opponent. GB424@CABRINI.EDU
BOX SCORE Cabrini 53 University of Scranton 57 INDIVIDUAL LEADERS POINTS: CAB: BRITTANY SANDONE 19 SCR: MEREDITH MESARIS 26 REBOUNDS: CAB: AMBER KEYS 9 SCR: LINDSAY FLUEHR 8 TEAM STATS REBOUNDS: CAB: 40 SCR: 37 TURNOVERS: CAB: 18 SCR: 22 FIELD GOALS: CAB: 19-61 (31.1%) SCR: 20-49 (40.8%)
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Junior Brittany Sandone (No. 22) scored a team-high 19 points in the Lady Cavs’ 57-53 loss to the University of Scranton on Tuesday, Nov. 27.
In basketball, 100 is a sacred number, especially in the Philadelphia area. After all, it was only a short distance away in Hershey, Pa., where Philly basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain dropped 100 points in an NBA game. The record still stands in the NBA after 50 years. Last Tuesday night, while Cabrini was ringing in another basketball season on their home floor, another Division III athlete was making history. The NCAA record for any division was 116 points set by Bevo Francis in 1953. Grinnell College (Iowa) sophomore Jack Taylor shattered the record. Taylor netted 138 points in a single game, making 52 of 108 shots including 27 threepointers. Before everyone jumps at this crazy show of shooting, note that this is a system that Grinnell has run for 24 seasons under head coach David Arseneault. The system features a fullcourt press defense for the entire game and possessions that last approximately five seconds each with quick shots. On this night, the instruction was clear: give the ball to Jack Taylor and let him fire away. While this may be a familiar system to the Grinnell program, this is not a system that other schools in the nation can relate to or understand. NBA stars are acclaiming this performance. I am not. My first thought when hearing of Taylor’s record-setting performance was to instantly apply the ball hog tag. When I learned he played for a Division III basketball team, I instantly thought about my Tuesday night experience. Cabrini had just swept the Battle of Eagle Road in basketball. They won both games with strong team play. And after the game, both coaches enforced the team aspect of the game. That’s the truly great thing about Division III sports, no matter the playing field. Win or lose, players operate as a team and a unit with a goal and a mission. Grinnell may be in the record books but one player doesn’t win championships. Teams win championships. And that’s just the way it should be. KAD323@CABRINI.EDU
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Published on Nov 29, 2012