Central Catholic Raiders Boys Basketball '11-'12

Tue, Feb 07, 2012 07:30 PM @ Lawrence
Team 1 2 3 4 Final
Central Catholic 13 13 14 17 57
Lawrence 15 11 8 19 53
CARL RUSSO/Staff photo. Central Catholic defeated Lawrence 57-53 in Tuesday night basketball action. Central's captain, Shawn McCoy (right) and Lawrence's Franklin Martinez (20) hit the floor while Central's Joel Berroa dives over everybody as they fight for the loose ball. . 2/7/2012. » Staff PhotographerMore photos

Central once again fends off Lancers

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Tuesday, February, 07 By Jeff Hamrick

LAWRENCE — Rebounding from its first regular-season conference defeat in more than four years, Central Catholic appeared to be easily on its way to righting that loss last night against Lawrence.
But the Lancers came off the mat and made the Raiders work for their third win of the season in the rivalry.
Leading by 13 with less than five minutes remaining, visiting Central Catholic held off the furious rally for a 57-53 victory in front of a standing-room-only crowd.
“We really got after it in practice trying to get our mind off that loss,” Central guard Tyler Nelson said of Friday’s 62-56 decision to Lowell, which cost the Raiders their No. 1 ranking in the EMass. and statewide polls. “We wanted to come out here and make a statement, get a win and get back on another winning streak.”
And after breaking open a halftime tie, it seemed the Raiders, who had won 53 straight regular-season MVC games, would do just that.
Like it did while winning the first two games between the two by a total of 12 points, Central’s move to a zone midway through the third quarter sparked the rally. The Raiders forced turnovers on six of nine Lawrence possessions and blocked a couple shots to turn a one-point lead into a 40-30 advantage with 2:20 left in the quarter.
“I think with certain lineups we defend a little better with a zone,” Central coach Rick Nault said. “And we had foul situations where we had to sit guys so that’s why we went to the zone.”
The Raiders (16-1 overall, 11-1 MVC) scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter to take a 47-34 advantage with 4:55 left. But Lawrence refused to roll over. The Lancers made things tight with a 10-4 run to cut the deficit to three with 10.8 seconds left.
“I think we just made too many silly fouls in the end,” said Nelson, who led a balanced Central scoring effort with 14 points. “(The Lancers) got a few lucky and ones, and made a few big shots at the end like they needed to. They didn’t give up.”
Luis Torres sparked the Lancers by scoring seven straight points then delivering an assist on bucket by Leonny Burgos. Lawrence (11-4, 9-2 MVC) closed to within three again on a pair of free throws by Yadoris Arias with 5.9 seconds left, but a free throw by Henry Rodriguez secured the win.
“A lot of it was them,” Lawrence coach Paul Neal said of the Raiders. “But we’ve got to learn from it. It starts in practice. I don’t think we lost that game tonight. I think we lost it in the days leading up to it. ... If you start feeling good about (playing them tough) and being close, then you’re never going to get better. It’s got to hurt. It’s got to be painful.”

Game Statistics:

Central Catholic (57): Lucas Hammel 1 3-4 5, Tyler Nelson 5 2-2 14, Joel Berroa 3 1-2 7, Shawn McCoy 2 4-6 9, Doug Gemmell 4 0-0 9, Luis Puello 2 0-0 4, Henry Rodriguez 0 1-2 1, Nick Cambio 2 1-2 6, Matt McDermott 0 0-0 0, Jamahl Lopez 0 0-0 0, Mike Barry 1 0-0 2. Totals 20 12-18 57

Lawrence (53): Leonny Burgos 1 1-1 3, Yadoris Arias 2 2-3 7, Franklin Martinez 4 0-1 9, Tre'von Farley 5 0-0 10, Roberto Speing 4 1-1 9, Luis Torres 3 3-3 9, Denny Gonzalez 2 2-2 6, Argenis Reinoso 0 0-2 0, Esmelin

Romero 0 0-0 0, Jorge Soto 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 9-13 53

3-pointers: CC — Nelson 2, McCoy, Gemmell, Cambio; L — Arias, Martinez

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