Dec 30, 2010
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Raleigh Word of God dominated The Kiski School of Saltsburg, Pa., in the fourth quarter of its Summit Hospitality portion of the GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational – as a result, the Holy Rams made it to a consolation championship.
The Holy Rams outscored the Cougars 20-10 in the fourth period to turn a one-point, third-quarter deficit into a 57-48 victory. The win advances Word of God into the fifth-place game of the Summit bracket, where the Holy Rams will face Brandon, Miss. at 2:20 p.m.
Kiski led 38-37 heading into the final frame, but Word of God’s offense – which only produced 18 points in the second half and overtime of Monday’s first-round loss to I.C. Norcom of Portsmouth, Va. – woke up in the fourth quarter against the Cougars.
To WOG coach Quentin Jackson, cutting down on miscues – his team committed 23 turnovers in Monday’s loss but only had 10 Wednesday — was the biggest reason his Holy Rams will play Thursday.
“When I see a stat sheet and I see 10 turnovers compared to 23 turnovers … that tells me they’re starting to understand that if we play together, they don’t have to play as individuals,” Jackson said.
The Holy Rams were led by the trio of T.J. Warren (18 points, four steals, three rebounds), Torian Graham (17 points) and Joseph Uchebo (14 points, 12 rebounds).
Kiski (16-7) was led by the double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds by Casey Carroll. The Cougars were eliminated from the Glaxo with the loss.
“It was definitely an honor to play in this tournament,” Kiski coach Daryn Freedman said. “This is not what we expected but we knew there was going to be great talent and it was going to be a challenge. I didn’t think we’d go out losing two games but we played two tough games against two tough teams.”
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