From Staff Reports
CUMBERLAND — Martin Geben powered his way to 23 points and Toby Christensen was red-hot from the perimeter, hitting five three-point goals to lead St. Maria Goretti of the Baltimore Catholic League to a 62-51 win over Allegany in the first round of the Bill Bowers Christmas Tournament Friday at Allegany.
The 6-foot-9 Geben, who has committed to Notre Dame, hit eight field goals, with most coming from the paint, and knocked down 4 out of 6 free throws to arrive at his 23 points.
“He’s big and strong,” Allegany head coach Tedd Eirich said of Geben. “It got to the point where he couldn’t be stopped. He went inside maybe four straight times, drop-stepped and dunked. He was just a beast.”
The 6-6 Christensen hit seven field goals, five of them three pointers, to finish with 19 points for the Gaels, while Donte Doleman scored 10 points.
Allegany was led by Trenton Eirich with 14 points and four assists. Darquel Jessie scored 10 points and had six rebounds, while Mario D’Atri scored nine points, with Colton Sivic and Bryce Nightengale both scoring eight, with Nightengale coming up with four steals.
Goretti led 12-10 after the first quarter and stretched its lead to 11 points in the second before the Campers made a run to cut it to three, 31-28, at the half. Goretti maintained to hold a four-point lead, 47-43, entering the fourth, with Alco hovering anywhere from two to three back inside 3:00 before the Gaels went inside to pull away.
“They just wore us out,” said Eirich. “They got to the line and started making foul shots.”
Goretti was 15 for 22 from the line, while Allegany was 7 for 9 for the game.
Allegany (4-1) will play Bishop Walsh at 4 p.m. in today’s second round, following the Fort Hill-Goretti game, which tips off at 2:30 p.m.
Fort Hill 49
Bishop Walsh 42
CUMBERLAND — Dalton Gaus scored 12 points and K-Shaun Powell added 11 for undefeated Fort Hill as it pulled away from Bishop Walsh in the fourth quarter for a win in the Bill Bowers Christmas Classic at Allegany High School.
The Spartans started the evening stronger, getting out to a 15-10 lead after the opening quarter, but Fort Hill controlled the second quarter and led 26-23 at halftime. Bishop Walsh retook a 37-26 lead by the close of the third before Fort Hill righted the ship in the fourth.
Gaus was perfect on six tries at the foul line and added three field goals to score 12 points. Powell went 2 for 2 at the line as part of his 11 and Fort Hill shot 13 for 14 on its free throws.
Isaac Mourier scored a game-high 15 points and Kier Turner added 11 for Bishop Walsh. Max Paver tallied 10 more points.
The Sentinels have now knocked off City rival Bishop Walsh on consecutive Fridays after winning 65-54 last week on their own court.
Fort Hill (6-0) plays St. Maria Goretti, a 62-51 winner over Allegany on Friday, today at 2:30 in the Classic’s final day.
Berlin Holiday Tournament
Mountain Ridge 60
FROSTBURG — Mountain Ridge constructed a big lead in the first quarter and never looked back Friday during a win over Hyndman in the opening round of the Berlin Holiday Shootout.
Mountain Ridge worked its way to a 14-point lead, 23-9, after one quarter and led by 24, 37-13, at halftime. The Miners pushed the lead to 32 points at 54-22 by the close of the third.
The Miners were led in scoring by Rashawn Johnson’s 13 points. Steven Glassbrenner added 11 and Brady Folk, Colten Winner and Kevin Gamble all finished with eight.
The Hornets got nine points from Josh Hiquet and seven from Micah Stair.
The Shootout continues today as Hyndman (3-4) faces host Berlin at 2:30. Mountain Ridge improves to 3-2 and also plays Berlin today, 7:45, in the final day of the Shootout.
OAKLAND — Five players from Southern finished in double-digit scoring and the Rams put together a strong rally in the fourth quarter before falling to Hereford in the second game of the first day of the First United Snowball Classic at Southern High School.
Clay Todd scored a Rams-high 18 points and Lucas Ritchie added 17 as Southern and the Bulls stayed within arm’s length of each other all night. Sam Friend added 12 points, and the pair of Travis Newton and Josh Adams both wound up with 11 points.
The Rams relied on the three-pointer to help them stay close, making eight as a team. Todd made three by himself, with Friend and Ritchie adding two apiece.
Hereford’s Gabe Ceribelli led all scorers with 22 points. Wagoner scored 15 points while Young and Isett both scored nine.
The Rams carried a 19-16 lead into the second quarter but fell behind 40-38 at halftime. Hereford was leading 60-53 beginning the fourth, but the Rams were able to cut into that lead with their sharp shooting.
Brooke Point (Va.) was a 48-38 winner over National Academy and will play at 7:30 against the Bulls in the championship. Southern (2-4) plays National Academy at 6 p.m.
Allegany frosh 56
Altoona White 30
CUMBERLAND — Jaden Jessie scored 16 to lead the Allegany freshmen over Altoona White Friday at Allegany.
Logan Milburn and Christian Robinette both had 11 for the Campers, while Russo had nine for Altoona White.
Allegany (3-0) will host Mountain Ridge at 1 p.m.