Comets win seesaw affair against Rebels

Published 12:00 am Monday, January 4, 1999

MICHAEL KIRAL / L’Observateur / January 4, 1999

RESERVE – In a seesaw affair, St. Charles Catholic grabbed the lead earlyin the fourth quarter and held off a late Riverside charge to take third place in the Riverside Tournament with a 62-57 victory Wednesday night.

John Mitchell led the Comets (7-8) with 14 points. Courtney Bonura, anall-tournament selection, and Credere Joseph each added 13 points.

Riverside (6-7) was led by Paul Labiche with 15 points. Keith Leblanc, whowas named to the all-tournament team, and Quinton Terrio each added 10 points while Brandon Delaneuville had seven.

St. Charles Catholic led 42-41 going into the fourth quarter but Terrio putthe Rebels ahead on their first drive down the court with a put back.

Joseph answered with a hook shot in the lane, given the Comets the lead for good. St. Charles Catholic extended that lead to five as Mitchell foundAdam Gros cutting down the lane.

The Comets took a 60-52 lead with 33 seconds left on a free throw by Julian Ward. Labiche answered with two free throws with 19 seconds left.On the Rebels’ next possession, Leblanc drove the right baseline for a layup and was fouled. He hit the foul shot, cutting the deficit to 60-57with 11.52 seconds left. Joseph was then fouled on the inbounds pass and made both foul shots. TheComets pressured the Rebels after the inbounds with Nick Monica coming up with the steal to seal the win.

Riverside opened the game on a 9-2 run. Delaneuville had a 3-pointer fromthe top of the key and Terrio and Labiche added put backs during the run.

Bonura brought the Comets to within one on a fadeaway jumper before Terrio answer-ed with a jump shot in the lane. A 3-pointer by Leblanchelped the Rebels take a 16-14 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Riverside built a six point lead in the second quarter on a drive by Craig Tearney before the Comets tied the game at 20 on a steal by Bonura and a layup by Mitchell. The lead continued to switch sides with Riversidetaking a 31-30 halftime lead on a jump shot by Leblanc.

Ward scored twice to give the Comets an early third quarter lead. Freethrow shooting dominated the later minutes of the quarter with Labiche hitting four for the Rebels and Bonura, Mitchell and Mike Mustian combining to hit four for the Comets.

In earlier action in the tournament, Eric McClain had 15 points and six steals to lead Reserve Christian to a 63-54 victory over Family Christian in the fifth place game. Aaron Vogel had 13 points and was named to theall-tournament team. Crescent City defeated Lutheran, 77-51, for seventhplace.

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