The St. Marys eighth grade Cavaliers basketball team captured the 2011 Conrad Reuscher Cavalier Basketball Tournament held over the weekend at Elk County Catholic High School. The Cavaliers defeated Blessed Sacrament of Erie in the championship game by a 32-28 score.
The Blessed Sacrament Bulldogs took second, while the St. Marys Area Flying Dutch placed third. Mt. Carmel was fourth, as they defeated DuBois Central and St. Stephenâ€™s of Oil City.
In the Cavaliersâ€™ first game on Friday, they defeated the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Raiders by a 46-37 score.
The Cavs took a 16-12 first-quarter lead, and outscored the Raiders 6-4 in the second period for a 22-16 halftime lead. The third period saw the Cavs outscore the Raiders 9-6. In the fourth period, the Cavaliers sank nine of 11 foul shots as both teams scored 15 points, giving the Cavaliers the 46-37 victory.
Cavaliers scoring: Dan Singer 12, Ian Herzing 5, John Dippold 10, Mitchell Smith 9, Drew Bille 7, Drew Meier 3. McLaurin led the Raiders with nine.
On Saturday, the Cavaliers took on St. Lukeâ€™s of Erie. Solid defense was the key, as both teams struggled to put points on the board. The Cavs prevailed in the physical 30-15 clash.
The Cavs outscored the Crusaders 2-0 in the first period and 8-4 in the second for a 10-4 halftime lead. The Cavs outscored St. Lukeâ€™s 12-8 in the third and 8-3 in the fourth quarter to win the game 30-15.
Cavaliers scoring: Dan Singer 7, Ian Herzing 5, John Dippold 4, Mitchell Smith 4, Drew Bille 9. Baborsky and Emick each had four for the Crusaders.
In Sundayâ€™s championship game, the tension was evident as neither team could gain more than a four-point lead throughout the game. The Bulldogs of Blessed Sacrament caused offensive problems for the Cavs with their 3-2 zone trapping defense, while the Cavs kept the Erie squad off-balance using several different defenses to post a 32-28 win.
â€śItâ€™s a shame we couldnâ€™t do a better job on Taylor Mackowski. He is a very good player, but in the end it was our man-to-man team defense that helped us win the championship,â€ť said eighth grade Cavaliers coach John Bauer.
In the championship game, the Bulldogs took an 8-4 first-period lead. The Cavs came back in the second quarter to outscore the Bulldogs 11-6 to take a 15-14 halftime lead. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel outscored the Cavs 10-9 in the third period. In the fourth quarter, the Cavaliers put eight points on the board while limiting the Bulldogs to four to win the game 32-28.
Cavaliers scoring: Dan Singer 20, Ian Herzing 5, John Dippold 1, Mitchell Smith 4, Tom Wolf 2. Taylor Mackowski led all scorers with 24 points.
The Cavaliers return to action this afternoon when they host the Punxsutawney Chucks. Seventh grade tips off at 4 p.m.