Benet builds big lead, downs Urban Prep West at Proviso West tourney
Thirteen players score and Redwings dish 19 assists as they move on to second round Thursday.
|Benet's Eddie Eshoo passes around an Urban Prep West defender in the Redwings' 64-44 win Saturday in the first round of the Proviso West Holiday Tournament. (SARAH MINOR)|
A 6-foot-5 point guard? It works for Benet.
Facing Urban Prep West in an opening round game at the Proviso West Holiday Tournament on Saturday, forward Pat McInerney handled his fair share of the dribbling duties and helped lead the Redwings to a 64-44 win over the Lions.
"The last couple years after (David) Soboloewski graduated, I've kind of shifted to handling the ball a little bit more," McInerney said.
McInerney plays forward for Benet (11-2) but came up playing point guard in youth basketball, and it showed Saturday. Facing the Lions' press, Benet often looked to McInerney to get the ball across the time line. He finished with two assists (he could have had more), which sat nicely next to his 10 points and nine rebounds.
There weren't many Redwings who didn't finish with helpers. As a team, they had 19 assists on 26 field goals. Center Sean O'Mara, who had a team-high 11 points, also had four assists, three in the first quarter as Benet jumped out to a 15-0 lead.
The Redwings led 17-3 after a quarter and pushed it to 45-15 midway through the third, largely on the strength of rebounding (they had a 48-28 edge for the game) and defense (UPW shot just over 28 percent for the game).
"We had two keys written down — take care of business on the defensive end and be unselfish," Benet head coach Gene Heidkamp said, "I thought with our size advantage, the shots would present themselves, but we wanted to make the extra pass, and when you do that it becomes contagious."
UPW's LaJuan Miller led all scorers with 16 points and teammate Michael
Baker tallied 13. The Lions had six players enter the scoring column; Benet had 13 players score. Jack Euritt had nine, Eddie Eshoo scored eight and Colin Bonnett had five.
Benet continues tournament play at 1:45 p.m. Dec. 27 against Morton or Dunbar.
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