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BOYS' BASKETBALL: Cabrini splits at Everest Tournament

Holiday tournaments are a benefit to teams looking to keep playing basketball and avoid a long break and also are a chance to gain experience and help prepare for the upcoming regular season and playoffs in March.

The Cabrini boys’ team participated in the Everest Tournament in Clarkston this past weekend and earned a split in the win-loss column.

In Saturday’s championship game, Cabrini lost to Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook, 64-44.

“Cranbrook outsized us so we knew we were going to have to get physical and play aggressive this game,” said Cabrini coach Gerry Klos. “To our credit we did. We came out of the gate and played well.”

The first quarter ended with Cranbrook up 12-10.

“I was pleased with what I saw in the first quarter,” Klos said. “We were getting our looks on the offensive end and playing physical defensively.”

Unfortunately, Cabrini’s offense disappeared as Cranbrook outscored the Monarchs 18-5 in the second quarter in which Cabrini failed to make a field goal.

“We were getting to the rack and putting up the shots we were looking for, but for some reason we didn't have the soft touch around the basket to make those shots fall,” Klos said. “Defensively we got sloppy with our rebounding, not boxing out, which led to some easy put backs for Cranbrook.”

Cabrini trailed 30-15 at the break.

“I told the fellas we are fine, just keep grinding it out, they were doing the right things, we just need the shots to start falling in,” Klos said.

In the third quarter, Cranbrook changed up to a high 2-3 zone trap. After the Monarchs adjusted, they did get great looks, but the shots didn't want to go down.

Scott Smith had 12 points, Tyler Syer had seven and Al Formella six for Cabrini.

“Although we lost, I was pleased with our effort,” Klos said. “This was the first game that we were fluid in running our offense, moving the ball and getting our looks, but we just didn't finish around the basket. We have a lot to work on, both sides of the ball, we made a big step forward today to get better.”

Cabrini opened the tournament on Friday with a 54-52 win over host Everest.

The Monarchs started strong, taking a 16-8 lead after the first quarter. Turnovers and sloppy play proved costly in the second quarter but Cabrini managed to take a 26-18 lead into halftime.

“In the third quarter Everest put a little half-court trap on us that seemed to slow our transition down, which in turn we made some bad decisions and they cut the lead to 38-34 to end third quarter,” Klos said.

Cabrini came out in the fourth quarter on a 9-4 run to take a 47-38 lead with about 4 minutes left in game.

“Then it seemed we couldn't put the ball in the net,” Klos said. “Everest hit some deep three pointers to get them back in the game. With about 20 seconds left we were up 52-48, they got a loose ball offensive rebound and they seemed to just throw up a three point prayer and it went in.”

With 12 seconds left, Smith hit two big free throws to put Cabrini up 54-51.

Formella played a great game for the Monarchs, finishing with 15 points. Smith scored 11 points, Syer had eight points and Rob Deblander seven.

Last Updated: 12/30/2013 11:28:39 AM EST

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