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Chaminade exacts revenge, knocks off No. 1 CBC

Chaminade exacts revenge, knocks off No. 1 CBC

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TOWN AND COUNTRY Jayson Tatum couldn’t sit down. Chaminade’s sensational sophomore guard was hit with his fourth foul just seconds into the fourth quarter with his team nursing a one-point lead against rival CBC.

Tatum, the heart and soul of these Red Devils, headed to the bench and the unexpected happened — Chaminade extended its lead.

Garrett Roberts, Damon Patterson, Mike Lewis and Tyler Cook scored key buckets while Tatum was parked on the pine to help Chaminade (No. 2 in the STLhighschoolsports.com large-schools rankings) knock off Metro Catholic Conference rival and area No. 1 CBC 70-59 Friday at CBC.

“I have to give the credit to them. I’m not normally a cheerleader; I usually stay on the court,” Tatum said. “But when I was on the bench I couldn’t sit down because I had to cheer the guys on; they had me fired up.”

Chaminade (18-1 overall, 5-1 league) won its 14th straight game and avenged its only loss of the season. The Red Devils sustained their lead with Tatum on the bench, but the young superstar did plenty when he was on the court. With Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari on hand, Tatum scored 33 points and hauled in 14 rebounds. He ran the offense as the point guard and even took long shifts defending CBC’s Texas-bound swingman Jordan Barnett.

“He’s a tremendous basketball player, but what I’m most impressed by is his character. He’s a high-character kid,” Chaminade coach Frank Bennett said. “He’s very coachable, he wants to do better and he wants to listen, he wants to be the best. He gets better every single day.”

CBC (14-7, 3-1) went into halftime with a 31-29 edge after it slapped together an 11-2 run in the second quarter. Barnett finished with a team-high 21 points and had a spectacular dunk on the break when sophomore guard Jordan Barnes threw it off the glass in front of the CBC student section.

The third quarter was where the Cadets came back to earth. They scratched together six points as Barnett hit four free throws and scored a layup as time expired.

“The third quarter hurt us. For some reason we struggled. We had opportunities to make plays, but the ball didn’t fall for us,” CBC coach Justin Tatum said. “I commend Chaminade playing at a high level tonight.”

CBC went into the fourth quarter trailing 40-37 but tied the game at 40 when Barnett drew Jayson Tatum’s fourth foul and connected on a three-point play.

On the ensuing possession Lewis hit a 3-pointer. He finished with 10 points. Roberts scored all six of his points in the fourth quarter. Cook finished with 15 and displayed some outstanding footwork as he twisted and twirled in the post. Patterson all but ended the game with his corner pocket 3-pointer with 1 minute 21 seconds to play to push the Red Devils’ lead to 63-54.

“These guys are buying in, and they believe in each other. What we preach is that they play together, but at the same time they have to be themselves in the offense,” Bennett said. “Sometimes we’re really good at it, and sometimes we’ve struggled through the course of the season. Tonight, it clicked.”

Christian Willis had 10 points and Barnes finished with nine for CBC. The Cadets went 13-of-23 at the free throw line.

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