OXFORD — The new year hasn’t been as kind to Cardinal Gibbons’ boys basketball team as expected.
With a pressing defense that forced 21 turnovers, host J.F. Webb defeated the Crusaders 70-57 Friday night in a Big Eight Conference game, bringing Gibbons’ record to just 1-2 in 2014 after ending 2013 with a strong third-place finish in a holiday tournament.
“We’re going to take some time to re-evaluate,” coach Marquee Carrington said. “Our past two games haven’t been very good. We’ve got to figure it out. We’ve got time.”
Gibbons led 19-7 early in the first quarter, but 18 points from Webb’s Tyrek Beverly before halftime helped cut that to 28-27. Beverly ended with 30.
“The fast pace early probably hurt us,” Carrington said. “We were thinking we were going to get going and trap a little bit and then get back into our mold, but that backfired on us.”
The Crusaders (7-8, 2-3) mustered just nine points in the second quarter and five in the third.
“They kind of imposed their will,” Carrington said. “You can’t beat anybody if you turn it over more than 20 times.”
Justin Reid (eight rebounds) had a team-high 16 points for Gibbons. Moses Romocki had 14 points. Webb (7-8, 2-3) beat Gibbons 36-24 on the glass.
Correspondent Brennan Doherty contributed to this report.
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