BOSTON -- Sometimes when your shooters are off and the ball just doesn’t want to go through the net on a consistent basis the little things turn into the most important things. That’s the formula that Catholic Memorial used to upend BC High, 65-56, on Friday night at McNeice Pavilion.
Matt Goreham scored nine points and grabbed six rebounds, but it was his timely offensive rebounds, defensive presence and ability to take a charge that helped the Knights climb above the Eagles in the Catholic Conference standings.
“It’s the intangibles,” CM head coach Dennis Tobin said of Goreham. “He passes well versus the zone and is a presence in the paint discourages teams from going down there.”
The Eagles were holding a 25-11 rebound advantage after the first half, but CM nearly notched it up in the second half with big contributions from Goreham. He gobbled up an offensive rebound, hesitated and drew a foul. He then canned both of his free throws to give CM a 55-45 lead with over five minutes to go in the game.
“A big thing for me is charges and offensive rebounds,” said Goreham. “It doesn’t go down in the stat book, but it’s noticeable for the team, and it helps the team win.”
The Knights also got a solid contribution from Armani Reeves off the bench with six points, six rebounds, a couple of blocks and a couple of steals.
At 5-foot-10, Reeves is more of an athletic presence. On several occasions he kept plays alive and got the ball to an open three-point shooter. The Knights struggled behind the arc, going 9-for-27, but Dan Powers came alive with three, second-half three-pointers, and Chris Siggers also drained a big three at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
“We have the luxury of bringing in one of the most energetic kids in the state (off the bench),” Tobin said of Reeves. “It’s tremendous, his athleticism. He’s a tremendous rebounder.”
The two hooked up on a pretty cross-body pass from Reeves to Goreham for a 63-51 advantage with less than two minutes to go. On the very next defensive possession, Goreham drew a charge much to the delight of the bench and his head coach.
A Quick Turnaround
The two teams will get to know each other again on Tuesday when the Eagles travel to CM, and Tobin is hoping the shots will start falling at a more frequent rate with the home court advantage.
“I think both teams are going to go look at the tape and make some adjustments,” said Tobin. “The advantage is that it’s going to be in our gym. We did not shoot well tonight here, but I think we will shoot better in our gym”
The Knights did hit three-pointers in bunches in key spots, but overall the long distance shooters were a little bit off the mark all night.
Matt Droney went 2-for-7 from behind the arc, but he did enough to muster up a game-high 20 points. Even he believes that an inside presence could help in the re-match.
“The coaches get on us about feeding the post a lot,” said Droney. “We feel like we have some good shooters, but in all honesty we probably do need to feed the post more, but we made them when it counted, so we will take it.”