CSAS Rolls Past Inexperienced Notre Dame In Season Opener

Three Patriots Hit Double Figures In 80-35 Blowout In Phifer Gymnasium

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - by John Hunt

Under normal circumstances, Tuesday night's high school basketball game between the host Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the CSAS Patriots may have been a pretty good contest, but the circumstances weren't normal and the results showed.

Notre Dame is still playing football and at least nine players have yet to join the Fighting Irish basketball team, so coach J.P. Nerbun had no other option but to play a bunch of guys with less experience.

It was close and competitive for the first six minutes, but it was all Patriots the rest of the way as the visitors from Third Street rolled to an 80-35 victory in the season opener for both teams.

Tyler Byrd was one of few bright spots for Notre Dame as he single handedly kept his team in contention during the early going.

A fast start for the Patriots created a 12-3 difference following a putback by Todd Lansden with 4:33 to play in the first quarter before Byrd scored eight straight points to get the hosts to within 13-11 with 1:50 to play.

By the time Andrew Lewis sank a jumper from the wing with 4:22 left in the first half, the difference was 26-13 and it never got much closer.

The Patriots had a comfortable 40-17 cushion at intermission.

Things really got one-sided in the third quarter as CSAS outscored Notre Dame by 26-9 for a 66-26 edge with one quarter remaining.  The mercy rule was in effect when the final stanza began as both teams completely emptied their benches, but the Patriots equaled their first-half output with 40 more points in the second half to leave with the 45-point victory.

Neither coach appeared to be very pleased with what they saw.

"I liked the effort, but not the execution," said CSAS coach Mark Dragoo afterward.

"We have a young team as 16 of our 23 players are either sophomores or freshmen.  We played hard, we did a good job of sharing the ball and we played decent defense at times.  Our goal is to find a dozen who are about the same talent-wise, but these guys enjoy playing together and that always helps," he added.

"These guys are the future of Notre Dame basketball, but we've got to get tougher and he have to learn how to be better teammates," Nerbun said following the game.

"If we had executed the game plan and lost by 45, I wouldn't have a problem with it, but we didn't.  We weren't patient on offense as we put up a lot of shots way too early, but we were trying to learn as the game went on.

"I believe in every kid on my team and I fully expect us to be more competitive on Friday when we play Lookout Valley, but we have a bunch of nice guys and that's how we played tonight," he said matter of factly.

Shunn Moorer scored 16 points to lead the victorious Patriots while Josh Carter and Darius Graves both followed with 14 points apiece.

Will Wheeler was the only CSAS player who didn't score as 11 of his teammates scored at least two points.

Byrd was the only Notre Dame player in double figures as he finished with 17 points.  Westhoff was next with six.

CSAS also won the rebound battle by a 30-21 margin.  Lansden had seven to lead the winners while Desmond Ratliff, Nick Moore, Carter and Graves all snagged four each.

Andrew Lewis was tops for Notre Dame with eight rebounds.  Westhoff finished the evening with four.

NOTRE DAME GIRLS 57, CSAS 48: The Lady Irish had a productive first half as they doubled the Lady Patriots 26-13.

The second half was much more competitive as CSAS got to within six points late in the fourth quarter before the Lady Irish sank six of their final eight free throws to keep the game from getting any closer.

Morgan Cantrell led the way for Notre Dame with 17 points while Taelor Hill and Annie Ripper were also in double figures with 14 and 11 points, respectively.

Keturah Billen and Lennex Walker both had 11 points for the Lady Patriots while Brooke Mitchell finishe with 10.

GIRLS SUMMARY

Arts & Sciences  10  3  16  19  --  48

Notre Dame        16  10  15  16  --  57

CSAS (48) -- Lewis, Little 6, Billen 11, McElvain 6, Mitchell 10, Walker 11, Benn, Randolph 4, Montgomery, Kinnard, Ealey, Justice.

NOTRE DAME (57) -- Cantrell 17, Ripper 11, Wittler 4, Hill 14, Williams, Masterson, Bouchard 2, Hoffer 2, Siler, Champlin, Bombassi, Beaman 7.

3-POINT GOALS: CSAS none; Notre Dame 4 (Cantrell 3, Ripper).

BOYS SUMMARY

Arts & Sciences  19  21  26  14  --  80

Notre Dame       11  6  9  9  --  35

CSAS (80) -- Carter 14, Moorer 16, Wheeler, Hamilton 7, J. Dodds 4, E. Dodds 2, Graves 14, Nelson 2, Ratliff 3, Houston 4, Moore 8, Lansden 6.

NOTRE DAME (35) -- Byrd 17, Davis, Mink, Lewis 4, Westhoff 6, N. Burch 3, Riddle, Romeo 3, P. Burch 2, Kraus, Buckman.

3-POINT GOALS: CSAS 6 (Carter 2, Moorer 3, Hamilton); Notre Dame 1 (N. Burch).

(Email John Hunt at nomarathonmoose@comcast.net)


UTC is No.13 in This Week's Football Poll

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team moved up a spot in the national polls, despite dropping a tough 20-16 battle at Central Michigan last week.  The Mocs are No. 13 in the Sports Network Top-25 and No. 15 in the FCS Coaches Poll this week.  The No. 13 national mark ties the highest ranking for UTC in the Russ Huesman era (since ... (click for more)

PHOTOS: Lookouts Celebrate Winning Second-Half Title

Four weeks ago, no one would have expected the Lookouts would be even close to winning the second-half title. An 11-game winning streak put them into the race and when they swept the Tennessee Smokies Sunday they had concluded an incredible comeback. The Smokies were still in a position to win before Chris O'Brien's pinch-hit triple plated Corey Seager and O'Koyea Dickson with ... (click for more)

Bradley, 24, Charged In Death Of Boy, 3; Child Had Numerous Injuries After Left With Boyfriend; Mother Was In Workhouse

Justin Dale Bradley has been charged with criminal homicide in the death of a three-year-old child, who was rushed to the hospital on Wednesday and later died. Police said Dakota James Arndt had numerous injuries over his body. Authorities said Bradley, 24, is the boyfriend of the child's mother, Brianna Kwekel, who was in the Workhouse at the time. Ms. Kwekel was serving 48 ... (click for more)

Helen Burns Sharp Asks Recovery Of Legal Fees In Successful Black Creek TIF Lawsuit

Helen Burns Sharp, citizen activist who sued to try to stop a $9 million Black Creek Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and won, is seeking to have her legal expenses paid by the city and the developers. Ms. Sharp said in a court filing that her legal bills to attorney John Konvalinka are $74,427 thus far. Chancellor Frank Brown ruled in favor of Ms. Sharp, saying the Sunshine ... (click for more)

Decimating The Chattanooga Public Library

Corinne Hill claims that the library is just undergoing a normal weeding process for eliminating books.  She has bragged that she's responsible for the elimination of over 100,000 books - with more to go. "Normal" weeding is not rampant throwing away.  Yes, books go to the Friends for their sale - where they get $2 for a $75 book and thousands wind up being recycled ... (click for more)

The Many Lessons I Learned From Helen McDonald Exum

Helen McDonald Exum was my friend and mentor. As I think of her passing I can only imagine the celebration that is happening in heaven as the news of her arrival is being told. I am sure that there is a party that not only has she organized but that there is not a detail that has been left to chance. I am sure that it is the grandest of events, for you see, she has been planing ... (click for more)