Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

CBC Uses Balanced Attack to Dispose of De Smet

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

CBC Uses Balanced Attack to Dispose of De Smet

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KIRKWOOD * Confidence and chemistry are a combustible combination on the basketball court. Too much of one and not enough of the other can lead to disaster. Mixed properly, it is a potent potion.

The CBC basketball team showed signs of finding the right recipe in its 54-34 win over De Smet in a quarterfinal of the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament on Monday on the campus of St. Louis Community College-Meramec.

The No. 3 large school in the rankings and the No. 2 seed, CBC (5-4) advanced to play No. 6 small school and No. 6 seed Jennings (8-0) at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. It extended its win streak over its Metro Catholic Conference rival to five.

No. 10 LS and No. 7 seed, De Smet (6-2) faces No. 14 seed St. Charles West (4-4) at 3:30 p.m.

CBC knows what it's going to get most nights from its starting senior backcourt of Jordan Barnes and Christian Willis. The Division I-bound duo can pile up the points. But for the Cadets to reach their potential they need consistent contributions from other places.

Monday night they finally got some.

Junior guard Josh Nunn hit a pair of 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions to put the Cadets up 19-16 with 1 minute and 11 seconds left before halftime. They took a 21-16 lead into the break.

Junior shooting guard Sam Orf, expected to be a major contributor, knocked down his fourth 3-pointer this season. Freshman guard Lawrence Brazil scored eight points.

Senior post Duane Clark finished with 10 points, eight rebounds, two blocks and a steal. Inconsistent play has earned the 6-foot-7 Clark his own personalized corner in CBC coach Justin Tatum's dog house. But if Clark can be effective he takes the Cadets to another level.

"It's good to get Duane going. He's a big factor for us" Barnes said. "Without him we wouldn't be what we are. We have to get him going somehow."

In the heat of frustration, often brought on by turnovers or one- handed rebound attempts, Tatum can be heard telling Barnes to stop giving the big man the ball. …

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