Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Chaminade Beats CBC

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Chaminade Beats CBC

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CREVE COEUR * Chaminade senior Jericole Hellems was all set to bring down the house.

He cruised in all alone for what was going to be a rousing slam dunk during the first quarter of Thursday's boys basketball showdown with rival CBC.

But somehow the 6-foot-7 jumping-jack lost his balance. The attempt bounced high off the back rim and back into play.

"It was kind of funny," Chaminade senior guard Jadis White said. "We all thought he was going to throw it down."

Hellems more than made up for the minor miscue.

The North Carolina State University-bound forward scored 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Red Devils to a 99-87 win over CBC in the Metro Catholic Conference showdown at Chaminade.

Chaminade (11-2 overall, 3-1 MCC) put on another high-octane offense display, scoring 54 points in the first half a total that would make some NBA teams proud.

"One of our strong points is transition," Hellems said. "We like to get up and down as quickly as we can so we can get easy buckets."

That describes the Chaminade offense in a nutshell.

"We try to guard our best, but obviously we know the other team is going to score," said White, who added 19 points. "Our mentality is to get the ball up the court as fast as possible and get points on the board."

The Red Devils are averaging 84.2 points per game. They have scored 87 or more points eight times this season including a 107-point outburst in beating Chicago Morgan Park at the Highland Shootout last weekend.

"The goal is to play fast, get the ball up," Chaminade coach Frank Bennett said. "We have a team that believes in that. When we do it to the best our ability we're pretty good."

Chaminade put on an offensive clinic in the opening half against CBC (5-7, 1-2), which displayed some firepower of its own at times.

Hellems led the way with 14 first-half points as all five starters reached double figures just 13 seconds into the second half. …

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