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Monday, December 26, 2005

Crimson Tide too hot, burn Green Knights 72-55

The Crimson Tide boys basketball team is on fire. Returning from their brief hiatus they have hit the court running as evidenced by Thursday's 72-55 thumping of Rice.Despite trailing 17-11 to Rice after the first quarter, Spaulding adjusted its defense and changed the pitch in its aggressive offensive attack. It worked."Rice came out strong. They led 17-11 after the first," said Tide coach Mike Mislak. "We changed the defense in the second quarter and went on a 18-6 run."The Tide posted a commanding 29-23 lead at the half. Mislak said that both Rice and Spaulding were trading baskets for a bit after the return from the halftime break, but it was short lived. Chrispatrick Cox took matters into his own hands, demanding on-court respect from his Rice opponents by tallying a game-high 29 points and 18 rebounds."He (Cox) was scoring at will," said Mislak. "That was hard to defend to. They tried to pressure us, but we ran through their press."Jon Chaloux chipped in an additional 17 points and collected eight rebounds while teammates (and brothers) Justin and Jeff Rouleau notched 10 and nine points, respectively."Our running game had a good flow tonight," said Mislak. "I'm tremendously proud of how well we have rebounded after having the time off (from the district-wide teacher's strike). Rice was third in the state and to have beat a caliber team like them like we did is huge."Ben Brooks paced Rice with 17 points and both Pat Bergmann and Andrew Preston added 11 points apiece for Rice. Rice is now 3-2.The win improves Spaulding's unbeaten record to 3-0. They'll face Montpelier next Tuesday.


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