While many folks were enjoying Turkey and Thanksgiving weekend activities the CBC basketball team was getting some early action in on the hardwood. Early indications are that the Cadets look well set to defend their Class 4 championship this winter.
CBC traveled to St. Francis Borgia early during Thanksgiving week and won three games in six days to claim the Gold Divison championship of the 62nd annual Borgia Turkey Tournament.
The Cadets opened the tournament with a win over Washington on Monday (Nov. 24), Soldan on Thursday (Nov. 27) , and defeated host Borgia on Saturday night to win the Gold Division championship.
“We were able to go to Borgia and get three wins against some good quality local schools in the tournament,” CBC coach Justin Tatum said. “Borgia has one of the best early tournaments around and it gave us a good idea of what we have to work on and where we are with our player rotation and defense.”
On Monday, the Cadets opened with a relatively easy 77-52 victory over Washington as CBC had great scoring balance with five players scoring double figures. Jordan Barnes led the Cadets with 18 points. Kenny Lesley pumped in 16 points while Christian Willis added 15 and Kale Catchings and Sam Orf scored 10 each.
“Our defense was a little sloppy but we got real good scoring and we were able to see a little bit of who our starters and backups could be as we go forward,” Tatum said.
That brought the Cadets into a semifinal matchup on Thanksgiving night against Tatum’s old team, Soldan High School. CBC also had few problems with Soldan as the Cadets rolled to an 82-55 victory.
Willis led the way with 23 points. Orf poured in 22 points and Barnes added 15 for CBC.
In Saturday’s championship game against Borgia, the Cadets had to deal with a hot-shooting Knights club that took them down to the final; shot before the Cadets held on for a 67-66 win.
“Borgia shot it real well from three and we had a hard time stopping them out there,” Tatum said. “Those kids knew where their shots were on the floor and they hit them. They had a shot at the end and their kid just missed it and we were able to get out with a win.”
CBC ((3-0) trailed by six in going into the final five minutes but got a late run in the final four minutes to go ahead for good. Barnes scored six of his nine points in the fourth quarter to key the Cadets late charge.
Willis paced the attack with 24 points while Orf and Leslie added 13 points apiece.
The Cadets are off this week and will return to action looking for win number four next Tuesday (Dec. 9) at 7 p.m. at Metro Catholic rival Chaminade.