Benet turns Shamrocks inside out
BY PATRICK Z. MCGAVIN
Benet's Dave Sobolewski knocks into St. Patrick's Elijah Watson.
Benet's formula for success is sharing the ball, toughness and defense.
The No. 4 Redwings fused the parts brilliantly by getting scoring from guards David Sobolewski and Matt Parisi and defense and rebounding from 6-10 center Frank Kaminsky and sophomore forward Pat McInerney.
Sobolewski and Parisi combined for 39 points and Kaminsky and McInerney helped the Redwings to a commanding rebounding advantage as visiting Benet downed St. Patrick 53-37 Friday night in the East Suburban Catholic opener for both teams.
Benet (4-0, 1-0) seized control with about five minutes to play in the third quarter. Holding a narrow 29-26 lead, Parisi and Sobolewski drilled three consecutive three-pointers to fuel a 12-0 run.
"We played with a lot of poise in the second half," said Sobolewski, the Northwesatern-bound senior guard who led all scorers with 22 points. "We had excellent ball movement and found the open shooters."
Sobolewski ended the run with two free throws for a 41-26 lead. St. Patrick senior forward Dan Caplis nailed a three-pointers to end the quarter. The damage was done.
Kaminsky, the 6-10 Wisconsin-bound senior center, scored only three points. His 11 rebounds and two blocks keyed the Redwings' ferocious defensive effort. St. Patrick (2-2, 0-1) was limited to just four field goals in the second half. Behind Kaminsky and McKiernan (12 rebounds), Benet had a 33-13 rebounding advantage.
St. Patrick senior star forward Jacob Williams led the Shamrocks with 10 points. He was shut out in the second half. "Kaminsky is so big inside there, every time you go to the basket, he forces you to change your shot," he said. "We lost our poise in the second half. We were just too jacked up on offense and we couldn't run our offense."
Kaminsky also keyed the Redhawks' outside game. His passes to the open Pairisi helped the senior guard. On Sobolewski's three-pointer, Kaminsky set a massive screen that gave the Benet guard the necessary space.
"Frank doesn't have to score to dominate the game," Sobolewski siad. "You saw that tonight."
The critical word was poise. "We played with a lot of poise in the second half," Benet coach Gene Heidkamp said. "In the first half we played with zero. They sped us up and forced us to turn it over [11 first half turnovers]. We couldn't guard them in the second quarter.
"We settled down at halftime and got back to our style of play," he said.