Alcott, McGurry, And Smith Lead Woodbridge Past McCarrick, 59-16
By Greg Machos
December 16, 2011
SOUTH AMBOY, NJ—Games at the freshman level can show great disparity between talent level. The season opener between Woodbridge and Cardinal McCarrick in the GMC Hoops Freshmen Game of the Week proved to be one of those games. The Baby Barrons could not do any wrong as they jumped out to a 23-2 first quarter lead, and never looked back in a 59-16 victory.
Leading the way for the visitors was Ryan Alcott, who had a double-double with 16 points and 8 offensive rebounds while also collecting 3 steals and an assist. Alcott scored 8 points in both halves of play. Ronnie McGurry chipped in with 13 points, 2 assists, 2 offensive rebounds, and 2 steals while Tyler Smith added 10 points, 6 assists, and 4 steals. When the starters were in the game, the Baby Barrons outscored the Little Eagles by a margin of 43-7. WHS also outscored McCarrick by a 9-0 margin in points from beyond the arc, had 16 steals that contributed to 17 points off turnovers, and 14 offensive rebounds that led to 16 second chance points. The Baby Barrons finished the game with 25 field goals including three treys, and 6 of 18 from the foul line.
Woodbridge had plenty of balance with 10 different players on the roster breaking into the scoring column. Meanwhile, Cardinal McCarrick didn't get its first field goal until the 2:23 mark of the second quarter as WHS took a 33-8 lead heading into the intermission. Smith (10 points), McGurry (11 points), and Alcott (8 points) accounted for 29 of those 33 Woodbridge first half points. Clinton Rowe (9 points on 2 FGs and 5 of 8 FTs) led the Eagles with 4 points while Timmy Wiamer and Joe Materowski each added two points.
While McCarrick played more respectably in the second half, the Baby Barrons were able to coast with a 26-8 showing. After the Little Eagles got a basket from Rowe to open the second half scoring, Woodbridge scored 14 unanswered points over a span of 4:53 to take a commanding 47-10 lead with 2:02 to go in the third quarter. Alcott had 8 points during the run while Smith was particularly active on both sides of the ball with four assists and two steals. McGurry also added a score as well.
The Eagles, which managed just four field goals and 8 of 16 from the foul line, got one of two from the charity stripe by Chris Gomes to end the Woodbridge run for a 47-11 Baby Barrons lead with 1:07 to go in the third. However, Woodbridge closed out the third when Zaire Robinson (5 points, 4 steals, and an assist) made a shot from inside midcourt to beat the buzzer for a 50-11 advantage heading into the final period of play. The WHS reserves, which accounted for 11 points, saw all of the action in the fourth as the Baby Barrons outscored McCarrick by a 9-5 margin to wrap up the victory. View the play-by-play from the action.
Cardinal McCarrick (0-1)
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