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Coleman helps keep Irish ahead

He scores 19 to offset 30 by Brebeuf's Thompson


12:00 AM, Dec. 23, 2012 EST

Jalen Coleman did everything Class 4A No. 10 Cathedral needed to beat Brebeuf Jesuit 68-58 on Saturday night.

"There were a lot of plays where there was the option for either the point guard to score or for me to score," Coleman said. "And they gave me the ball and I tried to do my best with what I had."

Coleman scored 19 points and Garrett Hall had 11 points and five rebounds for the Irish (3-2), who have won two straight.

"(Coleman) really stayed within himself," Cathedral coach Andy Fagan said. "He stayed within what his role is for this team. He didn't force anything. When he's letting the game come to him and not forcing things, he's pretty darn tough to stop."

P.J. Thompson had 30 points to lead the Braves (4-4), who have lost two of the past three games.

Thompson kept the Braves in the game. He scored 20 points in the first half and was the only Brebeuf player to score in the second quarter.

"It's obvious we rely on him for big shots," Brebeuf coach Matt Mayer said. "He's getting big shots against teams that are keying on him and they're keeping him from taking easy shots and he's still producing."

The Irish jumped to a 23-14 lead midway through the second quarter on an 8-0 run capped by a 3-pointer from Coleman.

Thompson went to the line and then scored on a layup to make it 23-18.

The Irish answered with a 3-pointer by Josh Sullen to move ahead 26-18.

Thompson made two more trips to the line and the Irish missed two shots before Hall hit a 3-pointer and the Irish took a 29-22 lead.

Thompson got the Braves back to within four again when he was fouled on a shot. The Irish led 31-27 at halftime.

"I think they were working harder to get shots than we were," Mayer said. "They were getting open and sharing the ball a little bit. We had some defensive breakdowns that led to some open jumpers for guys."

The Irish didn't let up in the second half, either. Coleman made two free throws to start the third quarter and Dixon scored to give the Irish a 36-27 lead.

Brebeuf's Adam Kroot split from the line for the Braves and Coleman scored again to make it 37-28.

Later, the Irish went on a 7-1 run. Justin Baker hit a 3-pointer with 2:02 left to play in the third and the Irish took a 44-34 lead, their largest lead of the night.

"We knew there was no give in them and there's no give in us," Fagan said. "I'm just really proud of how our guys answered every time Brebeuf made a run on us."

 

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