2018-01-12 / Sports

Cardinals soar past Skyhawks

By Josh Cruse


Cardinal Newman’s Brandon Pirie sails in for a layup against Hammond. 
Photo by Jim Marczesky Cardinal Newman’s Brandon Pirie sails in for a layup against Hammond. Photo by Jim Marczesky Chico Carter Jr. led Cardinal Newman with 26 points, and Brandon Pirie added 17, as the Cardinals outscored the visiting Hammond Skyhawks 23- 17 in the fourth quarter to win 73-64 Friday, January 5.

Cardinal Newman jumped out to an early 8-1 lead behind points from Pirie, Patrick Reedy, and Josh Beadle.

Hammond countered with a 12-4 run to take a 13- 12 lead. The scoring came from Jordan Burch, Lucas Prickett, and Josh Lipsitz. A 3-pointer from Pirie briefly gave the Cardinals the lead back, but Prickett hit a jumper to tie the score at 15-15 at the end of the quarter.

Prickett gave Hammond a 17-15 lead early in the second. A jumper, 3-pointer, and free throw by Burch, along with a 3- pointer from Prickett extended the Skyhawks’ lead to 25-19.

The Hammond lead grew to as large as seven before Cardinal Newman mounted a comeback. It began with four straight points from Carter Jr. Tom Sheida followed up with a game- tying 3- pointer. Carter Jr. also hit a 3- pointer a minute-and-a-half later to give the Cardinals a 31-30 lead.


Hammond’s Cleo Canty tries to get a shot past Cardinal Newman’s Patrick Reedy. 
Photo by Jim Marczesky Hammond’s Cleo Canty tries to get a shot past Cardinal Newman’s Patrick Reedy. Photo by Jim Marczesky Lipsitz converted two free throws to give the lead back to Hammond, but a jumper from Daniel Dunlap put Cardinal Newman back on top for a 33-32 advantage at halftime.

The lead continued to change hands frequently in the third quarter. First Hammond grabbed it with a pair of free throws from Burch. Then Cardinal Newman regained the upper hand with jumpers from Pirie and Carter Jr. A 3-pointer from Shane O’ Conner extended the lead to 41- 36.

Hammond responded with an 8-0 run. Isaiah Washington began the run with a 3-pointer and was helped out with a 3- pointer from Burch and a pair of free throws from Trent Green.


Cardinal Newman’s Chico Carter Jr. shoots over Hammond’s Jordan Burch. 
Photo by Jim Marczesky Cardinal Newman’s Chico Carter Jr. shoots over Hammond’s Jordan Burch. Photo by Jim Marczesky A 3- pointer from Washington gave the Skyhawks a 47- 44 lead, before the Cardinals fin- ished the quarter with a 3-pointer from Tom Sheida and a bucket and free throw from Carter Jr.

Cardinal Newman wasted little time in the fourth quarter extending its lead. Four free throws from Carter Jr. and a jumper from Pirie put the Cardinals up 56-47. The lead grew to 60-49 before Hammond mounted one last comeback. Free throws from Lipsitz, Burch, and Washington helped the Skyhawks cut the deficit to 68-63 with 28 seconds left, but Cardinal Newman closed out the game with free throws from Pirie, Carter Jr., and Beadle to post the nine-point margin.

Prickett led Hammond with 20 points, and Burch and Lipsitz finished with 12 points each.

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