Friday, Jan. 28, 2011
By Phil Brozynski
James Roemer wont make anybody forget David Sobolewski, but the 6-foot-7-inch senior did a pretty fair impression by filling up the stat sheet to help No. 2 Benet escape Nazareth 57-51 Friday in LaGrange.
Roemer had 12 points, six rebounds and three blocks. Frank Kaminsky had 16 points and seven rebounds while Pat Boyle added 11 points as Benet (22-0, 8-0) defeated Nazareth in front of a standing-room-only crowd at the Rooney Student Center.
This is about the third time that I have started for Sobolewski, Roemer said. Frank (Kaminsky) plays guard and Matt (Parisi) does a pretty good job bringing the ball up so Im in there either at the four or five spot. Weve gotten used to (playing without Sobolewski). Even our first game without him we came out strong. Its never been much of a problem.
Benet did have a little trouble with Nazareth (15-5, 5-3) in the second quarter as they fell behind 26-18 on a three-pointer by the Roadrunners A.J. Ryan. But a three-pointer by Kaminsky and another by junior John Enochs off the bench helped the Redwings force a 29-29 tie at the break.
Benet opened the third quarter on a 8-0 run capped by Roemers three-pointer and led by as many as 10 at 46-36 early in the fourth quarter. Nazareth got within 51-47 on a three pointer by Ryan Powers (19 points, seven rebounds) with 2:01 remaining but could get no closer.
For us to win we have to play an almost perfect game, Nazareth coach John Bonk said. Ryan (Powers) is our only real inside presence and against them you have no inside presence. We had to shoot the ball really well. We did some good things but then Roemer comes off the bench and gets 12 points. They have a lot of weapons.