Northgate winless in first home tourney

By MEL PERKINS

Northgate (0-3, 1-8) played host in their first annual Northgate Holiday Tournament last week, bringing in Hopewell, Quigley Catholic, Brentwood, Perry Traditional Academy, and Carlynton for a six- team tournament with three games on Thursday and Friday nights. Unfortunately, the Flames came out of the tournament winless, unable to break their eight-game losing streak.

The Flames lost to Hopewell on Thursday night and then to Quigley Catholic on Friday night. Both teams entered the fray evenly matched with 1 – 7 records. But, Northgate was unable to get into any kind of rhythm. Malcolm Randall was the work horse in the first quarter, putting up 12 of his team-high 20 points, and grabbing five rebounds on his way to a double-double. Randall scored eight from the field and went 4-of-4 from the free throw line. After one quarter of play, the Flames were down 17 – 13.

The second quarter started with Antonio Eberhardt grabbing a rebound and taking it back up for two to make the score 17 – 15, and the defense looked to be getting heated up. The Flames’ defense held the Spartans to five points in the second quarter, but the offense dropped off, with Jeff Roberts being the only other contributor and adding four points. The Flames went into the locker room at the half down 22 – 19.

The Flame offense didn’t fare any better in the third quarter, with Benjamin Brooks being the only scorer with six points. Going into the final quarter, the Flames were down 34 – 25.

The fourth quarter saw the Flames scratch and claw their way back to within three when Randall went to the line with 51 seconds left in the game, hitting both free throws to make the score 46 – 43. After a Brooks three-pointer with time expiring from the clock, the Flames went down with the final score Quigley 51 and Northgate 46.

MalcolmRandall finished the night with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Benjamin Brooks had nine points, hitting two three-pointers, and freshman Jeff Robert scored eight.

After the game Coach Joe Cangilla spoke about Randall’s play, saying, “Randall played very well, he has been doing everything for us. He is a double-double guy, we know we have to get at least 15 from him point-wise and at least 10 or 12 rebounds from him per night.”

The Flames travel to Riverview tonight, where they hope to pick-up a conference win.