Friday, December 11, 2009

Derenbecker Shines As Country Day Beats Newman 52-33

Nick Krueger
December 10, 2009

Country Day got out of the gate quickly and controlled most of the game as the cajuns knocked off Newman 52-33 in the second round of The Newman Invitational Tournament.

Country Day went on an 8-0 run to start the game. Although LSU signee Matt Derenbecker struggled to find a rhythm early, he made a strong showing in the second half and finished with 23 points to lead the team in scoring.

The matchup of the night was between the senior stars of both teams. Newman in Havens Cary, and Country Day in Derenbecker. A little pushing and shoving between the two early showed they both meant business. It was a hard fought game by both with Derenbecker taking the edge.

Newman's inability to find someone in the paint and a nearly 3 minute scoreless streak in the second quarter led to a 23-11 Country Day lead at halftime.

Newman spread the wealth around as their leading scorer, sophomore Sam Kohnke, had only 8 points followed by Havens Cary with 7. A glimmer of hope shined for the greenies in the 3rd quarter, as they started the second half on a 5-1 run and three pointers by juniors Odell Beckham and Will Bryan helped Newman get back within 10 points of the lead. The 3rd quarter ended with a 35-25 score in favor of Country Day, Newman took a bit of momentum going into the forth quarter.

However, Matt Derenbecker showed his prowess, stepped up, and shut down whatever hopes Newman had in the fourth quarter to lead Country Day to the 52-33 win. Country Day awaits the winner of the McDonogh 35 and Jesuit game in the NIT.

Courtesy of the Times Picayune

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