Wrestlers open season by hosting Annual Caruso Invitational for 29th time

Dec. 2, 2017

St. Benedict’s received a pair of huge performances from Lester Quinones and Precious Achiuwa while sweeping two games in the Marshall County Hoopfest in Kentucky.

On Friday evening, the Gray Bees, currently unranked in the latest USA Today Super 25 Poll, went out and posted a convincing 64-55 victory over the No. 5 team in the country, Huntington Prep of West Virginia. Quinones poured in 38 points, which included connecting on half of his 16 three-point attempts.

Quinones, a junior guard, scored the Gray Bees final 10 points of the contest, including a pair of treys, when the Gray Bees closed out the game on 12-3 run over the final 2:26. Achiuwa chipped in with 17 points and seven rebounds, while Souleymane Diakite added a team-high nine rebounds.

“We won this game because we did all the little things right,” said Quinones, who earned the game’s MVP. “We played good D (defense) and executed our game plan.”

Achiuwa backed up Quinones’ effort with a 38-point highlight-reel performance of his own on Saturday to earn MVP honors when the Gray Bees completed its play in Kentucky with a 68-57 victory over Arizona’s Hillcrest Prep on Saturday.

Achiuwa, a 6-9 forward, hit on all but five of his 19 attempts from the field, while dropping in all five of his three-pointers in the second half. He completed the double-double with 10 rebounds, matching the number Diakite hauled in. Quinones, who was plague with foul trouble, managed 13 points on 4-of-8 shooting.

“I never talk about scoring,” said St. Benedict’s coach Mark Taylor. “It’s all about execution. Whether it’s Precious and Lester scoring, I don’t care. As long as we keep getting it done as a team. That’s all that matters.”

The Gray Bees (3-0) will play its first home game in Dalton Gym 5:30 p.m. Wednesday against the Hun School.

The St. Benedict’s wrestling team opened its season on Saturday in the 29th Annual Caruso Invitational in Dalton Gymnasium and placed third in the team standings.

Terrance Parks came away with the 160-pound crown by winning all three of his matches, scoring double-digit points and each bout. Ibrahim Mendheim recorded a pair of falls in the wrestlebacks to earn a third-place finish at 145 pounds.

The Gray Bees totaled 67 points and finished behind perennial national powers, Blair Academy (240.5 points) and Wyoming Seminary (133).

(View photos of the 29th Annual Caruso Invitational)

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