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Chaminade's Varidel ties 3-point game record, falls one point short of scoring mark

November 25, 2013 - Robert Collias
Chaminade's Christophe Varidel was taken out of the Silverswords' 93-77 loss to No. 18 Baylor with about 3 1/2 minutes to play with 39 points.

Tournament chairman Dave Odom approached the Chaminade bench and told coach Eric Bovaird about the tournament scoring record of 43 set by Gonzaga's Adam Morrison in a triple-overtime win over Michigan State in 2005.

Varidel re-entered the game with 2 1/2 minutes remaining and hit a 3-pointer, his 10th, to tie the tournament record of by Notre Dame's Kyle McAlarney in 2008 against North Carolina.

Varidel left the game for good with four seconds remaining with 42 points, leaving Morrison's record to stand.

Morrison is here this year as an assistant coach for the 11th-ranked Zags.

Here are some quotes from Chaminade that I just transcribed for us and The Associated Press:

Chaminade coach Eric Bovarid:

“I thought we played really well for about 33 to 35 minutes. There was a stretch there where we couldn't buy a basket, but we were able to battle back there. I'm really proud of the guys, they played really tough. There's definitely 7-1 and 6-10 guys that are probably going to be NBA guys pretty soon. Our game plan was to make them make outside shots and it worked for a while.”

“Christophe's a great kid and to get the 3-point record in a tournament like this is really something. I wanted him to have a shot. I just looked at him and asked him if he wanted to go back in and he said yeah. He could have said his knees were aching.”

Varidel, a senior transfer from Switzerland who had 177 3-pointers in three seasons for Florida Gulf Coast (yeah, the team that made the NCAA tournament run last season):

“In Switzerland that (scoring) was my role. When I came to America I had to change a little bit.”

“I would trade that (the record and near-record) for the W tonight. I'm really grateful to play for coach Bovaird, he has a lot of confidence in me. I dont think I have had that before in college – don't shoot too much, don't dribble too much – he just lets me play my game. Those dribble handoffs with Lee (Bailey) are going to do some damage throughout the year.”

“Coach Bovaird is a big part of the reason I transferred.”

“In the second half they were definitely trying harder denying me the ball. I was a bit tired, you can feel the legs after 40 minutes.”

Lee Bailey, a junior point guard who had five assists:

“Christophe is a real aggressive shooter. I t is not like I have to track three people to get that shot off -- he makes it real easy.”


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