Boys Basketball: St. Rita lays down Law against Marist
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media January 15, 2013 11:26PM
Dominique Matthews, of St. Rita, drives around Marist's Zack Cody. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 17, 2013 6:25AM
Victor Law said he likes to put on a show whenever he faces Marist.
It might be time for a curtain call.
Law was nearly unstoppable in the third quarter and finished with 29 points and seven rebounds as No. 4 St. Rita coasted past No. 9 Marist 76-56 Tuesday in a marquee match-up of neighborhood rivals.
“(Law) was outstanding,” Marist coach Gene Nolan said. “What makes him so dangerous is, not only is he long and athletic, but he can really, really shoot.”
The 6-foot-7 Law matched Marist with 14 points in the third quarter. He nailed three consecutive three-pointers to open the third, boosting a 33-25 halftime lead into a 15-point advantage with 4:27 left in the period.
Law wasn’t done. The junior opened the fourth with an emphatic baseline dunk on a lob from Charles Mathews (11 points, 7 assists) to put the Mustangs (11-4) up 56-39.
“I was rolling tonight, so I had to take some shots,” said Law, who drilled four baskets from behind the arc against Marist’s zone. “I’ve been working on (shooting threes). Last year, it wasn’t really my strong suit, but I’ve really been putting work in the summer and getting better.”
For Marist (14-5), Zak Niemiera netted five three-pointers and finished with a team-high 17 points. Lexus Williams added 16, while L.J. McIntosh and Ryan Tucker scored 10 apiece.
“Our guys really paid attention to detail in practice, and the thing we really needed to do was defend their shooters and backdoor cuts,” St. Rita coach Gary DeCesare said.
McIntosh, a Texas Pan-America recruit and Marist’s all-time leading scorer, was hounded by Mathews for most of the contest.
Mathews’ brother, Dominique, added 17 points and six assists for St. Rita.