Boys Basketball: St. Ignatius upends St. Rita
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media November 30, 2012 10:34PM
Updated: January 3, 2013 6:27AM
Patience, ball movement and shot selection.
Against a very long, very athletic St. Rita team, the game plan was simple for St. Ignatius on Friday night.
Be patient, keep moving the ball and hold out for the perfect shot.
“We knew it would be a challenge, and it would have to be a grind-it-out-type of games if we wanted to win,” St. Ignatius’ Lester Larry said. “We can have trouble scoring, and we knew they were a very strong team. We’re really young.”
Executing that game plan to perfection, St. Ignatius pulled off the upset on the road, squeaking out a 42-38 win in the Catholic League North.
Larry (14 points) and Connor Cronin (10 points) led a balanced attack for St. Ignatius (5-0, 1-0). Charles Matthews and Dominique Matthews scored 10 points apiece for No. 4 St. Rita (3-2, 0-1).
“Ignatius just stuck to that game plan,” St. Rita coach Gary DeCesare said. “Guys have to bring it every night. This league is too good.”
St. Ignatius held a 24-15 halftime lead thanks to its clock-killing, ball-movement oriented offense. The St. Rita run finally came in the third quarter as the Mustangs outscored the Wolfpack 15-5 in the frame. Charles Matthews’ inside bucket at the buzzer gave Rita its first lead since 5-2.
In a fourth quarter that featured five lead changes, the Wolfpack had the last laugh.
Riley Doody (6 points) scored off a press break to give Ignatius the lead for good at 38-37, with Cronin adding an easy layup off a Rita defensive breakdown.
Larry hit two free throws in the final minute to ice the game.
“We were fine going down in that situation,” Doody said. “We knew we could win the game. We just had to have confidence.”
Dominique Matthews split two free throws for St. Rita with 38 seconds left in the game.