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Boys Basketball: With Law on its side, St. Rita prevails

Updated: January 11, 2013 6:13AM



Sloppy offense. Too many turnovers. A lack of execution around the basket.

Combine all three and No. 9 St. Rita found itself in an eight-point hole at halftime Sunday against Hyde Park.

Then came a huge third quarter by Victor Law and an impressive defensive showing and the first-half troubles were a thing of the past.

Playing at the Team Rose Shootout at the Kroc Corps Community Center, St. Rita executed down the stretch for a 59-50 win over Hyde Park.

“Hyde Park always wants to try to speed things up and take you out of your game,” Law said. “In the second half, we played like we wanted to do. We’re both high-speed teams that get up and down the court, but we were able to control the tempo and slow them down.”

Dominique Matthews (16 points), Law (14) and Scott Kingsley (13) paced St. Rita (5-2).

Committing 14 first-half turnovers and shooting just 8-of-28 from the floor, the Mustangs trailed 33-25 at the half.

Law stepped up in the third quarter with 10 big points, opening the frame with a fast-break layup.

The junior forward followed with two 3-pointers, including an off-balanced shot off an inbounds play and a mid-range jumper as St. Rita went ahead 45-40 entering the fourth period.

“My teammates were able to find me,” Law said. “I really needed to step up and hit some shots as a leader on the team.”

Hyde Park (5-2) got as close as 49-46 on a Marcus Smith layup, but Dominique Matthews hit two free throws and Charles Matthews (8 points) scored on an offensive rebound.

The Thunderbirds struggled from the field in the second half, finishing 5-of-21.

Smith poured in 23 points for Hyde Park. Phillip Lee added nine.

St. Rita hit 6-of-9 free throws in the fourth quarter.

“We did what we asked them to do in the first half,” St. Rita coach Gary DeCesare said. “It sunk in in the second and our guys executed what we needed to do.”



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