Boys Basketball: Seton tops Rich South at McDipper
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media December 27, 2012 11:16PM
Alex Foster put on a second-half show as Seton cruised past host Rich South 72-47 in a McDipper quarterfinal Thursday.
Foster, a 6-foot-8 forward, scored the first eight points of the second half to erase a 32-29 Seton deficit. The senior poured in 12 of his game-high 17 points in the third period, three of his six baskets coming on dunks. The first jam saw Foster soar behind Rich South’s 2-3 zone for a two-hander; the other two dunks came in transition off steals.
Mark Weems Jr. chipped in 13 points and Johnny Patterson scored 10 off the bench as the Sting (10-5) outscored Rich South 30-4 in the decisive third frame.
Demitri Strickland led Rich South with 12 points. Jaylen Zachery added 11.
“Pressure bursts pipes,” Rich South coach Scot Ritter said. “I thought we did a decent job in the first half on the glass, limiting their second-chance points. But in the third quarter, we started playing fast.”
Rich South (6-5) went up 30-24 on a rebound and score from Bryce Lydon. It seemed the Stars’ patient 2-3 zone was giving Seton fits in the first half, but the Sting went inside-out and started pouring in shots from deep, burying eight three-pointers to just two from Rich South.
“We couldn’t stop runs,” Ritter said. “With the lack of experience on the varsity, we got out of what our identity is and the lead went to 20. We let them control the tempo after we had controlled it in the first and second.”
Seton will meet Marian Catholic in the second semifinal of the day at 8:30 p.m. Friday.