Boys Basketball: Brother Rice rolls past St. Patrick
By Bill Harrison For Sun-Times Media December 28, 2012 11:34PM
Updated: January 31, 2013 6:42AM
It didn’t take Brother Rice’s Alex Majewski long to pick up where he left off.
Thursday night, the forward scored 33 points in a double-overtime win over Schaumburg at the Hinsdale South Tournament to lead his team into Friday night’s semifinal against No. 2 seed St. Patrick.
Friday night, Majewski scored 11 points in the first quarter — including three three-pointers — and finished with 30 in leading his team to a 67-54 victory.
The third-seeded Crusaders (10-3) advance to the final at 7:45 p.m. Saturday vs. No. 1 seed Lake Forest.
“This is my third year on varsity and I’ve never played in a championship game,” Majewski said. “I am pretty excited.”
The Crusaders led 16-10 after a quarter and 28-21 at halftime. When Cal Kennedy and Ray Rubio started hitting threes in the third quarter, it was lights out for the Shamrocks, especially since Majewski wasn’t done, either.
Rubio started the Crusaders’ scoring in the third with a three-pointer. Kennedy followed with a pair of treys. Mix in two field goals and a three-point play by Majewski, and suddenly the Crusaders were in control at 48-28 with under a minute left in the period. The quarter ended with Brother Rice up 48-32.
“The game was lost offensively,” St. Patrick coach Mike Bailey said. “We missed too many makable shots, and before you know it we are scrambling trying to get back into the game. That’s a hard way to play.”
St. Patrick would get no closer than 56-46 in the fourth. Elijah Wilson had 23 points, while Royale Ewing added 11 for the Shamrocks.
“I don’t think either team played their best game, to be honest,” Brother Rice coach Pat Richardson said. “I was a little concerned about coming back after an emotional win (against Schaumburg) — it’s always hard to do that. I was glad to see us come back and win after an emotional game that we probably should not have won.”