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Boys Basketball: DuSable stuns Brother Rice

Updated: March 28, 2013 6:53AM



Brother Rice always was the team nobody wanted to face in the state tournament. With their attack and hard-nosed style of play, the Crusaders always were the toughest of outs.

DuSable turned the tables against the Crusaders.

Forward Chris Galbreath Jr. scored 12 of his game-high 27 points in the fourth quarter and recorded a crucial steal as DuSable took advantage of critical Brother Rice turnovers to capture a stunning 55-53 upset Tuesday night of the fourth-seeded Crusaders in a Class 4A St. Rita Regional semifinal.

Standout Alex Majewski was as impressive in scoring 24 points and grabbing 11 rebounds for the Crusaders (20-6). It was not enough, as DuSable appeared the hungrier team throughout.

Galbreath was electrifying in the final quarter, scoring repeatedly on drives to the basket as Brother Rice was unable to contain him off the dribble. He scored the Panthers’ first 10 points of the fourth quarter.

“I just knew we needed to score baskets, and I wanted to go out there and be a leader for my team,” Galbreath said.

His twisting drive produced a three-point play with 3:05 left that gave the Panthers (13-10) a 48-47 lead. It was the fifth and final lead change of the final quarter.

Demetrius Pointer (8 points) scored on a drive for a four-point Panthers lead with just over a minute to play.

Majewski scored the first 10 points for Brother Rice in the fourth quarter. Take away his 9-of-13 showing from the floor, and the rest of the Crusaders shot just 10-of-30. Brother Rice shot just 33 percent (7-of-21) in falling behind 28-24 at the break.

“We played terrible in the first half,” Majewski said. “I just don’t think we came out ready to play. In the fourth quarter it went back and forth, but it seemed like we could never sustain a lead. Every time we went up one, they’d come right back and score.”

DuSable survived despite shooting just 8-of-19 at the free-throw line, including 4-of-11 in the fourth quarter. The Panthers compensated by forcing seven Brother Rice turnovers in the fourth quarter. Brother Rice turned the ball over on four of its first five possessions of the fourth quarter.

Quinn Niego was the only other Crusader to reach double figures with 11 points. His three-pointer with 19 seconds remaining turned the ball into a one-possession game.

Galbreath’s final basket came on an inbounds play with just over 16 seconds to play giving DuSable the 55-52 lead.

Brother Rice had a chance to force overtime, down two points after DuSable missed two free throws. Galbreath, though, made a steal with three seconds to play.

Cal Kennedy added seven points and five rebounds for the Crusaders.

“The turnovers (in the fourth quarter) just killed us and nullified all the good things we did in the fourth quarter,” Majewski said.



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