Boys Basketball: St. Joseph holds off De La Salle
By Bill Harrison For Sun-Times Media December 10, 2013 8:40PM
Chicago, 12/10/13--Jordan Ash, of St. Joseph, goes to the basket over De La Salle's Tyler Lewis. | Vincent D. Johnson/for Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 12, 2014 6:30AM
With 30 seconds left and a two-point lead, De La Salle had the ball and a chance to force visiting St. Joseph to foul. The Meteors were 12-of-13 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.
Instead, the Meteors made a youthful mistake, forcing up a shot (that missed), giving the Chargers a chance at the eighth lead change of the quarter. Jordan Ash made sure of that, driving the lane and eventually converting on a three-point play.
The Chargers scored the last six points of the game, escaping with a 67-65 Catholic North win.
“We just wanted to play defense, and I don’t think they (Meteors) did what they wanted to do,” Ash said. “I just wanted to attack and luckily, I was able to get the ball off the backboard the right way and make the play.”
Ash finished with a team-high 21 points, while teammate Glynn Watson scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half. Nick Rakocevic had eight of his 10 in the first half for the Chargers (6-0, 2-0).
Karl Harris had 22 points to lead the Meteors (2-4, 0-2), while Brandon Hutton added 14 and Tyler Lewis chipped in 12 off the bench.
The Meteors rallied back twice, after trailing by 10 points during the second period and 11 early in the third.
“I thought we battled the entire game and I thought we executed,” De La Salle coach Tom White said. “It was one of those up-and-down games. It came down to the end we made one bad possession and it cost us.”
The Chargers appeared to take control in the second quarter when a Watson basket completed an 11-0 run for a 23-14 lead. The Meteors recovered with a half-ending 14-6 run to close to within 33-30.
An 8-0 run at the outset of the third period gave the Chargers a 41-30 bulge, but by the end the quarter the Meteors closed to within 48-47 to start what would be a wild fourth quarter.
“We held together at the end. The bottom line, you have to win the game and that’s what we did,” St. Joseph coach Gene Pingatore said.