Boys Basketball: St. Rita turns back St. Ignatius
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media February 11, 2014 10:42PM
Updated: February 12, 2014 2:18AM
With its ability to slow the game down and hit three-pointers, St. Ignatius can be a tough opponent for a team such as St. Rita.
“It’s definitely a challenge,” St. Rita’s Charles Matthews said. “We want to get out and play fast and make our opponents take quick shots. It’s tough to do that against them, but we just had to use our defense to force the tempo.”
After a slow start, the visiting Mustangs got going late in the second quarter Tuesday night, creating turnovers and running all over the Wolfpack to close the first half on an 11-0 run and take a 36-27 lead to the break on their way to a 57-44 Catholic League South win.
The victory assured St. Rita (13-6, 8-1) at least a share of the South crown. The Mustangs can win it outright Friday night by beating Seton.
Matthews finished with 17 points and five rebounds to lead the Mustangs while Vic Law added 10 points and nine rebounds.
Tom Digenan led St. Ignatius (10-11, 4-5) with 13 points.
The Wolfpack led 27-25 with 3:52 left in the second quarter but did not score the rest of the half. Dominique and Charles Matthews and Law all converted steals into easy buckets during the run, the latter two throwing down big dunks.
“We finally started playing ‘D’,” Law said. “They came out and were really shooting the ball, which we expect from them. We were able to speed the tempo up and make them play fast which caused them some problems.”
The Wolfpack buried four first-quarter three-pointers, trailing 19-18 after one, but was held to nine points in the second quarter and seven in the third as the Mustangs pulled away.
“Playing a team like that is good for us, because you have to go out there and guard,” St. Rita coach Gary DeCesare said. “I thought we did a great job defensively after the first quarter.”
St. Rita scored the first four points of the second half to go up 40-27 and led by double digits the rest of the way.
Dominque Matthews had eight points while Khalen Davis (5 rebounds) and Armani Chaney had seven each for the Mustangs.
Daniel Ogele (10 points, 7 rebounds) and Kailan Lee (8 points) contributed for St. Ignatius.