Boys Basketball: St. Rita rolls past Seton
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media February 14, 2014 9:08PM
St. Rita vs. Seton Academy basketball: #35 Demauris Dixon (SR) does a reverse layup against #35 Bryson Westbrook (SA). | Brian Jackson~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 16, 2014 2:15PM
If playing defense isn’t the most glamorous thing around, so be it.
St. Rita’s Treston Forbes and his Mustangs teammates don’t care. They’re playing defense, and they’re enjoying it.
Unleashing its halfcourt press Friday night, the Mustangs played to their strengths and let the defense do the rest. St. Rita defeated visiting Seton 91-60 to win the program’s third straight Catholic League South title.
“We’ve got a lot of length on the court, and it can be hard to get a shot up against us,” Forbes said. “We’re quick, too, so that helps a lot, and it makes playing defense easier.”
Charles Matthews scored 22 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for St. Rita (15-6, 10-1), with Dominique Matthews adding 19 points off the bench. Forbes and Armani Chaney finished with 10 points apiece for the Mustangs, while Myles Carter blocked seven shots.
As for the conference title, Charles Matthews has known nothing else in his three years at Rita. But, as the junior is quick to point out, the Mustangs have higher aspirations.
“It means a lot because we’re starting a new tradition,” Matthews said. “We’re aiming for a state title now. We want to win the conference title, but we’re over it now and looking for a state championship.”
Matthews and Forbes helped deliver the knockout punch early Friday, the defensive pressure rattling Seton. With Rita holding an 18-10 advantage late in the first period, Matthews took over.
The star junior scored inside, hit a three-pointer from the top of the key (off an assist from Chaney) and slammed home a putback dunk.
Forbes capped the 10-0 run, connecting on a fast-break bucket off a Matthews pass and adding the ensuing free throw. St. Rita led 28-12 through one period, eventually going up 47-21 at halftime.
“We get a few stops back to back, that gets us going,” Forbes said. “We press and try to feed off that.”
Seton (5-18, 1-10) was led by Christopher Seaton’s 29 points, 21 coming in the second half. RaShaad Williams added 10 points for the Sting, which shot just 8-of-32 from the floor in the first half.
“We’ve got a lot of guys who can do a lot of things for us,” St. Rita coach Gary DeCesare said. “It’s a matter of keep going and going, and playing together.”