Boys Basketball: St. Rita tops Loyola in two overtimes
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media February 19, 2014 8:46PM
Updated: February 19, 2014 10:50PM
The tally over the final nine minutes of Wednesday’s game between St. Rita and Loyola told the story: Charles Matthews 7, Loyola 0.
Matthews tied the game with a three-pointer with 13 seconds left in regulation, then scored the only four points of the extra sessions as the host Mustangs gutted out a 48-44 double overtime win in a Catholic League Tournament consolation game.
“(Loyola) really likes to slow the game down, and I’m glad we’re going through that now because we might see teams like that in the playoffs,” Matthews said. “I’m glad we were able to get a win against a team like that.”
Sixty-five seconds after his brother Dominique’s trey brought the Mustangs (16-7) to within 44-41, Charles Matthews came off a screen set by Dominique to bury the game-tying three-pointer. Loyola’s James Clarke got a good look as the buzzer sounded, but couldn’t connect, sending the game to overtime.
“It wasn’t any different from any other shot for me,” Charles Matthews said. “Dominique set a good screen and I got a good look.”
Both teams had just one possession in the first overtime as Loyola (19-5) ran off the final 3:30 before failing to score.
St. Rita countered by draining nearly 2½ minutes on the initial possession of the second overtime before Dominique dished to Charles for a dunk.
Loyola, which attempted just three shots — all three-pointers — in the overtimes, came up empty on two treys in the final minute and Charles Matthews hit two free throws to clinch the win.
Dominique Matthews had 21 points, Charles Matthews added 14 and Vic Law hauled in 14 rebounds for the Mustangs, who avenged a 67-57 Jan. 14 loss to Loyola.
Jack Morrissey (16 points) and Clarke (14) led the Ramblers, who suffered their third straight loss.
Both teams were surprised to be in the consolation bracket, falling in upsets in Sunday’s quarterfinals as St. Rita was knocked off by Fenwick and Loyola by De La Salle.
“We didn’t come out with as much energy as we needed (Sunday),” Dominique Matthews said. “We just had to regroup. It was big to beat a team like Loyola that beat us earlier in the season, especially this time of the year.”
Loyola led 22-18 at halftime before being outscored 12-6 in the third. Morrissey buried three fourth-quarter treys to help the Ramblers grab a 44-38 lead before the heroics by the Matthews brothers.
“I think we’re pretty close to where we need to be,” Loyola coach Tom Livatino said. “I thought we put forth a good effort and came up a little short. I think we’ll be ready for the state tournament.”