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St. Rita just doesn’t fare well against Hales Franciscan

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM



St. Rita just happened to catch Hales Franciscan at the wrong time of the year.

With state playoffs just around the corner and the Catholic League championship against De La Salle next weekend, Hales took no prisoners in a 76-45 victory Friday night over the visiting Mustangs.

Hales (19-3, 10-1) just wore down its opponent with tenacious defensive pressure that forced 30 turnovers.

Still, the Spartans led just 20-13 after one quarter. From that point on it was lights out for the Mustangs as Aaric Armstead got things going with a 3-pointer from the left corner and Eddie Alcantara sank three consecutive jumpers as the lead bloomed to 43-23 with 1:49 remaining in the second quarter.

A 12-4 run at the beginning of the third quarter was capped by Aaric Armstead throwing down an alley-oop from his brother, Aaron, with 4:53 remaining. Hales coach Gary London began to substitute liberally at that point.

Alcantara had a team-high 16 points, Aaric Armstead scored 13 points, and Aaron Armstead had 12 for Hales.

“We pretty much knew what they were going to do,” London said. “They tried to change up a lot of things but our pressure eventually got to them. Aaric really got us going with those 3-pointers, and Alcantara and Aaron had good all around game.

“This really lines us up and kept us sharp for our game next week against De La Salle.”

Tony Hicks had a game-high 18 points for St. Rita (7-13, 2-6).

“You just keep plugging away and plugging away and hopefully things will eventually go your way,” St. Rita coach Gary DeCesare said. “We had some good looks but just couldn’t knock the shots down.”



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