BOYS BASKETBALL: Nick Mutebi’s last second lay-up propels UofD Jesuit to a 47-45 win over Southeastern
DETROIT – Senior Nick Mutebi of U-D Jesuit said he didn’t want his season to end the way it did last season, to Detroit Pershing at the buzzer.
Pershing lost in the district finals this past Friday, but facing another Detroit PSL team in Southeastern wouldn’t be any easier.
Tied at 45-45, with just a few seconds remaining, Mutebi’s lay-up with 4.5 seconds left on the clock put the Cubs ahead 47-45. U-D would eventually go on to win by that score, after a last season attempt by Southeastern failed.
"Honestly I wasn’t thinking about the time,"
Mutebi said. "I was just thinking about scoring the basketball. I didn’t know how much time there was, I just knew that if I put the ball in, we’ll get a stop on defense and win the game."
U-D Jesuit (20-2) controlled majority of the game, getting to the free throw line at will, pressuring Southeastern’s guards and scoring the ball when needed.
They led 38-28 at halftime and looked to run Southeastern out the gym. Super-sophomore Cassius Winston had a great half with 11 points, showcasing his array of offensive skills. He finished the game with 13.
"They did a good job on him (Winston) in the second half," coach Pat Donnelly said. "We ran plays for him a few times and even when he got shots, they were contested."
Southeastern prides themselves on their defense and after giving up 32 points in the first half, only allowed 14 in the second. They out
-rebounded UofD Jesuit, fell apart in that department in he final moments.
"It’s kind of ironic, two plays in the interior down the stretch it was killed us," coach George Ward said. "Not getting a rebound and this guy hitting a lay-up;that can’t happen."
Southeastern (13-8) used a 15-6 run to erase a ten point deficit and trail UofD Jesuit 38-37 after three. Senior Daryl Bingham played well in his final high school game, with 15 points and 13 rebounds.
Fellow senior Leonard Harper-Baker didn’t have his best game, but still managed to record 5 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 blocks on the night.
"I’ve been telling our seniors all year that we have to step up in big times," Ward said. "Daryl made some critical plays, but UofD came out victorious tonight, so what can I say,"
D’Cari Charlston (12 points, 6 rebounds) gave Southeastern its only lead in the second half, on a lay-up to make it 40-39 with 7:30 left in the third.
UofD Jesuit would then go on an 8-5 run to end the game.
Billy Thomas played well off the bench for them with 16 points, while Mutebi added 8 and 4 rebounds. Anthony Randall chipped in 11 points for the Jungaleers.
"I didn’t have the second half that I wanted," Winston said. "But we still got the win, so that’s all I can ask for."
UofD Jesuit will now face Cass Tech in the regional final at their place. The Technicians dismantled Redford Thurston, 93-60, led by Kenny Carpenter’s 26 points.