U-D dominates De La Salle after the first quarter, defeats the Pilots 55-34 to advance to league final
Birmingham – After winning the Catholic League championship last season the U-D Jesuit looked poised to win another title after the display it put on against Warren De La Salle at Birmingham Marian on Tuesday.
The Cubs started slow – they led by one point at the end of the first quarter – but came out in the second with an 11-0 run and never looked back as they defeated De La Salle, 55-34, in a league semifinal.
U-D (15-2) looks to win its third consecutive A-B Division title on Sunday against the winner of Wednesday’s Birmingham Brother Rice-Orchard Lake St. Mary’s game at Calihan Hall.
U-D coach Pat Donnelly was impressed by his team’s defensive effort.
“I though defense was the key,” he said. “We talked about that before the game, we just talked about it after the game. The defense is going to win championships for us. We abide by the old cliché that defense wins championships and so we have been living on that all year.”
Leading the way for the Cubs was star junior guard Cassius Winston with 14 point, 12 in the first half. Winston also had eight assists.
“It’s a blessing, I’ve been fortunate to come into a program which has been winning and just taking care of every opportunity,” said Winston.
A handful of those assists came in the third quarter with sophomore Greg Eboigbodin the beneficiary. Eboigbodin had 10 points, all in the third quarter. He also had nine rebounds.
“Greg and Ike (Eke) both, they give us a different dimension,” said Connelly. “Having those guys be able to score, we thought they could be double-double type players and they’re proven to be that.”
Ike had six points for U-D.
Sophomore center Jack Ballantyne played well for De La Salle as he had 12 points.
The Pilots (9-8) defense was also able to cool Winston after halftime as he scored just two in the final 16 minutes.
Waterford Lakes (18-0) defeated Marine City Cardinal Mooney (9-7), 72-44, to advance to Sunday’s final.
Leading the charge for the Lakers was senior guard Nick Robak with 23 points. His total a one-handed dunk early in the fourth.
Tyler Mrock led Cardinal Mooney with 22 points.
Lakes will take on the winner of Wednesday’s Riverview Gabriel Richard-Royal Oak Shrine game.