DeMatha Stays Undefeated With 67-50 Victory Over Arch-Rival Gonzaga
After missing almost three weeks with a thumb injury Gonzaga finally got back their back-court leader, junior Bryant Crawford on Tuesday night. But Crawford was rusty, and DeMatha was dominant as they remained undefeated behind a huge fourth quarter in which they outscored the Eagles 26-12.
Gonzaga took the early lead in Hyattsville, but DeMatha came back to close the first quarter up 15-13. After two the stags led 30-25. Gonzaga cut the lead to three entering the final frame, but DeMatha used a well rounded attack to put Gonzaga away.
DeMatha was led by Corey Henson and Joe Hampton who scored 16 and 15 respectively. The stags had 7 players score five or more points. DeMatha connected on seven triples. Gonzaga was led by Junior Sam Miller who continues to impress. Miller finished with 13. All three of Gonzaga’s bigs finished in double figures as Bradley Jacks had 12 and Jordan Abdur-Ra’oof had 11. Crawford did not score for Gonzaga but his presence alone lifted the eagles. His passing wasn’t as sharp as it usually is, as he had three turnovers in his first stint on the court. But as he logged more minutes and got into the flow, it became evident it wont take long until he’ll be in a position to really help the eagle improve upon their current 4-10 record. Crawford did finish the game with six assists.
DeMatha continues to get it done from multiple players. It seems like they go two deep at every position, and even deeper at some. When they need a lift off the bench Nate Darling can come in, like he did tonight and score six points on two three pointers off four shots in four minutes. When they go big, 6’9″ Brock Ruble is inserted in the lineup. Go small, Alani Moore, and Alex Newbold provide speed and ball handling. DeMatha truly has a 10-12 player rotation. While the Stags haven’t played any of the big boys in the WCAC yet, they’ve won everyone who they’ve crossed paths with. Their toughest test of the season should be this coming Saturday when they host O’Connell. Gonzaga has what you would consider an easy stretch of their schedule coming up as they play Ireton, Good Counsel, Ryken, McNamara, and Carroll in their next 5.