U of D Jesuit Betters Loyola 75-60

18 Jan

cwinston-player-picThe University of Detroit Jesuit Cubs after a long week of studying for final exams showed the ability to balance both books and basketball at the same time, getting the win over city Jesuit rival the Loyola Bulldogs 75-60.  U of D tallest player on the team is 6’4″ senior McDonald’s All American nominee Noah King, but don’t take that lightly, the Cubs have a plethora of scrappy guards, such as Billy Thomas and Spencer Sanders, that consistently made big plays all night long for U of D, to go along with the number two prospect in Michigan for 2016 Cassius Winston.

It seems like every game I have attended this week has been decided in the first quarter, and the theme would not change for this one.  U of D opened up the game on a 13-6 run and then eventually led after the first quarter 31-14.  The play of sophomore guard Billy Thomas is what got the Cubs going offensively, often overshadowed by fellow classmate Cassius Winston, Billy could easily be a top 20 prospect in 2016 if he played on any other team.  Regardless, Thomas opened up the game with three 3 pointers, all of which came off passes from Sanders or Winston.  In the second quarter,  Loyola tried to slow the game down, not letting U of D get out in transition where they are dangerous.  The Bulldogs cut the lead down to 12 late in the second quarter at 33-21, the closet the margin would be as the Cubs closed the quarter on a 15-2 run to lead 48-23 at halftime, and never looked back coasting for the easy victory.

It was another typical day at the office for Cassius Winston, stuffing the stat sheet in just about every way, steals, rebounds, assists, and points.  The game comes so easy to him, he doesn’t over react to situations and plays every play with a focused demeanor, he finished up with 17 points, 4 rebounds, and seven assists.  Billy Thomas continued his hot shooting also in the second half, he is a dangerous spot up shooter on the wing or in the corner, he had 19 points and 5 rebounds in the win. Senior glue man Noah King contributed a 15 point and seven rebound performance, and the wildcard in the win was the play of Spencer Sanders.  Sanders did a fantastic job all night applying ball pressure to Loyola’s guards in their half-court offense, which resulted in multiple steals and easy layups in transition for the Cubs, he finished with 8 points and 6 assists on the night.

Harvey Caddell and Demarco Dickerson each at 14 points for Loyola on the night, and junior guard Michael Owens chipped in with 10 points,

Loyola is now 7-2 with the loss, while U of D Jesuit improves to 7-1 on the young season moving into Catholic League Central Division play.

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