A third Catholic League title was expected for U-D Jesuit.
What wasn’t expected was All-State guard Cassius Winston scoring just two points in the first half.
U-D Jesuit coach Pat Donnelly gave Winston an earful at the start of the third quarter with the game still in doubt, 27-19.
“We hold him accountable, and sometimes I have to get on him, but not very often because he’s so unselfish,” Donnelly said.
Winston responded with seven points in the third quarter, and U-D Jesuit took a 40-31 lead entering the fourth.
The Cubs (17-2) beat a pesky Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, 58-44, on Sunday at Calihan Hall.
Winston filled the stat sheet with 12 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds.
Our Lady of Lakes’ Nick Robak attempts to shoot the ball against Shrine’s Timothy Niehaus during the Catholic League Championship game at Calihan Hall at U D Mercy on Sunday, March 1, 2015. Our Lady of Lakes defeated Shrine 66-43.
“My goal when I came here was to win four straight Catholic League championships, and I have one more to get,” Winston said. “I was fine with the two points as long as everybody was happy and we had a lead. We (lacked) defense, but our offense was moving pretty good.”
Sparked by a 7-0 run to start the fourth, U-D Jesuit expanded the lead to 47-31 before the Eaglets had an answer. By the time Donnelly had emptied the bench, the Cubs were ahead 58-36.
Now the question is, do the Cubs have enough to capture a state Class A title?
“I think we do,” Winston said. “We’ll approach the Western game as another game and go from there.”
They’ll find out a little more about themselves when they face PSL champion and state title contender Western International in an Operation Friendship game 2 p.m. Saturday at Calihan Hall.
The Cubs got a big game from 6-foot-8 sophomore Gregory Eboigbodin, who scored 10 points, and Matt Schearer added 10. LaMon Mathison Jr. and Clarence Wilson each scored 10 for the Eaglets (10-9).
The Eaglets had trouble at the free throw line.
“You have to knock down shots and we weren’t great from the free throw stripe in the first half,” Eaglets coach George Porritt said. “We’re playing good ball. We played all right today.”
WATERFORD OUR LADY OF THE LAKES 66, ROYAL OAK SHRINE 43: Undefeated Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes (19-0) didn’t play well in the first half but had enough to claim its second straight C-D Division title behind Nick Robak’s dominating performance.
The senior guard dunked over and shot three-pointers against Shrine’s defense, scoring 34 points. Andrew Kline chipped in 13.
Shrine (8-9) was led by Ethan Groth with 11 points.
Shrine used an 8-0 run over the second and third quarters to reduce a 10-point gap to 29-27.
But Lakes went on an 11-2 spurt to regain momentum at 40-29 on a lay-up by Kline.
The Lakers outscored Shrine, 17-10, in the third quarter to lead 46-34, and Robak scored the first 11 points of the fourth to increase the lead to 57-34.
“We tried to force them into turnovers and get them in transition and set screens,” Robak said. “We settled down. We were a little riled up at the start. I just wanted to win. I didn’t want it to be too close.”
Said coach Paul Robak, his uncle: “He was spectacular.”
Just as the Lakes’ offense started kicking into gear, the Knights started experiencing foul trouble, with Andrew North and Ethan Groth each picking up two in the first quarter.
Lakes led, 18-10, after the first quarter as Robak hit a three-pointer at the buzzer.
Shrine scored five of the first six points to start the second quarter, trimming the deficit to 19-15 on a three-pointer by Asher Smith.
Robak led Waterford with 14 first-half points, but Shrine wouldn’t go away, trailing 29-24 at halftime.