McCabe: 'Wizard' Winston drives home win for U-D Jesuit

McCabe: 'Wizard' Winston drives home win for U-D Jesuit


McCabe: 'Wizard' Winston drives home win for U-D Jesuit


Michigan State coach Tom Izzo was cheered by the University of Detroit Jesuit student section as he arrived to watch the University of Detroit Jesuit game against Clarkston in boys basketball Class A quarterfinals at Calihan Hall on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 in Detroit.

Clarkston’s Andrew Myers completed an out-of-body experience when he nailed his sixth 3-point shot of the night, tying Tuesday’s Class A quarterfinal game against U-D Jesuit with 14 seconds left to play.

The Wolves, with fouls to spare, fouled U-D Jesuit’s Cassius Winston twice as he brought the ball down the court, the final time with four seconds remaining.

Gary Collins inbounded the ball for the Cubs, but couldn’t get the ball to Winston.

“He was double-teamed, so I threw it to Obi (Duru),” said Collins, who added that he wasn’t worried about heading to overtime. “I knew Cassius was going to make the right play because he’s a wizard on the court, as they say.”

Duru caught the ball in the corner and then passed to Winston.

“I was supposed to get the ball up top, but they double-teamed me,” Winston said. “I made a hard cut. I caught them sleeping for the first time in the game, got to the basket and I knew I had to finish.”

Winston laid the ball in the basket with one second left, giving U-D Jesuit a heart-stopping 56-54 victory over Clarkston before a near-capacity crowd at Calihan Hall.

The win means No. 3 U-D Jesuit will return to Friday’s semifinals and face No. 1 Detroit Western, which defeated U-DJ, 58-49, in the Operation Friendship game March 7.

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Winston was a wizard, scoring 34 points, mainly on drives to the basket.

“I couldn’t get any jumpers to fall today, so I decided to trust in my ability to get to the basket,” he said. “I knew I had to be aggressive from the jump just to get us going, so that’s what I did.”

Almost matching him was Myers, who fired in 27 points and kept No. 5 Clarkston (24-1) within striking distance.

“I’ve never seen Andrew Myers play like that,” said U-DJ coach Pat Donnelly. “He was unbelievable. That was one of the best performances I’ve ever seen shooting the ball.”

Myers’ contributions were crucial because U-DJ freshman Elijah Collins (10 points) did a masterful job holding Clarkston freshman Foster Loyer to 10 points.

“My coach told me I had to pressure him 94 feet because my offense isn’t there yet,” Collins said. “I had to stop him. He was their leading scorer, so if he scored, they win the game. I had to lock him up.”

Winston attacks the basket with a vengeance, so it wasn’t a surprise that his game-winning bucket came on a drive.

“It was a great play by (Winston) to cut to the basket,” said Clarkston coach Dan Fife. “He’s a great player. He was difference in the game. We had a very difficult time guarding him.”

Trailing by two after one quarter, Winston scored 11 points and added four of his seven assists in the second quarter as the Cubs (22-3) took a 33-31 lead.

Myers’ three-point play with 4:58 remaining gave Clarkston a 51-50 lead, but Winston hit a pair of free throws and scored on a drive for a three-point lead before Myers tied the game with his long-range bomb, setting up Winston’s heroics.

“We thought going into the game that we had a little bit of an advantage in terms of quickness, that we could beat them off the dribble and (Winston) was feeling it,” Donnelly said. “He got it going early and why let him stop? He was aggressive, finishing and getting into the rim and when he’s playing like that we kind of let him go.”

He’s going all the way to East Lansing.

Contact Mick McCabe: 313-223-4744 or Follow him on Twitter @mickmccabe1.

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