Nothing unusual to report from Tuesday’s Catholic League semifinal between top-ranked U-D Jesuit and Dearborn Divine Child at Birmingham Marian.
Led by likely Mr. Basketball finalist Cassius Winston, the Cubs (18-0) advanced to Calihan Hall for Sunday’s 3 p.m. championship game with a 62-29 victory.
The Cubs now have a chance for their fourth-straight title — all led by the Michigan State-bound point guard.
“That’s a big accomplishment,” said Winston. “My goal when I came here was four. I don’t know when the last time it has been done. I’m so close to it, this is our chance.”
Winston was the only Cub in double figures with 24 points, so what about setting up his teammates?
“Cassius, quite honestly, has been very unselfish the last number of games,” said U-D coach Pat Donnelly. “We’ve had other guys that have stepped up. They might not be scoring 20, but we’ve got a lot of guys scoring six, seven, five, three, and it adds up. This was the biggest night he has had in five games.”
Also, converting lob passes, dunks and free throws still need work if the Cubs are to win the Class A state title.
“We’re working on it,” said Winston. “We have to play our game from the beginning. This time we got our minds right and came out from the jump. Sometimes we struggle in half-court getting the ball in the basket. He (Donnelly) said be aggressive and that opens it up for everyone else.
“I can’t do it by myself. That’s been proven over and over again. If I’m going out there getting 30 points, that’s not enough. We need everyone to contribute.”
The Cubs’ press caused immediate problems for the Falcons (14-4), who quickly fell behind, 6-0, with three turnovers.
Winston scored 10 points early-on and the Cubs got a triple from freshman reserve Julian Dozier to race to a 17-5 lead.
A Zachary Winston triple increased the Cubs’ lead to 27-7.
Cassius Winston scored 15 in the first half and picked up his second foul when he was knocked to the floor by 230-pound plus point guard Jordan Jones.
The Cubs led, 34-16, at halftime with Quinn Blair keeping the Falcons within shouting distance with 13.
A mini 6-0 run by the Falcons managed to trim the deficit to 38-22 as boredom seemingly crept into the Cubs’ game.
A length of the court drive and lay-up gave the Cubs a 46-27 lead after three.
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This week’s state finals
Sport: Team wrestling.
Where: McGuirk Arena, Mt. Pleasant.
Schedule: Friday’s quarterfinals — Div. 4, noon; Div. 1, 2 p.m.; Div. 3, 4 p.m.; Div. 2, 6 p.m. Saturday’s semifinals — Div. 1 and 4, 10 a.m.; Div. 2 and 3, noon. Saturday’s finals — All divisions, 3:30 p.m.