Varsity Basketball Advances to Consolation Championship Game

By: John Nee '93

After suffering a first-round Chicago Catholic League Tournament defeat at the hands of Gene Pingatore and his St. Joseph Chargers last Saturday in Westchester, Coach Gary DeCesare’s young squad did what it has done all season long in this up-and-down 2016-2017 season--bounce back.

The Mustangs regrouped on Sunday at St. Laurence against rival Mt. Carmel. St. Rita rode the hot shooting of senior guard Paul Kingsley (19 points) and the strong play of senior forward Temon Green (18 points, 12 rebounds) to beat the Caravan convincingly for the second time this season by the score of 72-52.

St. Rita senior RaShaad Williams (#2) shoots a three-point attempt as sophomores Doug Posley (#24) and Cameron Bartmann (#41) look to gain position as Mt. Carmel defends the basket.

St. Rita continued their strong play on Wednesday night at home as they outlasted a game St. Ignatius squad 57-47.  The Mustangs led 23-20 at half as both teams struggled to score in the first 16 minutes of action.  DeCesare’s young team then broke out in the third quarter as St. Rita outscored the Wolfpack 19-7 behind the hot shooting of senior guards Kingsley (15 points, 5-9 from 3pt-range) and Rashaad Williams (17 points) to take a commanding 15-point lead heading into the final quarter.

The Mustangs (14-10) now advance to the Chicago Catholic League Tournament Consolation Championship Game on Friday at 4:30 p.m. in Wilmette against DeLaSalle. The game is the first of a tripleheader at Loyola with the CCL third place game between Loyola and Brother Rice at 6:00 p.m. and the Championship game between Fenwick and St. Joseph at 8:00 p.m. St. Rita will then close out their regular season on Tuesday February 21st at home versus East Chicago (IN). Tip-off is 7:00 p.m., and it will be senior night.