Matthews, St. Rita Hold off Leo

There aren’t many teams in high school basketball that can afford its star player fouling out of the game, especially late in the fourth quarter. But when that happens, it’s an opportunity for other players on the team to step up and make an impact. That’s exactly what happened Friday night when star St. Rita sophomore Charles Matthews fouled out halfway through the final quarter with his team up by just a few points over Catholic League rival Leo.

Treston Forbes came in and scored six points in the final minutes to provide instant offense for No. 16 St. Rita to secure the 53-45 victory over the Lions.

“Forbes stepped up big for us tonight and gave us a lift,” said St. Rita coach Gary DeCesare.

The Mustangs (6-2, 2-1) were ahead 28-17 at the end of the first half but a strong third quarter effort by the Lions (0-5, 0-3) brought them to within one point to start the fourth quarter led by senior forward Kerron Bragg’s 15 points and seven rebounds.

For full story click here Courtesy of: Tim Young, Chicago Sun Times