The Running Mustangs Roll In Home Opener

Written by: John Nee '93

Coach Gary DeCesare’s basketball team was over-looked in the pre-season polls because of their under .500 record last season, but that’s about to change.

The Mustangs, lead by the dynamic backcourt duo of Seton-transfer Rashaad Williams and returning starter Jordan Matthews, overwhelmed a young but highly-touted Providence St. Mel team on Tuesday, Nov. 29, with a final score of 71-46.

#2 RaShaad Williams

#5 Jordan Matthews

The guard combo combined for 25 points, eight rebounds and ten assists, while adding 15 steals as they hounded the St. Mel backcourt all night long.

#10 Stedmon Ihejirika

Sophomore Stedmon Ihejirika, another Seton transfer, had a huge night off the bench contributing 15 points and 12 rebounds as he dominated the paint throughout the game.

Also contributing for the Mustangs were senior sharp-shooter Paul Kingsley (11 points, 3-7 from three-point range) and freshman Joel Watts (8 points).

#22 Paul Kingsley



St. Rita came out flying as they built an 18-2 lead after one quarter of play.  They extended that lead to 43-18 by halftime. The Mustangs shot a scorching 53% from the field in the first half while holding St. Mel to a paltry 33%.

#15 Te’Mon Green



The Mustangs (1-0) return to action this Friday night, Dec. 2 as the rival Leo Lions travel west on 79th Street for the Catholic League Opener. St. Rita will be honoring the late Tom Hopkins in a pre-game ceremony for his loyalty to the basketball program. There will also be a post-game gathering in the McCarthy Center for friends and family of “Papa Hops”, as he was so affectionately known around St. Rita. Tip-off on Friday at St. Rita is 7:00 p.m. Sophomores will play at 5:30 p.m.