On Friday, St. Rita welcomed the Class of 2020 to campus so they could experience two great St. Rita traditions--Fat Johnnie’s hot dogs and Friday night basketball. After meeting in the McCarthy Center for the Fat Johnnie’s before tipoff, over 100 members of the Class of 2020 marched over to the gym and sat together in the Mustang Maniacs section to watch St. Rita battle Providence.
Article Written By: John Nee '93
The Mustangs came out of the gates on fire, as junior Paul Kingsley (15 points) and senior Demauris Dixon (16 points) combined for five first-quarter three-pointers as St. Rita jumped out to an early 21-8 lead. After a sluggish second quarter in which the Mustangs only scored seven points, St. Rita took a 28-25 lead into the halftime locker room.
The third quarter saw the Mustangs once again open up a double digit lead outscoring the Celtics 18-8 in the period to take a commanding 46-33 lead into the final frame.
In the fourth, Providence kept chipping away at the Mustang lead as they caught fire from three-point range eventually taking their first lead of the game 56-55 with 11.7 seconds remaining setting the stage for a moment the Class of 2020 will never forget.
Following a Coach DeCesare timeout, the Mustangs had the ball underneath the Providence basket, ninety-four feet from pay dirt. St. Rita inbounded the ball up the left sideline eventually getting it to sophomore point guard Jordan Matthews in the frontcourt. Matthews then drove the left baseline drawing two Celtic defenders before finding senior Meshach Obafemi underneath the basket. After having the ball knocked away, Obafemi regained control of the basketball and rolled in a shot at the buzzer for the victory igniting the Class of 2020 to storm the floor and celebrate the Mustangs 57-56 win.
With the win, the Mustangs improved to (8-13, 4-3) on the season. St. Rita will next host Seton Academy on Tuesday night at 7pm.