He sorely remembers the disappointment of a 14-18 record last season and wants to avoid a repeat.
With Matthews’ strong play and that of RaShaad Williams and Joel Watts in the backcourt in a Chicago Catholic League-South matchup on Dec. 2, host St. Rita used a huge second-half effort to earn a 78-54 victory over Leo.
“Last year was tough, but we’re more together this year,” Matthews said. “We’re playing well with a good flow. We’re not getting too happy, though. We have a lot to prove because of the season we had last year.”