St. Rita outplayed King in every facet, showcasing its Division I talent, led by Kentucky-bound junior Charles Matthews. He sparked a dominating first quarter that was capped by his crowd-pleasing two-handed dunk.
The Mustangs were easy 64-44 winners in the Class 4A Marist Sectional semifinal. St. Rita (21-7) will play the winner of Wednesday’s semifinal between Young and Simeon on Friday for the sectional title. King ended its season at 21-9.
“We knew we had to use our length and we came out here tonight and did that,” Matthews said. “(Young and Simeon) both are very good teams and we know we have to play hard and that’s our game plan. We are playing a lot better right now and hopefully we can keep moving on and win a state championship.”
Matthews, a 6-foot-6 guard, had 13 of his 20 points in the first half when St. Rita built a 15-4 lead after one quarter and a 32-16 advantage at the intermission. The Mustangs’ stingy defense forced nine of Kings’ 11 first-half turnovers. The Jaguars had 14 turnovers in the game.
Treston Forbes had 13 points for the Mustangs, including six in the first quarter. Dominique Matthews had 10 points, while Northwestern-bound Victor Law had eight points and 10 rebounds.