St. Rita Steals one from Loyola


Charles Matthews’ mid-court steal followed by a dunk with 3:13 to play in the fourth quarter gave St. Rita a one-point lead over Loyola Friday night. Little did Matthews know he just hit the game winner.

In a game dominated by defense, neither team scored the rest of the game and the Mustangs escaped Wilmette with a 36-35 win in a Chicago Catholic League crossover.

“I saw my teammate playing aggressive defense and I got to the topside,” Matthews said. “I went in for the steal and thankfully I got a breakaway dunk.”

Matthews (10 points, 3 steals, 3 rebounds), a 6-foot-5 sophomore guard, also made some clutch plays in the final minute. He picked off a pass in the lane with just over 13 seconds left in the game.

Although Matthews missed the front end of a one-and-one with 10.8 seconds to play he blocked James Clarke’s last-second shot to preserve the win.

“The last three games we played were all against very good teams and we couldn’t find a way to win,” said Ramblers coach Tom Livatino. “We move forward from here, practice tomorrow and Sunday and get them ready to play.”

For complete story click here   Courtesy of: Rob Valentin, Chicago Sun-Times