Boys Basketball: De La Salle cruises past Naperville North, into finals

Updated: December 29, 2011 10:07PM

The youngest team at the York Holiday Tournament continues to play like the best.

With a starting lineup of all juniors and just two seniors on the entire roster, De La Salle (11-1) raced to a 54-28 semifinal win over Naperville North (8-3) on Thursday.

The Meteors advance to Friday’s 7:15 p.m. title game against St. Ignatius.

“It’s great because we’re all juniors and are going to be together next year,” said junior Alvin Ellis (14 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals). “We have good chemistry.”

De La Salle led just 19-12 at halftime, but unleashed its speed and athleticism right from the second half tipoff. A layup by Marcus White (seven points, three steals) capped a 6-0 run over the first 1:40 of the third quarter, and Ellis’ seven-point, four-assist quarter helped balloon the lead to 42-17 after three.

“Alvin just waits for his time and then steps up and does what we need him to do,” Meteors’ coach Tom White said.

“We just couldn’t get anything going,” Ellis said of the first half. “So we had to slow down, calm our nerves and just keep playing.”

Big men Alex Foster (12 points, eight rebounds) and Gavin Schilling (nine points) and guard Demarcus Richardson (five rebounds) also helped ignite the Meteors.

“Our point guard Demarcus really hustles and at 5-foot-8 gets some rebounds,” White said. “He distributes the ball and really runs the show by doing the things he needs to do.”

A three-pointer by David Sinickas (nine points) kept the Huskies within 12-9 after one quarter. But 17 turnovers and 25 percent field goal shooting for the game (9 of 36) eventually doomed their upset hopes.

The Meteors had defeated Naperville North by 20 points in a November meeting in Naperville.

In its first year at the York Tournament, De La Salle now sets its sights on the championship.

“There’s no pressure,” Ellis said. “We’ll just come out tomorrow and play the way we did today, hopefully better.”

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