Boys Basketball: Tony Hicks leads St Rita past St IgnatiusVictor Law takes a three point shot for St. Rita. Patrick Gleason ~ For the Sun-Times
Updated: January 6, 2012 9:26PM
St. Rita senior Tony Hicks continued his splendid senior season Friday, scoring 15 of his game-high 22 points in the second half as the Mustangs picked up the tempo to knock off visiting St. Ignatius 50-42.
“There was no way we should have had 15 points in the first half,” Hicks said. “We had to go up-tempo and make them run more.”
That’s just what No. 12 St. Rita (7-5, 4-0 Catholic North) did in the third quarter, forcing the No. 9 Wolfpack into 10 turnovers and closing the third with an 11-0 run to lead 32-24. St. Ignatius committed 18 turnovers in the game.
“I thought we had to speed them up,” St. Rita coach Gary DeCesare said. “We made them play a little faster in the second half and that was the key.”
A three from Brian Howard and two free throws from Marty McClure pulled St. Ignatius within 42-39 with 1:23 to play, but consecutive baskets from Hicks ended the threat.
Hicks has been one of the area’s most consistent scorers. The 6-foot-2 senior was
9-for-16 from the field Friday.
Mustangs sophomore Dominique Matthews missed the first month of the season with a wrist injury, but returned to play in New York over the holidays. He injured his ankle on Tuesday and did not play against St. Ignatius. He’s expected back next week. The Mustangs other injured starter, AJ Avery, will visit the doctor next week to get a return date.
“We have to be able to play with whoever is out there,” Hicks said. “There have been a lot of distractions: academics, injuries. We just have to focus.”
Sophomore Vic Law scored 11 and grabbed eight rebounds and freshman Charles Matthews finished with eight points.
Brian Howard led St. Ignatius (11-2, 3-1) with 12 points. Peter Ryckbosch contributed 11 points and nine rebounds and Marty McClure added 10 points and six rebounds.
St. Ignatius’ last lost was Nov. 26 against New Trier.