Rice and Rubio knock off area’s last unbeaten team
Sitting on a 3-4 record coming into a Dec. 17 showdown with Richards, Brother Rice was looking for an opportunity to bounce back from a tough loss in the previous week at the expense of an undefeated team.
Against the 7-0 Bulldogs, it didn’t take the Crusaders a lot of time to establish themselves offensively.
Brother Rice used a strong second quarter to establish a 12-point halftime lead and extended that lead to 23 points with 4 minutes, 15 left seconds in the third before eventually prevailing 78-67 in a nonconference game in Chicago.
Senior Ray Rubio led the Crusaders with 25 points and Quinn Niego added 19. Dan Scanlan had eight points but six came in the final 3:05. Richards was led Josh Meier’s 23 points, Spencer Tears’ 17 points and Dedrick Shannon Jr. nailed nine points in the final 2:16.
“It was a good win,” Brother Rice Coach Rick Harrigan said. “We want to protect our home court; it’s a tough a place for opposing teams to play. We came out with confidence. We had confidence that in our previous game against Fenwick where we got beat pretty good.
“So this was a good bounce-back game for us. It was one that we responded to some adversity and a loss that left a bad taste in our mouths. When Ray and Quinn, our senior guards, play good, that’s usually when we’re at our best.”
After falling behind 23 points, Richards roared back and cut the gap to single digits with 4:01 left in the game but could get no closer than eight.
“Brother Rice had 32 rebounds, and that’s first time that we’ve been outrebounded in a game,” Richards Coach John Chapetto said. “They got a ton of second-chance points, and they were 20 of 21 from foul line; we were just 10 of 20. We had a difficult time guarding them.
“We couldn’t block them out. They were just so aggressive. They played to win, and we were on our heels most of the game against them When we needed a big rebound or turnover, they got all the loose balls. We could just never could get over the hump.”
Richards 61, T.F North 56
After shooting just 10 of 20 from the free throw line in a loss to Brother Rice, Richards was looking for redemption from the charity stripe and in just about every other fact of its game Friday night against T.F. North.
The Bulldogs, to be sure, more than rebounded from foul line — going 30 of 39. Meanwhile, Josh Meier, who was 16 of 21 from the charity stripe, had 30 points and 15 rebounds and Dedrick Shannon 14 points for Richards, which captured the five-point overtime South Suburban crossover victory over the Meteors in Calumet City.
“When you’re playing at T.F. North, you know you’re going to get to the foul line,” Richards Coach John Chapetto said. “We were much better from the foul line than we were against Brother Rice.
“For the kids, it was redemption time. We had a bad taste in our mouth from that last loss. The kids played like it was a must win game. And this win was a big one for us because we’re now 4-0 in conference.
For Richards, Shannon scored tne of his points in the fourth quarter and overtime. Thaer Othman scored eight points, and Spencer Tears added seven points as Richards improved to 8-1 overall.
“We still have some issues with chemistry as far as shot selection,” Chapetto said. “It’s a constant work in progress.”
St. Joseph 62, Br. Rice 54
In its win against Richards, Brother Rice was able to establish an offensive rhythm; however, against St. Joseph on Friday, it turned out to be totally opposite – and not in a good way for the Crusaders.
St. Joseph opened the game with a 19-11 first quarter and still held an eight-point lead at halftime. The Crusaders shot 48.6 percent from the floor (18-for-37) and were 7 for 15 from three-point land. They were 11 of 18 from the foul line compared to St. Joseph’s 16 of 27.
Brother Rice trailed by five after a Dan Scanlan steal and basket with 4 minutes, 31 seconds left in the third quarter. But in the next 90 seconds, the Crusaders committed two turnovers and were whistled for a technical foul on the bench and St. Joseph built a commanding 44-30 lead.
Brother Rice’s Quinn Niego had 25 points, including a banked three-quarter court shot at the buzzer to end the third period for the Crusaders (4-5, 1-3).
Brother Rice 11 9 17 17 - 54
St. Joseph 19 9 16 18 - 62
Scoring: J. Gallagher 3, J. Conlisk 0, R. Rubio 13, Q. Niego 25, C. Finn 5, J. Gorman 0, L. Mueller 2, D. Scanlon 6. Rebounds: Niego 10. Assists: Conlisk 3, Rubio 3.
Brother Rice 18 16 17 27 - 78
Richards 14 8 12 23 - 67
Scoring: J. Gallagher 5, J. Conlisk 8, R. Rubio 25, Q. Niego 19, C. Finn 6, J. Gorman 3, L. Mueller 4, D. Scanlon 8. Rebounds: Rubio 8. Assists: Scanlon 5.
Scoring: Josh Meier 23, Spencer Tears 17, Dedrick Shannon 11, Angelo Anagnostopolous 7, Thaer Othman 5, Deon Alexander 4. Rebounds: Meier 9. Assists: Shannon 7.
Richards 11 12 8 18 12 - 61
T.F. North 9 4 18 18 7 - 56
Scoring: Josh Meier 30, Dedrick Shannon 14, Thaer Othman 8, Spencer Tears 7, Jordan Cottrell 2. Rebounds: Meier 15. Assists: Shannon 8.