La Salle cruises past Lans­dale Catholic

North Penn Life - - Sports - By Rick Kauffman rkauff­man@jour­nalregis­ter. com

In La Salle Col­lege High School’s matchup against Lans­dale Catholic, it was all about speed. For Lans­dale Catholic, it wasn’t a ques­tion about their lack of speed, it was just the fact that La Salle was faster as they rolled to a 73-41 win.

The vis­it­ing Cru­saders came out of the gate fe­ro­cious on the fast break and with a mind­set to find out­side shoot­ers with open looks. La Salle’s abil­ity to stay dis­ci­plined on de­fense kept their op­po­nents from find­ing the rim, and de­spite shoot­ing well, the Cru­saders found their scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties few and far be­tween.

“We wanted to set the tempo early,” said Lans­dale Catholic coach Ed Enoch. “But, when you miss a cou­ple and they score in bunches, it’s hard to get back into it.”

La Salle used their for- wards to power in­side and made those chances count and at the end of the first half, the score was 31-16 in fa­vor of the Ex­plor­ers.

“Ev­ery team really gets af­ter us on de­fense,” said the Cru­saders’ Brian Raf­fery, who scored 10 points. “We got into a lull and just couldn’t make a shot.”

The Cru­saders made six shots from down­town on stel­lar shoot­ing by An­drew Riviello, who led his team with 14, and Jim Rock, who came off the bench, scored two threes and tal­lied eight.

In the sec­ond half, La Salle con­tin­ued to run, outscor­ing LC by nine points in the third, and by eight in the fourth. With two tough games ahead in the Philadel­phia Catholic League, La Salle aimed to con­tinue to play tough into the play­offs.

“We knew they would come in here look­ing to shoot the three,” Dempsey said. “The plan was to come out and put pres­sure on them right from the start.”

In the PCL, Lans­dale Catholic’s one win came against Bon­ner-Pren­der­gast on Jan. 7. How­ever, LC has been able to string to­gether some im­pres­sive wins in non-league play, beat­ing Wis­sahickon, Pope John Paul II, Up­per Moreland, Phoenixville and Cal­vary Chris­tian Academy, all who en­joy .500 records and above.

“We have to play a cer­tain way ev­ery night,” said Enoch. “(La Salle) was big, strong and ath­letic, and they made us pay.”

La Salle had 11 dif­fer­ent play­ers score in the game, with even Jon Naji, whom the so-called “sixth man” has ached to see re­ceive game ac­tion, scored eight in the fourth quar­ter. Ma­lik Jan­i­fer led the Ex­plor­ers with 12 points, while the rest of the scor­ing was evenly dis­trib­uted among the play­ers from the top to the bot­tom of the bench. lnly three of the 11 play­ers reached dou­ble dig­its in the con­test, rack­ing up 73 points.

“It’s im­por­tant for us to get our bench in­volved down the stretch,” said La Salle coach Joe Dempsey. “And tonight our guys came off the bench and didn’t just hold tough, they ex­tended the lead, and that’s what we need.”

La Salle, 8-2 in the district stand­ings, suf­fered a tough de­feat to St. Joseph’s Prep on Fri­day in a 63-55 de­ci­sion that could have cat­a­pulted the Ex­plor­ers to within one of Neu­mann-Goretti (10-1). Af­ter Neu­mann’s de­feat to La Salle early in the sea­son, end­ing their 173-game win­ning streak, they’ve jumped right back on train and streamed to eight straight wins.

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