La Salle de­feats Bishop McDe­vitt

Ex­plores move to 11-0 with vic­tory over Bishop McDe­vitt

Times Chronicle & Public Spirit - - FRONT PAGE - By Alex Wahl

WYNDMOOR >> In front of a ca­pac­ity crowd at La Salle Col­lege High School, the home­town Ex­plor­ers started the 2019 por­tion of the sea­son with a dom­i­nant 58-35 vic­tory over pre­vi­ously un­beaten Bishop McDe­vitt.

Both teams en­tered the new year with iden­ti­cal records as each team won its first 10 games to start the sea­son.

The Ex­plor­ers shocked both fan bases after their de­fense held the Lancers down to only two points to gain an 18-2 lead after the first quar­ter.

La Salle Col­lege head coach Mike McKee was also sur­prised with his de­fense shut­ting down a tough Bishop McDe­vitt of­fense in the first quar­ter.

“I knew that we had to fo­cus from a de­fen­sive stand point,” said McKee. “McDe­vitt had some strong guys in­side, so I thought we were re­ally strong on de­fense tonight.”

The Ex­plor­ers later outscored the Lancers 14-11 in the sec­ond quar­ter to gain a 19-point lead at half­time.

As a team, La Salle Col­lege had five three-point shots in­clud­ing two from Allen Pow­ell and Ti­tus Beard each re­spec­tively.

Both Pow­ell and Beard fin­ished the first half with 10 points be­fore be­com­ing the high­est scor­ing play­ers in the game.

“I was just try­ing to stay fo­cused and poised be­cause I knew there was go­ing to be a big crowd,” said Beard. “I didn’t want to get caught by the crowd. I just wanted to stick to the game plan that coach gave us and get the big win.”

“The huge crowd def­i­nitely gave me a big power boost,” added Beard. “It also gave me a lot more en­ergy.”

Beard fin­ished the game with 20 points, which was the most out

of all play­ers in the game.

Pow­ell fin­ished the game 16 points, which was the sec­ond most points out of all play­ers.

“I didn’t ex­pect get­ting a big lead after the first quar­ter,” said Pow­ell. “We just got a lot of en­ergy from the crowd and we used that to get the big lead.”

Head coach McKee was thrilled with how Pow­ell and Beard played in the big win.

“I liked how Beard played in the first half es­pe­cially when he laid it down for a layup,” said McKee. “The fact that Beard and Pow­ell are play­ing self­lessly when they do a lot of dif­fer­ent things and that’s what makes them good play­ers.”

Bishop McDe­vitt will look to bounce back from its first loss of the sea­son when it hosts Car­di­nal O’Hara on Sun­day.

The La Salle Col­lege High School boys bas­ket­ball team will look to im­prove to 12-0 on the year when it trav­els to Conwell-Egan Catholic High School on Sun­day.

ALEX WAHL/FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

La Salle Col­lege HS’s Ti­tus Beard shoots a layup Fri­day night.

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