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Birmingham Brother Rice reaches final with win over Detroit U-D Jesuit WITH PHOTO GALLERY AND TOUT VIDEOS

  • Brendan Kennedy of Brother Rice battles for the ball with Brian Hubbard of U of D Jesuit. (Photo Gallery for The Oakland Press by Tom Tomich)
  • Alex Allen of U of D races between two Brother Rice Warriors to grab the ball. (Photo Gallery for The Oakland Press by Tom Tomich)
  • Mark Parillo and Nick Beatty of Brother Rice chase after the ball along with Evan Dennis of University of Detroit Jesuit. (Photo Gallery for The Oakland Press by Tom Tomich)
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BIRMINGHAM — Birmingham Brother Rice took care of business on Wednesday night, defeating Detroit U-D Jesuit 11-5 to advance to the state championship game against Catholic Central, Saturday at 4:30 at East Grand Rapids.

“We’re where we wanted to be when we stepped foot on the field this season at the beginning,” said Warriors coach Ajay Chawla. “The win feels good, but we have a lot of work to do between now and Saturday.”

Brother Rice was in control early. With an offensive attack led by Jason Alessi and Morgan Macko, the Warriors were able to build a comfortable 5-0 lead to end the half. U-D Jesuit would mount a comeback to start the third, bringing the score to 6-3 before Brother Rice would run away with it in the fourth quarter.

“I think we had a little bit of a mental let down in the second half. There’s always a tendency when you’re up big at halftime kind of to take it easy and we’ve kind of done that the last couple games,” said Chawla. “It’s something we’re going to work on.”

Cubs coach Sean Leary thinks the game was reminiscent of his team’s season as a whole.

“We faced some adversity and we just knew that if we continued to fight, we’d have a chance in the end and unfortunately we gave them to much of a lead at the beginning and just couldn’t get that momentum going our way,” said Leary.

Brother Rice’s Alessi finished with four goals on the day, while his teammate Macro notched three goals in the effort.

“They played well today. Alessi’s a gamer. He’s a primetime player. He’s the best player in the state of Michigan, and he comes to play when it’s all on the line,” said Chawla. “Macro had some very nice finishes. He’s been solid for us all year. Both of them and the rest of the offense really need to step up our game if we’re going to look to come out on the winning side on Saturday.”

Last Updated: 6/5/2014 10:35:18 PM EST


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