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Basketball - Boys - 1/20/2015 

Birmingham Brother Rice 46
Warren De La Salle 60
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BLOOMFIELD HILLS – Behind 29 points from junior Kevin McKay, Warren De La Salle outscored Birmingham Brother Rice 21-10 in the fourth quarter Tuesday to collect a 60-46 win and improve to 2-0 in the Catholic League Central.

“Brother Rice can shoot the three and is a very well-coached team with 10 seniors, so we knew that we couldn’t let them get comfortable shooting 3-pointers tonight,” De La Salle coach Greg Esler said. “Our goal was to hold them to 44, so we obviously did a good job on defense tonight. We were able to take away their 3-point shooting and made it uncomfortable for them, which I think was the big key for us.”

Despite being hampered with four fouls for much of the fourth quarter, McKay tallied 19 of his game-high 29 points in the second half, leading De La Salle down the stretch.

“There’s no question about, Kevin is a great player,” Esler said. “Kevin can take the ball to the basket and shoot, but I thought everyone contributed tonight. Josh (Winowiecki) may not have gotten the ball a lot tonight, but he did a great job of taking the ball to the basket and getting a couple of offensive rebounds which opened up the offense quite a bit for us. We also had some great post play from Jack (Ballantyne).

Ballantyne finished in double figures for De La Salle with 13 points and Winowiecki added eight.

Fresh off of a 54-47 loss on Saturday to Detroit Communication and Media Arts, the Pilots (7-3, 2-0 CHSL Central) did find themselves trailing 13-11 after the opening quarter of Tuesday’s tilt. Following the break, De La Salle opened the second with a press and went on an 11-0 run to grab a 22-11 lead with 2:53 before the half, effectively turning the tides for good in the process.

“We started to put more pressure on them in the second quarter with the diamond press, and then we went to our run and jump defense, which is where they started to turn the ball over a couple of times and we were able to convert,” Esler said. “We also had some good spurts tonight. They were able to cut it close in the third quarter, but our kids stepped up to give us a good team win tonight.”

Brother Rice (7-2, 2-1 CHSL Central) answered the Pilots with a 6-0 run late in the second and trailed 26-19 at the half. The Warriors twice tied the contest in the third quarter, including with 15 seconds left in the third before an old-fashioned three-point play by McKay with six seconds remaining gave De La Salle a 39-36 lead after three.

“They gave us some pressure tonight and that caused us problems,” Brother Rice coach Ed Shaffer said. “We made that run out of a timeout to go 6-0 and get back in it, so I thought we answered the pressure a little bit. They just overall executed better than us tonight. They were just a little bit better than us tonight, so we’ve got to turn the tables when we go over there.”

Kevin Hayes led the Warriors with 18 points, while Drew Gallagher and Davis Feldman chipped in with seven and six, respectively.

De La Salle returns to action on Friday, traveling to Novi Detroit Catholic Central, while Brother Rice travels to No. 7-ranked University of Detroit Jesuit to face Cassius Winston and the Cubs.

Last Updated: 1/20/2015 11:02:38 PM EST

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