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Collins lifts U-D Jesuit past Brother Rice, 62-46 WITH PHOTO GALLERY

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Basketball - Boys - 1/23/2015 8 p.m.

U-D Jesuit 62
Birmingham Brother Rice 46
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DETROIT – Birmingham Brother Rice basketball coach Ed Shaffer had a lot of things to plan for when preparing for U-D Jesuit on Friday.

However, the Warriors’ coach didn’t expect Jesuit senior Gary Collins to be a big problem from the perimeter. He was.

Collins had four 3-pointers, all in the second half, to lead all scorers with 18 points and carry seventh-ranked U-D Jesuit to a 62-46 win over Brother Rice in front of a packed house at the home of the Cubs.

“Our defensive game plan was good. (Collins) hit some shots that we didn’t expect him to,” Shaffer said. “We said if (Jesuit) knocks down shots from the outside, they are going to beat us because we have too many things inside to worry about. (Jesuit) is a really good team.”

The Warriors (7-3, 2-2 Catholic League) seemed to be in good position to compete with the Cubs, as they established a 25-21 lead midway through the second quarter behind five 3-pointers from the team in the first half.

“We can shoot the ball. We haven’t the last couple games, but (Jesuit) had a great student section that fired our guys up and I felt like we were going to knock down shots (Friday),” Shaffer said.

The lead would be the last the Warriors would have for the night, as the Cubs (9-1, 3-0) scored the final 10 points of the first half to take a 31-25 lead at the break.

Jesuit would then score the first seven points of the second half behind a pair of 3-pointers from Collins to cap a 17-0 run and give the Cubs a 38-25 lead.

“Gary had a great night,” Pat Donnelley said. “He shot the ball extremely well from the perimeter (Friday), which I was really happy to see. We needed him (Friday) to do that.”

Once Jesuit regained the lead, it locked in on defense and held the Warriors without a 3-pointer in the second half.

“We worked on not helping off their shooters, because we wanted to try and make (Rice) score off the dribble and we gave them too many help situations where they got open (3-pointers) in the first half,” Donnelly said. “In the second half, we did a much better job defensively.”

The Warriors struggled to deal with the Cubs’ constant defensive pressure, committing a number of turnovers in the second half that kept them from putting together a real threat at regaining the lead.

“Turnovers are going to happen against (Jesuit),” Shaffer said. “They are really good defensively and they mix it up well. They are a really good team.”

Brother Rice cut the lead down to nine points at 54-45 with 2:35 to play, but it wouldn’t get any closer.

Junior point guard Cassius Winston had 13 points to aid the Cubs while Elijah Collins finished with eight points.

Kevin Hayes had 13 points and six rebounds to lead Brother Rice while Ryan Jordan had 10 points and Karl Kauffman added nine.

Last Updated: 1/23/2015 11:34:57 PM EST

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