Going into the Archbishop Carroll game, DeMatha was short-handed since sophomore DJ Harvey and senior Jaelin Grant were out due to injury. Despite not having two of their starters playing, DeMatha still outplayed a struggling Carroll team as they won 79-57.
Coming out the gates, both DeMatha and Carroll were having a hard time getting anything going offensively. They had difficulty getting the ball into the basket and scoring inside the paint. Carroll took advantage of the Stags slow start, by trailing by four at the end of the first quarter.
DeMatha got it together in the second quarter as they scored a total of 18 second quarter points and took a nine point lead heading into halftime.
This season, the Stags have shown that they are a second half time, and they displayed that in last night’s game. In the third quarter DeMatha outscored Carroll 23-14 and outscored them 47-34 in the second half.
DeMatha had help from junior Nate Darling who started. Nate finished the game with 20 points and made two three pointers. Senior Terrell Allen had a good game as he finished with 13 points.
Carroll is now on a sixth straight losing streak and they showed why they are struggling. Carroll was not sound defensively as they committed unnecessary turnovers and let DeMatha score easy baskets especially in the second half. The Lions didn’t do much offensively as well. The team as a whole couldn’t score and they relied of junior Nicolas Fennell to carry them. Fennell score 28 points, outscoring the either team.
DeMatha showed that they have a lot of depth. Even though they didn’t have DJ or Jaelin, the Stags were able to play with the same tempo they normally play in.
With the win, DeMatha is now 12-1 and 5-0 in the WCAC. The Stags next game is against Bishop O’Connell, a team that was unbeaten until they lost to St. John’s on January 4.
Carroll on the other hand is 4-9 and supports a 1-4 record in the WCAC. The road ahead does not look good for the Lions. The next two games are against St. John’s and Paul VI, two very talent teams compared to the hopeless Lions.