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DeMatha vs Gonzaga Preview: Stags look to bounce back from a tough loss to St. John’s

Two of the top 10 teams in the area will play each other in a WCAC matchup.

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With the regular season closely coming to an end, two rivals will take the hardwood as DeMatha takes on Gonzaga. Both teams are the top 10 teams in the area, and feature some of the top players in the country.

Matchup: DeMatha vs Gonzaga

Location: DeMatha Catholic High School

Date: Feb. 16

Time: 7:30pm

Stream: DM Stags Television

Get to know Gonzaga

Gonzaga, who came into the season as favorites to win the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship, is coming off a big 72-57 win over Paul VI on Tuesday. The Purple Eagles (23-4, 15-2 WCAC) had five players to score in double-figures. Senior Eddie Scott finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Gonzaga managed to outscore the Panthers 26-9 in the second quarter.

The Purple Eagles, winners of three straight games, are ranked No. 1 in the WCAC, No. 21 in the USA Today rankings, and No. 3 in the Washington Post Top 20. Senior point guard, and Miami commit Chris Lykes is one of the top scorers in the conference, averaging 17.9 points per game.

Gonzaga won the last meeting against it’s long time rival, 76-63 at home on Jan. 24. Lykes led the way with 23 points, four rebounds and seven dimes. Junior Prentiss Hubb tallied 17 points and seven rebounds.

Get to know DeMatha

DeMatha (20-5, 12-3 WCAC) has struggled lately, losing it’s last two games. Both games came down to the wire and had a two-point differential.

The Stags lost a heartbreaker to St. John’s, 57-55 on Tuesday. St. John’s guard Casey Morsell hit a game winning three-pointer with 4.7 left in the game. DeMatha guard Ryan Allen, who finished with a game-high 19 points, missed a layup at the buzzer.

The Stags are ranked No. 6 in the Washington Post Top 20 and sits in fourth place in the conference standings. Notre Dame commit D.J. Harvey is averaging 16.1 points per game. The 6-foot-6 guard registered 13 and 10 rebounds in the loss to Gonzaga. Allen and center Josh Carlton score around 13 points per game.

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