No. 4 seed Gonzaga vs. No. 5 seed St. John’s
The WCAC men’s basketball quarterfinals were held Saturday at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. The first matchup was between (5) St. John’s and (4) Gonzaga, the greatest rivalry in WCAC sports.
This was the third meeting between both teams as they had split there two regular season games.
These two teams were evenly matched and came out firing on all cylinders, but the Cadets were controlling the tempo early. They forced Gonzaga to play sloppy ball, committing 10 turnovers and allowing seven offensive rebounds.
St. John’s junior guard Casey Morsell was also having his way with the Eagles, getting to the basket with ease and making easy layups.
The Cadets were rolling and went into the half ahead by five.
Coming into the third quarter, the Eagles knew they had to make a change.
They were down five at the half and had to make adjustments if they wanted to repeat as WCAC champs.
Well, they made all the right adjustments during the break.
Gonzaga senior forward Myles Dread came out on fire in the third quarter. He scored 10 of his 21 points in the third quarter. He came out and hit a runner in the paint and followed up with a three-pointer to bring the score into a one-possession game.
Gonzaga fed off of Dread’s energy and started getting stops and forcing turnovers. Dread finished with 21 points and Gonzaga cruised to a 60-49 victory.
No. 1 seed Paul VI vs. No. 8 seed Bishop McNamara
(1) Paul VI faced off against (8) Bishop McNamara in the day’s second game quarterfinal games. Paul VI was heavily-favored coming into the game going undefeated in WCAC play.
Early on in the game, McNamara was able to hang tough with the No. 1 team in the WCAC. The Mustangs were leading after the first quarter behind strong play from senior guard Ibn Williams.
They continued to play well and were keeping a good pace with PVI. However, junior guard Anthony Harris was starting to heat up and his quickness a problem for the Mustangs. He had 13 at the half and PVI was only up by 5.
In the third quarter, PVI came out and hitting all of their shots. McNamara was able to still hang with the Panthers but the game was slowly slipping away. With a 14-point lead going into the fourth quarter, PVI continued to keep there foot on the gas and ended up winning 72-47.
PVI guard Anthony Harris led the way with 16 points and PVI will now face Gonzaga on Feb. 25 at 4:15 p.m. at American University.
No. 2 seed DeMatha Catholic vs. No. 7 seed Bishop Irerton
(2) DeMatha faced (7) Bishop Ireton in another heavily-favored game in the third game of the day.
Ireton, like McNamara kept the game close in the first half, hanging tough with the Stags. At the half, Ireton was only down 10 at the half. DeMatha was able to get good minutes out of there star center Hunter Dickinson. Dickinson is a seven-footer who was having his way with Ireton.
He only scored eight points, as he left the game in the second quarter with an undisclosed injury.
In the third quarter, the Cardinals were able to cut the lead down to 7, but that’s as low as it went.
Without Dickinson, DeMatha guard Justin Moore took over the game and finished with 18 points and had his way with Ireton.
DeMatha cruised to a 72-58 win and will now face Bishop O’Connell on Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m.
No. 3 seed Bishop O’Connell vs No. 3 seed Archbishop Carroll Lions
In the last quarterfinal game (6) Archbishop Carroll Lions faced off against (3) Bishop O’Connell Knights.
O’Connell was led by senior guard Xavier Johnson who is signed to Nebraska. Against Carroll, Johnson had 17 points and could get up a layup with ease.
The game started off back and forth but ultimately, O’Connell pulled away late in the third quarter behind strong play from Johnson, forward Charles Webber, and guard Ayan Teel. Webber finished with 14 points and Teel finished with 16 points.
O’Connell went on to win 61-47
This three-headed monster was too much for Carroll and will look to continue its dominance against DeMatha in the semifinals.
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