February 23, 2014 at 7:25 pm

U-D Jesuit, Waterford Lakes win Catholic crowns

Detroit — This time, the celebration for U-D Jesuit was more subdued.

U-D pressured Orchard Lake St. Mary’s throughout and eased its way to a 58-42 victory in the Catholic League A-B Division final Sunday at Calihan Hall.

U-D (16-2) led 13-7 at the end of the first quarter, 30-17 at halftime and 50-29 at the end of the third quarter.

St. Mary’s (10-9), which lost twice lost to U-D during the regular season — including a two-point loss at U-D — never got closer than 10 in the second half.

It’s the first time U-D has won back-to-back league titles.

Last season, the postgame celebration was marred by the student section rushing the floor, which forced the cancellation of the postgame awards ceremony.

There was little drama at the end of this game.

Sophomore Cassius Winston led U-D with 19 points, but role players Nick Mutebi (nine points, five rebounds), Parris Bennett (seven rebounds), Gary Collins and Julian Morgan all played a big part in the victory, too.

“We shut them down offensively,” Winston said. “It was our defense. That was the difference. Everyone played well for us. Everyone knows their roles.”

U-D handled St. Mary’s junior Ted McCree as well as any team this season. McCree had 22 points in St. Mary’s’66-51 semifinal victory over Warren DeLaSalle last Wednesday. On Sunday, McCree made his first shot against U-D then didn’t score again.

But McCree wasn’t alone. St. Mary’s rarely got into a flow offensively. It was 6-for-22 from the field in the first half and 16-for-50 (32 percent) for the game.

“Our coaches push us in practice,” Mutebi said. “We were more prepared than the first two times we played them. It might have looked easy but it wasn’t.”

Mutebi scored six in the first quarter and Winston had seven in the second to provide the offensive punch.

In the third quarter, Bennett, also a linebacker who signed with Syracuse, had three rebounds, twice converting baskets after getting the offensive rebound.

“Between Morgan and Collins, they did a great job on McCree,” U-D coach Pat Donnelly said. “We wanted to make them do things they weren’t comfortable with. The Syracuse coaches encouraged Parris to come out. They wanted him to compete on the basketball court.”

And U-D is better off for it.

Jason Boswell led St. Mary’s with 10 points.

C-D Division

Nick Robak scored 24 to lead Waterford Lakes to a 66-48 victory over Allen Park Cabrini. It’s the third league title for Lakes (14-5).

Lakes led 28-20 at halftime, then blew the game open with a 13-2 run to start the second half.

“It’s a special thing,” said Lakes coach Steve Robak, who also is Nick’s uncle. “I was a sophomore when we won it (1994) and my brother, Steve, played on the ’84 team that won it. Now I got to coach Nick.

“We can score points in a hurry. We really weren’t getting that type of play in the first half. We told our kids in the beginning of the season that winning becomes a habit. It sounds simple. But it plays a big part.”

Cabrini (8-10) lost to Lakes twice during the regular season, by 19 and 26 points, so it was surprising that Cabrini kept pace for a while. With 2:50 left in the first half, a basket by Robert DeBlander cut Lakes’ lead to 19-18.

Another DeBlander (15 points) basket kept Cabrini within 23-20, but Lakes scored the final four points of the half to regain the momentum.

Adam Kline added 12 points and his brother, Andrew, had 10.


University of Detroit Jesuit's Cassius Winston and Orchard Lake St. Mary'ss Nathan Conrad battle for a loose ball in the first quarter. U-D Jesuit 58-42 in the A-B Division final at Calihan Hall Sunday. / Daniel Mears / Detroit News