Detroit — U-D Jesuit controlled this game from the tip-off, and the Catholic League champion beat Detroit Mumford on its home court, 68-28, in a Division 1 district final Friday.
Caleb Hunter was the offensive star for U-D off the bench with a strong third quarter. He had a game-high 17 points.
“I was feeling myself tonight and my teammates did a good job of finding me when I was open,” Hunter said.
The lead kept increasing, as U-D led 49-17 with 3:14 left to play in the third.
U-D Jesuit (22-2) led 55-25 at the end of the third.
Seniors Julian Dozier and Daniel Friday connected on multiple alley-oops that ignited U-D’s bench. Friday had 10 points.
Jalen Thomas dominated on the glass and in the paint, finishing with 13 points.
“We stuck to the game plan tonight and our coaches did a good job of preparing us,” Hunter said.
“We have a lot of talent and our chemistry is really good,” Hunter added. “If we continue to get better and better, we’ll be in good shape.”
Dozier, who was held scoreless in the first, was able to attack and use his skill set to score. He scored eight points in the second quarter as U-D jumped out to a 36-13 lead at the half.
Friday got things going for U-D in the first quarter with a quick five points. He scored the first points of the game, and then came back a few possessions later with a 3-pointer.
U-D led 19-6 after one, with Hunter scoring a quick eight.
“I enjoy playing with this group of guys, we put in the work in practice and it pays off,” Hunter said.
Mumford finished 10-12.
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Kevin Moore is a freelance writer.