Bloomfield Hills — Seven-time defending Catholic League champion U-D Jesuit punched its ticket once again to Calihan Hall, earning the trip to the title game with an impressive 70-36 Bishop Division semifinal win over Detroit Loyola Tuesday night at Marian High School.
And, U-D Jesuit (12-6) won with its strong defense and ability to get multiple second and third chance opportunities.
U-D Jesuit 6-foot-7 senior JT Morgan and sophomore Charles Turner were rim protectors in the early minutes, blocking shots to set the tempo, making it known Loyola senior guard Mark Mayberry and his teammates would have a tough time finishing at the basket.
To make matters worse, Loyola (13-3) had trouble hitting from the perimeter and the free-throw line.
U-D Jesuit led 13-4 after one with Loyola missing 14 of 15 shots from the field.
U-D Jesuit held Loyola without a field goal for a stretch of more than nine minutes in the first half, building a 17-4 lead on a transition basket by JonMarcus Roland before Loyola guard Kwesi Henry made a basket from the right baseline with 5:50 left to end a stretch where Loyola missed 15 straight shots.
U-D Jesuit coach Pat Donnelly went deep to his bench and his players responded with nine different players scoring in the first half, led by starting freshman guard Sonny Wilson scoring six to lead the way.
U-D Jesuit senior guard Isaiah Friday came off the bench to score 10, including eight during a 21-15 third-quarter to push the lead to 49-28.
It was in the third quarter when Loyola could have cut into the deficit, getting into the bonus four minutes into the second half and into the double bonus late in the quarter, but exited the third by making just 10-of-27 free throws — a reason it trailed by 19.
Morgan finished with 13 points, eight rebounds and five blocks. Morgan capped off his strong night with a thunderous dunk in transition with 1:27 left for a 67-34 cushion.
“We have some really athletic guys and Coach (Donnelly) tells us when we go up against a team that’s smaller than us we have to go get it off the glass and protect the rim,” Morgan said. “Our defense was to stop Mayberry in order to win.”
U-D Jesuit limited Mayberry to five points. Mayberry was in foul trouble throughout the game and missed the majority of the third quarter. Sophomore guard Kerrionn Davis scored 13 for Loyola and senior guard Eric Cox had 10 points.
Morgan is used to playing at Calihan Hall with the Catholic League title on the line, but the same can’t be said for a number of his teammates.
Donnelly had a starting lineup which consisted of Morgan, three sophomores in Turner, Chris Mutebi and Phil Ragan and a freshman in Wilson who scored 10 against Loyola.
“We have to come out with a lot of energy in the final,” Morgan said. “I’ve won two championships at Calihan, so we know how to get it done there and it’s a lot of fun to be there.”
U-D Jesuit will play the winner of Wednesday night’s semifinal between No. 3 Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (16-1) and Birmingham Brother Rice (11-6) on Saturday at 7.
Catholic League Cardinal Division semifinal
Marine City Cardinal Mooney 51, Clarkston Everest 42: Freshman guard Trent Rice knocked down a 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter to give Cardinal Mooney a 34-32 lead and it would lead the rest of the way.
Rice scored 11, making three 3-pointers for Cardinal Mooney (11-6), which plays the winner of Wednesday’s semifinal between Riverview Gabriel Richard and Cranbrook-Kingswood in Saturday’s 5 p.m. title game at Calihan Hall.
Sophomore Luc Julio scored 12 with all of his points coming off of 3-pointers. Julio made a pair of 3-pointers and Rice made another long-range shot during an 11-5 run to open up a 45-37 lead with 2:30 remaining.
Michael McGrath scored 14 for Everest (12-6).
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