De La Salle coach Thomas White knew when his team needed a play, he could count on a senior to step up. A trio of seniors paved the way for the Meteors in a 66-56 win over visiting Fenwick.
Marcus White (22), Alvin Ellis (13) and Justin Earls combined for 46 of the Meteors 66 points.
“These guys have worked their butts off for four seasons,” White said. “They all stayed on the floor most of the game and made key plays for us when we needed.”
Ellis hit arguably the biggest shot of the game halfway through the fourth quarter. Leading by six points, the senior was left alone at the top of the key, as he pushed the Meteors lead to nine points, 55-46.
“He was ready to catch it, had his feet square and boom,” White said. “That was a big play. They had cut it to six and were really scrapping.
“We knew coming in they were going to be ready and they just never went away.”
White had the hot hand in the first half, as he scored 14 in the first 16 minutes of play. He knocked down a pair of deep treys on the left wing on back-to-back possessions in the second quarter to erase a three-point lead for Fenwick.
Earls made his presence felt early in the game as well, blocking three shots in the first quarter.
For the game, De La Salle swatted away nine shots.
“They are a very athletic team,” Fenwick coach John Quinn said. “But we had answered the call in every game this season, but tonight we just couldn’t pull through.
We had some shots rim out at point blank-range…we will just go back to work and use this as a learning experience.”
Luke Lattner led the Friars with 15 points, while Thomas Planek added nine points and 11 rebounds.
De La Salle opened the fourth quarter with a 10-3 spurt for a 52-41 lead -- it’s largest of the game. Prior to the run at the start of the frame neither team held an advantage greater than six points.