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De La Salle passed its self-imposed test Friday night with flying colors. A week after losing its first game of the season — a 62-52 road loss to St. Joseph — the Meteors came out and dominated visiting Mount Carmel, 75-42.
“This was our test,” senior guard Marcus White said. “We wanted to come out and see how we would bounce back after last week.”
White scored a game-high 18 points to lead the hosts.
The senior sparked the No. 21 Meteors (6-1, 2-1) early in the game by diving into the Mount Carmel bench for a loose ball. The visiting Caravan led 6-0 at that point. The De La Salle offense responded with a 15-3 spurt over the next three-plus minutes.
“That kid (White) just brings a ton of energy,” De La Salle coach Tom White said. “He is a National Honor Society student, and he really has a high IQ for the game as well.”
The Meteors led 20-11 after the first eight minutes of play and never let their foot off the accelerator. The lead would blossom to as many as 30 points by the end of the third frame.
“That’s what coach preaches,” Marcus White said of not letting up. “Once you get them down he wants us to keep pushing.”
If there was one weakness for De La Salle, Friday night, it was fouls. Mount Carmel shot a total of 28 free throws, connecting on 17.
“We just foul so much,” coach White said. “Every game we play takes three hours because we foul so much.”
In addition to. Ellis did most of his damage in the third quarter, scoring 10 points.
A total of 12 players scored for the Meteors.
Bill Barry led the Caravan with 15 points.
Mount Carmel (1-2, 2-5) finished with more than twice as many turnovers (22) than field goals (10).
“I thought after the St. Joseph loss, we needed to tighten up our defense,” the Meteors coach said. “I think we did that tonight and did a nice job of rebounding the ball as well.”