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De La Salle's Brandon Hutton gets called for a technical after a dunk Friday at St. Laurence. Mary Beth Nolan~For Sun-Times Media
In a few days, De La Salle’s Alvin Ellis will be packing his bags for a basketball trip to Palm Springs.
The Matteson native wasn’t California dreaming, however, during the first minute of the Meteors’ 78-46 Catholic League crossover victory Friday night over host St. Laurence.
Ellis started the game by hitting a three-pointer. Then, after a steal, he swished another trey. On St. Laurence’s next trip down the court he blocked a shot.
It took all of 56 seconds.
“I was focused,” the University of Minnesota-bound senior said with a smile. “I was just trying to come out being aggressive and take over the game.”
Ellis finished with 27 points and Marcus White 11 as the Meteors improved to 7-2, 3-1.
Jim Schick scored all 13 first-half points for St. Laurence (2-9, 0-4), totaling 21 points and nine rebounds for the night.
After a scheduled one-night stop Saturday in Indianapolis the Midwest Showcase, De La Salle will embark the day after Christmas on a four-game West Coast trip to a Max Preps Tournament.
“It’s a great opportunity,” Ellis said. “We get to travel, we get good exposure and have a chance to win some games.”
Friday’s was a decent one for at least eight minutes. Schick, a 6-foot-5 senior forward, threw a few counterpunches at Ellis but was pretty much left to do it alone.
Up 15-8 after one period, the Meteors bore down with a 19-0 run to start the second. Essentially, it was all over.
“We knew he was a player, one of their best,” St. Laurence coach Mark Sevedge said of Ellis. “We knew he liked to play on the left wing, too, and if you looked at the game everything he did was on the left side of the floor.
“We knew we were supposed to guard him with a high hand, even when we were playing zone. He just came out hot, and we didn’t do a good enough job closing on him.”