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INDIANAPOLIS — De La Salle’s start to this season may be surprising to some, but don’t count coach Tom White in that group.
The Meteors led from start to finish in a 73-55 win over Traders Point Christian, Ind. in the ISPAC vs. Midwest Basketball Showcase at John Marshall High School.
“A comment was made the other night was nobody expected us to be 8-2 after losing some of the kids that we did (last season),” White said. “My line is, ‘I did.’ I expected us to.”
De La Salle led 25-14 after the first quarter and increased the margin to 39-24 at halftime. The Meteors were never seriously threatened.
Alvin Ellis, a Minnesota recruit, led all scorers with 25 points and was named the game’s MVP. It came one night after he scored 27 points in a 78-46 win over St. Laurence.
“Just like last night, we came out aggressive and we were ready from the jump,” Ellis said. “...There’s always a confidence even though people may doubt us, but we just try to go ut there and show them different and try to shock the world.”
Traders Point is not yet an IHSAA-sanctioned school, but has two top-level recruits — senior post player Milos Kostic, who decommited from Northwestern in the summer; and sophomore guard Nick Rogers, who has multiple offers, including one from Mississippi.
Rogers finished with 14 points, while Kostic added 10.
“Being able to slow down their offense with the scorers that they have was big for us,” White said. “I think we can always score points, but it’s stopping the other team.”
De La Salle shot 27 of 50 from the field, led by Ellis making 9 of 17. Traders Point shot 5 of 24 from beyond the arc.
“I think once we got going offensively, and a combination of geting stops on the defensive side, we pulled away quick,” White said.
The Meteors next travel to the City of Palms Classic, where they will meet Orange County, Calif..
“This is a good stepping stone and every day is a stepping stone, one game at a time, and I think we’re getting there,” White said. “Now let’s go to California and have some fun.”
Marcus White had 14 points for De La Salle, while Justin Earls added 11.