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St. Rita's Charles Matthews moves to the hoop after pump-faking Jack Crepeau of St. Ignatius. Patrick Gleason ~ For the Sun-Times
It’s great to see a family member succeed in sports, but it’s rare and special to have two star athletes in the same family.
Dominique and Charles Matthews are two talented brothers leading St. Rita to new heights. When they were younger, the one-on-one games between each other in the backyard were so competitive that it would sometimes lead to fights. Dominique, being a year older brother, would always push Charles around and force him to play harder; but he could never beat his older brother.
Things changed over time and Charles benefited from his older brother being so tough on him. After a growth spurt and countless hours in the gym Charles is now one of the top sophomores in the country and has multiple scholarship offers from high-major Division I schools.
Although they are releated and have been playing with each other forever, their games are nothing alike.
“Both are very good-but complete opposites; Dominique is a warrior and Charles is a perfectionist, he (Charles) wants everything done 100 percent right,” St. Rita coach Gary DeCesare said.
The duo has helped St. Rita to a 9-4 start, but coach DeCesare understands his team is young and will have some growing pains at times.
“We played really well against some teams but we do have a lapse where we can’t put the ball in the basket sometimes,” he said.
The Matthews brothers are confident in themselves and the team to make a big run regardless being young or not. “We need to just come together as a team and try and win state; The way we have been playing now I think we really have a chance to win it all,” Dominique said.
Although they have been playing together their entire lives, both brothers believe college might be a different story.
“We have to do what’s best for us and see where we fit in,” the older brother said. If it came down to taking the last shot of the game, both Matthews said they would do it. Either one is a great choice, but it might be better to watch them prove it in a game of one-on-one in the backyard.