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Weems leads Seton past De La Salle

01/11/2013, 10:24pm CST
By Dan Ruane

Mark Weems, Jr. scored a game-high 21 points to lead Seton to a 57-48 Catholic League victory against host De La Salle Friday.

According to his coach, Mark Weems, Jr. is ‘‘one of the best uncommitted seniors in the state.’’ On Friday night, Weems played the part — as he has all year.

The senior guard led Seton to a 57-48 Catholic League victory against host De La Salle by taking charge in the second quarter.

‘‘He does it all the time for us,’’ Seton coach Brandon Thomas said. ‘‘We weren’t executing very well in the second quarter and we just gave him the ball and let him make plays.’’

At the midway point of the second quarter, the Meteors (11-5, 3-3) led 25-15 due in large part to Marcus White who had scored 11 of his 20 points to that point in the game.

It was at this point that Weems made his presence felt on both ends of the floor. He scored seven consecutive points on a variety of floaters, layups and bank shots while attacking the basket. Those points were part of a 13-0 run to close out the half with Seton (11-8, 5-1) leading for good at 28-25.

‘‘I think in the second quarter we wore them down,’’ Weems said. ‘‘Our bench keeps us fresh and we really played up-tempo on them. I was pushing to get more touches then, too.’’

Weems finished with 21 points and made 5 of 6 free throws down the stretch to ice the game. He also had the job of guarding Alvin Ellis, whom he held to nine points.

The counterpoint to Weems was the defensive play and board dominance of Minnesota-bound Alex Foster. The 6-8 senior blocked five shots and altered many more as De La Salle had a hard time making layups when he was in the game.

‘‘I’ve always been good on defense,’’ Foster said. ‘‘Now, I am working on my offense more by just being aggressive while going to the basket.’’

Foster scored seven points while hauling in 13 rebounds. Teammate Christopher Seaton led the bench in scoring with 13 points.

White led the Meteors with 20 points.

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