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Brandon McRoy, of St. Rita, goes up against Brother Rice's Matt Page at St. Rita, Tuesday, February 12th, 2013, in Chicago. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media

It was billed as a battle for first place in the Catholic League South between Brother Rice and St. Rita.

On the court, however, it was a major mismatch.

Host St. Rita dominated Rice in every facet of the game, registering a 79-57 victory in front of a standing-room-only crowd.

With the win, the Mustangs improved to 15-7 overall, 8-2 in the Catholic League with another showdown Friday against Seton, which also is 8-2. The Crusaders fell to 18-5, 7-3.

“Our guys really did a good job defensively,” St. Rita coach Gary DeCesare said. “We had five, six guys in double figures in scoring. We did a nice job of sharing the basketball.”

The Mustangs had six players reach double digits, led by Charles Matthews’ 18 points and Dominique Matthews’ 15. Scott Kingsley (13 points), Brandon McRoy (10), Armani Chaney (10) and Vic Law (10) also contributed mightily to the blowout. Law also pulled down 11 rebounds.

“It was one of our best games of the season,” Charles Matthews said. “We wanted to come out and win this for the school and the fans.”

Rice had no answer for St. Rita’s speed and strength.

The game was tight early. When Chaney canned a basket early in the second quarter the Mustangs led 20-16. That hoop ignited a 16-2 run that widened the lead to 34-18.

The run coincided with the return of Dominique Matthews, who was whistled for two quick fouls and sat most of the first quarter.

When he re-entered, he promptly made his presence felt, hitting a pair of baskets and three free throws. Six different players scored for St. Rita during the decisive spurt.

“We were looking for each other and getting the ball to the open man,” Dominique Matthews said.

The Mustangs led 38-22 at halftime. Rice never got within 14 points the rest of the way.

St. Rita attempted 23 more field goals, outrebounded Rice 36-18 and committed eight fewer turnovers.

“Rice is a really good team,” DeCesare said. “We have to continue to limit our mistakes.”

For the Crusaders, Alex Majewski posted a team-high 18 points, followed by Cal Kennedy and Quinn Niego with 14 and 11, respectively.

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