Notre Dame retains early lead, beats St. Viator
Updated: February 1, 2013 8:33PM
HOFFMAN ESTATES — Matt Mooney scored most of the team’s big baskets, answering almost every time after a St. Viator basket.
The Notre Dame senior guard and Air Force recruit helped the Dons boys basketball team take a huge lead in the first quarter by scoring seven of his game-best 22 points that period. Notre Dame went on to beat St. Viator 64-48 at the 16th annual National Guard High School Hoops Showdown at Sears Centre.
Notre Dame senior guard Jake Maestranzi connected on a 3-pointer two minutes into the game. That gave his club a 7-0 lead and forced St. Viator to take an early timeout. Even still, the Lions never truly got into the game.
The No. 10-ranked Dons (18-2 overall, 4-1 ESCC) led the Lions (14-5, 3-2) by as many as 14 in the first quarter and by no less than five the rest of the game, routinely extending advantages into double digits.
“The two games we lost this year we lost leads. We’ve learned from that,” Mooney said. “We can’t let teams back into games and give them life. That’s when they get confidence.”
St. Viator sophomore guard Mark Falotico scored 17 in the loss.
Pick up your local Pioneer Press newspaper Thursday to read more about the Notre Dame boys basketball team.