Country Day 66, De La Salle 55
at De La Salle, Friday (Jan. 12), Non-District
Records: Country Day, 13-8; De La Salle, 10-9
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Country Day – 13 | 21 | 18 | 14 | 66
De La Salle – 6 | 15 | 15 | 19 | 55
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Justin Ibieta, Country Day
Ibieta controlled the post for most of the game, scoring 14 points down low. Ibieta hauled in rebound after rebound as the Cajuns focused on more of a matchup game this time around against the Cavaliers. Ibieta also finished the first half on a high note, banking in a three at the buzzer.
HOW IT WAS WON
When De La Salle opened up the third quarter on an 8-2 run to cut the Country Day lead to 7, the Cajuns took a timeout to reset. Following the timeout, Country Day went on a 16-8 run to put the game out of reach.
The game started off low scoring and sloppy, with the two teams combining for nine turnovers. The Cavaliers scored on their first two possessions, to jump out to a 4-2 lead, but that would be the last time that they would hold a lead on the night.
Cajuns guard Ross Talbot converted an and-one to put Country Day ahead, and they didn’t look back. De La Salle guard Jalen Henry scored eight of his 17 points in the second quarter, trying to help the Cavaliers stay in the game, but the Cajuns’ inside game was tough for De La Salle to control.
Country Day brought in five offensive rebounds in the quarter, resulting in six points for the Cajuns. Talbot and Ibieta were both involved down low, controlling the post on the offense and on defense.
De La Salle struggled in the second half following Country Day’s 16-8 run. Guard Ja’Kobe Walker led second-half scorers, scoring 11 points in the final quarter. The Cavaliers closed the game on a 12-2 run, but it wasn’t enough.
- This is the second meeting this season between two defending state champions (Country Day in Division III and De La Salle in Division II), with DLS winning earlier this season, 64-59.
- The teams combined for 24 turnovers
- There were 27 free-throw attempts combined for the two teams, with both teams shooting below 70 percent from the stripe.
Country Day: Kaleb Jenkins, 8; Justin Ibieta, 19; Shawn Royal, 9; Clinton Nicholas, 2; Ross Talbot, 12; Christian Becnel, 10; Thomas Polinard, 2; Nicky Corchiani, 2; Daniel Conwill, 2.
De La Salle: Jalen Henry, 17; Jalen Ned, 4; Malcolm Coleman, 3; Abiram Frye, 4; John Kelly, 11; Ja’Kobe Walker, 16.
THEY SAID IT
Country Day head coach Mike McGuire: “We focused on guarding the perimeter, stopping No. 1 (Henry). They switched a lot on defense and we took advantage down low.”
Ibieta: “We worked all week on posting up and playing the post… it was something that we knew we could take advantage of and we did that tonight.”
NEXT UP: Both teams play Tuesday, as De La Salle will travel to Karr, and Country Day will host E.D. White.
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