WELLAND – Notre Dame’s senior boys beat Denis Morris Reds on Tuesday of this week, the final game on the hoops schedule before the break for exams.
The Irish outplayed DM on their own court to leave St. Catharines with a 74-48 win.
The Irish, who improved to 17-7, were without starter Kyle Cooper who missed the game because he was sick.
Irish coach Mark Gallagher said Jason Rochard, who started in place of Cooper, came up big for ND and played a key role in the win.
Gallagher said Rochard “did an outstanding job” on DM big man the 6’8” Sympho Ilunga, holding him to 14 points.
“The whole team did a great job concentrating on rebounding against the bigger DM team,” Gallagher said.
DM sat in a zone early but ND got strong shooting performances from Jonah Gruarin (23 points including 6 three-pointers), Alex Root (17 points), Rovenston Jean-Baptiste (14 points) and Braidon Moore (12 points).
The play of Notre Dame’s guards was the difference in the match, according to coach Gallagher.
“Our guards defended the DM guards all game and controlled the pace of the game.”
All ND’s players saw action in the game.
After exams, the Irish have games in Lockport, N.Y.(February 2) and Niagara Falls, N.Y. (February 4).
Here is the balance of the schedule for the Irish:
Feb 7 Holy Cross @ ND Welland
Feb 10-12 All Catholic Denis Morris HS
Feb 13 League Semi- Finals TBA
Feb 15 NCAA Championship TBA
Feb 27-18 SOSSA MacNab HS, Hamilton
Gallagher said the Friday, February 10 games in the All Catholic are scheduled for Notre Dame.