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U-D Jesuit's Winston, Morgan Park's Moore live up to the hype in season opener

Basketball   | Jeff Dullack

State Champs! Sports Network

Monday’s game between Detroit U-D Jesuit and Chicago Morgan Park was the game that almost everyone looked at as the best game on the opening night of boys basketball season, and a big reason for that was each team’s star guard.

U-D Jesuit’s Cassius Winston, a four-star point guard signed with Michigan State and Morgan Park’s Charlie Moore a four-star guard signed with Memphis, went head-to-head on Monday night as U-D Jesuit earned a narrow 64-61 win to open its season at the DC Elite at Callahan Hall.

Moore and Winston went back and forth throughout the night on Monday Moore scored a game-high 38 points, while Winston poured in a team-high 26 points and five assists to lead U-D.

Winston said playing against Moore was obviously a good battle and added that while Moore may have gotten the better of Winston in the scoring column, he was happy to come out with the win to start his season.

“It’s some good competition,” he said. “He probably got the better of me today, but that’s okay. We got the win and it was just good competition for everybody.”

Winston added that he wasn’t surprised by the back-and-forth battle between himself and Moore.

“Yeah, he’s a good player,” he said. “Nothing against us, but he has a good game.”

Monday night’s matchup was a battle between the No. 1 team in the state of Illinois and U-D, who was named the No. 1 team in the state of Michigan in the State Champs! Preseason rankings released on Monday.

Winston said that he and his teammates were out to make a statement in the season opener, not only wanting to earn bragging rights between Chicago and Detroit, but also start the season off with a win over another quality team.

“You always want to make a name for your school,” he said. “You want to put your school on the map and that’s what we did. I guess we’re ranked the No. 1 team in the state and they’re No. 1 in their state and we wanted to beat them and let them know that we’re on top.”