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Orchard Lake St. Mary's secures rematch against U-D Jesuit to decide Catholic League title

Basketball   | Ben Szilagy

Orchard Lake St. Mary's secures rematch against U-D Jesuit to decide Catholic League title

Birmingham — Orchard Lake St. Mary’s coach George Porritt will be the first person to tell you that the Eaglets will go as far as their guards will allow them. If Wednesday night was any indicator, the sky is the limit.

Eaglets guards Jason Boswell, Jalon Bailey and LaMon Mathison each stepped up and rose to the occasion when called upon.

“We have to battle win. We’re nothing fancy. We have to scrap and play defense. And we have to hit our shots. They did that tonight,” Porritt said.

Hitting the biggest shot was LaMon Mathison with 18 seconds left to keep a resilient Birmingham Brother Rice squad at bay. The senior hit two free throws to increase St Mary’s lead 46-43, and ensured a return visit to Calihan Hall on Sunday against U-D Jesuit for the Catholic League A-B Division final.

“He was banged up too,” Porritt added. “LaMon is a defensive warrior, but I loved watching him knock down those shots to insure the win.”

St. Mary’s (10-8) started slow getting four baskets from four different players in the first quarter. But then Jason Boswell (18 points) took over.

“Coach tells us to work hard and good thing will happen,” Boswell said. “I starte