John Jones’ two late free throws late secured University High’s 59-55 victory over McDonogh 35 on Saturday.
The Cubs (10-0) got 11 second-half points from D.J. White to spur the win.
“We needed some energy out there, and D.J. gave us that,” U-High coach Joe Spencer said. “We had a hard time down low with their big guy (6-foot-8 center Bryson Gresham), so we needed something to offset that. We eventually got some stops and forced some turnovers. That’s what made the difference in the game.”
McDonogh (3-4) needed to make a run late in the fourth quarter and looked to Joseph Foucha. His 3-pointer tied it at 55.
“This team is young, and we are getting better with every game,” McDonogh 35 coach Kevin Sanders said. “They did a good job of limiting Bryson’s impact on the game by getting him in foul trouble. We made some adjustments and other players stepped up. We just have to close the deal next time.”
Foucha finished with 16 points. Gresham contributed 10 points and seven blocks.
The Cubs relied on their deep front count to counteract the Roneagles’ post play. Wayde Sims (15 points) and Maxwell Starwood (11) combined for 26 points around the basket. Junior Marshall chipped in seven points.
Graves scored six of his points in the second quarter, included a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to tie it at 26 at halftime.
De’Jon Jarreau had the hot hand in the first half for the Roneagles with his 14 points.