It feels like deja vu.
For the fourth consecutive tournament, Our Lady of Lourdes has advanced to the Duane Davis Championship Game and will take on Arlington, a rematch of the last three tournaments.
Lourdes advanced through the semifinal stage with a dominant 70-40 victory over Ketcham.
“We came into this wanting to win the whole tournament, but you have to take it one-game at a time,” Jon Selander said. “Coming back out of the half, we just focused on extending the lead and not them back in the game.”
That’s exactly what Lourdes did. After leading by 19 at the half, Ketcham never got closer. It was a dominating statement win for the Warriors.
Santoro spoke on how he hasn’t been “happy with our total team effort,” but tonight he felt more comfortable with the rotations of bench players allowing players to be better rested allowing players to play better when on the floor.
“They’re tough. I’m looking forward to it,” Santoro said of facing Arlington. “They’ve got some strengths and weaknesses, and we’ve got some strengths and weaknesses where we can exploit their weakness and minimize their strengths. I think it’s going to be a great battle tomorrow, it has been for four years.”
The last time the Duane Davis Championship Game was on the Lourdes floor was in 2015 when Marlboro beat host-team Lourdes. The Warriors did win in 2007 on their home floor against Red Hook where Santoro’s son, Kyle, hit the game-winning 3-pointer. Santoro and Lourdes are hoping for similar luck Thursday.
“We’re calling it the ‘Revenge Tour,’” Selander said. “We’re really excited for Arlington.”
By: Tom Seipp (@Tom_Seipp)