DE LA SALLE 55, NEWMAN 42 (*Video Highlights Coming Soon*)
at Newman, Monday (Jan. 27), Non-District
Records: De La Salle, 17-5; Newman, 16-9
HOW THE GAME WAS WON: 3 KEY MOMENTS
- The final score of Monday’s matchup between De La Salle and Newman wasn’t really an indicator of how competitive the contest was. The Cavaliers held a slim 34-33 lead going into the fourth quarter, but blew the game wide open in the fourth with a massive 16-0 run to start the period. Jalen Ned got things started with a basket off an assist from John Kelly, then Kelly assisted on a triple to his cousin Eamon Kelly before doing damage himself converting a huge 4-point play with 5:53 left in the game. The Cavaliers were off and running from there, and didn’t allow Newman to score until Javon Ruffin sank a midrange jumper with 2:23 to play.
- De La Salle had a chance to put the game away early in the second half after going into halftime up 24-17, but Newman clawed its way back in the game inch-by-inch. Reagan Lapeyre drained a corner 3-pointer on the first possession of the half to give the Greenies a spark, and although they never took the lead, Newman did score the final five points of the quarter on a triple by Javon Ruffin and a short floater by Porter Andrews that pulled them within, 34-33, going into the last eight minutes.
- It was more of a Newman-style game for most of the first half as they held a run-and-gun De La Salle team to just nine points in the opening quarter. The Cavaliers eventually got going a bit stretching their lead to 19-11 with 4:03 left in the second after a layup by Leonard Jackson, but Newman fired back with back-to-back 3-pointers by Javon Ruffin and freshman Canin Jefferson. De La Salle, however, would regain the momentum with Jackson connecting from long range before a layup by Lamaj Kendrick gave the Cavs a 24-17 advantage going into the break.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Leonard Jackson, De La Salle
In a game where De La Salle’s usual high-octane offense was slowed, Jackson came up big to help pick up the slack. The 6-foot-3 junior scored a team-high 17 points including three shots from downtown. The Cavaliers don’t have a ton of size with Jackson checking in as the team’s tallest player, and while his skillset is geared more towards a guard, he steps out of his comfort zone to control the paint both offensively and defensively for DLS. The Cavs are now 15-0 with Jackson in the lineup and 1-5 without him.
- De La Salle junior point guard Ja’Kobe Walker honored Kobe Bryant following the Laker legend’s tragic passing on Sunday by switching his number from 3 to 24. It was Walker’s first game back after partially tearing his ACL in the Cavaliers’ first game of the season, and he was able to score in the final minute of the game. Walker’s teammates surrounded him as the buzzer sounded as he shed a few tears on the court.
- Newman was without star freshman Christoper Lockett Jr. for Monday night’s game. Greenies coach Randy Livingston said Lockett Jr. has “some things he has to take care of,” but he’ll return to the Newman lineup in due time. Lockett has been out “a couple of weeks,” according to Livingston.
- Both De La Salle and Newman had been playing well as of late heading into Monday’s meeting. The Cavaliers have now won five straight games including notable wins over Country Day (57-49) and Riverside (63-58) while Newman had won six of its last seven.
- Both De La Salle and Newman are in solid playoff position with the Cavaliers checking in at No. 3 in the LHSAA’s latest Division II power rankings released last Tuesday (Jan. 21). The Greenies sit at No. 5 in Division III.
(Coming Soon – Interviews with De La Salle coach Paul Kelly, DLS players Leonard Jackson, John Kelly, Jalen Ned and Ja’Kobe Walker, and Newman coach Randy Livingston)
SCORE BY QUARTERS
De La Salle | 9 | 15 (24) | 10 (34) | 21 – 55
Newman | 6 | 11 (17) | 16 (33) | 9 – 42
De La Salle: Leonard Jackson, 17; John Kelly, 12; Jalen Ned, 9; Abiram Frye, 6; Jharon Gilmore, 3; Eamon Kelly, 3; Ja’Kobe Walker, 2; Lamaj Kendrick, 2; Marsalis, 1.
Newman: Javon Ruffin, 15; Canin Jefferson, 10; Reagan Lapeyre, 9; Max Moses, 2; Arch Manning, 2; Porter Andrews, 2; Will Randle, 2.
Up Next: De La Salle remains on the road for its next matchup facing another stiff test against McKinley Thursday at 6 p.m. Newman will be back at home hosting Destrehan Friday at 7 p.m.