To start the game Rockford immediately grabbed an early lead, McCane hit several 3 pointers but as the quarter moved on their shots were not falling down and De La Salle was only trailing by 2 points, the score was 15-13 at the end of the first quarter. If you did not look at the scoreboard you would of thought Rockford was killing them, it was total domination, besides Rockford's shots were not falling down.
De La Salle would come back in the second quarter, unfortunately for De La Salle, the Rams pretty much responded basket for basket with the pilots in the half. Connor Tava on De La Salle had a couple points and rebounds for the Pilots and they led 30-25 heading into halftime.
To start the third quarter Rockford came out on fire, they used a 10-0 run in the third quarter to lake a 36-32 lead with 3:51 remaining in the third quarter. Both teams would have three points the next 3 minutes but heading into the fourth quarter the score was 42-37 Rockford.
The fourth quarter shifted back and forth first it was De La Salle that was trying to catch up and comeback from the 5 points. With 5:13 remaining, Rockford was holding onto 2 point lead, the score was 45-43. Two minutes later the score was 48-47. Rockford would not be able to hold onto the lead as one minute later, De La Salle took the lead with two minutes to play and the score was 51-48.
With time running out in the game De La Salle was up 54-51, however with 8 seconds left, Ryan Majerle hit a 3 pointer a few feet behind the arc to tie the game and send the game into overtime. De La Salle did have a chance to win the game. (WATCH)
Rockford probably wished they did not go into overtime, they played sloppy and had a few major turnovers. De La Salle took an early 4 point lead, also there are four minutes in each overtime quarter. De La Salle led 59-57 with 1:17 in the overtime. Rockford would then turn the ball over after Justin Klein slipped and fell near center court. (WATCH) As the game went on gym got hotter and hotter, often times the game was paused for people to wipe moisture off of the court. I am not sayin that is why he slipped but would not be surprised if it was the reason. After the turnover De La Salle held onto the ball for awhile until Connor Tava attempted two free throws. The first one he made, Rockford then put in Mitch Caywood who did not play at all the whole game up until now, in the game. Tava missed the second free throw and the Pilots immediately ran back to defend the lead and the 3 point arc. Caywood was unable to handle the rebound and it was De La Salle basketball. (WATCH) De La Salle would seal the win with 2 free throws by Sterling Johnson on the inbound pass. The final score was 64-60.
Rockford relied heavily on the three pointer throughout the game the only size they had in the inside was Aaron Weston and Clifton Johnson but De La Salle's height in the end finished Rockford. It was a mismatch for Rockford when they were on defense. For Caywood coming into the game so late made me guess what coach Steve Majerle was thinking. The roster has Caywood at forward and a junior. It is what is and like I mentioned earlier the moisture level was high. De La Salle head coach Greg Ester won his 401st career game after winning his 400th on Saturday vs Saginaw Buena Vista.