WESTWEGO – When you have good size, good spacing and good execution, good things are going to happen.
Northshore had all of the above during its opening game of the Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic Thursday.
While it was not sustained from start to finish, the Panthers had plenty enough to finish off pesky McDonogh 35 by a 59-45 margin in the boys State bracket.
London Lee led Northshore with 18 points, Michael Ducre had 13 points and Dawson Knox had 11 points.
“We had a pretty good first half,” Northshore coach Josh Carlin said. “Our post players made a difference inside. In the second half, we kind of lost our composure early in the second half and let those guys make a run but we did enough down the stretch, made a couple of layups and free throws to seal it.”
Northshore jumped out to an 18-3 lead after one quarter and maintained that edge at 33-18 at halftime. It was 44-29 heading to the fourth quarter.
Kahreeh Stokes led McDonogh 35 (7-12) with 10 points while Ricardo Porter and Thai Brown each had eight points.
Northshore (9-6) advances to face Archbishop Rummel in the semifinals Friday at 7 p.m.
“I’m seeing growth and development,” Carlin said. “We start four guys that had very little time and experience at the varsity level last year. They’ve come along strong. They are more comfortable with their roles. Our chemistry is really good at this time of the season. We’ve had some notable wins and we’re looking forward to adding to it.”