The St. Ignatius Wildcats defeated the Sacred Heart Cathedral Irish 56 – 46 in a mild upset before a packed house at USF’s War Memorial Gym. Despite both West Catholic Athletic League high school rivals losing elite front court players due to graduation, guard play from St. Ignatius (11 – 2, 2 – 1 WCAL) and Sacred Heart Cathedral (9 – 4, 2 – 1 WCAL) entertained fans from both sides of the gym.
In the end, it was the stellar play of 5’10″ junior point guard Trevor Dunbar which proved to be the difference. His electric ball-handling capabilities, his penetration, and his ability to draw the foul, find an open teammate, or finish in the lane, posed numerous defensive problems for the Irish. Despite a plethora of double teams and traps against Dunbar, he was able to split many of those traps in the open court and found cutting teammates in the paint. The Irish tried every defense, from a man-to-man, to a match up zone, and even a full court press, but to no avail.
With both teams playing no players taller than 6’2″, the tempo after a missed shot was frenetic. The Irish were able to knock down a few treys from Khalil James, but the Wildcats were able to answer with a few 3-point shots of their own, including a couple clutch shots by Matt Brown. Despite the Irish’s athleticism, the Wildcats were able to wear down the Irish with dribbling clinics by Dunbar, and crisp passing to streaking teammates for easy layups.