As it turned out, the rematch was no match. DeMatha High School avenged one of their three defeats on the season with a 76-47 win over Gonzaga College High School Friday night in Hyattsville.
The first meeting between these two great hoops high schools, which took place on January 21 at American University, ended 76-74 in Gonzaga's favor. This time, homestanding DeMatha outscored the Eagles 43-20 in the second half to turn a close game into a rout.
Jairus Lyles set the tone for the second period with the last shot before halftime. The junior's banked-in three-pointer gave the Stags a 33-27 lead at the intermission. DeMatha then scored the first ten points of the second half and never looked back.
DeMatha managed the comfortable win with little contributions from Pittsburgh commitment James Robinson, who only managed two points before he was ejected for receiving a second technical early in the second half. Beejay Anya scored 15 points and pulled down eight rebounds for DeMatha, while North Carolina-bound Nate Britt led the way for Gonzaga with 18 points.
DeMatha improved their record to 20-3 with the win, while Gonzaga dropped to 21-3 with the loss.