22 Jul DeMatha Cruises To Championship Victory Against Bullis
DeMatha beat Bullis 56-41, winning first summer league title since 2014.
Applause and cheering from the DeMatha faithful filled the Wootten Gymnasium as the clock’s final seconds ran down and the buzzer sounded off at DeMatha Catholic High School, signaling a championship victory for the home court Stags. Smiles and handshakes were all to be seen from DeMatha players, as they capped off a statement 56-41 win over the Bullis Bulldogs.
Shortly after the final buzzer sounded, DeMatha was holding its first summer league championship trophy since 2014. Ben Woodward (#20), who played a pivotal role for the Stags in their win with 12 points and 4 rebounds, received the playoff MVP award.
Despite his team coming up short in the school’s first summer league championship appearance, Bullis’ Aidan Gallacher (#15) played a good game, with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Bullis was notably missing Adam Angwafo and Tyler Boston, who suffered a head injury in their semifinal matchup against Gonzaga.
Backed by a loud and energetic home crowd, DeMatha had firm control throughout most of the game. The Stags had an 11 point lead at halftime, and made it look easy in the second half as they ran away with the game even more. Their defense was especially impressive, as Logan Lewis (#22) and Adam Fox (#5) each had 3 steals.
Another impressive thing about DeMatha is that they made this championship run without their key players: 4-star recruits Rodney Rice, Jacoi Hutchison, and Xavier commit Tyrell Ward, as neither of those three played much during summer league. DeMatha’s consistency in producing talent and plugging them into roles is a testament to the strength of that program, especially after Covid-19’s toll on player development. It should come as no surprise that DeMatha won the 2021 summer league, and they have proved their program is alive and well despite the pandemic and a sudden coaching change this spring. DeMatha are better and deeper than probably any other team in the area, which is the biggest reason why they won summer league and should be a good sign of what is yet to come.