Dynamic Duo Powers Notre Dame Past Chaminade

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It was senior night for the Notre Dame Knights men’s basketball team and their two most notable seniors put on a show in front of a packed gymnasium Friday night. Duke University signee Caleb Foster and fellow senior, Gonzaga bound Dusty Stromer, combined for 44 points to pace the Knights in a key league win against the Chaminade Eagles.

The Chaminade Eagles came out to play in the first quarter Friday night, and for a while, it looked like it would be a tightly contested late January league matchup. Guards Ethan Johnson and Jonas Thurman started the game off on fire knocking down three after three to keep the Eagles within striking distance, scoring ten of the first twelve points. Senior forward Coltrane Marchand added some gritty rebounds and strong drives to the basket to help keep Chaminade in the game. Senior point guard Caleb Foster got the ball rolling for the Knights by picking apart their zone defense from behind the arc. Slow rotations led to wide-open shots from three and Foster took full advantage knocking in twelve points from behind the three-point line in the first quarter. Heading into the second quarter only two points separated the two teams. The Eagles held a brief three-point lead early in the second quarter but after an early timeout, the Knights came out refocused and poised to take over the game. Senior Dusty Stromer’s all-around game was on full display as the versatile 6’7 forward set up teammates, created his own shots, and knocked down open looks to further fuel the Notre Dame attack. Foster and Stromer combined for 30 out of the 45 first-half points for the Knights. Senior point guard Omari Garrett contributed another 7. The Eagle’s hot shot-making in the first quarter did not carry over into the second as they went ice-cold from the field. The Eagles mustered just six points the entire second quarter thanks in part to struggles on offense and stifling defense from the energized home team. The Knights took a 45-31 lead into the half and never looked back. The third quarter started much like the first half ended, cold shooting and tough defense from the Knights. Defense for a full four quarters, to go along with their potent offensive attack is exactly what Coach Matt Sargaent believes could lead his team to a championship at season’s end. “We are just beginning to learn how to play defense for four quarters. Every week we’ve done a better job of building continuity and chemistry. If we can defend at a high level, I believe we can beat anybody”. Mercy Miller got into the act late into the third, ultimately finishing the game in double digits with 15 points. Seniors Stromer and Foster worked the crowd into a frenzy late down the stretch by knocking down some deep shots and a series of dunks capsulated by a windmill dunk by Stromer that led to a timeout and curtain call for the seniors on their special night. Junior guard Ethan Johnson poured in 26 for the Eagles in what was a spirited and valiant effort. Jonas Thurman added another 17 and Coltrane Marchand finished with 12, all to lead the Eagles. When the dust settled, Notre Dame defeated the Chaminade Eagles by a score of 93-66 for their fifth league win. The victory pushes their record to 5-1 in league play, and 15-8 overall. Notre Dame will take on 19-1 Dougherty Valley on Saturday at 6 PM. Chaminade has five days to regroup as they will be back in action Wednesday, January 25th at 22-1 Harvard Westlake.

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