Pressure Free Throws by Armoni Portis Send De La Salle to Catholic League Semifinals

WARREN, Michigan – The De La Salle boys’ basketball team emerged victorious in a Catholic League playoff game against Toledo St. John’s Jesuit, securing a spot in the league semifinals. Armoni Portis was the star of the game, sinking two critical free throws in the final seconds to break a tie and lead the Pilots to a 50-48 victory.

Coach Djon Gjokaj praised Portis’s performance, emphasizing his team’s emphasis on pressure free throws in their practice. Phoenix Glassnor, another key player for De La Salle, echoed the coach’s sentiments, expressing confidence in Portis’s ability to deliver under pressure.

The game was marked by a low-scoring first half, with De La Salle trailing 18-13 at halftime. Coach Gjokaj noted the challenging conditions, referring to the rims as “unfriendly,” but was pleased with his team’s ability to adapt and hunt for shots at the basket.

Despite a slow start, Glassnor stepped up in the second half, scoring 14 points in the third quarter and six in the fourth, ultimately finishing with 22 points. His resilience and determination were crucial in bringing the team to victory.

Nnaemeka Ikechi’s performance was also lauded by Coach Gjokaj, with the senior player’s double-double showcasing his valuable contribution to the team’s success. Despite their youth, the team’s players proved themselves to be resilient and unshaken in critical moments, a testament to their training and preparation.

The win secured the Pilots a spot in the Catholic League semifinals, setting up a highly anticipated matchup with Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, scheduled to take place at Oakland University. This victory marks a significant achievement for the De La Salle boys’ basketball team, and they are poised to continue their impressive run in the league.