WHEELING - Seton-LaSalle scored the first eight points of the game Friday and never trailed in posting a 63-44 triumph against Linsly in the opening game of the 6th annual Cancer Research Classic at Wheeling Jesuit University's McDonough Center.
For the Cadets, the contest was a far cry from Thursday night's 26-point victory against Shadyside.
''We knew Coach (Mark) Walsh was a great coach and you can tell they have some experience and some strong physical kids,'' Linsly coach James Wallace said.
Linsly’s Anthony Wallace (14) looks to shoot over Seton-LaSalle’s Ryan Norkus (32).
''That was the difference in the ballgame.''
The Rebels jumped ahead 11-3 before Linsly went on a 9-2 run to close to within two at 14-12. Jabri Blount, who finished with a team-high 15 points, keyed the spurt with a 3-point play and a layup off a nifty feed from Anthony Wallace.
But while Linsly's No. 23 was scoring, Seton-LaSalle's No. 23 - Dale Clancy - was just getting warmed up.
After scoring 10 points during the opening quarter, the 5-foot-8 junior exploded for eight more during the second as the Rebels took a 33-24 lead into halftime.
Four of Clancy's seven goals came from 3-point land. While neither team shot the ball well during the first 16 minutes, Seton-LaSalle drained five treys to Linsly's none and that proved key.
Things got worse for the Cadets in the third as they only mustered four points on 2-for-10 shooting.
''We didn't shoot the ball well, obviously, and I think that frustrated us collectively,'' James Wallace said. ''We also had some second chances and couldn't finish.''
The Rebels led by as many as 21 midway through the fourth before Linsly put together an 8-0 run to draw to within 13 at 54-41. But Seton-LaSalle scored the final seven points of the game - including three of Clancy's game-high 25 - to put the game away.
''We were able to get the ball inside, we just had trouble finishing,'' James Wallace said. ''We still have some guys who are learning how to finish against more physical competition.
''Give credit to their kids. They played to their style and bottled us up defensively.''
James Wallace hopes continued play against solid competition helps his youthful squad mature.
''We still have to play Magnolia twice and Obama Prep again along with (Wheeling) Central and Conotton Valley,'' he said.
''I think we've done a good job of taking bits and pieces from every game and building off of them.
''But the progress and success will be predicated on how we continue to make adjustments.''