WARREN, Mich - With a dominant performance on both ends of the floor, De La Salle prevailed victorious against Detroit Renaissance Tuesday night, 85-43, and improved to 4-0 on the young season.
The Pilots led, 44-24, at halftime, and followed that up by outscoring the Phoenix, 41-19, in the second half.
De La Salle head coach Jon Djokaj attributed the victory to his team's ability to limit Renaissance to one shot.
"I think it really started with limiting them to one shot," Djokaj said after the game. "We're not the biggest team, and we put a lot of emphasis on our frontcourt guys blocking out and limiting teams to one shot. And I think we did a really nice job of that tonight."
DLS did, in fact, do a solid job of not allowing Renaissance more than one shot attempt per possession. It outrebounded the Phoenix, 34-22, and sophomore Mike Sulaka led the Pilots with 10 rebounds.
Djokaj also noted that the Pilots' guard play was solid against the Phoenix.
"They're a smart group that takes good shots. And our shot selection was pretty solid tonight," Djokaj said. "When you take good shots, you usually end up making them at a high percentage. And they were going in tonight."
Speaking of his guard play, backcourt mates Linden Holder and Caleb Reese led all DLS scorers with 18 points apiece on the evening. Holder credited the Pilots' strong play against Renaissance to him and his teammates clicking on all cylinders.
"We played as a team tonight," Holder commented. "We had a good couple days of practice, and we came in and were ready. We're ready every single game, every single practice. So, we're coming out as a team and playing strong."
Holder & Co. will put their winning streak to the test next in a road contest with Detroit Country Day Thursday.