NOTRE DAME — In a newly renovated gym and after a dedication ceremony recognizing the new digs, the Notre Dame Titans got all they needed from their starting five to tame the visiting Whiteoak Wildcats on opening night.
The Titans (1-0) got a combined 63 points, 32 rebounds and 11 assists from their starters helping them defeat the Wildcats (0-1), 67-52.
Notre Dame got a team-high from Michael Mader, who scored 19 points. He also added nine rebounds and three assists. The man in the middle, Daniel Ogg finished with a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.
The Titans wasted no time from tip as Kevin Lewis and J.P. Kayser both made two 3-pointers in the quarter. The two sharp shooters helped Notre Dame to build an 18-9 lead after the first quarter and shot 46 percent.
The hot shooting from beyond the arc continued for the Titans. After a made lay up from Lewis, Kayser made another 3-pointer from the corner giving Notre Dame a 23-13 advantage.
Lewis, who finished with 13 points and five steals, stole the ball away on the next possession, giving the Titans a 25-13 lead.
Notre Dame continued to pull away from the Wildcats as they held them to 22 percent shooting in the second quarter and forced eight turnovers.
Leading 29-16 halfway through the second quarter, the Titans’ Lewis hit another 3-pointer to give them a 32-16 lead.
Notre Dame ended the quarter on a 13-2 run, extending their lead to 42-18 after Mader hit back-to-back layups to close out the quarter. It was their largest lead of the game as Mader finished with eight points in the second quarter.
Trailing by 24 points, the Wildcats were on the prowl for a comeback. Shooting only 22 percent in the second quarter, Whiteoak came out of the locker room with the look of another team.
The Wildcats made six of their first seven shots, including four straight by Doc Seip. Seip, who finished with 17 points and eight rebounds off the bench, scored 10 in the quarter.
Whiteoak started the quarter on a 6-0 run, pulling them within 17. The Wildcats weren’t finished, shooting an impressive 72 percent for the quarter as they cut the lead to as low as 15.
However, the starting five for the Titans were too much as Ogg and Mader controlled the paint and boards trading buckets with Whiteoak.
Leading 60-38 early in the fourth quarter, the Wildcats went on a 12-4 run over a four minute span which cut the lead to 64-50 with 3:31 remaining. It was the closest they had been since early in the second quarter.
Notre Dame countered though, holding them to only one field goal for the remainder of the game as the Titans defended their brand new floor and came out with the win.
Whiteoak 9 9 18 16 - 52
Notre Dame 18 24 11 14 - 67
Whiteoak— Williams 2-1-5, Carraher 1-4-6, Taggert 7-5-20, Seip 8-1-17, Emery 1-1-3
3-point— Taggert (1)
Notre Dame— Lewis 5-0-13, Haney 1-0-2, Kayser 6-1-17, Mader 6-7-19, Ogg 6-0-12
3-point— Lewis (3), Kayser (4)