2013 HS Men’s Basketball: MLK Classic: Salesian vs De La Salle

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[Text courtesy of Baypreps.com]

At the Martin Luther King Jr. Classic, Mario Dunn inspired Salesian’s 13-0 fourth quarter run as the Pride turned a nine-point deficit into a 47-43 win, as Jimmy Durkin writes.

Salesian coach Bill Mellis after his team trailed 41-32: “I thought it was probably over at that point. I didn’t think we’d give up, but I thought we might run out of time.”

Mellis on Frank Allocco’s Spartans: “We’re really honored for him to play us. We have the utmost respect for them.”

Dunn scored 12 of his 15 points in the final period for Salesian (16-3), while Elliott Pitts scored 15 of his 21 in the second half. Jabari Bird was held to 10 points, but hit the go-ahead three pointer to break a 41-41 tie.

Cal coach Mike Montgomery might be pondering the other Salesian standout,writes Mitch Stephens.

Bird: “I think Mario is the toughest player in the country. I tried to get the (Cal) coaches to check him out, but they said he was too small.”

Mellis: “What Mario did tonight is nothing new. He’s been making those kind of plays, bringing us back and sparking us for four years when we needed it. … Frankly, there was a spell there I thought it was probably over. I didn’t think we’d give up, but I thought it definitely didn’t look good.”