Daily Southtown: Protected by Serven - Junior transfer Connor Serven powers St. Rita past Brother Rice in Catholic League

Daily Southtown: Protected by Serven - Junior transfer Connor Serven powers St. Rita past Brother Rice in Catholic League

By: Steve Millar, Daily Southtown

In his first year at St. Rita, junior Connor Serven is finding Chicago to be quite different from playing basketball in central Illinois.

He's making the adjustment, however.

"It's faster ball up here, that's for sure," said Serven, a transfer from Bushnell-Prairie City. "I'm slowly getting used to it, though. I'm getting there."

The 6-foot-7 forward provided a big lift off the bench in his first home game Tuesday night, finishing with eight points and six rebounds as the host Mustangs used their depth to push past Brother Rice 66-60 in a Catholic League crossover.

St. Rita (4-2, 2-0) had a 17-0 scoring advantage from its bench over the Crusaders (5-1, 1-1).

"Our depth is our biggest strength," St. Rita coach Gary DeCesare said. "Connor made some big shots. He's a good rebounder. He's a solid, fundamental player."

Jeremiah Oden added 18 points and six rebounds for the Mustangs, while Joel Watts scored 15 points.

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