When it comes to basketball sometimes, one team just dominates the other at the right time.

That was the case on Wednesday night in Game 2 of the Fairfield Prep Holiday Classic at Alumni Hall. Fairfield Prep (5-0) overpowered Fairfield Ludlowe (2-3), 65-35.

The Jesuits used a disappointing first half to motivate them in the second half; outscoring the Falcons 36-14. The win helped Prep advance to Friday's Holiday Classic Final, where it will meet ND-Fairfield at 8 p.m.

Jesuits' head coach Leo Redgate said his team's performance in the second half should have been the way they played all game long.

"We did not play good basketball in the first half," Redgate said. "It was tough for me to go into the locker room at the end of the first half and explain to my team what they need to do to win a basketball game."

Whatever Redgate said certainly worked. The Jesuits scored the half's first eight points, capped by a slam dunk by Jesuits' forward Tim Butala (13 points).

Prep continued to pour it on late into the third quarter. Jesuits' junior Dave Zielinski's 3-pointer put his team up by 17 with 2:33 to go in the quarter.

"It was nice to see guys step up and fill in nicely for us tonight," Redgate said. "Zielinski had struggled from the outside prior to this game but he was motivated to make one tonight and he did just that."

The Jesuits also got strong performance from its 7 --foot junior Paschal Chukwu (16 points). Chukwu was a force at both ends of the court as he had a few dunks, some big rebounds and nine blocks on defense.

Other Jesuits that had a good game were sophomore Thomas Nolan (11 points), senior Rich Sekerak (6 points) and freshman Ryan Murphy (6 points).

"If we play the way I know we are capable of playing, we are going to get good performances from a lot of guys," Redgate said. "If we can do that, I know each guy on our team is capable of contributing."

Redgate and his Jesuits will now focus on their next game, the Holiday Classic Final, against the Lancers. Redgate knows that ND is good, but he'd rather worry about his own squad.

"I just want to concentrate on my team," Redgate said. "I want

us to focus on getting

better every single game,

putting my guys in the position to succeed, dictating the play and being better prepared for the state tournament."

Patrick Hoffman is a correspondent for the Fairfield Citizen.

Fairfield Prep (5-0)

Rich Sekerak 6 points (2 FGs, 2 FTs); Keith Pettway 2 points (2 FTs); Ryan Murphy 6 points (2 FGs, 2 FTs); Thomas Nolan 11 points (3 FGs, 1 3-pt, 2 FTs); Ray Featherston 2 points (2 FTs); Dave Zielinski 3 points (1 3-pt); Ryan Foley 2 points (2 FTs); Joe DiGennaro 2 points (1 FG); Christopher Kelly 2 points (1 FG); Tim Butala 13 points (4 FGs, 1 3-pt, 2 FTs); Pascal Chukwu 16 points (8 FGs)

Fairfield Ludlowe (2-3)

Danny Santella 2 points (1 FG); Matthew Doyle 2 points (2 FTs); Mark Malone 5 points (1 FG, 1 3-pt); Patrick Gutierrez 5 points (1 FG, 1 3-pt); Kiran Prakash 1 point (1 FT); Jack Armstrong 2 points (1 FG); Steven Scholz 10 points (4 FGs, 2 FTs); Connor Peterson 6 points (3 FGs); Alex Gorsuch 2 points (1 FG).

Fairfield Prep 14 15 20 16 -- 65

Fairfield Ludlowe 12 9 7 7 -- 35