With starters Seth Wilson and Chris Painter watching in street clothes while serving suspensions, St. Vincent-St. Mary coach Dru Joyce knew that depth would be a key factor against Canton McKinley on Friday night.

And play a factor it did.

Lunden McDay scored 23 points and Darius Cone and Jordan Addison, who normally come off the bench for the Fighting Irish, combined for 23 points as St. V-M rolled to a 71-51 win over the visiting Bulldogs.

“It’s a good feeling as a coach to know you have guys who stepped up," Joyce said. "I was a little concerned about our scoring [with Painter and Wilson out]. We did it in a different way than Seth and Chris would do it, but we did it.”

The Bulldogs took a 2-0 lead in the opening seconds on a midrange shot by Kobe Johnson, but that lead was short-lived. Addison quickly tied the score with a layup before senior Josh Jones stole the ensuing inbounds pass and scored to give the Fighting Irish a 4-2 lead. They didn't trail again.

Fittingly, the Irish had an all-senior starting lineup of Josh Jones, Keyshawn Jones, Addison, McDay and Cone on senior night.

“I’m excited and happy for Josh and Jordan,” Joyce said. “They normally come off the bench and tonight they did great things, and that shows the depth of our team.”

McDay and Keyshawn Jones were the only regular starters in that lineup, and Joyce said he knew he’d need to lean on McDay early.

“Lunden just does all the little things,” Joyce said. “That’s the kind of senior leadership that you need.”

The Bulldogs came out running a high-tempo offense, which led to some periods of adjustment for Joyce and the Fighting Irish. Although St. V-M led by double-digits for most of the game, McKinley used a 15-2 run to cut their deficit to 10 heading into the fourth quarter.

Any momentum the Bulldogs had, however, was ripped away with 6:25 left when Malaki Branham went down the right baseline for a two-handed dunk that keyed an 8-0 Irish run that put the game away

“We did a good job managing a lead,” Joyce said. “We were playing at their tempo, [and] we needed to make them defend us. I thought we did that in the fourth quarter. We didn’t take the quick shots.”

Brent Walker and Jasper Robinson scored 11 points each to lead the Bulldogs.

With both Painter and Wilson set to serve the second game of their suspensions and miss the Irish's next game, a Division I sectional final against either Firestone or Highland on March 2, St. V-M's depth will once again be tested. 

“I’m excited about what [the bench] did and it gives us some confidence heading into the tournament,” Joyce said. "They had been getting some minutes and hadn’t been productive, but today they got the minutes and they produced.”