MICHIGAN CITY | Friday’s first-place showdown in the Greater South Shore Conference between Bishop Noll and Marquette Catholic was everything it was billed to be.
The Blazers rallied from a 15-point deficit in the third quarter and outscored the Times No. 4 Warriors 10-4 in overtime to win 67-61 and remain undefeated in GSSC play.
Tyshaun Smallwood scored with 16 seconds left in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 57 and send the game into overtime. He finished with a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
“I was surprised,” Smallwood said of his play. “I’m just glad my teammates trusted me to let me do what I could do to help our team win.”
Smallwood added two baskets in the overtime period.
The Blazers (7-3, 5-0) trailed 38-23 with 6:51 left in third quarter, and they outscored the Warriors 44-23 over the rest of the game.
“Every team is going to make a run, especially the good teams,” Marquette Catholic coach Donovan Garletts said. “They made theirs early in the half and our boys never put their heads down. Fifteen points is nothing in the game of basketball.”
Marquette Catholic went on a 17-1 spurt at the end of the third quarter and start of the fourth to take a 48-45 lead. Ryan Fazekas, who scored a game-high 20 points, had six points during the run. Fazekas added four free throws in overtime.
The Blazers were 11-of-12 at the line in the fourth quarter and overtime, while the Warriors (7-2, 4-1) were 4-of-10.
“We were not the same team in the second half that we were in the first,” Bishop Noll coach Josh Belluomini said. “Free throws really hurt us.”
The Blazers had a 50-32 rebounding edge. Marquette grabbed 20 offensive rebounds.
“The first thing and the only thing on the board today (of keys for the game) was rebounding,” Garletts said. “If we didn’t box out, we knew we were going to lose the game.”
Larry Crisler scored 15 points to lead the Warriors. Marquis Tarver and Roman Penn each added 12.
Marquette Catholic had 19 turnovers in the first three quarters and only committed three in the fourth and overtime.
“We were passing the ball and cut down on over-dribbling,” Garletts said.