Boys basketball | Class A state championship

'Guaranteed' Reed comes up big off Marquette's bench

2014-03-29T15:00:00Z 2014-03-29T22:34:19Z 'Guaranteed' Reed comes up big off Marquette's benchJim Peters james.peters@nwi.com, (219) 548-4363 nwitimes.com

INDIANAPOLIS | He's known at Marquette Catholic as 'Guaranteed' Reed.

In Saturday's Class A state championship against Barr-Reeve at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Malcolm Reed was just about that.

The 6-foot-2 junior forward scored seven points in only 10 minutes in Marquette's 70-66 overtime state championship win over Barr-Reeve, and it was when he got them that was even more important.

"We have a very deep team," Reed said. "I just had to come through for the team." 

Marquette trailed, 57-52, with less than four minutes left when he drilled a 3-pointer from the left wing to bring the Blazers within two.

"I about went nuts when he put the 3 up," coach Donovan Garletts said. "I shut up when he hit it."

Reed didn't hesitate, despite getting grief from Garletts in practice.

"He always gets on me about shooting 3," Reed said. "I just let it fly."

Reed put the Blazers in front for what proved to be for good in the overtime with a turnaround shot in the lane.

"We play a lot of guys a lot of minutes," Garletts said. "Malcolm went in and showed he was ready."

Not bad for somebody who came in averaging 4.8 points per game.

"I remember during the season an official called him for traveling," Garletts said. "I yelled that (Reed) doesn't know how to travel. For the size of boy he is and his shape, he probably has the best footwork I've ever coached. If he were 6-8 or any bigger, he'd be a high-major, D-I for the skills he has."

Marquette's bench production also featured nine points and two steals by JoVonte Peals, who scored five of them in succession in the fourth quarter to twice tie the game.

"It just kept going through my head to leave nothing on the court," Peals said. "I was just trying to pick it up on defense, get some stops on defense and get out and run. We knew they couldn't run transition with us."

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