NORMAL | Terrone Parham just had the game of his life.
The Marian Catholic senior almost carried his team to a Super-Sectional win and a trip to Peoria for the Class 4A state finals. Instead, the 6-foot-7 Parham didn't look like someone who had lit up Redbird Arena Tuesday for a career-high 30 points.
It wasn't to be as Marian fell to Edwardsville 65-60 in overtime before a sparse crowd in the 10,000-seat arena. With Marian star and McDonald's All-American Tyler Ulis battling turf toe and double coverage, Parham stepped up early to keep the Spartans (28-3) in the game.
"I got some good looks at the basket and tried to be aggressive," Parham said. "I saw the opportunities and took advantage of it."
Parham, who will play for Army next year, showed why is a big-time player. He plays defense and can rebound, but has a great shooting touch from outside. In a a game where the Spartans shot 21 of 56, he hit 10 of his 19 shots and was 4 of 6 from 3-point land. He also made all six of his free-throw attempts. He would have traded all of those points for a win.
"Sure it is disappointing, losing to the same team two years in a row," Parham said. "We wanted to win the game."
Parham and Ulis combined for 53 of the Spartans' 60 points with just five players scoring. That also said a lot as Marian usually has all five starters contributing, but not Tuesday.
"They are a good team," Parham said of the Tigers (30-2). "We fought all the way to the end, didn't give up."
Parham and John Oliver both fouled out, hurting the Spartans on the defensive end. All Parham could do when he fouled out with 16.7 seconds left in the game was watch.
"It hurt because I wanted to be out there helping my team," Parham said. "We went as far as last year and we wanted to go that one step further."
Ulis finished with 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting. He credits Parham for getting some big baskets.
"Terrone played a great game, he stepped up," Ulis said.
Parham remembers that this might not have been possible at all. He transferred to Marian from St. Francis de Sales and it was his second change of schools. He started at Rich Central and the proper concurrence papers were never sent when he transferred to de Sales. Illinois High School Association executive director Marty Hickman ruled in December of 2012 that Parham could play.
"I am very fortunate and my teammates, they were real supportive," Parham said. "This was a great one-and-a-half years. I had a lot of fun."
He and his teammates just wish they had a few games left.