Subscribe for 33¢ / day

Basketball stock

John Watkins, File | The Times

WHITING — Bishop Noll and Andrean's high-powered offenses booked them a showdown in the Class 2A sectional championship.

Bishop Noll defeated Whiting 76-52 in the first game of the night and Andrean defeated Roosevelt 74-64.

The Warriors came out highly efficient on offense to start the game and Whiting could not keep up.

Noll ended the first quarter on an 11-0 run and ended the second on a 17-5 run.

"We wanted to get on top of them early," Bishop Noll coach Josh Belluomini said. "We played awful against them that first game and probably should have lost that game."

Bishop Noll defeated Whiting 68-64 on Jan. 20.

Belluomini said he learned from that first matchup that the box-and-one defense would be used against star player Brandon Scott and planned to get others involved in the postseason.

Scott played less on the perimeter, forcing Whiting to worry about him in the paint. That opened up the outside for guards Jaelon Brooks and Isaiah Hymes, who finished with 14 points combined.

Ten players scored for the Warriors. Scott led with 21 points despite not scoring in the fourth. Junior forward Morgan Grant had 16.

Belluomini said he is hopeful that this offense from the players will translate into tomorrow's matchup.

Andrean's offense showed early, but was much needed late.

The Niners got transition points in the first half and gave themselves their largest lead of the game, 12 points.

Senior guard James Hudson and freshman forward Kyle Ross combined for 17 of the 30 first-half points.

At the start of the third, Roosevelt's Latrell Willaims suffered a hit to the head that caused him to sit the rest of the quarter due to excessive bleeding. Marquise Smith took over the third quarter and scored 12 of his 24.

"(Smith) was outstanding," Andrean coach Brad Stangel said.

Jeramiah Smith finished off the rally in the third with two straight layups and a half-court heave which gave Roosevelt a 47-44 lead at the end of the three. It was the Panthers' first lead since the 7:03 mark in the first quarter.

The game was nip and tuck until a costly technical foul was called on Roosevelt for taking James Hudson out of the air on his dunk attempt.

Stangel believed that play changed the entire game.

"That turned the whole thing over and kind of got us going," he said.

The momentum swing was huge in favor of Andrean and they ended the game on a 21-9 run.

Husdon finished with 27 points for the 59ers and Ross added 17.

"James was great tonight and when James is in control, taking good shots, he is hard to guard," Stangel said.

Hudson said Roosevelt played with a lot of pressure defensively, but they were able to handle it.

Andrean defeated Bishop Noll the final game of the regular season, 57-54 in overtime.