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Bishop Noll boys wear down Lake Station

2013-12-21T21:30:00Z 2013-12-21T21:53:30Z Bishop Noll boys wear down Lake StationAllison Buell Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
December 21, 2013 9:30 pm  • 

HAMMOND | Larry Crisler sat on the floor at midcourt and watched Marquis Tarver drain a 3-pointer to end the third quarter.

Crisler had just hit the floor and scrummed for a loose ball before feeding it to his teammate. Crisler smiled, got up and ran to the bench.

It was the only time the Warriors (6-0, 3-0 Greater South Shore Conference) took a rest Saturday night. Times No. 3 Bishop Noll was relentless on offense and defense, wearing down the Eagles (2-1, 2-1) on its way to a 75-50 victory.

"The guys were tired," Lake Station coach Bob Burke said. "We battled back in the first half and the third quarter. When you battle back over and over, eventually the bottom drops out. We didn't have much left."

Crisler scored 17 points and reached the 1,000-point mark for his career. The senior also contributed five rebounds, three assists and three steals.

"He's so good," Noll coach Josh Belluomini said. "That's four years of hard work right there. He's a great kid, and we are happy for him."

Lake Station had cut a 13-point halftime deficit to six on a Mark Novakovich putback with 5:30 left in the third. Novakovich finished with seven points and eight rebounds.

"He does a lot for us and showed how versatile he is," Burke said. "But they hurt us, because we couldn't keep them off the boards. We need to execute our game plan. They need to believe in our system."

That would be the last comeback for the Eagles. Jasinto Carter responded with a 3-pointer from Crisler, and Noll went on a run that lasted well into the fourth quarter.

The Warriors built a 24-point lead at 69-45 with four minutes remaining.

"When we get on a run, it's hard to stop us," Belluomini said. "At some point we knew we'd make a run."

Carter was instrumental in leading the Warriors.

"He played out of his mind," Belluomini said. "We try to find situations to put him in, and tonight was the perfect situation. He was our MVP tonight."

Carter, a 5-foot-9 senior guard, came off the bench to score seven points, grab seven rebounds and hand out three assists.

Tarver led the Warriors with 19 points; Tyreon Gates added 14.

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