Times No. 1 Marian Catholic twice battled back from double-digit deficits, but fell to nationally-ranked Etiwanda (Calif.) 74-68 Saturday afternoon at the Chicago Elite Classic at the UIC Pavilion.
The Spartans turned the first rally into an eventual 32-31 advantage. On the second occasion, Marian (4-1) got to within three after falling behind 54-41.
Marian's Tyler Ulis tallied 12 of his game-high 30 points in the fourth-quarter comeback attempt, outdueling USC recruit Jordan McLaughlin (19 points). However, Etiwanda hit 10 of 11 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to hold off the Spartans.
“They were an outstanding opponent and just shot the ball a little better than us,” Marian Coach Mike Taylor said. “We did a nice job making a couple big comebacks, but couldn’t get enough to fall in the end.
"I think we showed we belong and what we’re made of with the energy displayed to get back in the game twice. I’m proud of the way our kids battled against a quality national opponent.”
Spartan John Oliver had 18 rebounds and Ki-Jana Crawford (eight points) nabbed a couple of his four steals during the final-quarter surge. Josh Cohn finished with nine points and Terrone Parham added seven.
The Spartans scored 26 points above Etiwanda’s 2012-13 defensive average of 42 points per game, but after hitting its first two threes of the contest, Marian was just 2 of 17 from beyond the arc (12 percent) for the remainder of the contest.
Lincoln-Way West 56, Thornridge 53: The Warriors outscored the Falcons 24-8 in the final quarter for the SouthWest Suburban Red win.
The Falcons (1-5, 0-1) led 45-32 after three quarters. Carly Henry led Thornridge with 14 points, while Darrion Robinson and Victor Trout had 13 points each. Robinson added eight rebounds.
Marian Catholic 59, Bloomington (Ind.) South 33: Teniya Page had 16 points and Ashton Millender had 12 as the No. 1 Spartans (4-1) rolled at the John Marshall Showcase in Indianapolis.
Homewood-Flossmoor 99, Lockport 37: Nadia Green had 12 points and Destiny Harris, Faith Suggs and Tosin Mabodu added 10 apiece as the well-balanced No. 2 Vikings (4-1) cruised to victory.
Suggs also grabbed a team-high five rebounds.
Beecher 53, Wilmington 31: Danielle Snuckel's 12 points led the Ladycats (5-3) to the home win.
Savanah Stluka had four points and 10 rebounds. Eve Stolzenbach had five steals. Sam Pilbeam had four assists.
Geneva 69, Bloom Township 55: Danielle King had 23 points for the Blazing Trojans (2-5) in the loss at the Crete-Monee CrossTown Shootout.