BOYS BASKETBALL | MCDIPPER XLI

Thornton, Marian advance; Crete struggles against Bolingbrook

2013-12-26T22:15:00Z 2013-12-27T02:35:12Z Thornton, Marian advance; Crete struggles against BolingbrookMike Nieto mike.nieto@nwi.com, (219) 933-3232 nwitimes.com
December 26, 2013 10:15 pm  • 

RICHTON PARK | Crete-Monee couldn't contain Bolingbrook's inside game and in the first half, it couldn't control the basketball.

The Warriors stumbled out of the gate in falling 81-63 to the Raiders in a first-round game of the McDipper XLI.

Times No. 1 Marian Catholic, the defending McDipper champions, and Thornton got off to good starts as both won first-round games handily.

Crete-Monee (7-3) committed 10 first-half turnovers and could not keep the bigger Raiders off the boards. Bolingbrook (7-1) outrebounded the Warriors, 47-25, and had several second and third shots. Bolingbrook big men Shakur Triplett, Julian Torres and Kenny Williams combined for seven dunks and 36 points and 20 rebounds.

"Rebounds, the boards, we couldn't keep them off the boards," Crete's Rashad Lee said. "We couldn't stop them inside and the turnovers killed us.

"How many dunks did they have?"

Bolingbrook jumped out to a 12-2 lead and led 18-8 after one quarter.

"We just had too many turnovers and we got off to a slow start," Crete-Monee coach Tom Cappel said. "That and we were horrible at the free-throw line."

Crete was 17 of 28 from the foul line.

"We could not stop their inside game," Cappel said. "They had some size and they dominated the boards."

For the game, the Warriors were 21-of-57 shooting from the field, while the Raiders made 30 of 64 field-goal attempts.

Marian Catholic 85, Tinley Park 52: The No. 1 Spartans used an 18-2 second-quarter to take a 39-19 lead en route to the win.

Marian coach Mike Taylor said his team played good defense and its press was the difference.

"Ki-Jana (Crawford), John (Oliver) and Tyler (Ulis) at the top of that press really did a good job," Taylor said. "They created so many opportunities for us."

Crawford said the Spartans like the up-tempo style of play.

"We play teams that think they can play fast," Crawford said. "In reality, we're faster."

Eleven Spartans scored with Terrone Parham leading the way with 17 points.

"It's real easy to get layups when Tyler creates opportunities," Parham said. "Tyler would drive the paint then dish off to me. I was wide open."

Ulis had 11 points and five rebounds for Marian (7-1), while Crawford had 12 points. Oliver had 10.

Thornton 72, Perspectives Charter 44: Jamani Pierce's double-double led the Wildcats to the win.

Pierce had 23 points, 10 rebounds and four steals as Thornton took a 17-8 first-quarter lead. Justin Taylor added 11 points.

The Wildcats outrebounded Perspectives Charter, 37-24, and forced 20 turnovers.

Thornton plays King at 4 p.m. today in one quarterfinal.

Rich South 55, Chicago University 50: The Stars scored the game's final seven points to pull out the win over the Maroons.

Myles McCoy's 21 points led Rich South.

Joliet Central 58, Leo 44: The Lions were missing several players who were suspended due to an altercation on Dec. 20 at Seton and lost.

Jonah Cable led Joliet Central with 21 points.

Hales Franciscan 79, Rich Central 61: Joseph Larry led Hales with 24 points in the rout.

Marcus Smith led Rich Central with 17 points, while Arthur Sutton chipped in 16.

Rich East 77, Barron Collier (Fla.) 62: The Rockets led 35-30 at halftime and then turned up the offensive heat in the second half.

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