CALUMET CITY | It must not have been pleasant, listening to Crete-Monee coach Tom Cappel during a first-quarter timeout after his team had fallen behind Dunbar, 8-0, at Saturday's Coaches Against Cancer Basketball Tournament, committing turnovers on three of their first four possessions.
But it probably wasn't as bad as listening to Cappel as the team bus idled in the Crete-Monee parking lot, waiting for three late players.
"Oh, that's Cap's pet peeve," junior forward Tyler Williams said. "It's happened to me before, too. We just need to get there on time, as a team."
As it was, the bus was already onto Exchange Street when the tardy trio flagged it to a halt and boarded. The Warriors got into the T.F. North gym with about six minutes left to warm up before their 2 p.m. tip, started slowly and woke up in time to post a 57-52 win over Dunbar.
Williams led the Warriors (11-4) with 20 points, 16 of those in the first half.
"He's averaging about 17 or 18 points per game," Cappel said. "He played up for us a sophomore. As he goes, so do we."
Like the rest of the Warriors, Williams started slowly, missing his first two shots. But, after Juan Gardner broke the ice for Crete with a 3-pointer at the 3:37 mark, Williams scored eight straight Warriors points before Bobby Parker's put-back at the buzzer cut the Mightymen lead to 18-13.
"I feel like, energy-wise, if I don't give energy, we don't have energy as a team," Williams said. "That's a role I'll continue to take on."
Williams had eight more points in the second quarter, hitting two of Crete's four 3-pointers in the period, as the Warriors took a 33-29 halftime lead. Dunbar pushed back, the lead changing hands six times in the third quarter, but Crete never trailed over the game's final 10 minutes.
Bobby Parker backed up Williams' effort with nine points and a team-high eight rebounds. Dunbar (2-10) was paced by Steven Hudson's 25 points and eight boards.
MOUNT CARMEL 41, T.F. NORTH 31: Mount Carmel (11-6) survived 7-of-36 shooting (.194) from the floor to beat the host Meteors (5-7).
"If there's such a thing as a basketball hangover, both teams had it," Caravan coach Mike Flaherty said. "This game set basketball back — I''ve been coaching 40 years, so back to when I started. Anything you could do wrong, both teams did."
Mount Carmel was led by David Nichols, who had 23 points. He had three field goals in the final 6:22, matching the Caravan's basket total for the previous 3-plus quarters. Sadiq Salisu led T.F. North with seven points.
Christian Searles, Mount Carmel's leading scorer last season, made his debut after sitting out to recuperate from injuries suffered during the Caravan's run to a football state championship. He had three points, all on free throws.
EAST CHICAGO (IND). 59, MARSHALL 55: East Chicago (6-5) led by 16 after three quarters, but had to sweat out a potential game-tying 3-pointer in the final seconds by Marshall's Perry Willis.
The Cardinals got 21 points and 13 rebounds from Jalen Blackmon and 18 points from Hyron Edwards. The Commandos (4-7) had four players with nine points each, including Citron Miller, LaShawn Lewis, Timothy Triplett, and Jerwon Hudson.