Boys Basketball: Marian Catholic overruns Providence
By Michael O’Brien firstname.lastname@example.org January 8, 2013 10:14PM
Marian Catholic's Kevin Phillips goes to the hoop after passing Providence defenders. | Patrick Gleason~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 10, 2013 6:17PM
Providence coach Tim Trendel waved off the compliment, saying all the media at the Celtics’ game on Tuesday were there to see Marian Catholic star guard Tyler Ulis. WJOL, High School Cube and both Chicago newspapers were in the gym.
He’s right that Ulis is a major draw, but Trendel has the Providence program drawing some serious attention even after losing 54-38 to the Spartans.
“We’re really trying to establish something here,” Trendel said. “Over the past three years it has started to happen. People don’t remember that Providence has a great basketball tradition with a state championship and three McDonald’s All-Americans.”
The problem for the Celtics on Tuesday was the future McDonald’s All-American was on the other team.
Ulis controlled the game from start to finish on the offensive end and spent the second half locking down Providence’s top threat, senior guard Kevin Kozan.
Ulis scored 25 points and had five rebounds, seven assists and three steals. He shot 9-for-15 from the field. Game after game, Ulis is making a case that he’s the state’s top guard.
“I’m definitely spoiled. He’s just beautiful to watch,” Marian Catholic coach Mike Taylor said. “Teams win because of great players and he’s a great player. I don’t think there is a high school kid that has done what he has all year.”
Kozan scored 10 in the first half but managed only five in the second when Ulis switched over to guard him.
“I was watching in the first half when (John Oliver) was guarding him,” Ulis said. “I saw the crossover he liked to use and I was ready for it.”
Ulis stole the ball twice from Kozan in the second half.
Miles Boykin, a 6-foot-5 sophomore, had a big third quarter for Providence, scoring nine points to help get the Celtics back in the game. A three-pointer from Kozan with 7:03 to play made it 41-32, but the Spartans responded with a 9-0 run.
Boykin finished with 15 points and seven rebounds. Tom O’Halloran didn’t score, but grabbed 10 rebounds for the Celtics (10-7).
“Kozan just has to do so much,” Trendel said. “It’s tough when they use the box-and-one on him. We need a couple of other guys to step up.”
Terrone Parham Jr. scored 10 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds for Marian Catholic (15-1).