Boys Basketball: Bolingbrook bows to Marian Catholic
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media December 26, 2011 11:20PM
Marian's Tyler Ulis goes up, over and through the Bolingbrook defense. | | John Smierciak~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 28, 2012 8:14AM
Playing for the first time since a Dec. 14 game against Neuqua Valley, Bolingbrook took the court Monday at the 39th McDipper Tournament and hit the ground running.
The Raiders scored three baskets in less than 90 seconds against Marian Catholic to go up 7-0. The outburst did not carry over, though, as Bolingbrook struggled to maintain the offensive intensity in a 57-44 defeat.
“We couldn’t get in rhythm offensively, and their pressure hurt us in particular on the wing,” Bolingbrook coach Rob Brost said. “When we did get the ball inside a couple times, our kids couldn’t finish like they could or should. When you fall behind against a guard like [Marian’s Tyler Ulis], it’s hard to get back.”
Ben Moore was the lone double-digit scorer for Bolingbrook (5-4) with 16 points and six rebounds. Alec Boyd added eight points for the Raiders who will play Corliss at noon today.
Ulis led Marian (6-3) with 16 points, with Erik Crittenden adding 12 points.
The Spartans recovered from Bolingbrook’s early punch, holding a 38-30 advantage through three quarters. A Nick Malonga three-point play early in the fourth brought the Raiders to within striking distance at 38-33.
The wheels came off, though, as Marian rattled off nine unanswered points before Ricky McNutt scored inside for Bolingbrook with 4:20 left to go.
“We just missed too many shots in that stretch,” Brost said. “Lot of 50-50 balls that we didn’t get, and we didn’t take care of the ball.”
Josh Little scored two quick buckets as the lead shrank to 47-39, but Ulis and Co. answered. After finding Crittenden for a short jumper, Ulis hit a running floater the next time down the court for Marian.
“The second half when we made the run we did things much better,” Brost said. “But when you don’t do the little things, you’re not going to beat a good team like Marian.”
Rich South 56, Joliet Central 53: Jonah Coble scored 16 points and Jalen Heath tacked on 14 to pace Joliet Central (5-4).
Prairie Central Tournament
Lexington 53, Reed-Custer 40: Ryan Johnson scored 14 points to guide Reed-Custer (5-6).
Plainfield Central Invitational: Medalist Justin Vandenburg had a six-game pinfall total of 1,287 in leading Lockport (5,910) to the team title at Plainfield’s Pioneer Lanes. John Isit (1,238) added a fifth-place finish for the Porters. Plainfield North teammates Zack Berndl (1,211) and Peter Bednarz (1,200) were sixth and seventh, respectively. Zack Segatto (1,195), of Minooka, came in eighth. Plainfield Central (5,567) was third in the team standings, one spot ahead of Minooka (5,563) and two places better tan Plainfield North (5,514).
Contributing: Josh Krockey