Boys Basketball: Seton overruns Marist
An adage of the game of basketball is about making runs. Seton turned the formula upside down against host Marist on Tuesday night. They stopped the RedHawks dead in their tracks.
The No. 9 Sting held Marist scoreless for the game’s opening 9:30 and used spectacular individual performances from senior stars Mark Weems Jr. and Alex Foster to post the impressive 62-41 victory in a match-up of Catholic League and East Suburban Catholic powers.
“For us, everything starts with defense and that’s our mind-set when we come into every game,” said Purdue-recruit Foster, a 6-foot-7 forward who posted a monster double-double with 20 points and 14 rebounds.
Foster scored eight points and Weems Jr. added four as Seton (17-9) ran out to a 12-0 lead after the first quarter. Marist has too many high-powered weapons of its own, and the RedHawks naturally made a run. Weems Jr. helped shut it down before it spread.
The guard scored 15 of his game-high 26 points in the second half to power the Sting. Marist star L.J. McIntosh finally broke through when he nailed a 19-footer from the right wing with 6:30 remaining in the half. It momentarily ignited the RedHawks, who scored 20 points in the final 61/2 minutes of the quarter.
McIntosh’s steal and length of the floor drive pulled the RedHawks to within 25-20 at the break. His dazzling drive and reverse layup at the start of the third quarter brought Marist to the threshold, turning the seemingly one-sided game into a one-possession game.
Weems Jr. took charge. He scored eight points in the third quarter, including five points during a crucial 14-4 Seton run that restored its double-digit advantage. He added five assists and four steals.
Weems Jr. and Foster combined for 11 fourth quarter points to turn the game into a rout.
Marist coach Gene Nolan attributed his team’s offensive struggles to a withering combination of Seton’s aggressive pressure and his own team’s struggle to execute.
“You have to give Seton a lot of credit,” Nolan said. “They really got into us defensively at the start, and when we did get good looks, we didn’t hit the shots.”
Seton’s offensive rebounding prowess also underlined its dominance. Nine of the Sting’s 20 third-quarter points originated from putbacks or offensive rebounds.
“We got out of position in our (defensive) rotations because we had to help so much on the ball,” Nolan said. “Defensively, there’s no answer for an offensive rebound.”
McIntosh scored 19 points to lead the RedHawks, while Lexus Williams added seven. McIntosh’s two baskets constituted Marist’s only field goals of the fourth quarter.