Boys Basketball: Bloom tops Crete-Monee to reach McDipper final
By Jeff Vorva For Sun-Times Media December 28, 2012 11:38PM
Bloom's Dejahown Freeman (2) puts a shot up against Crete-Monee's Laquon Treadwell (10) during their McDipper semifinal game in Richton Park Friday, December 28, 2012. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 31, 2013 6:41AM
It’s not exactly the most original nickname in the world, but it works for Bloom guard Dejahown Freeman.
“Sometimes my teammates call me the ‘Hot Hand’, ’’ Freeman said. “Whenever I get a good look, I jack it up.”
Freeman’s hand was on fire Friday night. He sank five three-pointers, and had five points and a steal in the final 2 minutes, 25 seconds during a 10-0 run to help the No. 10 SouthtownStar Blazing Trojans a 51-46 come-from-behind victory over No. 9 Crete-Monee in the semifinals of the 40th McDipper Tournament in Richton Park.
Freeman (20 points) also hit three three-pointers in the second quarter to help the Blazing Trojans to a 16-5 advantage in the second quarter. Bloom led 26-14 at halftime.
Bloom (9-2) will try to become the first team since Thornton (2004, ’05) to win back-to-back McDipper titles. It will face Marian Catholic in the title game at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Crete-Monee (11-2) missed out on its fourth straight championship-game appearance in the tournament. In 2011, the Warriors dropped a 52-45 decision to Bloom in the title game.
Zerell Jackson added 13 points, including four in the final 10-0 run for Bloom.
“We survived this one,” Bloom coach Jasper Williams said. “It was a great team win. We played flat in the third quarter but played Bloom basketball in the fourth quarter.”
Crete-Monee, which scored five points in a 10:12 span in the first half, heated up in the third when Tyler Williams scored eight points after not shooting the ball in the first half. His scoring helped the Warriors to a 36-35 lead after three.
The Warriors took their biggest lead in the game at 46-41 with 2:25 left before giving up the final 10 points. Marvie Keith led Crete-Monee with 18 points and seven rebounds.
“This was a tough one to lose — my face is still pulsating,” Warriors coach Tom Cappel said. “But Bloom is a great team. We’ll see them again.”
The two teams are scheduled for Southland Conference battles Jan. 11 in Chicago Heights and Feb. 15 in Crete.
Rich East 69, Rich South 64: Ron Lawton’s game-high 30 points helped Rich East (6-3) advance to the fifth-place game. Nick Horne added 14 points and five rebounds for the Rockets. Demitri Strickland led Rich South (6-6) with 19 points and seven rebounds. Jaylen Zachery tacked on 17 points for the Stars.
Thornton 66, Tinley Park 55: Brian Nicholson scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Thornton (4-7) in the consolation bracket. Rayshoun Bruce added 17 points and nine rebounds for the Wildcats. Vince Gooden’s 18 points were the most for Tinley Park (4-9).
Rich Central 77, Corliss 61: Jalen Miller had game-high 28 points for Rich Central (5-8) in consolation play. Arthur Sutton chipped in 14 points, seven rebounds and four steals for the Olympians.
Contributing: Josh Krockey