Boys Basketball: Marian Catholic overruns Marist
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media February 8, 2013 9:28PM
Updated: March 11, 2013 6:34AM
When host Marist opened Friday night’s game against Marian Catholic in a box-and-one defense, the intention was clear:
Marian star Tyler Ulis was not going to beat them.
For the Spartans’ Joshua Cohn and Terrone Parham Jr., consider the challenge accepted.
“When they chose the box-and-one, we knew we had to step up,” Cohn said. “It’s not the first time we’ve seen it so step up and hit some shots.”
Cohn finished with 17 points for No. 2 Marian, to go with efforts from Parham (15 points) and Ulis (12 points, 6 assists, 5 steals) in a 62-42 East Suburban Catholic win.
The win set a program best for wins for Marian (23-3, 4-2), improving on the previous mark of 22 set by the 2005-06 team.
Cohn and Parham wasted little time forcing Marist to adjust its strategy. Cohn drilled three three-pointers in the first quarter while Parham added one. Ulis assisted on three more baskets as the Spartans raced to a 20-5 advantage through one period.
“When that first one drops, it’s a good feeling because you know you’ve got that potential to get hot,” a smiling Cohn said.
Ulis kept dishing the ball to his teammates, finally getting on track offensively in the third quarter with two highlight-reel layups. Marian opened the third on a 10-3 run to blow open a 29-19 halftime lead.
“We’d practiced for a 1-3-1 zone,” Ulis said. “I have a ton of faith in my guys. I know they will knock down their shots, and they did. I tried not to force things and found my teammates instead.”
As for the program mark for wins in a season, the Spartans will enjoy it — and they hope many more.
“We never take anything lightly,” Cohn said. “We’ve got 23 wins, but we’re looking at the bigger picture to go downstate.”
Lexus Williams scored 18 points and L.J. McIntosh had 14 of his own for No. 10 Marist (16-7, 3-3).