Boys Basketball McDipper 41 semifinals: Ulis leads Marian Catholic past Joliet Central
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media December 28, 2013 11:10PM
Tyler Ulis, of Marian Catholic, makes a move against Joliet Central for the semifinals of the McDipper Tournament at Rich South, Saturday, December 28th, 2013, in Richton Park| Gary Middendorf/for Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 27, 2014 4:24AM
Sharing is caring for Marian Catholic senior Tyler Ulis.
Ulis dished eight assists and finished with 13 points in less than three quarters of play as the Spartans ran past Joliet Central 63-43 Saturday night in a McDipper semifinal at Rich South.
The Kentucky-bound Ulis hit a 25-foot three-pointer to open the contest, and then made Joliet Central pay by blowing past defenders and finding teammates cutting to the lane or posting up on the perimeter.
“That’s what I tried to add to my game over the summer — that deep ball,” Ulis said. “If I can knock down that deep shot, I can get into the lane and open things up for my teammates.”
No passes were prettier than a pair of assists Ulis gift-wrapped to Terrone Parham (12 points). The first was a cross-court feed in transition for a layup, the second a no-look pass under the basket for another score at the rim.
“He’s as good as they come from the guard position,” Joliet Central coach Jeff Corcoran said.” He’s composed, within the system, doing what he’s supposed to do and finding open people.”
Josh Cohn and John Oliver added eight points apiece for Marian (9-1). Oliver, one of the team’s unsung heroes, added three steals and finished 4-for-5 from the floor.
“I feel like if I can get it going defensively for my team, we get into transition and get those quick, easy buckets,” Oliver said. “We’re not the biggest, so we like to get under people’s skin.”
Antonio Dyson had 12 points and Jonah Coble added 11 to pace Joliet Central (9-3), which trailed 20-8 after the opening quarter and struggled to get into offensive sets.
“They’re one of the best teams we’re going to see, but you can’t come out and perform on a stage like that,” Corcoran said.
Holding a 50-25 lead, Marian coach Mike Taylor pulled Ulis and the rest of the starters at the 1:38 mark of the third quarter. None would reenter.
The Spartans are now set to defend their McDipper crown against Thornton Monday at 7 p.m.
“I’m really ready to play Thornton,” Ulis said. “Me and J.P. (Thornton’s Jamani Pierce), we play Meanstreet (AAU) ball together, so we talked about this game all summer. He was talking a lot of trash over the summer so I can’t wait to get that game.”