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Boys Basketball: Carmel upends Marist 48-38

Mundelein-1/11/14 Sat./Carmel High School #4 Chamar Hawkins Marist looks for opening vs. Carmel. Joe Shuman/For Sun-Times Media

Mundelein-1/11/14, Sat./Carmel High School #4 Chamar Hawkins, of Marist looks for a opening vs. Carmel. Joe Shuman/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: February 13, 2014 6:53AM



It took one half of basketball, but Carmel found its legs.

One night after spending over three hours in traffic to get to Joliet for its game against Joliet Catholic — a trip that ended with an after-midnight return to campus — Carmel played lethargically for the first 16 minutes Saturday night against East Suburban Catholic Conference foe Marist. But the host Corsairs flipped a 24-19 halftime deficit into a 48-38 victory thanks to a suffocating defense and an opportunistic offense.

“We just had to start finishing. It wasn’t just about X’s and O’s. We needed to execute,” senior guard Billy Kirby said.

That directive began as soon as the second-half whistle was blown. Carmel (12-3, 2-1) scored the first eight points of the half, taking its first lead of the game on a basket by sophomore C.J. Duff with 2:56 remaining in the third quarter. That made the score 25-24.

Marist (12-3, 1-1) did not score its first points of the quarter until senior guard Brian Holland’s three-point basket tied the game at 27 with 1:50 left in third.

Marist led 33-31 with just under seven minutes left in the final quarter when Duff (11 points) drained a three-point basket. The hoop was the catalyst for a 7-0 Carmel run that saw the Corsairs seize the lead for good.

But Carmel’s defense was the story. Marist managed just five baskets in the second half, one in the final four minutes of action.

“I thought the pace was good. We just couldn’t make shots. They did a good job of jamming us on close-outs,” Marist coach Gene Nolan said. “I give credit to Carmel. They are a good team, very sound with kids who understand their roles very well.”

The Redhawks played without forward Nic Weishar. The 6-foot-5 senior sprained his right ankle in the game against Lindblom on Thursday. He was in street clothes and using crutches. His status is uncertain for the Redhawks’ home game against St. Laurence on Tuesday.

Marist was led by Holland, who finished with 17 points, although 14 of those were in the first half.

Senior center Jack George led Carmel with 14 points, while senior forward Michael Barr had 12.

“We didn’t get a lot of time to think about or talk about stuff (from Friday night),” Carmel coach Tim Bowen said. “They did a pretty good job coming back.”



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