Boys Basketball: Mount Carmel comes up big vs. St. Joseph
By George Wilcox For Sun-Times Media January 31, 2014 10:02PM
Christian Searles, of Mount Carmel, hits the outside three-point shot against St. Joseph at Mount Carmel, Friday, January 31st, 2014, in Chicago. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 3, 2014 5:37PM
Mount Carmel 65, St. Joseph 58
Host Mount Carmel (16-6, 7-2) won its seventh consecutive game while short-handed St. Joseph (16-4, 8-1) suffered its first loss in the Catholic League North.
The Caravan took a 47-38 lead into the fourth quarter by scoring seven of eight points to end the period. St. Joseph leading scorer Glynn Watson (22 points, 6 rebounds) did not score in the third quarter after having 13 points in the first half.
Mount Carmel hasn’t lost since guard Christian Searles returned to the lineup from an injury. Fellow guard David Nichols scored a game-high 23 points, including three three-pointers, while Searles added 19 points and two three-pointers. Searles also shot 5-of-8 at the free-throw line. The Caravan made 7-of-18 three-pointers.
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St. Joseph coach Gene Pingatore said starting guard Jordan Ash (knee) could return to practice next week. The Chargers also played without 6-foot-6 Jon Johnson (strep throat) and 6-9 Nick Rakocevic missed the first quarter after breaking a team rule earlier in the week.
“(Coach Mike Flaherty) is teaching us to play as a team. Everyone is buying in. Everyone is executing. We are playing team basketball.” — Nichols