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Boys Basketball: Marian Catholic too much for Marist

Marian Catholic's Christopher Aust(10) shoots jumper against Marist. | Allen Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media

Marian Catholic's Christopher Austin (10) shoots a jumper against Marist. | Allen Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 3, 2014 5:38PM



Marist faced an uphill task with a full roster Friday night against Marian Catholic.

Without the services of 6-foot-5 senior Nic Weishar, the RedHawks’ effort proved futile.

Marian led by 13 at halftime before blitzing visiting Marist with an 11-0 run to start the third quarter and cruised to a 57-44 win in East Suburban Catholic Conference play.

The Spartans (16-2 overall, 4-0 ESCC) stretched their lead to as many as 29 points midway through the third quarter before coach Mike Taylor went to his reserves the remainder of the game.

“It was a sigh of relief,” Taylor said of seeing Weishar (sprained ankle) in street clothes. “His presence and leadership is huge. That’s what they miss most.”

Even with limited action, point guard Tyler Ulis had the crowd awestruck at times and finished with 15 points. Josh Cohn led Marian with 16.

Ulis converted a three-point play and buried a step-back three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Spartans a 16-7 lead after one period.

Marist (15-5, 2-2) used a 7-0 run, keyed by a three from Brian Holland and buckets from Jeremiah Ferguson and Kevin Lerma, to close to within 19-14. That’s as close as the RedHawks would get on this night.

The Spartans closed the half with a 15-7 spurt, then raced out of the gates in the third quarter with an 11-0 run for a 45-21 lead.

“They can hurt you in so many ways,” Marist coach Gene Nolan said. “Obviously, Tyler is a great player. But they have other guys who can make plays. When they went on that run to start the third quarter that hurt us.”

Cohn later canned consecutive threes to extend the margin to 51-22 at 3:59 of the third.

The offensive outburst pleased Cohn, who has been working hard on finding his shooting stroke.

“I’ve been getting to the gym early and working on my shot,” he said. “Just going back to the basics.”

Ferguson was the only RedHawk to reach double digits in scoring with 10 points. Brian Holland added nine points, all coming on threes. Marist converted 16-of-36 field-goal attempts, including 5-of-19 from beyond the arc.

Even with their starters on the pines over the final 12 minutes, Marist still finished a respectable 22-of-46 from the field.

Xavier Parker led the 11 reserves off the Spartans bench with eight points.

“We started playing as a team defensively during that spurt in the third quarter,” Taylor said. “That’s how we score — off our defense.”



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