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Boys Basketball: Mount Carmel pulls away from St. Francis de Sales

Updated: January 24, 2013 6:35AM



Mount Carmel guard Christian Searles said he’s still finding his way on the court after missing time while playing with the Caravan’s Class 8A state championship football team.

The junior can call off his search.

Searles poured in a career-high 28 points as the Caravan used a crisp offense to rack up assists in an 80-59 Catholic League South victory Friday night over St. Frances de Sales.

“(Searles) did some incredible stuff,” St. Francis coach Kevin Wolfe said. “We knew he was a good ballhandler, but we didn’t know he could get his shot off in space that quickly.”

Searles buried five three-pointers, including one from NBA distance. The three from deep was the first of consecutive treys coming on passes from Nick Johnson as the Caravan (4-5, 2-2) upped the lead to 54-33.

“Once I shot in the one from deep, everything was downhill form there,” Searles said. “I practice those kinds of shots, and coach (Mike Flaherty) allows me to shoot it because he knows I put in the work.”

Johnson scored 10 points and pulled down nine boards. Gabriel Grant scored 14 points, showcasing a feathery jump shot.

St. Francis (2-10, 1-3) played without leading scorer Tyler Streeter (illness). Raashod Fenner led the Pioneers with 21 points and nine rebounds, while Derrick Dawson chipped in 13 and five assists.

Mount Carmel converted 31 field goals off 18 assists, with eight players recording assists.

“When we drive and kick and share the ball, that’s when we play well,” Searles added. “Sometimes we do too much 1-on-1 and that’s when we put ourselves in a hole.”

“Christian played very well,” Flaherty said. “Once he and our football guys really get their legs under them, I think we’ll be a pretty good team.”



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