Boys Basketball: Chicago Christian can’t keep up with Immaculate Conception
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media December 21, 2012 11:32PM
Updated: January 24, 2013 6:35AM
For a quarter Friday night, Chicago Christian’s 1-3-1 trap gave Immaculate Conception fits.
The rest of the way, it was the visiting Knights’ aggressive play that caused all the headaches as Immaculate Conception pulled away in the second half for a 57-46 win in a Suburban Christian Gold game in Palos Heights.
“That 1-3-1 trap, they run it on every level and they do a great job executing it,” Immaculate Conception coach T.J. Tyrrell said. “It took us a little while to settle down. Once we started executing, you saw how worn out (Chicago Christian) got.”
Clark Brinkman poured in 22 points and had 10 rebounds to lead Immaculate Conception (8-3, 3-1). Demetrius Carr added 18 points and six rebounds and Rhaushaun Epting had 14 points and seven rebounds.
Corey Bulthuis (17 points) and Zach Bulthuis (7 points, 12 rebounds) led Chicago Christian (3-6, 0-3).
“Corey shot the ball decently, but our shot selection was abysmal overall,” Chicago Christian coach Kevin Pittman said. “We got pushed around a bit and instead of getting tough, we went to the perimeter and jacked up threes.”
Early on, the hosts were doing it inside and out. Corey Bulthuis, Brad Kiers and Brenden Wolinski all hit treys while Corey and Zach Bulthuis each converted a back-door layup as Chicago Christian jumped out to a 17-11 lead.
Carr and Brinkman took over in the second quarter. Carr hit two treys before Brinkman scored six straight points inside as Immaculate Conception opened a 28-20 lead before it was trimmed to 28-25 at the break.
“After that first quarter, we knew what we were doing,” Brinkman said. “We knew we had to pick up our defense to get our offense going.”
After shooting 6-of-12 from the field in the first quarter, Chicago Christian was just 6-of-26 in the middle two quarters. Carr matched up with Corey Bulthuis and slowed him.
Immaculate Conception began a 12-2 run midway through the third to pull away good.
“I’m thoroughly disgusted,” Pittman said. “Defensively, we were bad and offensively, we were worse.”