Boys Basketball: Crete-Monee rally stuns Mount Carmel
By Bill Harrison For Sun-Times Media December 22, 2012 11:06PM
Updated: February 21, 2013 2:11AM
With Mount Carmel winning the Class 8A state title in football and Crete-Monee winning the Class 6A title, a football game between the two probably would have been pretty exciting.
Saturday night at the Crete-Monee shootout, the fans had to settle for a basketball game, and that turned out to be pretty exciting, too. Especially in the final three minutes of the fourth quarter when the Warriors erased a 10-point Caravan lead to force overtime.
In the end, the Warriors prevailed 70-68, shocking the Caravan while maintaining a never-say-die persona.
“We changed into a defensive team and that changed the game for us,” said Laquon Treadwell, who scored the tying basket in regulation off a steal and assist by Marvie Keith. “We put pressure on them all the way up the court and that gave us momentum.
“Once we tied the game up that gave us a little hope.”
Treadwell, in just his third game back, finished with 19 points, including three in the extra session. Mark Conner also had 19, including four in overtime. Keith had 16, including three in overtime.
The Caravan (4-6) led 57-47 with 3:08 left when they started getting careless with the ball. A 10-0 run by the Warriors sparked by four turnovers followed.
Tyler Williams had two of the four steals during the run, which was capped by a four-point play by Williams with 40 seconds left and the steal and basket by Keith and Treadwell with 2.8 seconds left.
In overtime the Warriors (9-1) took their first lead of the game after a pair of free throws by Brandon Johnson.
Eight lead changes followed, the last on a pair of free throws by Keith with 4.2 seconds left that broke a 68-68 tie.
The Caravan had one last chance, but a running three-point attempt by Christian Searles hit the back of the rim.
“I told the kids we had timeouts left and just hold the ball, but for some reason we panicked,” Mount Carmel coach Mike Flaherty said. “We haven’t been real good with the ball lately.”
Searles had a game-high 22 points for the Caravan, including eight in overtime. Gabriel Grant added 21 points before fouling out with 1:10 left in overtime and his team up 68-66. He had five of the 13 three-pointers by the Caravan.
“We knew we could play harder than we did the whole game and we did,” Crete-Monee coach Tom Cappel said. “Our trap was the difference in the end and we didn’t move much of it during the game.”