Boys Basketball: Laquon Treadwell sparks Crete-Monee over Thornton
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media December 26, 2012 3:48PM
Crete-Monee's Mark Conner floats in for two against Thornton Wednesday in first-round play at the McDipper Tournament at Rich South High School in Richton Park. Mary Beth Nolan~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 28, 2013 3:46PM
Missing a Christmas Eve practice because he was sick, Crete-Monee’s Laquon Treadwell found himself on the bench for the opening tip of the Warriors’ McDipper opener Wednesday against rival Thornton at Rich South.
He adjusted well.
Pouring in 14 points in the second quarter alone on the way to 25 overall, Treadwell’s instant offense sparked Crete-Monee to a convincing 73-56 win over the Wildcats.
“It’s a little different because starting you get into that rhythm early,” Treadwell said. “Off the bench, you just have to come with intensity. That’s easy to me. I pick up the flow quickly.”
The senior forward had a 10-of-10 shooting effort from the field, and added 15 rebounds. Mark Conner (17 points) and Brandon Johnson (12 points, 9 rebounds) chipped in for the ninth-ranked Warriors (10-1).
Crete-Monee will play King, a 67-62 winner over Bolingbrook, at 4 p.m. Thursday in the quarterfinals.
After sitting the entire first quarter, Treadwell exploded off the bench in the second.
His six points, including an acrobatic, double-clutch layup, sparked a 10-0 run that helped the Warriors build a 12-point lead and eventually claim a 35-26 halftime advantage.
“With Mark and Marvie (Keith), defenses have to worry about them,” Treadwell said. “With that, it can be easy to find gaps.”
Holding an eight-point advantage to open the fourth, Crete-Monee was dominant in the frame with Treadwell, Keith and Conner leading the way.
Pressing Thornton and attacking the basket with abandon, the Warriors sprinted away from the Wildcats. Conner and Treadwell closed the game in style, both seniors throwing down vicious dunks in the final minute.
“Laquon really came on,” Crete coach Tom Cappel said. “When we come to fight, we’re pretty good.”
Brian Nicholson (14 points), Justin Taylor (12) and Justin Montgomery (10) led Thornton (3-6).
“We weren’t rebounding, and they got a lot of easy shots,” Thornton coach Troy Jackson.
“We couldn’t make up that deficit. We got close, but my team is young, and I like this team.”