Boys Basketball: Crete-Monee storms past Rich South
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media January 18, 2013 10:22PM
Updated: February 21, 2013 6:33AM
Thursday night, Laquon Treadwell — the nation’s top wide receiver recruit — committed to play football for the red and blue of Ole Miss.
Friday night, Rich South likely was wishing Treadwell was wearing a red-and-blue Rich South jersey on the court.
Treadwell controlled the paint and showed an outside shooting touch in scoring 18 points and pulling in 11 rebounds while Tyler Williams poured in 19 points as host Crete-Monee topped Rich South 63-57 in a Southland Conference contest.
“I was really excited to come back,” said Treadwell, who missed the Warriors’ Jan. 11 loss to Bloom while on a recruiting visit to Oklahoma State. “I wanted to give the team a boost and I just wanted to play with energy.”
Mark Conner added 16 points, seven in the fourth quarter, for No. 10 Crete-Monee (14-4, 2-2).
Demitri Strickland paced Rich South (7-10, 2-3) with 17 points and nine rebounds.
Williams scored seven points and Treadwell five during a third-quarter-opening 16-5 Warriors run that turned a 24-23 halftime deficit into a 43-31 lead. Rich South committed six turnovers during the stretch.
“We picked up the intensity and the ball pressure,” Treadwell said. “I like to put pressure on the ball.”
Rich South cut the lead to 50-46 midway through the fourth, but Williams converted a runner and the Warriors never looked back.
“I just try to take what’s open and never force anything,” Williams said. “That was a big shot, and I knew I had to knock it down for our team.”
Treadwell scored eight points, and hit two of his three three-pointers, in the first quarter to help the Warriors lead 12-11 after one.
“The bad thing was when he made those threes,” Rich South coach Scot Ritter said. “We wanted to take the drive away, so when he hits those, it’s tough.
“We came out for the second half with no energy. This is a trend. We have a quarter every game where we’re just not in it.”
Myles McCoy scored nine points and Bryce Lydon eight for the Stars.