Boys Basketball: Seton handles test from Providence
By Tony Baranek firstname.lastname@example.org January 18, 2013 11:18PM
Alex Foster, of Seton, blocks a shot by Providence's Miles Boykin at Seton Academy, Friday, January 18th, 2013 in South Holland. l Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 21, 2013 6:33AM
Bigger dogfights lie ahead.
But the one Providence provided Friday night most definitely got the attention of Seton coach Brandon Thomas, who made some changes before the host Sting pulled away down the stretch for a 61-50 victory.
Mark Weems Jr. totaled 22 points, while Alex Foster added 11 points and 11 rebounds for Seton (13-8, 6-1), which defended its part of the turf at the top of the Catholic League South it shares with future opponents Brother Rice and St. Rita.
Kevin Kozan provided 12 points and six rebounds and Miles Boykin, Jay Ramadurai and Nick DiNardi tallied nine points each for Providence (10-9, 3-3).
The early portion of the game was more or less a track meet, and a test of perimeter precision.
Providence, which had five threes in the first half, hit for three in a row at the start of the second period, the last of which by Tom O’Halloran put the Celtics up 27-18.
Seton, however, found its range soon after and hit for three of its own. It all washed out with a three at the buzzer by Christopher Seaton that left the Sting in front at the half 33-32.
“They shot the ball well,” Thomas said of Providence. “We wanted to see if we could speed them up, but when you speed things up and you give them the looks and they’re making them ... that’s not something we wanted to continue to do.
“So we switched it up, put more of a half-court man-to-man on them and really just gave Kozan more attention.”
Kozan, who had a team-leading 10 points for Providence in the first half, scored just two points the rest of the way. The Celtics, in general, fell into a malaise of turnovers and poor shooting. During one stretch from the midway point of the third quarter to the midway point of the fourth, they commited nine giveaways and were 1-of-17 from the field.
Leading 44-39 after three quarters, Seton put the game away in the fourth as Weems and Foster combined to shoot 11-of-12 from the free-throw line.
“We’ve played these guys to great games three years in a row and they just wear us down,” Providence coach Tim Trendel said. “Weems is one of the best around, and their pressure is one of best we played.
“The legs went on us and we went through two bad spots where we stopped running offense and that was the difference in the game.”