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Boys Basketball: Joliet West rises to occasion, edges Crete-Monee

Joliet West's Morris Dunnigan goes up for shot contested by Crete-Monee's LaquTreadwell. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun-Times Media

Joliet West's Morris Dunnigan goes up for a shot contested by Crete-Monee's Laquon Treadwell. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: February 23, 2013 6:22AM



The outcome of Monday’s Crete-Monee vs. Joliet West game at the Joliet Central MLK Day of Hoops extended beyond the win-loss column.

The Warriors and Tigers will be competing in the Class 4A Thornton Sectional, and the winner of Monday’s contest likely could receive a higher seed.

That’s why when the game ended, West coach Luke Yaklich had a big smile on his face and Crete-Monee’s Tom Cappel more of a scowl. The Tigers held off a short-handed Warriors squad 68-63.

“We had been circling this game on the calendar since we left Pontiac (Christmas tournament),” Yaklich said. “It was a big sectional game for us.”

And an entertaining one, despite Crete-Monee playing the majority of the game without Marvie Keith (injury) and Laquon Treadwell (foul trouble).

Keith left the game early in the first quarter after suffering a head injury and never returned.

Treadwell was plagued by foul trouble throughout and fouled out with 4:20 remaining and the Warriors down 59-55.

“I would have liked to have played with a full team,” Cappel said. “This was a big game for us in terms of playoff seeding. We needed it.”

The Warriors (14-5) almost got it.

Tyler Williams had a major hand in keeping Crete-Monee close. His basket from the baseline with 22 seconds remaining brought the Warriors to within 64-63.

Williams finished with a team-high 21 points.

West’s Carl Terrell, however, converted four free throws down the stretch to secure the victory.

“Terrell wants the ball in those situations,” Yaklich said. “We did a great job of executing and getting him the ball in those situations.”

Brandon McCullum led West (11-5) with 19 points, followed by Morris Dunnigan with 18 and Terrell with 11. West converted 23-of-51 field goals, including 6-of-18 from beyond the arc, and was 16-of-23 from the foul line.

Mark Conner complimented Williams’ effort with 20 points for Crete-Monee, 18 coming in the first three quarters. Treadwell was held to six points, but converted an alley-oop pass from Conner into a thunderous dunk in the first half.

Crete-Monee was 24-of-47 from the field and 13-of-18 from the stripe.



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