Boys Basketball: Seton surge stings Hales Franciscan
By Bill Harrison For Sun-Times Media February 8, 2013 9:38PM
Updated: March 11, 2013 6:33AM
For Seton, the third quarter was just what the doctor ordered Friday night against Hales Franciscan in the Catholic South.
For Hales? A true nightmare from start to finish.
A 12-0 run by the Sting started the period and a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Damian Evans ended it. The Sting went from trailing by one to leading by 20 en route to a 68-54 win on Senior Night.
“We just wanted to speed things up a little bit because we didn’t like the pace of the game in the first half,” Seton coach Brandon Thomas said. “We spent a lot of time all week working on our halfcourt man-to-man defense. We took a chance and sped things up.”
Hales coach Gary London finally had enough with just under two minutes to play in the third. He went from one side of the bench to the other, arms crossed and apparently done coaching for the evening.
His team committed nine turnovers, was called for 12 fouls and was outscored 26-5 in that period. He eventually regained his composure and went back to his seat next to the scorer’s table.
“I was just trying to make a point with the kids,” London said. “We got into that little stretch there where we played selfish basketball. I think they got the message, because after that they started sharing the basketball.”
Mark Weems Jr. had 18 points to lead the Sting (16-9, 8-2) while Minnesota recruit Alex Foster added 17 points, eight rebounds and five blocks despite being in foul trouble most of the night.
Shaquon Alexander had 18 points to lead the Spartans (12-12, 4-6).