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Boys Basketball: Crete-Monee gets better of Thornton

Thornton's JustTaylor tries pass under pressure from Crete-Monee's Mark Conner (center) Edward Blackful. | Jean Lachat~For Sun-Times Media

Thornton's Justin Taylor tries to pass under pressure from Crete-Monee's Mark Conner (center) and Edward Blackful. | Jean Lachat~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: April 1, 2013 11:51AM



Football field or basketball court, Crete-Monee’s Laquon Treadwell has heard it all.

So in the second quarter of Wednesday night’s Class 4A Marian Catholic Regional semifinal, when Treadwell lost his handle on what would have been a fast-break dunk, he heard all about it from the Thornton students.

“Stick with football!”

It was Treadwell who got the last laugh, though, with a huge third-quarter effort in Crete-Monee’s 72-56 win.

“You hear it from each and every player on the court, too, not just the fans,” Treadwell said. “I was a little surprised by the fans, but I didn’t let it get to me.”

Treadwell finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for Crete-Monee (19-8) with Tyler Williams (13 points), Marvie Keith (12) and Edward Blackful (10) also chipping in. The Warriors will face No. 2 Marian Catholic at 7:30 p.m. Friday for the regional title.

With the Warriors leading 32-29 early in the third period, Treadwell shook off a relatively quiet eight-point first half, finding Blackful on a cut for an easy bucket.

Treadwell’s vicious alley-oop dunk on a fast break pass from Mark Conner put Crete-Monee up 39-31 with less than six to go in the third. The star senior added another assist, a huge block and scored three more baskets, including a rebound of his own miss as the third-period buzzer sounded.

“I was able to get the ball more and make some plays for my team,” Treadwell said. “We were rolling, and we were able to move the ball more.”

Treadwell’s putback at the buzzer put Crete up 51-40. Thornton (14-12) got no closer than nine points in the fourth quarter.

The Wildcats finished with 21 turnovers to just 10 for Crete-Monee.

“We couldn’t handle their trap and kept turning it (the ball) over,” Thornton coach Troy Jackson said. “I thought we played well offensively, but we couldn’t stop them.”

Thornton hit six three-pointers in the first quarter on 6-of-8 shooting but finished 9-of-23 from three-point range. Justin Taylor (5-of-8 three-point shooting) led the Wildcats with 26 points, with Rayshoun Bruce (10 points) and Da’Marques Turner (8 points, 7 assists) also contributing.



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