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Boys Basketball: Ulis, Marian Catholic run past T.F. North 67-48

Marian Catholic's John Oliver (left) cries out paas T. F. North's Christian Johns(right) steps his foot as he drives basket

Marian Catholic's John Oliver (left) cries out in pain as T. F. North's Christian Johnson (right) steps on his foot as he drives on the basket during the Crete-Monee boys basketball shootout in Crete, Il., on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. | John Smierciak/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: December 22, 2013 2:17AM



Saddled with two quick fouls Saturday, Marian Catholic’s Tyler Ulis took a seat on the bench.

The Kentucky-bound guard wouldn’t be there long.

Returning to the court in the second quarter, Ulis dropped in a hanging jumper. Then a baseline pull-up. Then a pair of free throws. The Spartans were off and running and not slowing down.

Coming off an emotional comeback win Friday over Benet, Marian Catholic had no letdown Saturday. The Spartans took down T.F. North 67-48 at the Crete-Monee Shootout.

“We wanted to turn it up defensively and get some steals,” Ulis said. “Defensively, me and K.J. (Crawford) got those steals, turned it up that way.”

Ulis finished with 22 points, five assists and four steals to pace Marian Catholic (6-1).

Terrone Parham (10 points) and Crawford (9 points, 3 steals) also contributed for the Spartans.

Jahari Dix (13 points) and Dirk Jordan (12 points) led T.F. North (5-2) in defeat.

Coming back with a vengeance in the second period, Ulis picked his moments and was careful not to pick up a third foul that would have sent him right back to the bench next to Marian coach Mike Taylor.

“Tyler knows when (to go), and he’s got a good pulse on the game,” Taylor said. “He knows when he has to exert himself and when to get the other guys involved.”

Ulis’ personal 6-0 run put Marian up 23-13 early in the second, and the Spartans eventually claimed a commanding 38-22 halftime advantage. The defense keyed the win, T.F. North committing 12 first-half turnovers, including eight in the first quarter.

“That’s our main goal, pressure on the ball, hope it creates turnovers,” Crawford said. “Friday and tonight, that’s what it did. You never want your guy to score on you.”

T.F. North played for the third time in a little over 24 hours. The Meteors fell to Richards in overtime Friday and beat Phillips earlier Saturday at the Chicago Public League High School Boys Basketball Holiday Showcase at Chicago State University.

“I thought it would be a good test for our kids,” T.F. North coach Tim Bankston said. “It’s a chance to see where we’re at. We’ve got a young team so we’ll be OK.”



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