Boys Basketball: Marian Catholic shows staying power vs. Notre Dame
By Neil Shalin For Sun-Times Media February 7, 2014 9:36PM
Updated: March 10, 2014 6:39AM
Marian Catholic 62, Notre Dame 50
Tyler Ulis scored 19 of his game-high 27 points in the second half, including nine during a decisive fourth-quarter surge, as Marian Catholic (19-2, 5-0) defeated Notre Dame (11-12, 3-3) in an East Suburban Catholic game in Niles. Notre Dame, which starts three sophomores, led by as many as 11 in the first quarter and hung around until midway through the fourth, when the senior-laden Spartans pulled away.
The Dons cut the Marian Catholic lead to 46-44 with 4:15 remaining in the game. But the Kentucky-bound Ulis countered with a three-pointer, which began a 12-2 Marian spurt.
Ulis started a bit slowly offensively, but ended up scoring four points above his season average. He finished 8-of-17 from the field (4-of-9 from three-point range).
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Marian’s Josh Cohn scored all 10 of his points in the second quarter. Notre Dame was led by Ammar Becar (17 points, 10 rebounds).
“Notre Dame is playing with more confidence. They got off to a good start. But having five seniors out there, we don’t panic in that situation. Once we got going, got the tempo up a little bit and started turning them over with our defense, we were in good shape.” — Marian Catholic coach Mike Taylor