Boys Basketball: T.F. South quiets T.F. North
By Bill Harrison For Sun-Times Media February 11, 2014 9:20PM
Sadiq Salisu, of T.F. North, moves the ball against T.F. South at Thornton Fractional North, Tuesday, February 11th, 2014 in Calumet City | Gary Middendorf/for Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 12, 2014 2:18AM
T.F. South normally doesn’t need much motivation before a game against District 215 rival T.F. North. The energy shown by the crowd of both schools during Tuesday night’s game in Calumet City proves the rivalry is alive and well.
But when the Meteors varsity players decided to talk a little trash at the sophomore game Monday night, Ka-Ton Mays and his Rebels teammates decided they would do their talking on the court. The Rebels withstood the Meteors in the fourth period en route to a 50-48 South Suburban Blue win.
The Rebels (11-11, 8-2), chasing conference-leading Hillcrest, remain mathematically alive. The Meteors fell to 8-12, 5-6.
“Well, guess what? If they did that, they ain’t that type of team yet,” T.F. North coach Tim Bankston said. “Maybe they thought this was an old T.F. North team. They can’t live off the T.F. North of old.”
Mays saved his best for the fourth quarter, when he scored 10 of his 21 points, highlighted by a fast-break one-handed dunk off a steal and an assist from backcourt mate Ronald Ryan. That basket gave the Rebels a 48-43 lead with 1:35 left.
The Meteors, whose biggest lead was 37-30 early in the fourth, had a chance to tie or win the game when they inbounded the ball with 2.7 seconds left. Sadiq Salisu’s three-pointer from the corner was a long, and the Rebels held on.
“The execution on defense was there and I knew I would get the dunk,” the 6-foot-3 Mays said. “They said some disrespectful stuff at the sophomore game and said they were going to win by 20. We didn’t say anything back to them.”
Donald Stone had 10 points for the Rebels but was in foul trouble most of the final quarter.
“I knew I had to pick things (offensively) up when Stone got his fourth foul (early in the fourth),” Mays said.
Vance Johnson led the Meteors with 16 points, including nine in the first half when his team led 24-22. Salisu added 10 points, six of them coming in the third quarter.
“Lately against T.F. North it’s been tightly contested,” T.F. South coach John O’Rourke said. “The last five years the rivalry has been back — it’s one of the oldest around. I’m glad to see we are able to compete.”