Boys Basketball: Marian Catholic denies Providence
By Tim Young For Sun-Times Media February 11, 2014 10:02PM
Updated: February 12, 2014 2:18AM
The first two quarters of Tuesday night’s game against Providence represented the flattest Marian Catholic coach Mike Taylor seen his team all season.
That led to what he described as an “animated” halftime speech.
Taylor saw his team respond with a dominant second-half performance.
“The effort was there. We just weren’t mentally there,” he said. “We needed a wake-up call.”
The Spartans answered their coach by shutting down the Celtics in the second half en route to a 52-40 victory, allowing just 13 points in the second half.
“We’re a product of our defense,” Taylor said. “The defense gets us going.”
Marian Catholic’s defense particularly struggled to stop Providence’s Miles Boykin. Boykin controlled the game in the first half, scoring 17 points and adding seven rebounds, but added just four points and four rebounds in the second half as he was the key focus of the Spartans’ game plan for the last 16 minutes of the game.
If Boykin was the star of the first half, Kentucky recruit and McDonald’s All-American Tyler Ulis was the star of the second half.
“We weren’t hitting shots in the first half,” Ulis said. “(In the second half) I just tried to get into the lane and kick the ball out to my teammates and trust them.”
Ulis’ trust in his teammates went a long way as he dished out six of his eight assists during the 26-point half and finished with 14 points and five rebounds.
Terrone Parham (15 points) and John Oliver (9) also came up big in the second half for Marian Catholic (20-2).
The Celtics fell to 10-11.
“We don’t hit back,” coach Tim Trendel said. “We gave in to them, but we seem to have found our Batman in Boykin. Now we just need to find a Robin.”