Boys Basketball: Marian Catholic’s Ulis puts on a show in second half
By Michael O’Brien firstname.lastname@example.org February 22, 2014 10:14PM
Tyler Ulis of Marian Catholic steals the ball from Lake Forest's Adam Wolf. | Patrick Gleason/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 24, 2014 6:45AM
Tyler Ulis always is the reluctant hero. The 5-10 point guard only scores points begrudgingly, when it’s completely clear that his team has absolutely no other way to win the game, no other option. Ulis prefers to spend the first half of games distributing the ball and making sure his teammates are involved. His tendencies are pure point guard.
The Kentucky recruit scored just seven points in the first half, but came alive in the second half, pouring in 35 points, to finish with a game-high 42 points as Marian Catholic knocked off Lake Forest 67-63 Saturday in the City-Suburban Showdown at Niles West.
“I knew I had to step up,” said Ulis, who had five assists, five rebounds and three steals. “Josh (Cohn) had a rough night shooting the ball.”
Ulis’ teammates weren’t able to contribute much on offense, but they were dominant on the other end of the floor, forcing the Scouts (20-6) into 22 turnovers. The Lake Forest back court just couldn’t handle the quick hands of Ulis and Ki-Jana Crawford.
“We knew before the game,” said Crawford. “(Marian Catholic coach Mike Taylor) told that they had big guards but that our game plan was to pressure them and create turnovers.”
Ulis shot 9-for-18 from the field. It was Lake Forest’s star, 6-6 Evan Boudreaux, that forced Ulis into action. Boudreaux scored 18 of his 34 points in the first half.
“I thought we took (Boudreaux) away from the post a lot,” said Taylor.
“Definitely considering size is out nemesis I thought we did a good job on him.”
Boudreaux grabbed 12 rebounds and shot 9-for-17 from the field. Adam Wolf added 11 points off the bench for Lake Forest and Jack Traynor scored nine.
Marian Catholic spent most of the season ranked in the area’s top three, considered a serious contender to win the Class 4A state title.
That talk subsided after the Spartans lost to Stevenson last month.
“We played horrible against Stevenson,” said Ulis. “I played horrible against Stevenson. (This win) meant a lot. (Lake Forest) is a great team. We are just trying to play our best and go one game at a time.”
Crawford and Cohn each scored nine for Marian Catholic (23-2). Ulis scored the Spartan’s final 13 points and 35 of their 40 fourth quarter points.