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Boys Basketball: Marian Catholic steps past Plainfield Central

Updated: April 6, 2014 6:19AM



Having won 20 of its previous 21 games, Marian Catholic was an overwhelming favorite in its postseason opener against Plainfield Central.

The No. 1 seed in the Thornton Sectional had an early 4-0 deficit, but it didn’t take long for the Spartans’ talent, quickness and ball-hawking skill to take over.

Marian Catholic led 21-13 after the opening period and 43-22 at halftime on its way to a 77-52 semifinal win Tuesday night in a Class 4A Plainfield Central Regional semifinal.

“We came out and took care of business like we expected to, like we wanted to,’’ Marian Catholic’s Tyler Ulis said. “I think we have a couple of things we can work on, but overall, we played pretty well.’’

Ulis scored a game-high 17 points, to go with 10 assists, six steals and four rebounds.

He got plenty of help from forwards John Oliver and Terrone Parham with 14 points apiece. Guard Josh Cohn scored 12 points and Ki-Jana Crawford contributed four points and three steals.

“Me and KJ (Crawford), we take pride in getting steals,’’ Ulis said. “KJ, that’s how he gets his points, harasses the defender, gets up on him, uses his quick hands.

“Everybody stepped up. John Oliver was finishing inside, Terrone stepped out and made a couple threes.’’

None of the starters for Marian Catholic (25-2) played in the fourth quarter. It was the start of the game with which Spartans coach Mike Taylor took issue.

“I didn’t think we started well defensively. They got three easy looks to start the game,’’ Taylor said. “We’re going to have to play better team defense as we go along.

“Once we got the tempo up a little bit, Cohn and Parham hit some shots, Tyler hit a couple and we were good to go.’’

Central (14-14) was led by Robbie Brooks (16 points) and Brad Hund (11 points, 9 rebounds).

“We were 2-7 at one point, so just for us to have 14 wins,’’ Central coach Steve Lamberti said. “That’s (Marian) a good basketball team. They’ve got a chance to win the state title.’’



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