Boys Basketball: Providence gives T.F. South the slip
By Tim Tierney For Sun-Times Media March 4, 2014 10:50PM
Updated: March 4, 2014 10:58PM
After T.F. South had some early success getting the ball inside, it wasn’t a special defense that turned the game for Providence.
“Coach just made us really button down our defense, not letting them get inside the paint,’’ Providence’s Miles Boykin said. “We had to man up. That’s how you win tough games. You’ve just got to man up.’’
The 6-foot-6 forward had a game-high 18 points, six rebounds and two blocks to lead Providence to a 57-43 semifinal win Tuesday night in the Class 4A Plainfield Central Regional.
Providence (14-14) was down 13-11 after the first quarter, but led 26-22 at halftime and 40-28 going into the final period.
“I think the difference was ball pressure in the third quarter,’’ Providence coach Tim Trendel said. “We always say to our guys, ‘The first line of post defense is ball pressure.’
“The first half they got in the lane, drew help. In the second half we kind of stopped them from getting into the lane.’’
Jake Rost had 10 valuable points and six rebounds off the bench.
Rost hit two free throws to extend the lead to 50-41 in the last minute and grabbed the rebound at the other end that set up a three-point play off transition by Boykin for a 53-41 advantage with 53 seconds left.
Ryan Brankin, Jack Brody and Troy Howat all finished with nine points for Providence.
“I have faith in every one of the guys on our team. Any guy on any given night can go off for 15,’’ Boykin said.
T.F. South (12-15) was led by Keith Smith (10 points) and Donald Stone (9).
“We’ve been struggling to score,’’ T.F. South coach John O’Rourke said. “Providence, I give them credit. Their big guys were more physical than us.’’
Providence will face Marian Catholic (25-2) on Friday night in the regional title game.
“Against Marian, we’ve got to come out firing,’’ Boykin said. “We’ve got nothing to lose when we play them.’’