BY JEREMY WOO
SKOKIE, Ill. — Tyler Ulis looked more than ready for the SEC.
The McDonald’s All-American and Kentucky commit scored 42 points on 9 of 18 shooting to lead Marian Catholic to a 67-63 win over nonconference opponent Lake Forest at the McDonald’s City-Suburban Showdown at Niles West high school. Bruising 6-foot-7 junior forward Evan Boudreaux added 34 points in a strong effort for Lake Forest.
Ulis carried the Spartans to a gritty win, distributing to teammates, playing aggressive on-ball defense and of course, scoring the ball. To accompany his buckets, he added with five assists, five rebounds and three steals. Ulis stepped up majorly after a relatively quiet first half, dropping in 34 of his points after the break.
In one of the best offensive performances of his high school career, the 5-foot-9 senior point guard looked like he could start for the Wildcats right now. However, there’s a chance he’ll show up in Lexington in the middle of a position battle.
PHILADELPHIA — Villanova coach Jay Wright says he thinks five Big East teams can make the NCAA Tournament, and that several are capable of making big noise come March.
As of this weekend, ESPN’s Joe Lunardi had six Big East teams in the Big Dance — Creighton, Villanova, Xavier and St. John’s, with Georgetown and Providence in play-in games.
“You get 50 percent of your teams in, you’re in a great league, and that’s in a down year,” Wright told SNY.tv after his No. 9 Wildcats beat St. John’s, 57-54, at Wells Fargo Center.
PHILADELPHIA — St. John’s came up short in its bid for a signature win, losing Saturday at No. 9 Villanova, 57-54, before 17,124 at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Johnnies (18-10, 8-7 Big East) had won six straight and nine of 10 to vault back into the NCAA Tournament conversation after starting 0-5 in Big East play.
Still, their only marquee win at this point is a victory over then-No. 12 Creighton.
Entering the day, ESPN’s Joe Lunardi had St. John’s as a No. 11 seed and playing No. 6 UConn.
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BY JEREMY WOO
CHICAGO—The biggest game of the year lived up to its billing.
In a four-overtime slugfest, Curie prevailed over Whitney Young 69-66 Friday night on a corner three by senior Kamar Marshall in the game’s final seconds. The Condors hoisted their first-ever Chicago Public League championship after an extremely close contest that will go down in history as one of the most exciting games to ever take place in the state of Illinois.
Seton Hall-bound guard Khadeen Carrington went off for 42 points Friday night to lead Bishop Loughlin to a 90-71 win over Christ the King in the Brooklyn/Queens Boro championship.
Seton Hall associate head coach Shaheen Holloway was in attendance for the performance.
“[Carrington] displayed a great performance,” Loughlin coach Ed Gonzalez told SNY.tv by phone. “His shots were falling. [The team] was attacking the basket and they defended well.”