Boys basketball: Larry Crisler helps Bishop Noll win GSSC Tournament
By Tommy Williams Post-Tribune correspondent January 19, 2013 9:32PM
Bishop Noll celebrates after defeating Marquette Catholic in the GSSC championship at Calumet High School Saturday, January 19, 2013, in Calumet Township, Ind. | Scott M. Bort~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 21, 2013 7:00AM
GARY — Numbers can sometimes be misleading.
For example, Bishop Noll standout Larry Crisler scored five points in the final two quarters of the Warriors’ Greater South Shore Conference torunament title game against Marquette. Considering Crisler is one of the best players in Northwest Indiana, most opposing coaches would be pleased with that.
But it was what Crisler did in the first quarter and his teammates did afterward that helped Noll beat Marquette 63-50 Saturday night at Calumet.
The 6-3 junior scored 12 points in the first quarter to give the Warriors a 25-18 lead they wouldn’t relinquesh.
“It just goes to show that we have guys that can step up and score down the stretch,” Crisler said. “It isn’t just me.”
Two of those guys carried the scoring from the second quarter on, including Matt Sandoval with 12 second-half points and three 3-pointers. Tyreon Gates finished with 14 as the Warriors remain unbeaten (13-0).
“The last time we played them (a 61-56 win at Noll on Jan. 4), we struggled and didn’t run our offense, but this time we played our game,” Sandoval said. “This time we executed better and played better defense.”
Marquette coach Donovan Garletts had a different take of why his team had problems putting more points on the board, saying that his team’s big problem was not just the Noll defense.
“We weren’t listening and paying attention because we kept telling them to get the ball into the middle,” Garletts said. “If you noticed, it was wide open, all we had to do is bounce it there every time and we didn’t do it. We shot really really poor tonight and if you shoot poorly against Noll, you’re not going to win.”
A good example of Garletts’ point was that 6-8 Ryan Fazekas had 14 points, but seven of them came in the fourth quarter when the ball was fed to him more often. JoVonte Peals also had 14 for Marquette (9-4).
The Warriors’ win ended a perfect night for Noll fans with their girls team winning their tourney final duel with Whiting.