Boys basketball: Noll gets on a roll in GSSC tourney rout
By Will Culbertson Post-Tribune correspondent January 15, 2013 9:50PM
Bishop Noll's Jalen Hord grabs an offensive rebound over Calumet's Josh Borst (left)during the Greater South Shore Tournament opening round held at Bishop Noll High School on Tuesday January 15, 2013. | Charles Mitchell~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 17, 2013 6:40AM
HAMMOND — After hanging with Bishop Noll in the first quarter, Calumet quickly learned Tuesday why Noll is the No. 2 team in the Class 2A state rankings. Noll won the Greater South Shore Tournament game 89-33.
In addition to a balanced scoring attack, Noll applied suffocating defense, which led to a 20-4 second-quarter run.
“We weren’t happy with the way we rotated in the first quarter, but we made some adjustments from there and I’m really proud of how the guys responded,” Noll coach Drew Trost said.
Noll was powered by 6-3 junior Larry Crisler, who poured in a game-high 18 points. Crisler played sparingly in the second half but still managed to pull down four rebounds in addition to his two steals. He also dished out three assists.
“Larry leads our team in every statistic, but what impresses me the most is his will to win,” Trost said.
Crisler wasn’t the only Noll player to put up eye-popping stats. Junior Tyreon Gates scored 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting. Marquis Tarver (15) and James Nabors III (10) also reached double digit scoring.
As good as Noll’s offense was, its defense was even better, holding Calumet to four points in both the second and fourth quarters.
Bishop Noll shot a blistering 56 percent (34-of-61), much to the delight of Trost.
“We shot the ball really well which was nice to see because there will be nights where we won’t be able to pack the ball down low as easily as we did tonight.”
Noll remains undefeated but Trost isn’t celebrating too much just yet.
“We definitely need to continue to improve, especially in terms of being more consistent,” Trost said.
In the first game of the night, the Bishop Noll girls overcame 16 first half turnovers to defeat Calumet 49-32. Naomi House led Noll with 14 points.