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Boys basketball: Bishop Noll survives at Wheeler

Updated: February 20, 2013 6:15AM



VALPARAISO — Bishop Noll had three players in double figures with Larry Crisler scoring eight of his team-high 19 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Warriors to a 62-51 win over Wheeler in the Greater South Shore Conference semifinals on Friday night.

Tyreon Gates chipped in with 15 and Matt Sandoval had 10 to help the Class 2A No. 2 Warriors remain perfect on the season.

“We started settling for jumpers in the first half,” said Bishop Noll coach Drew Trost. “We talked to them at halftime and told them we need to start taking it to the hole and Larry (Crisler) responded in the fourth quarter. We told them at times it looked like Wheeler wanted it more than we did.”

The Warriors (12-0, 7-0) outscored Wheeler 21-13 in the fourth with most of Crisler’s points coming in the paint.

“They packed it in the first half and we couldn’t figure out early what to do,” Crisler said. “We were more patient in the second half. You have to hand it to Wheeler, they played us tough tonight. We just had to start executing.”

The Warriors started the game looking like they would run away and hide, hitting their first six shots and jumping out to a 9-0 lead.

The Bearcats (7-5, 4-2) kept clawing away and eventually took a 21-20 lead as Jeremy Truchan hit two free throws following a bench technical on the Warriors with 2:45 remaining in the half. The Warriors took a 27-25 lead into halftime. Noll’s Gates led all scorers at the half with 10 points and Truchan had eight for Wheeler.

Truchan tried to rally his team, scoring 15 of his game-high 23 points in the second half but his effort fell short.

“We played them four weeks ago and they blew us out,” said Wheeler coach Tom Johnson. “I feel like we have improved a lot in the last four weeks. Drew (Trost) has an outstanding team, but I am really proud of my team. Our effort was outstanding tonight.”



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