Boys basketball: Michigan City hands Noll its first loss
By Will Culbertson Post-Tribune correspondent January 26, 2013 11:14PM
Updated: January 26, 2013 11:21PM
MICHIGAN CITY — The Wolves Den was rocking Saturday night as Michigan City topped Class 2A No. 2 Bishop Noll 65-59. Noll entered the game undefeated.
The Wolves (6-7, 4-5 DAC) matched Noll’s physical play from the start. “What a great atmosphere,” said MC coach John Boyd.
Bishop Noll had no answer for Michigan City’s Anthony Simmons. The 6-6 junior led all scorers with 23 points to go with 14 rebounds and four blocked shots.
“Simmons is making a name for himself; he’s going to be a special player,” Boyd said.
The Wolves also got a huge game from Ryan Taylor. Despite shooting the ball poorly, he still managed to score 14 points.
“Ryan showed a lot of poise out there tonight,” Boyd said. “He remained confident and still found a way to impact the game.”
The two teams combined for 54 fouls in what was a very chippy game.
“The referees did a good job of keeping things under control,” Boyd added.
It was a signature win for a team that has been going through the ups and downs of a tough DAC schedule
“My mentor told me a long time ago that this game is not a sprint, it’s a marathon,” Boyd said.
Michigan City maintained control for most of the game but Bishop Noll (14-1) didn’t go down without a fight.
Trailing by 10 entering the fourth quarter, junior Larry Crisler put the Warriors on his back and scored 13 of his 22 points after struggling in the first half with 2 of 10 from the field.
“Noll is a very, very good team and they are very well-coached,” Boyd said.