Boys Basketball: Niners thrive on road, top Noll
By Mike Hutton 648-3139 or firstname.lastname@example.org February 22, 2013 10:14PM
Andrean's Nick Davidson and several Bishop Noll players fight for a rebound at Bishop Noll Institute on Friday, February 22, 2013. | Jim Karczewski~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 24, 2013 6:16AM
HAMMOND — There was a little extra oomph in Skyler Moss’ step Friday when he ambled onto the court. The crowd was loud and the Bishop Noll gym was hopping, just the way Moss likes it.
Moss was the matchup nightmare for Bishop Noll — and Andrean knew it.
The 59ers took full advantage of Moss’ extra-wide body Friday in a regular season-ending 61-47 victory over the Warriors.
Noll got the full monty treatment in the lane from Moss, who definitely got the better end of whichever Warriors player tried to guard him. None of them had much luck. Moss finished with a game-high 19 points and nine rebounds.
“Skyler was really locked in,” Andrean coach Carson Cunningham said.
Moss said the environment — the rowdy, full-house crowd — had him revved up.
“The crowd definitely excited me,” Moss said. “But my team was also exciting to play with. We played well.”
There were plenty of good moments and good plays for the 59ers, who put last week’s Munster loss behind them with a victory over Hammond earlier this week.
They got the usual steady play from Nick Davidson, who walked off the court with 10 points and two plugs in his nose after he caught an elbow that caused a bloody gusher.
Sam Toporski finished with a solid 15 points. JJ Bosak, who has seen a little more time off the bench, scored a bucket and Nick Podkul, definitely a big part of the 59ers team for next year, had a 3-pointer.
Cunningham said his team (17-3) has played well this season.
“We have played seven teams in the top 50 and beat four of them,” he said. “We lost tight ones to Penn and Munster. The thing is, whether we won or lost tonight, we have to get better tomorrow because the tournament is coming.”
Those are words Noll needs to heed.
The Warriors were good offensively for spurts but they couldn’t maintain any consistency.
Andrean jumped ahead early and Noll never really recovered.
The 59ers took an 11-8 lead after Toporski scored with 3:08 left in the first quarter. A 3-pointer by Larry Crisler on the next possession tied the game.
The 59ers finished the quarter leading 15-12. They expanded their lead to 28-22 at halftime.
After Crisler opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer, cutting the lead to 28-25, Noll’s offense went into complete hibernation.
The Warriors scored one point on a Crisler free throw with 5:01 left in the third and then they didn’t score again until Tyreon Gates scored with 3:57 left. By then, the score was 38-28.
Noll never could get any closer than nine points. The biggest Andrean lead was 16.
Noll coach Drew Trost said the sputtering offense is a matter of finding some alternate scoring from anyone other than Crisler, Gates or Matt Sandoval.
He said the Crisler, who averages 20 points per game, sometimes feels burdened.
“I think he tries to do too much and then the other guys stand around and watch him,” he said.