Boys basketball: Clark nets season sweep of Whiting
By RYAN HASKELL Post-Tribune correspondent February 22, 2013 11:14PM
Updated: March 24, 2013 6:16AM
HAMMOND — Clark senior Bernateau Jean-Michel wanted to show the Calumet College coaches in attendance Friday what they can expect from one of their future players.
Jean-Michel knows how to impress, too.
The 6-1 guard made the play of the game when he made a steal and laypup with less than 30 seconds to go, putting his team ahead by five. The Pioneers went on to win, 60-53, and take the Battle of 119th Street for the second time this season.
It also helped the Pioneers (8-12) end a five-game losing streak heading into their Class 3A Sectional 17 contest against Gavit on Tuesday.
“I just read it,” said Jean-Michel, who finished with 12 points and six rebounds. “It was senior night and we didn’t want to lose and I had to come up with something. We don’t lose on senior night; we wanted to hold onto tradition.”
Joining Jean-Michel at Calumet College will be LaRoi Harmon, who had quite the game himself.
Harmon shot 11-for-14 from the floor to finish with a game-high 23 points and four assists.
Harmon’s assist to Kalil Frith (11 points) gave Clark a 54-48 lead and sweet dish to Marquis Hearon (10 points), after Whiting missed the front end of a 1-and-1 pushed the lead to 54-50, were key plays down the stretch in the victory.
“It’s always great to win on senior night and this is the kind of game we need heading into sectionals,” Clark coach Joe Delgado said. “The key was not giving up. We got down early (trailing 29-27 at halftime) but the seniors stepped up — especially that steal (by Jean-Michel) at the end — I don’t even know where he came from but that was huge.
“LaRoi kept us around early and that was one of the differences too; he can score inside and score from the outside and he makes things happen.”
Clark outscored Whiting 16-8 in the third quarter to take a 43-37 lead.