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Boys basketball: Bishop Noll comes back to beat Michigan City

Updated: March 28, 2014 9:05AM



HAMMOND — Bishop Noll provided a thrilling 59-54 nonconference victory over Michigan City on Wednesday in front of a packed crowd on senior night.

Bishop Noll finished undefeated for the year on its home court. The Warriors completed a comeback after trailing 32-18 at halftime.

The first half concluded with a furious pace, which provided each team fast-break scoring opportunities. Michigan City finished the second quarter on a 7-0 run behind spectacular play from senior forward Keenan Simmons. Simmons had 20 of the teams’ 32 points in the first two quarters to go along with seven rebounds.

The Wolves (12-8) were active on the glass, outrebounding Noll 17-12 in the first half. Simmons was all over the floor, scoring from behind the arc as well slashing through lane for layups.

He finished with game highs in points and rebounds at 31 and 14.

But the Warriors grabbed control of the game coming out of the break.

Sophomore guard Roman Penn knocked down two key 3-pointers, preventing Michigan City from extending the lead in the third.

Bishop Noll (17-3) also played stout defense, limiting the Wolves to 11 points in the third and fourth quarters.

The Warriors made a key defensive switch after the half putting standout senior Larry Crisler on Simmons for the remainder of the game. Crisler expertly guarded Simmons, completely shutting his game down in the second half.

“When we went to our four guards, Larry ended up staying on him (Simmons) and it was successful,” Bishop Noll coach Joshua Belluomini said. “Larry is one of our best players. We didn’t need his points tonight, we needed his defense and he gave it to us.”

Senior guard Marquis Tarver had a tremendous night shooting, finishing with 18 points on 55 percent from the floor. Tarver also went 4-for-4 from the free-throw line, providing key points down the stretch to solidify the victory.



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