Written by Ken Karson
Youthful RedHawks swept away by Marian
Young teams understandably go through extended learning curves, and Marist’s 2013-14 basketball squad is no different in that regard.
In some ways, the RedHawks seem to be on the fast track, an assertion that has legs based on their gaudy record through the schedule’s first 19 games. Even with senior Nic Weishar — unquestionably its most tested varsity performer — in and out of the lineup due to a nagging ankle injury, Marist had piled up 15 wins prior to squaring off with Marian Catholic Friday night in Chicago Heights.
The state-ranked Spartans, however, gave the RedHawks a hard lesson at Casey Court. What Marian taught its East Suburban Catholic Conference rival was that Marist still has plenty of room to grow.
Of course, having Tyler Ulis in their lineup made it easy for the Spartans to offer instruction. The Kentucky-bound point guard wasn’t alone, either, as Marian came at the Weishar-less RedHawks in waves.
Down 34-21 at halftime, Marist saw any hopes for a comeback dashed in the opening minutes of the third quarter, when the Spartans went on an 11-0 tear. Josh Cohn hit two baskets, including a 3-pointer, for Marian during the run, and the hosts also pulled down five offensive rebounds in the period’s first four minutes.
The RedHawks eventually fell behind by as many as 29 points before outscoring the Spartans 17-6 in the last frame. Still, all that did was make the final score — 57-44, in favor of Marian — more respectable.