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Marian Catholic's Tyler Ulis (3) drives to the hoop Armahn Mooring against Seton's Kamal Shasi during their McDipper semifinal game in Richton Park Friday, December 28, 2012. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media
Terrone Parham may have been playing in just his fourth game Friday night as a member of Marian Catholic, but his performance against Seton resembled that of a seasoned veteran.
Parham, who had to sit out the first nine games after transferring from St. Francis de Sales, scored 10 of his 14 points in the pivotal fourth quarter to help Marian Catholic upend Seton 61-52 in a McDipper semifinal.
The Spartans (12-1) advance to Saturday’s title game against defending McDipper champion and Chicago Heights neighbor Bloom. It’s Marian’s first-ever appearance in the title tilt.
“Parham gives us one more shooter in there and opens up the floor,” Marian Catholic coach Mike Taylor said of his 6-foot-6 junior. “As soon as he came back, Tyler’s (Ulis) has four more assists per game. (Kevin) Phillips shots have gone up. Parham has made an impact.”
Johnny Patterson and Amahn Mooring (10 points) started the fourth quarter with baskets, snapping a 41-all tie and giving the Sting (9-6) a 45-41 lead. Seton appeared poised to take control.
However, Parham netted four straight points to forge a 45-all tie and Ki-Jana Crawford converted a coast-to-coast layup to give Marian a 47-45 advantage with 4:51 to go. The Spartans would not relinquish the lead the rest of the way.
“Ki-Jana hit some big shots (Friday),” said Taylor of Crawford, who finished with 12 points. Parham buried a three-pointer that upped the lead to 50-45. After a Seton bucket, Chris Austin drilled a trey that extended the Spartans’ lead to 53-47 with 3:02 left.
Ulis and Parham hit free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
The Sting did a nice job defending Ulis, who still managed to score 18 points.
“I work on my free throws a lot,” Ulis said. “I’m pretty confident when I go to the line.”
Mark Weems Jr. led the Sting with 19 points, 16 of which came in the first-half.
With Alex Foster, a Minnesota recruit, on the bench because of foul trouble most of the first half, Weems carried Seton to a 30-29 halftime lead. Foster finished with eight points before fouling out.