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With Laquon Treadwell battling foul trouble, Crete-Monee reminded the McDipper crowd that it’s no one-man show.
The Warriors, led by Marvie Keith’s 16 points, put three scorers in double figures to dispatch King 54-44 in the first McDipper quarterfinal on Thursday.
Mark Conner added 13 points, and Tyler Williams contributed 10 for Crete-Monee (11-1). Treadwell, coming of 25 points on 10-for-10 shooting against Thornton in his first McDipper game, sat most of the second frame with his second foul, and sat the final 6:08 of the third with his third foul. He finished with seven points.
Keith used Treadwell’s absence to showcase his speed and athleticism going to the rack. He twice raced the length of the court for buckets as time expired in the second and third quarters, respectively.
“We were getting up and down the court and the lane was open, so I just took what was there,” Keith said. “Coach [Tom Cappel] told us to keep pushing it, and that’s what we did.”
The victory gives Crete-Monee a chance to avenge last season’s runner-up finish to Bloom in the McDipper championship. The Warriors meet the Blazing Trojans in the first McDipper semifinal at 7 p.m. on Friday.
“We didn’t go as deep as we can go. We thought [King] was a little quicker, so we stuck with seven or eight guys and get it done,” Cappel said. “Treadwell didn’t have the greatest game today, but his presence causes problems.’’
For King (10-4), Xavier Robinson followed Wednesday’s 28-point effort against Bolingbrook with 16. Sheldon Perkins came off the bench to score 12 and pull down nine boards.
Tied 18-18 in the second period, Crete-Monee went on a 11-0 run to put itself out of danger the remainder of the contest.