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Thornton's Marsean Vercher, right, tries to stop a pass by Crete-Monee's Laquon Treadwell Wednesday night at Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights. photo for Sun-Times Media by Jean Lachat
Football field or basketball court, Crete-Monee’s Laquon Treadwell has heard it all.
So in the second quarter of Wednesday’s 4A Marian Catholic Regional semifinal when Treadwell lost his handle on what would have been a fast-break dunk, he heard all about it from the Thornton students.
“Stick with football!”
It was Treadwell who got the last laugh, though, with a huge third-quarter effort in Crete-Monee’s 72-57 win over Thornton.
“You hear it from each and every player on the court too, not just the fans,” Treadwell said. “I was a little surprised by the fans, but I didn’t let it get to me.”
Treadwell finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for Crete-Monee (19-8) with Tyler Williams (13 points), Marvie Keith (12) and Edward Blackful (10) chipping in. The Warriors will face Marian Catholic Friday at 7:30 p.m. for the regional title.
With the Warriors leading 32-29 early in the third, Treadwell shook off a relatively quiet eight-point first half, finding Blackful on a cut for an easy bucket.
His vicious alley-oop dunk on a fast-break pass from Mark Conner put Crete up 39-31 with less than six to go in the third. The star senior added another assist, a huge block on a Thornton fast break and scored three more baskets, including a rebound of his own miss at the buzzer in the quarter.
“I was able to get the ball more and make some plays for my team,” Treadwell said. “We were rolling, and we were able to move the ball more.”
Treadwell’s putback at the buzzer put Crete up 51-40. Thornton (14-12) got no closer than nine points in the fourth quarter.
The Wildcats finished with 21 turnovers to just 10 for Crete-Monee.
“We couldn’t handle their trap and kept turning it over,” Thornton coach Troy Jackson said. “I thought we played well offensively, but we couldn’t stop them.”
Thornton hit six three-pointers in the first quarter on 6-of-8 shooting but finished 9-of-23 from three. Justin Taylor (5-of-8 three-point shooting) led the Wildcats with 26 points with Rayshoun Bruce (10 points) and Da’Marques Turner (eight points, seven assists) contributing.