Friday, Jan. 7, 2011
By Chris Pellizzari
Proviso East (9-2, 3-0) needed a 9-0 run in the fourth quarter and a big third period from 6-6 junior center Trashuan Carroll (15 points, 12 rebounds) to hold off a scrappy No. 22 Morton team 72-63 in West Suburban Gold conference play on Friday in Maywood.
Mustangs senior guard Jeff Jarosz, who led all scorers with 23 points, hit two free throws with 7:45 left in the fourth period to give Morton (11-5, 2-1) the 42-41 lead, its first of the game.
But on the No. 9 Pirates next possession, Billy Reeves scored easily in the post. After Reeves basket, guard Keith Carter (22 points, six steals) stole a pass and took it the length of the court before being fouled on the layup attempt. Carter converted both free throw attempts.
After Reeves scored again in the paint, forward Sterling Brown (11 points) stole a pass, was immediately fouled, and made one of two free throws.
The 9-0 run was capped off when Brown skied for a rebound and threw a beautiful long pass across the court to Carter who laid it softly off the glass for two.
We turned the pressure on. We got a couple of steals and a couple of baskets, said Carter.
As important as the fourth period run was, Carrolls dominant third period was also key. After struggling with their outside shooting all game, including shooting 1-10 from beyond the arc, the Pirates finally decided to go inside to their big man.
Carroll used his broad shoulders and great leaping ability to score 10 points in the period and pull down five rebounds.
I couldnt get going in the second quarter. I talked with coach and came out more motivated, said Carroll.
His inside dominance frustrated the Mustangs, who were hoping to take advantage of Proviso Easts poor shooting performance.
Its disappointing, said Jarosz. We should have had it tonight. We let them get to us.