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Spartans (26-6) use late scoring burst
to top N. Chicago for IHSA 3A Third Place

PEORIA: Marian Catholic used a 10-0 fourth-quarter run and a combined 48 points from Ahron Ulis and Malik Tidwell, to top North Chicago, 58-48, to capture the IHSA Class 3A Third-Place Game at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday.

In winning the school's first-ever men's basketball state trophy, the Spartans concluded the year at 26-6.

Ulis hit 9-for-11 from the line to lead all scorers with 30 points, while Tidwell hit a pair of threes and finished with 18 points.

Marian crashed the offensive boards effectively in the second half to the tune of an overall 22-10 advantage. Alec Dinwiddie ripped down 15 boards and Chris White 11 to pace the Spartans to a 51-29 rebounding advantage.

North Chicago erased a onetime 13-point double-digit deficit to take a two-point edge midway through the fourth period before the guard duo keyed the critical Marian run.

Marian, which finished the campaign with 12 wins in the last 14 contests, had never played North Chicago.

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Rankings: Illinois 3A AP #5; Southtown #5; Sun-Times #10Tribune #10; NBC Chicago #6
March 17 at Peoria (3rd Place)
NORTH CHICAGO 11 11 15 11  
MARIAN CATHOLIC 9 20 12 17  

Samoa 2-2-6, Clinton 0-0-0, Walker 3-7-13, Gales 1-5-7, Coleman 1-0-2, Lymone 3-0-6, Gilmore 1-1-3, Richardson 0-0-0, Cooper (5)-0-11. Totals: 16-15-48.
    MARIAN- Dinwiddie 1-0-2, White 1-2-4, Tidwell (6)-4-18, Ulis (10)-9-30, Smith 0-2-2, Green 1-0-2, T. Jones 0-0-0, Thomas-Ailara 0-0-0. Totals: 19-17-58.
    Field goals: N. Chicago 16 of 51, .314; Marian 19 of 57, .333. Free throws: N. Chicago 15 of 20, .750; Marian 17 of 22, .773. Three-point goals: N. Chicago 1 of 8, .125 (Cooper); Marian 3 of 12, .250 (Tidwell 2, Ulis). Fouls: N. Chicago 17, Marian 15. Rebounds: N. Chicago 29, Marian 51. Turnovers: N. Chicago 14, Marian 17.


CONGRATS! Alum Tyler Ulis (Kentucky) named SEC Player of the Year. On June 23, 2016, Ulis was the 34th pick in the NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns.


Spartan alum and Chicago Bull Tyler Ulis '14 offers a kids camp at Marian on Aug. 12.



IHSA Class 3A Third Place
2017-18 Honors

Malik Tidwell (Jr.), Guard
Ahron Ulis (Soph.), Guard

Southtown All-Area
Malik Tidwell, 2nd Team
Ahron Ulis, Honorable Mention
Mike Taylor, Coach of the Year

IBCA All-State
Malik Tidwell, 2nd Team
Ahron Ulis, Honorable Mention
Mike Taylor, D8 3A Coach of Year

City/Suburban Hoops Report
Marian Catholic, Team of Year