Boys hoops | 2A state semifinal: Seton cruises past Winnebago
Seton's Jaylin Clemons and Winnebago's Dalton Meinke look to an official for the call. (Scott Strazzante, Chicago Tribune / March 8, 2013)
The Sting made five 3-pointers in the first two quarters and bottled up Winnebago’s outside shooters to run away with a 62-37 victory in a Class 2A semifinal at Carver Arena.
The Sting (21-10) will try to win the program’s second state title in five years at 8:15 p.m. Saturday against the winner of the Harrisburg and St. Joseph-Ogden contest. Seton finished fourth in 2A last season.
“We haven’t scored that many points in two months, maybe,” Seton coach Brandon Thomas said with a smile. “We shot ball extremely well in the first half.”
Winnebago had made 219 3-pointers entering this game, but shot 4-for-34, including 1-for-15 in the first half Friday, from beyond the arc.
“I thought they did a good job knowing were certain (Winnebago) guys were,” Thomas said of his defense.
The Sting capitalized on the Indians’ poor outside shooting with a 19-0 first-half run for a 34-14 lead. Seton shot 9-for-13 and Winnebago missed all 13 of its shot attempts, committed three turnovers and missed two free throws during the run.
Seton made three straight transition layups followed by a baseline drive by Mark Weems Jr. (16 points) that capped a 9-for-10 spree for a 37-16 halftime lead against the previously unbeaten Indians (32-1).
“We were focusing on running, that’s been big for us and we figured to run teams out of the gym,” said Seton forward Johnny Patterson, who had eight of his 12 points in the second quarter.
Seton took a different approach in the second half, electing to do most of its scoring inside. Winnebago’s cold streak stretched to 1-for-17 on 3s until Matt Reinke (15 points) and Jacoby Posley hit two in a row early in the fourth quarter.
Player of the game: Mark Weems Jr., Seton, 16 points, 7 rebounds.
Key performers: Seton — Johnny Patterson, 12 points, 6 rebounds, 3 blocks; Armahn Mooring, 11 points. Winnebago — Matt Reinke, 15 points, 7 rebounds; Jacoby Posley, 12 points, 6 rebounds.
Next: 2A final — Seton vs. St. Joseph-Ogden/Harrisburg, 8:15 p.m. Saturday.