Pitino sees Teague beat UofL commits in OT

Indianapolis played center stage to a showdown of Louisville recruits as top 2011 target Marquis Teague of Pike (IN) HS faced Ryan Taylor, Michael Chandler and Lawrence North. The result was a heart-pounding, OT thriller with Rick Pitino watching in the stands.

Louisville coach Rick Pitino has been quite busy on the recruiting trail lately and his whirlwind schedule continued Wednesday night at Conseco Fieldhouse. Pitino and a good crowd were treated to an outstanding game.

Top Louisville target Marquis Teague started slow out of the gate for Pike, missing on a couple of easy attempts early in the game. But Teague did have the highlight play of the first half as he slammed home a rebound that brought the crowd to its feet. Still, the Red Devils were able to take early command of the game utilizing a tenacious 2-2-1 press that Lawrence North struggled to solve all evening.


Ryan Taylor led his team with 22 points.

Meanwhile 2011 Louisville commit Ryan Taylor helped keep the Wildcats within striking distance with tenacious interior defense and a deft touch on his mid-range jumpshot.

At the half, Pike was able to stake itself to a 32-25 lead paced by Kristian Smith with 12 points and 3 steals and Teague with 2 points, 2 assists, and a steal. For Lawrence North, Taylor chipped in 9 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks.

The Wildcats came out of the gate fast in the second half with Taylor again being the catalyst. The 6-foot-5 wing was the only player that seemed to have the ability to breakdown the tough Pike defense. He made plenty of good things happen for the Wildcats bringing the score within two with a nice no look pass to fellow 2011 Louisville commit Michael Chandler for a thunderous slam dunk.

Unfortunately all the momentum hit a speed bump when Taylor left the game with an apparent leg injury.


Michael Chandler blocked Teague to force overtime

That is when Teague took over the contest, scoring a quick five points to end the third quarter to take a 7 point lead heading into the final quarter.

It was apparent how important Taylor is for the Lawrence North team. Fighting through the injury, Taylor came out like a man possessed in the fourth quarter, scoring nine points to tie the game at 52 with 7.5 seconds remaining in the game.

With time running out, Pike gave the ball to Teague. He drove to the basket, but Chandler was waiting for him and blocked the shot to force overtime.

In overtime, Pike's pressure defense proved too much for Lawrence North, who committed several TO's in the extra period as Pike earned the victory 62-58.

Teague finished with 17 points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal. Lawrence North was led by Taylor with 22 points, eigth rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and two steals, while Chandler chipped in 17 points, four rebounds, three blocks, and two steals.


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