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Caravan put on a clinic; rout Seton

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Caravan put on a clinic; rout Seton

Friday, Feb. 11, 2011
11:00 p.m.

By Pat DiSabato
YourSeason.com

Before the start of every game, Mount Carmel coach Mike Flaherty stresses to his players to go out and do what they do best.

That is, share the basketball.

The No. 23 Caravan put on a clinic on distributing the rock Friday night against Seton. Four different players reached double digits in scoring as host Mount Carmel eased to a 78-51 victory in a Catholic League South contest.

Alex Austin earned leading scorer honors, finishing with 22 points, including four three-pointers. Illinois-bound Tracy Abrams followed with 19, while Wyn Bradley and Malcolm Hill-Bey contributed 11 and 10 points, respectively for the Caravan (18-5, 8-1).

The win was No. 697 in Flahertys outstanding career.

We dont want to be a one-man team, even as good as Tracy is, Flaherty said. We played hard tonight.

Thats about the only positive Flaherty had to say about his teams performance.

Well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and most of the near-capacity crowd had to come away impressed, even the Seton fans who made the trek from South Holland.

No sooner had the Stings Chris Coulter (14 points) nail a three-pointer for a quick 3-2 lead, Mount Carmel countered with an 8-0 run to take a 10-3 advantage. Abrams converted a three-point play and Austin hit his first bomb from beyond the arc to ignite the run.

The Caravan would establish a double-digit advantage for the remainder of the evening. It led 42-26 at the half.

That didnt satisfy Flaherty, who saw room for improvement everywhere.

We were sloppy and our shot selection was a little carefree, he said. We got lazy in the second half and didnt get out to guard their shooters. We didnt play as well as we could.

Mount Carmel converted 30 of 55 field-goal attempts, including 8-of-18 shots from three-point land. Seton struggled, finishing 15-of-42 from the field. The Sting (17-7, 6-3) was a solid 7-of-18 from beyond the stripe, with Coulter drilling four treys and Kamal Shasi (13 points) two.

But the Sting never could establish an inside game. Russell Robinson, a 6-foot-8 junior, was held to six points.

We played pretty good, Abrams said. But we have to do a better job of finishing and cutting down on our mistakes.

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NFC North standings: Bears’ division lead on life support after loss to Dolphins

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They still control their own destiny, but Matt Nagy will need an upset win over the New England Patriots on Sunday to maintain their leading position. The Packers are on a bye week, so they would assume first place if the Bears lose.

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These early season losses are tough on a Bears team trying to grow a division lead before they take on their NFC North foes midseason. The bigger cushion they can build now, the more wiggle room they’ll have when they face the Lions, Vikings and Lions back-to-back-to-back in November.

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