2016-'17 Season Coverage
updated: 12/16/2016 11:06 PM

Roeser stars, but Carmel falls short

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  • Carmel's Zion Kilpatrick (3) heads to the basket past Notre Dame's Chris Heinichen on Friday in Mundelein.

      Carmel's Zion Kilpatrick (3) heads to the basket past Notre Dame's Chris Heinichen on Friday in Mundelein.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Carmel's Jonathan Roeser (34) heads to the hoop past Notre Dame's Sean Johnson on Friday in Mundelein.

      Carmel's Jonathan Roeser (34) heads to the hoop past Notre Dame's Sean Johnson on Friday in Mundelein.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Carmel's Lukas Galdoni (20) is pressured by Notre Dame's Sean Johnson, left, and Chris Heinichen during Friday's boys basketball game in Mundelein.

      Carmel's Lukas Galdoni (20) is pressured by Notre Dame's Sean Johnson, left, and Chris Heinichen during Friday's boys basketball game in Mundelein.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Carmel's Jalen Snell (44) reaches for a rebound with Notre Dame's Jason Bergstrom (5) during Friday's boys basketball game in Mundelein.

      Carmel's Jalen Snell (44) reaches for a rebound with Notre Dame's Jason Bergstrom (5) during Friday's boys basketball game in Mundelein.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Carmel's Dominic Speights drives past Notre Dame's Jay de Guzman (4) during Friday's boys basketball game in Mundelein.

      Carmel's Dominic Speights drives past Notre Dame's Jay de Guzman (4) during Friday's boys basketball game in Mundelein.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Carmel's boys head varsity basketball coach Zack Ryan, right, exchanges words with the refs during Friday's game against Notre Dame in Mundelein.

      Carmel's boys head varsity basketball coach Zack Ryan, right, exchanges words with the refs during Friday's game against Notre Dame in Mundelein.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

 
 

Here's Johnny. Running eights row up Carmel Catholic's bleachers to save a ball into the hands of teammate Lukas Galdoni and creating a turnover.

Here's Johnny. Swishing a half-court shot at the third-quarter buzzer to keep the Corsairs in the game against once-beaten Notre Dame.

Here's Johnny -- and his teammates. Within six points of the lead in the final minute.

In the end, though, being here -- in position again to win a basketball game, despite a roster with five sophomores -- isn't enough for Johnny Roeser and the Corsairs.

Notre Dame's height, experience and execution proved too much for the home team Friday night, as the Dons won 72-64 to improve to 8-1 and 2-0 in the East Suburban Catholic Conference.

Carmel, which was led by Roeser's 21 points (two 3-pointers) and 6 rebounds, fell to 3-7 and 0-2.

"I think out of our 7 losses, we've either been winning or tied at the half," Corsairs coach Zack Ryan said. "So our biggest thing is, 'First halves have been good. How do we put it together (for a full game)?' "

Playing against a Notre Dame squad that counts eight seniors, the young Corsairs had a 15-10 lead after one quarter and went into halftime tied 22-22. But then the Dons erupted for 50 points in the second half, including 27 in the final quarter.

Still, Carmel never let its opponent pull away.

"We got a lot of seniors with experience," said Notre Dame senior guard Jeameril Wilson, who had 18 points and 9 rebounds. "The game plan was to come in and take advantage of it because we saw (Carmel's) roster and saw their heights. We had the clear advantage. The plan was to come in, dominate and get our younger guys in to get some game experience. But we weren't able to do that."

It looked like Notre Dame might do that. The Dons put together a 6-0 run late in the third, but Roeser ended the quarter by hitting nothing but net from half court, bringing Carmel within 45-41.

"I was surprised that went in," Roeser said with a grin.

"(No.) 34, Johnny," Wilson said of the sophomore guard. "He's a good player."

Roeser is Carmel's tallest player at 6 feet 5. That was an issue against a Notre Dame team whose starting lineup included the 6-6 Wilson, 6-9 Sean Johnson and 6-5 Chris Heinichen. The Dons brought in 6-8 Dusan Mahorcic off the bench, and he scored 8 points in the second quarter.

"We switched up our defense a little bit and mixed things up," Ryan said. "We knew if we got into a half-court game with them it would be tough because they're so big. I thought for the most part we did a good job throughout the game. They just hit some really big shots."

Matt Stritzel, a 6-1 senior guard, sank some of those big shots. He scored 17 of his team-high 21 points in the second half, and all three of his 3-pointers came after halftime. Roeser's layup with one minute left in the fourth got Carmel within 67-61, but Wilson answered with a layup, and the visitors hit 3 of their next 4 free throws to put it away.

Brian Julien (13 points) and Galdoni (11) also scored in double figures for Carmel. John Barr had 7 points and 7 rebounds.

"I thought we played well," Roeser said. "But in order to beat these really good teams, we have to do all the little things -- box out, dive for loose balls. (Notre Dame) is older and we're so young. We just have to do every little thing right to beat these teams."

Heinichen added 13 points for Notre Dame, while Mahorcic and Malik Jenkins each finished with 10 coming off the bench. The Dons sank 8 of 13 free throws in the fourth.

"We've been talking about, in the fourth quarter, when we really got to get a stop and we really got to bear down and get one, we just haven't done that," Ryan said. "With our schedule, it's going to keep being a challenge."

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