Bailey’s big efforts add up in a Carmel victory
Carmel Catholic boys basketball fans didn’t see a lot of Shareif Bailey the last two winters, even though the guard was on the varsity roster. We were really good last year (school-record 25 wins), we were big and had a lot of good guards,” Bailey said. “I was just standing back and watching Billy (Kirby, Cardinal Stritch) do well and learning from him.” Zack Ryan is seeing lots and lots of Bailey this year, since the Corsairs’ first-year coach also has the junior in math class. “He’s like, ‘Coach, it’s cool. I got you in class,’ ” Ryan said. “I said, (jokingly) ‘Well, it could be cool, depending on how you do.’ ” Through two games, it’s been wonderfully cool. Bailey racked up 27 points, 9 steals and 6 assists Wednesday morning, as Carmel improved to 2-0 in the eighth annual Crystal Lake Central Thanksgiving tournament with an 82-46 win over Belvidere North.