Carmel has easy time with Marian Central

By Bill Pemstein
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 1/11/2019 11:15 PM

The kid was on fire.

Glance at the scoreboard at halftime. It read, Carmel sophomore guard Kimahri Wilson 20, Marian Central 18.

No kidding.

And Wilson didn't even start this game on Friday night at Carmel Catholic. When he took his first shot, he was trailing the Hurricanes 14-0.

"No, I've never had 20 points in a first half,'' Wilson said. "My shot has been getting better. When I hit my first two 3-pointers, I felt ready to go."

All of his points came in the final five minutes of the second quarter. He had five 3-pointers, a rebound bucket and 3 free throws after getting fouled on a 3-pointer.

Carmel (13-8) had a laugher on Friday night. Wilson hardly played after his spurt. Carmel took care of Marian Central 77-44 in an East Suburban Catholic matchup in Mundelein.

It was definitely a game of streaks for a few players on this high-scoring affair by the Corsairs. Damone Williams-Gray began it with 8 points in a row for his team. The lead was now 13-2.

It was Jonathan Roeser's turn next. He would lead all scorers with 22 points. He scored 10 points in a row as the Carmel lead grew to 25-12.

"My teammates found me tonight,'' Roeser said. "We weren't really thinking about scoring 100 points but that would have been nice."

Zack Ryan, the Carmel coach, couldn't come up with an answer to the 20-point outburst by Wilson.

"I really can't think of anybody who scored 20 in a half," Ryan said. "All eight of our losses have come to (Class) 4A teams. We've had some injuries but all the guys are back now."

The halftime score was out of sight. Carmel was up 47-18.

Roeser went on another 6-point run to open the second half. And then Ryan cleared his bench.

"Our bench plays hard all the time,'' Roeser claimed.

Senior Jeff Smith poured in 8 points in the second half. Teammate, Joey Halaburt hit a 3-pointer on the way to 5 points.

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