Providence basketball

Providence junior Miles Boykin gets ready for tipoff. (Bob Narang, for the Chicago Tribune / February 16, 2014)

After two meetings this season, Providence knows Marian Catholic isn't a one-man crew.

Marian Catholic Kentucky-bound point guard Tyler Ulis sparked a second-half rally to lead the Spartans to a 52-40 win against the Celtics on Feb. 11.

On Friday, the Spartans received scoring contributions from 10 players during a 67-53 victory against the Celtics in the Class 4A Plainfield Central Regional. Led by Ulis' 17 points, the Spartans had five players score at least six points in the win. Marian led 55-28 early in the fourth quarter before the Celtics' reserves mounted a late surge.

"We played Marian a couple of weeks before and thought we played them tough," Providence coach Tim Trendel said. "We felt confident with the game plan going into Friday. We wanted to make sure the other guys beat us. Well, the other guys did beat us. They made some big shots."

The Celtics (14-15, 5-6) finished fourth in a loaded Catholic League South. The Celtics hovered around the .500 mark all season but didn't found their stride because of injuries.

"We never could get into any flow this season," Trendel said. "We had guys miss games because of football and we never got into a rhythm. Every time we got going, we would take a step back."

A deep cast of seniors and versatile junior Miles Boykin sparked the Celtics to a victory against Brother Rice on Feb. 14. The Celtics lost to St. Joseph in the first round of the Catholic League tournament. They beat Hales 61-60 in overtime in the consolation semifinals before losing 72-62 to St. Rita in the fifth-place game.

"We played a really tough schedule and went through a tough stretch of seven games that prepared us," Trendel said. "The Hales win was good for us. They beat us like by 20 in our gym. We had a great group of kids and great program kids."

Boykin is set to be the headline player for the Celtics next season. A four-star recruit in football, Boykin played point guard at times late in the season.

"Miles is such a versatile player," Trendel said. "He's got Division I offers (in basketball). He can play point, take it to the hole and I think he's just scratching the surface of his versatility."

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