Catholic’s Ullman sets school record in win
But the 6-foot senior standout became the Crusaders’ all-time leading scorer with a game-high 25 points in an 84-46 PCHS triumph over Tyler Consolidated in boys’ basketball action at the Fairview Avenue gym.
“They (coaches) don’t tell me these things,” said Ullman, who broke Tommy McCarty’s career 1,700-point career standard. “But it was great to experience in front of the home crowd on Senior Night. It’s something I’ll never forget. That’s for sure.”
Ullman, who is averaging 24.5 points per game on the season, currently has 1,710 career points — and counting.
Senior Ty Sturm and junior Jeb Boice added 14 points apiece for the Robby Strcula-coached Crusaders (12-5), who extended their winning streak to six. Xavier Collie chipped in with 11 markers, while Patrick Copen, Peyton Amrine, and Nick Stricker each had six.
Tyler Consolidated (12-6) was paced by Griffin Phillips’ 24 points. Mark Rucker netted nine, and Tyler West seven.
Catholic got off to a monster start with a 16-0 run. During first-quarter action, Sturm scored seven points, Ullman five, and Collie four as the Crusaders staked themselves to a 20-5 advantage.
“We’re playing together and playing good team basketball right now,” Ullman said. “When we play like that, we can pretty much beat anybody.”
In the second period, Ullman tallied 10 points, including a buzzer-beating 3 to give PCHS a commanding 43-17 advantage. He had no idea at the time in the locker room that he and McCarty were tied at 1,700 career points apiece and his first points after the break would set a new record.
“I understand that they don’t want me to get uptight and try too hard,” Ullman said.
At the beginning of the second half, Catholic stretched its lead to 47-17 on buckets by Jalen Brunny and Sturm. Then, at the 6:30 mark, it happened as Ullman drained a triple.
The game was then halted and Ullman was recognized for the achievement and presented with a basketball, which he gave to his father sitting in the bleachers. Before play was resumed, he received several hugs from coaches and players.
Ullman scored 10 points on 4 of 4 from the field, including a buzzer-beating, banked 3 at the end of the third quarter as the Crusader lead bulged to 68-27.
PCHS pretty much coasted home with the victory in the fourth quarter. Phillips had 13 points in the period for the Knights, who outpointed the Crusaders, 19-16. But it was way too little, too late for the visitors from Tyler County.