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IL Boys 3A Third Place: Hillcrest 72, Lanphier 67

Posted on March 17, 2012. Filed under: Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

March 17, 2012

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Both teams come in to this game a little short of playing for the Boys Class 3A title. Hillcrest lost to Peoria 60-50, and Lanphier lost to North Chicago 57-50.

In this consolation contest, Hillcrest was able to do enough for the 72-65 victory over Springfield Lanphier.

Outside of an errand, early shot to end the half, the Hawks finally are playing their style of game shooting over 50%, compared to the Lions who shot less than 40%. In addition, the Hawks attacked the basket and often.

The Hawks held a lead as much as 17, but the Lions were able to erase some of that lead and get it back down to single digits with the play of senior Jaylen Briggity (9), who scored back to back times sprinting down the court in the third. But each time, the Hawks answered and held them off.

      

In this case, it was a basket by Jalen Loving and two free throws by Jayon’e Troutman that sealed the win for the Hawks.

“We had our pity party at dinner last night and they got it out of their system and realized that there was more basketball to be played,” Hillcrest coach Don Houston said. “We were in the Final Four of the state and we have a lot of things to look forward to in the future.”

Loving had a game-high 13 rebounds to go along with his 17 points, and Brent Buchanan led the way with 15 points, followed by Jayon’e Troutman. Jalen Loving also snagged 13 boards for a double-double.

“Our girls lost the same way we did in their opening semifinal game, but they fought back to bring home the third-place trophy,’’ Hillcrest senior Jalen Loving said, ‘‘and we wanted to do the same thing.’’

On the other side of the ball, the Lions were led by Larry Austin who knocked down 16, followed by T.J. Davis who added 15 off the bench.  Lions coach Chuck Shanklin said it was Hillcrest’s length and athleticism that caused problems.

“They are tall, long and they are quick,” Shanklin said. “Our pressure did not get to them and they were able to pass over anything we were trying to do. Our hats go off to them. They are a great team. I am proud of my team’s effort and what we accomplished this season.”


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IL Boys 4A semifinals: Bloom vs Simeon

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March 15, 2012


PEORIA — Bloom did everything right against top-ranked Simeon in the Illinois Boys 4A semifinal contest except win as they fall 45-35.

Coming into the game, the plan was to hold junior phenom Jabari Parker in control… done!

Control the tempo of the game… done!

Pressure the ball in the back court and double whenever possible without leaving a player clearly open… check!

The only uncheck mark left was win…. uncheck!

This is one of the only teams to hold Parker without field goal in the first half of a game.

“They were expecting to play us their way, and they did,” said Parker, who finished with 10 points, five rebounds and four blocks. “They slowed it down and face-guarded me the whole game.”

A bright spot for the Wolverines was junior guard, Kendrick Nunn, who shot pretty well but he covered Bloom’s Donald Moore very well. Nunn was able to keep him from penetrating and having his way, and when he did get in the lane, Parker, Steve Taylor or Kendall Pollard were there to swat his shot away.

Moore’s first successful jumper was a 3-pointer that brought the Blazing Trojans within 36-34 with 2
minutes, 24 seconds remaining.

Then Parker countered on the other end, getting fouled on a mid-range jumper and completing the three-point play to make it 39-34 with 1:58 left.

“I want to give Bloom a lot of credit,” Simeon coach Robert Smith said. “They pushed us to the limit. I thought they out-toughed us. We came up with some key plays down. From my aspect, I really thought we should have lost the game.”

Lejavius Johnson led all players with 18 points. Taylor led the Wolverines with 13, followed by Jaylon Tate, who added 11.

The Wolverines (32-1) will face unbeaten Proviso East (32-0) in a heavyweight Illinois Boys 4A instant classic Saturday night at 8:15 pm.

Simeon and Proviso East have been ranked Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, since the preseason.

“Going into Proviso, I need to find better ways to get my teammates open and get shots for myself,” said Parker. “This is a bad time to be messing up. We just have to tweak some things and get back to the blueprint.”

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IL Boys 4A semifinals: Proviso East vs Rockford Auburn

Posted on March 17, 2012. Filed under: Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


March 15, 2012

PEORIA — Talk about an ugly – scratch that… an unattractive win for Proviso East over Rockford Auburn 55-45 in the Boys 4A semifinals game at Carver Arena. This ended Auburn’s 22-game winning streak dating back to the Pirates’ 75-56 victory over the Knights at the Proviso West tournament on Dec. 29.

The Knights missed its first 10 3-pointers en route to finishing 3-for-16 from downtown and committed, gulp, 24 turnovers and finished the game shooting  17-for-51 from the floor and 8-for-18 from the free-throw line.

“I don’t think we’ve turned it over 24 times in the last five or six years,” Auburn coach Bryan Ott said.

Now don’t think the Pirates played a lot better… they shot 37.9% from the floor, 22.2% from behind the arc and 43.8% from the charity stripe.

Both teams combined for six points, 3-for-21 shooting from the field, 0-for-5 shooting from the line and 17 turnovers in the first quarter.

The two superstars for both team, Auburn’s Fred Van Vleet and Proviso East’s Keith Carter, combined for 3 for 17 for 8 points.

Van Vleet finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds, but had eight turnovers. Carter shot 2-for-12 and had six points and six boards.

Proviso East’s Sterling Brown led the way with a double-double, 13 points, 15 rebounds, followed by teammate, Paris Burns, who added 14 points.

“I just wanted to come out aggressive,” Brown said. “I had seen the guards were struggling, and I wanted to get my team in a rhythm like (the guards) usually do.”

I guess in the end it’s more important to have a date for the BIG dance, than what you drove to get there in….

With their win, and hopefully Simeon defeats Bloom, a dream, maybe even a fantasy matchup will be setup. Just the thought of this matchup made first-year Proviso East coach Donnie Boyce smile.

“I think everybody would like to see that dream matchup,” Boyce said.

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IL Boys 3A semifinals: Hillcrest vs Peoria

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March 15, 2012

PEORIA – Hillcrest Hawks (24-5) came up short in the Class 3A semifinals contest against local area Peoria Central, 60-50, at Carver Arena.

Hear is a simple run down on the teams performance… the leading scorer was  Jovan Mooring, who was 0-for-8 from the field. In short, Hillcrest did not hit a single shot from the perimeter in the first 28 minutes of the game.

Hillcrest coach Don Houston said after the game, “we like to spread the ball out, but I give Jovan credit for continuing to fight through it. He’s been making shots for us all season. He makes a lot of the shots he took, but tonight they didn’t fall. I give him credit for being the player he is and just continuing to play.”

The Hawks took a quick 10-3 lead, but the next run it made came after Peoria’s lead that grew to 20 going into the fourth period. In addition, the Lions grabbed a 38-27 advantage on the boards and limited Hillcrest to 36.7 percent shooting from the field.

One huge blemish on the stat sheet for Peoria is shots from the free throw, where they are 3-13 in the first half.

Hillcrest went scoreless for almost 6 mins and their only points (4) came from FTs.

“I thought outside shooting would be important, but I know Peoria likes to pull their bigs out, and if they did pull their shot-blockers away from basket we’d have lanes to drive,” Houston said. “But it didn’t work out that way.”

Jalen Loving led Hillcrest with 16 points, followed by Jayon’e Troutman who added 13.

Aldonis Foote led Peoria Central with 21 points and 6 boards.

“We’ve got to give credit to Peoria. They have a lot of length in there, and they made us miss some shots we normally make.”

In many people’s opinion, their years team is deeper and more balanced than its 2010 Class 3A champion.

“We don’t have a dominant go-to guy,” said coach Houston in conclusion.

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