2013 IHSA Boys State Semifinals

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BOYS GET IT ON FOR 2013 STATE TITLES

March 16, 2013

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Let’s get it on…. the 3A / 4A Boys played tough matches in Peoria, Carver Arena, this weekend, March 15-16, in order to advance to their respective title matches, and when the smoke cleared, it was Morgan Park Mustangs knocking off Limestone in an easy fashion 70-49. In the next Class 3A game, it was Cahokia upsetting Chicago Orr 56-46. So the Class 3A title is all set, Morgan Park (32-3) will face Cahokia (33-3).

For SuperSectionals recaps, click here.

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Class 3A

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Morgan Park vs Limestone

MORGAN PARK 70, Limestone 49
PEORIA – Mr. Kyle Davis picked up where he left off from the Supersectionals Tuesday against Hillcrest, as he scored nine of his 15 points in the second quarter to help his team advance to the Class 3A State Finals with a win over Bartonville Limestone Friday afternoon at Carver Arena.

Morgan Park coach Nick Irvin on Kyle Davis “I call Kyle the little big man. I think Kyle is one of the toughest guys going to the basket.”

The Dayton-recruit, Davis, took over the game after the Rockets battled back from a slow start to cut the deficit to 11-9 early in the second quarter. And from here, he scored scored seven straight points to pad the lead to 20-9. Davis fed Josh Cunningham for consecutive dunks in the third quarter and scored 15 points in Morgan Park’s 29-9 run to swell the lead to 40-18.

“We came out of the locker room and told each other we had to get to it,” Morgan Park senior Kyle Davis said. “Our coaches did a good scouting report,” Kyle Davis said. “They said the middle will be open for us, so we attacked it.”

Fellow Mustang, senior guard Billy Garrett Jr. added 15 points and Xzavier Taylor racked up 10 points and eight rebounds.

Morgan Park forced Limestone into 18 turnovers and held the Rockets to just six points in the first quarter and seven in the third.

With this victory, the Mustangs (32-3) have won all six of their playoff games by a minimum of 21 points to advance to their first state title game since winning the Class AA championship in 1976. Morgan Park will play Cahokia (33-3) at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Hank Mathews led the Rockets (24-10) with nine points.

“I’ll take on anybody right now, I don’t care who it is,” Irvin said at the post-game press conference.

“We live by the motto ‘pressure breaks pipes,’” Irvin said.

WATCH A CLIP OF COACH ROBERT SMITH’S POSTGAME: click here

FUN GAME NOTE: So it was fitting that a uniform snafu delayed the start of Morgan Park’s 70-49 win Friday over Limestone in the Class 3A state semifinals at Carver Arena in Peoria.

“Things were going too smoothly for a while there,” Irvin said. “I was hoping something went wrong.”

Morgan Park thought it was the home team in the game, so it dressed in white uniforms. The Mustangs found out as the took the court that they were the visitors.

Assistant coach Walt Woghiren went back to the hotel, grabbed the proper uniforms and ran back to the arena.

FUN NOTES: Morgan Park ranked #22 nationally – http://espn.go.com/college-sports/basketball/recruiting/powerrankings/_/week/16/season/2012 #ESPN25hoops

LIVE GAME STATS: We provided the LIVE stats and electronic play-by-play for this game – click here

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CAHOKIA 56, Orr 46

PEORIA — Final stats from Cahokia’s 56-46 win over Orr.

Cahokia: Keenan Minor 20 points, 13-15 FT; Derenzo Jennings 17 points; Darius Austin 10 points 10 rebounds.

The Comanches will play the Mustangs in the Class 3A title game. Tipoff is set for 2:00pm CDT.

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Class 4A

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SIMEON 68, Proviso East 56

PEORIA — Simeon continues their winning ways defeating cross-town nemesis, Proviso East, 68-56 in the Class 4A semifinals Friday night at Carver Arena.

Jabari Parker shook off last years performance against the Pirates and played a big game, scoring 20 points and 15 boards on his 18th birthday.

But it was Kendall Pollard who stepped up in this contest. He used his 6-5 frame to dominate 6-2 sophomore Kalin Fisher early knocking down nine of his 15 points in the first quarter. And to put icing on the cake, the Dayton-recruit forward blocked a late layup by Paris Lee into the stands with lots of authority.

“I’m always under the radar,” Pollard said. “That’s why I’m always able to get second-chance points, offensive rebounds and just play my game. … It was one of the best games I’ve played in my whole high school career.”

Simeon led from the end of the first quarter, but size-challenged Proviso East kept it close, pulling within 55-51 on Lee’s fast break with 4 minutes, 22 seconds to play. The Wolverines, who committed just three second-half turnovers against an aggressive Pirates defense, closed on a 13-5 run led by Parker and Illinois recruit Kendrick Nunn (14 points).

Proviso East (29-4) went 6-for-28 from 3-point range, more 3s than the Pirates were used to shooting this season, according to coach Donnie Boyce. Mainly due to Simeon’s defensive zone play

“The zone makes it look like the 3-point is open, but really you should be attacking the zone because a layup is a higher percentage than a 3-point shot,” Lee said after the game. “As long as you’re attacking the gaps, they can be beat. That’s what we lacked today.”

Parish McCullum, an uncommitted senior, kept the Pirates in the game knocking down 19 points, but late foul trouble prevented him from being aggressive to the basket. SMU-bound forward Sterling Brown outdueled Parker in the title game last season with 25 points, but Parker got the advantage Friday as Brown settled for a double-double: 12 points and 11 rebounds.

The Wolverines (29-3) will play Stevenson (29-4) in the 4A championship at 8:15 p.m. Saturday. With a victory, the Wolverines will tie Peoria Manual’s record of four titles in a row.

    POST-GAME VIDEO

Coach Robert sharing his thoughts on the game: click here!

Duke-bound Jabari Parker sharing his thoughts on his last high school game tomorrow: click here!

FUN GAME NOTE: Jabari Parker said it was among the best games he’s played while starting in four state tournaments, but he didn’t have celebration plans Friday night.

LIVE GAME STATS: We provided the LIVE stats and electronic play-by-play for this game click here

Edwardsville 49, STEVENSON 60

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PEORIA — Upset? Not sure from our point of view but tonight Stevenson defeated Edwardsville 60-49 in the second Class 4A semifinal contest at Carver Arena.

Sophomore Jalen Brunson led the way with 21 points, followed by Andrew Stempel who added 14, and right behind him was Connor Cashaw who scored 13.

“It’s a blessing,” Brunson, son of former NBA Rick Brunson, emotionally said after the game. “We worked really hard and we’re not going to back down. We have to be perfect in everything we do. We are ready to accept the challenge.”

Edwardsville was led by Garret Covington who scored 18 points.

This is the Patriots 19 win in a row and now face three-time defending champion, Simeon, Saturday night at 8:!5pm.

What a wonderful day of “amateur” sports hosted by Illinois High School Association in Peoria, IL at Carver Arena.

In addition to the chase for the State championship, Illinois’ March Madness Experience, an interactive basketball-fueled family fun fest, is being held simultaneous at the Peoria Civic Center exhibit halls adjacent to the arena – opens on Thursday, March 14 and closes on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

Also the Country Financial Three-Point Showdown also continues Thursday at Carver Arena, as prelims will whittle competitors down to four shooters from Class 3A and Class 4A. The final four shooters from each class will shoot for their class titles between semifinal games on Friday. On Saturday, the champions from all four classes will return for the chance at becoming the all-class champion King of the Hill, which will take place after the Class 3A Third-Place game.

IMPORTANT NOTES

All of the games were aired live on the IHSA TV Network (click for local listings – http://www.ihsa.org/NewsMedia/IHSATVNetwork.aspx) and will also be carried live on the internet at www.IHSA.tv. Fans can also get unprecedented coverage of the state finals on Twitter by following @IHSAState. Lee Hall and ISU legend Jill Hutchison will bring viewers the 3A action and Dave Bernhard and Patricia Babcock McGraw step in to call the 4A games. Matt Rodewald will handle the hosting and sideline duties, along with the Class 3A and 4A finals of the Country Financial Three-Point Showdown on Friday and the Country Financial Queen of the Hill three-point shooting on Saturday, which pits the four class winners head-to-head.

ALL games were broadcasted LIVE via the Internet by SportsTownChicago.com

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