2014-Curie-Young

Posted on February 22, 2014. Filed under: Basketball, Boys High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Battle for the City

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February 21, 2014

Coming into the game it was all about Jahlil Okafor, Duke-recruit, and Cliff Alexander, Kansas-recruit… but unknown mystery guy led his team to a four-overtime contest – Kamar Marshall.

Cliff_Alexander-Jahlil_Okafor-2014Battle of Chicago’s Best: Cliff Alexander & Jahlil Okafor

Marshall nailed a 3-pointer with .9 seconds left to seal the city title for the Condors (24-1), 69-66 over Young. This was his fifth of the entire season and none bigger.

Another Curie teammate, Joe Stamps, hijacked to the contest and made his name heard primarily in the first half as he added a grand total of 24 points.

A big turn in the contest was when Okafor fouled out early in the fourth, and you just knew Young was done, but that’s why you play the game and think ‘next man up.’ He finished with 16 points and nine boards.

“(Okafor) got in some bad foul situations, so he wasn’t able to be on the floor,” Young coach Tyrone Slaughter said. “I don’t know what else to say. I think he was extremely effective when he was in there. I think if he plays 16 more minutes we have a good chance to win.”

On the other hand, Alexander wasn’t able to completely capitalize on Okafor’s absence, including giving up a 6-point lead in the final 30-seconds of regulation, but his presence alone makes a difference. Young had to double-down on him constantly leaving other players wide open, or giving them the option to slash to the paint. He finished the contest with 20 points, 14 boards and four blocks.

“I got kind of scared when Joe (Stamps) fouled out (in the fourth OT), but I had faith in Kamar,” Alexander said. “I told him if he’s open to shoot, and he did. We all had confidence in him.”
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Rodney Herenton hit a 3-pointer to bring Young (21-6) within 53-50 with 27.7 seconds left, and after a pair of misses by Stamps, Mile Reynolds buried a clutch 3-pointer off a called play with four seconds showing.

Paul White played really big for Young, and finished with 19 points, followed by Reynolds, who added 13.

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IHSA AP Boys Rankings

Posted on January 16, 2014. Filed under: Basketball, Boys High School Basketball, High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

SECOND EDITION of IL High School Boys Basketball AP Rankings

January 15, 2014

By Associated Press

Local schools in our coverage area sits on top…

CLASS 4A
SCHOOL (First-place voice)

RANKINGS – SCHOOL – POINTS for 1st – RECORD – TOTAL VOTES – PREVIOUS
1     Marian Catholic (5)     13-1     119     2
2     Curie  (6)      13-1     115     3
3     Zion Benton (1)     13-1     88     7
4     Young     9-4     85     5
5     Simeon     10-2     75     4
6     Stevenson     13-1     72     1
7     Edwardsville (1)     12-0     69     6
8     Alton     12-1     41     8
9     Fremd     14-0     32     9
10     St. Viator     12-3     8     NR

Others receiving votes: Proviso East 3, West Aurora 2, Rockford Auburn 2, Larkin 1, Ottawa 1, Rockford Boylan 1, St. Rita 1

CLASS 3A

Team (first-place votes)

RANKINGS – SCHOOL – POINTS for 1st – RECORD – TOTAL VOTES – PREVIOUS

1     Lanphier (14)     15-0     165     1
2     Lincoln     14-0     144     3
3     Morgan Park (1)     11-3     118     2
4     Orr (2)     10-1     102     6
5     Normal U-High     13-2     95     9
6     North Chicago     13-2     80     T4
7     Bogan     15-2     67     7
8     Limestone     13-2     32     10
9     Rockford Lutheran     14-1     29     NR
tie     (tie) Centralia     14-1     29     T4

Others receiving votes: Althoff Catholic 22, Carbondale 17, St. Joseph 9, Champaign Centennial 9, Cahokia 7, Peoria Manual 2, Metamora 2, Sacred Heart-Griffin 2, Chicago Uplift 2, Carmel 1, Fenwick 1

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CLASS 2A

Team (first-place votes)

RANKINGS – SCHOOL – POINTS for 1st – RECORD – TOTAL VOTES – PREVIOUS

1     Rockridge (15)     15-0     159     1
2     Monmouth-Roseville     14-1     136     2
3     Providence-St. Mel (1)     12-5     124     3
4     Sterling Newman     15-0     105     5
5     St. Joseph-Ogden     12-2     67     6
6     Bismarck-Henning     14-1     66     4
7     Decatur St. Teresa     12-1     56     9
8     Teutopolis     10-3     39     8
9     Warrensburg-Latham     11-2     24     7
10     Bloomington Central     11-3     23     NR

Others receiving votes: Winnebago 18, Kewanee 15, Harrisburg 12, Immaculate Conception 7, St. Edward 6, Clifton Central 6, Hales, Breese Central 3, Newton 3, PORTA 3, Paxton-Buckley-Loda 2, Breese Mater Dei 2

CLASS 1A

Team (first place votes)

RANKINGS – SCHOOL – POINTS for 1st – RECORD – TOTAL VOTES – PREVIOUS

1     Payson-Seymour (12)     41974     151     1
2     Mounds Meridian (2)     14-1     132     2
3     Madison     41853     116     3
4     Colfax Ridgeview (1)     15-0     104     4
5     Brimfield (1)     12-0     80     6
6     Waterloo Gibault     41975     73     5
7     Kewanee (Wethersfield)     14-1     68     7
8     Lanark Eastland     41914     28     8
tie     Polo     16-2     28     NR
10     Mooseheart     41853     18     10

Others receiving votes: Arthur-Lovington 16, Putnam County 11, St. Anne 9, Springfield Lutheran 7, Woodlawn 7, Aquin 7, Cissna Park 6, Liberty 5, Henry 4, Milford 2, Milledgeville 2, Effingham St. Anthony 2, Sidell (Jamaica)-Salt Fork 2, Okawville 1, East Dubuque 1

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2013-Illini-Cougars

Posted on November 24, 2013. Filed under: Basketball, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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November 22, 2013

After opening the season with four games in nine days, 4-0 Illinois plays its lone game in an eight-day stretch, hosting 2-3 Chicago State on Friday night, and extended their 2013-14 streak to 5, defeating the Cougars 77-53. This victory gives the Illini their third consecutive season with a record of 5-0.

Senior Jon Ekey was the spark the team needed Friday night against Chicago State, as he lit things up on the court including a put back dunk, and back-to-back threes. WATCH!

“Different coaches, different systems,” Ekey said. “These coaches play a little bit differently, which I fit into a little bit better than the system they have over there [at Illinois State.] It’s great at this level to be able to do that, it’s one of those things that the coaches have been talking about ever since I got on campus. That’s why they recruited me when I left over there. It’s what they’ve been talking about to me every day, going out there, taking the open ones and don’t pass up shots. Just been a work in progress that’s kind of accumulated.”

Ekey led the way with 19 points and snagged 6 boards, followed by a trio of players who added 12 points including Joseph Bertrand, Tracy Abrams and Rayvonte Rice. Bertrand snagged 8 boards.

Coming off a 5-of-7 three-point shooting performance against Bradley on Sunday, Ekey again hit five threes to bail out the Illini against the lingering Chicago State team. After the Cougars pulled within four (55-51) with eight minutes left in the ball game, Ekey got his spark started with a dunk 30 seconds later, and didn’t look back.

On the other side of the court, the Cougars’ Clarke Rosenberg led the way with 16 points, followed by Matt Ross who added 13. Eddie Denard snagged 5 boards.

The Cougars shot 18-45 (40.0%) from the floor while Illini shot 26-54 (48.1%). Home team also controlled the boards with a 39-20 margin.

Up next for Illinois is a trip west to face UNLV, November 26.

Up next for Chicago State is Southern Illinois, November 30 at 205pm on their home campus. The game can also be heard on the world-famous WVON 1690AM.

GAME NOTES
Illinois is now 13-0 in November under head coach John Groce and has won its last 24 games overall in the month of November.

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