IHSA Second Round Recap

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SECOND ROUND OF IHSA PLAYOFFS

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Saturday, November 8

Homewood-Flossmoor 42, Edwardsville 35

Again, the Vikings “wonder-twin” power was activated on Saturday evening as twins Devonte and Deante Harley-Hampton carried the load leading the team into the Class 8A quarterfinals.

Richards 34, Lincoln-Way West 27

Birthday celebration was in order for senior quarterback Hasan Muhammad-Rogers as he completed 16 of 23 passes for 395 yards and five touchdowns to lead Richards past host Lincoln-Way West in a Class 7A.

“It’s the best birthday ever,” Muhammad-Rogers said. “I get to spend another week with my team.”

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Geneseo 41, Rich East 16

Not enough Rocket fuel as the (Rich) East go down to Geneseo in the second round 41-16.

Brian Stewart led the way with 12 carries for 68 yards and one score. The other score was made by , followed by Tyler McGregory. The Maple Leafs remain undefeated at 11-0 for the season.

Lemont 35, Yorkville 14

Things got started with a 16-yard touchdown run by Lemont freshman Anthony Martin (21 carries for 101 yards) and they never looked back. Quarterback Ryan Dawson led the way going 14-for-20 for 172 yards and four TDs including redzone strikes to Duke-bound receiver Flynn Nagel (4 catches, 58 yards).

Friday, November 7

Providence 34, St. Rita 3

Providence wins BIG over cross-town rival St. Rita for the second time but this time it was in the playoffs.

“It’s hard to beat a team twice and they have big play guys and that’s what concerned us the most,” coach Mark Coglianese said. “That (punt return) was a big spark for us.”

Things got started early for the Celtics when Sophomore running back Richie Warfield (13 carries for 111 yards) score from 10 yards out and they NEVER looked back.

Senior quarterback Justin Hunniford (12-for-24, 224 yards, 2 TDs) played BIG also accounting for 20 of the Celtics’ points including six of those on a pair of field goals (31 and 24 yards). The remaining 14 came on a pair of TD passes. The first was a 75-yard bomb to Notre Dame-bound Miles Boykin (5 catches, 96 yards) and the other was a 4-yard TD pass to Mike Beller.

“It doesn’t [matter if] I’m blocking or doing whatever I’m just happy to contribute,” Boykin said. “We just have to keep this train rolling.”

The Mustangs suffered a huge setback on their opening drive when starting quarterback Scott Proctor went down with a lower body injury and didn’t return. C.J. Weydeman (8-for-23, 42 yards) took over the quarterback duties and struggled against an unforgiving Celtics’ defense led by Jake Rost (two sacks).

“We felt confident coming in and we were doing some things they haven’t seen,” St. Rita coach Todd Kuska said. “That’s just a great team over there.”

DePaul Prep 14, St. Laurence 7

Alex Salach rushed for a touchdown and and Markavius Ross returned an interception 31 yards for a score to lead DePaul Prep (6-4). Carlos Baker caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from Romello Washington for St. Laurence (5-6).

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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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IHSA AP Girls Rankings

Posted on November 20, 2013. Filed under: Basketball, Basketball, Girls High School Basketball, High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

SECOND EDITION of IL High School Girls Basketball AP Rankings

January 15, 2014

By Associated Press

Homewood-Flossmoor grabs the top spot in Class 4A while Montini holds on to the No. 1 ranking in Class 3A. Find a complete list of the AP rankings here.

CLASS 4A
SCHOOL (First-place voice)

RANKINGS – SCHOOL – POINTS for 1st – RECORD – TOTAL VOTES – PREVIOUS
1     Homewood-Flossmoor (5)     11-2     93     4
2     Young (1)     13-2     88     1
tie     Rolling Meadows (1)     17-2     88     2
4     Edwardsville (4)     12-0     68     3
5     WW South     16-2     64     6
6     Marian Catholic     13-4     51     5
7     Trinity     14-2     44     NR
tie     Fremd     15-2     44     7
9     Bolingbrook     9-2     22     8
10     New Trier     16-0     17     10

Others receiving votes: Neuqua Valley 10, Rock Island 8, Geneva 2, Hersey 2, Batavia 1, Hononegah 1, Huntley 1, Oak Lawn 1

CLASS 3A
SCHOOL (First-place votes)

RANKINGS – SCHOOL – POINTS for 1st – RECORD – TOTAL VOTES – PREVIOUS
1     Montini (6)     17-1     127     1
2     Quincy Notre Dame (5)     14-1     122     2
tie     Joliet Catholic (3)     14-0     122     3
4     Springfield     17-1     97     4
5     Morgan Park     11-2     77     5
6     Washington (Ill.)     11-1     53     8
7     Bishop McNamara     13-2     51     6
8     Morton     13-3     38     7
9     Normal U-High     13-1     35     9
10     Burlington Central     14-2     20     NR

Others receiving votes: Richwoods 7, Champaign Centennial 6, Effingham 6, Vernon Hills 4, Mendota 2, North Chicago 2, Coal City 1

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CLASS 2A
SCHOOL (First-place votes)

RANKINGS – SCHOOL – POINTS for 1st – RECORD – TOTAL VOTES – PREVIOUS
1     St. Thomas More (12)     18-2     138     1
2     Breese Central (2)     19-0     128     3
3     Nashville     16-1     102     4
4     Teutopolis     12-3     87     2
5     Sherrard     19-2     61     5
6     El Paso-Gridley     12-2     55     6
7     Watseka     15-2     53     7
8     Prophetstown     18-2     39     8
9     Byron     15-3     19     NR
10     Clinton     14-2     14     NR
tie     Piasa Southwestern     16-1     14     NR
tie     Sullivan     13-1     14     NR

Others receiving votes: Mt. Carmel 8 (Ill.), Illini West (Carthage) 7, Havana 7, Litchfield 6, Carterville 6, Westminster Christian 5, Marshall 3, Oregon 2, St. Joseph-Ogden 1, Bloomington Central 1

CLASS 1A
SCHOOL (First-place votes)

RANKINGS – SCHOOL – POINTS for 1st – RECORD – TOTAL VOTES – PREVIOUS
1     Annawan (13)     12-4     130     1
2     Gilman Iroquois West     17-1     105     2
3     Moweaqua Central A&M     15-4     102     3
4     Putnam County     17-1     82     T5
5     Brimfield     10-1     65     T5
6     Carrollton     12-2     51     8
7     Eastland     17-3     39     NR
8     Danville Schlarman     10-6     29     4
9     Arcola     13-3     25     T9
10     Shiloh     15-3     15     NR

Others receiving votes: South Fulton 14, Calhoun 13, Nokomis 12, Aquin 10, Stark County 8, River Ridge 8, Pearl City 3, Winchester West Central 2, Galena 2

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2013 IHSA Boys 3A / 4A State Finals

Posted on March 16, 2013. Filed under: Basketball, Boys High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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March 16, 2013

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This weekend, Friday and Saturday, March 15-16, the best of the best Illinois Boys 3A / 4A basketball teams were on one court at Carver Arena in Peoria.

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Class 3A Third Place

LIMESTONE 58, Chicago Orr 49


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In the IHSA Class 3A Third Place game, it was Limestone knocking off Chicago Orr 58-49. The Rockets were led by Hank Mathews who scored 19 points and was perfect from the charity strip (5-5). Today’s contest proved to be a wonderful birthday present for Kendall Davis, who added 12 points, seven boards and was also perfect from the stripe (2-2).

Orr was led by junior forward Marlon Jones, who finished with 13 points. Senior guard Jamal McDowell also finished with 13.

Class 3A Championship

MORGAN PARK 63, Cahokia 48

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PEORIA — Morgan Park wins their first IHSA State championship since 1976 with a 63-48 victory over Cahokia at Carver Arena Saturday afternoon.

The foundation for this victory was simple : team depth and fast, pressure defense makes things hard for their opponents.

Offensively, DePaul-bound Billy Garrett scored a game-high 14 points but combined with Dayton-bound Kyle Davis (10 points) to shoot 9-for-29 from the field. Fellow teammate Markee Williams (13 points) and Xzavier Taylor (11 points, 12 rebounds off the bench) picked up the slack as the Mustangs (33-3) broke open a five-point halftime lead.

“The four seniors led us to victory,” Morgan Park coach Nick Irvin said. “They set the tone from the jump. The one senior I’m most proud of is Xzavier Taylor. Billy and Kyle and Markee always say, ‘We need the big fella to roll, Nick; get the big fella to roll.’

“Well he’s rolling at the right time.”

Despite Morgan Park’s 43-26 advantage on the boards, Cahokia’s deficit was just 35-31 late in the third quarter.

Six Morgan Park players scored during the ensuing 14-0 run from which Cahokia (33-4) never recovered.

“If I was scoring two points a game or 40, if we won a state championship, I don’t care,” said Garrett, a four-year starter. “I have confidence in our ability, so I didn’t feel too much pressure. I knew if we did what we do, the result would be in our favor. My guys came through. They rebounded and defended. Xzavier played great. It just feels great to get this victory and end career the way I have.”

Cahokia was led by the play of Carleton Rivers, who scored 9 points.

So now the question has to be asked, is it time for the Mustangs to move out of the Class 3A field and go 4A?

FUN FACT: During the game a conversation took place via Twitter per @WeAreDePaul and Chicago Sun-Times Michael O’brien stating early on “Billy Garrett Jr. is the first #DePaul recruit to play in an IHSA title game since Quentin Richardson in 1998.”

Shortly there afterwards, O’brien added some clarification… Eddy Curry was a #DePaul signee when he lost in the title game to Schaumburg. So that sorta counts.

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

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Class 4A Third Place Game

EDWARDSVILLE 57, Proviso East 56

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PEORIA — What an ending to the IHSA third place 4A game… on the final possession, Proviso East made their run to the basket – tick tick tick – shot… rimming… tip… rebound… BUZZER… shot it goes in!!!!!!

So both teams celebrated.

But, the Pirates celebration was short-lived as Parrish McCullum’s basket went in too late according to the officials, thus ending the game 57-56 in Edwardsville’s favor at Carver Arena Saturday evening.

“It’s very frustrating to come down and fall short again,” Proviso East senior guard Paris Lee said. “I don’t think our minds were really in this game, more so (we were) trying to play a championship game.”

This lost means Proviso East’s last two trips to Peoria came down to a matter of a second and a fourth period. Last season, the Pirates scored five points in the final 12 seconds before running out of time in a 50-48 loss to Simeon in the Class 4A state title game.

The Pirates, under second-year Donnie Boyce, left a lasting impression the last two years at Carver Arena. Boyce was visibly shaken after Saturday’s game, due to “letting his team down” with another loss at state. Boyce shed several tears, calmed down and credited his seniors.

“I’m really, really proud of Sterling (Brown), Paris, Parrish and Branden (Jenkins) for coming back and giving me this opportunity,” Boyce said. “I just. … I know the expectations here. We came to win, a championship, first place. We didn’t come for no third-place game. I’m so proud the way my team competed and I wouldn’t be here without these guys.”

Brown credited his older brother, Shannon Brown, a shooting guard for the Phoenix Suns, for speeding up his development. Brown had a team-high 16 points to go with seven rebounds and four assists Saturday.

“Hopefully, I left a great legacy,” Brown said. “Last year people said I played my heart out, and that I played the best game of my life. This year I tried to come down here in a different role, more of a leader and captain to my team and try to do everything I can to get us two wins. I give credit to my brother because he was the one who told me to keep playing hard, and I did that.”

As it is shared throughout sports arenas and locker rooms around the World, “Hustle beats talent when talent doesnt hustle.”

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Class 4A Championship

SIMEON 58, Stevenson 40

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PEORIA — Simply put… FOUR-PEAT! Simeon Wolverines win their fourth Class 4A State title defeating Stevenson 58-40.

This contest provided a superb team effort led by Duke-bound Jabari Parker and teammate Russell Woods’ who overpowered the smaller, and younger Stevenson (29-5).

“I didn’t get here by myself, and we didn’t get here by ourselves,” Parker said. “That was impossible what I pulled off getting back healthy, but it was from the help of everybody.”

In front of a packed Stevenson section dressed primarily in black, sophomore guard Jalen Brunson kept the Patriots in the game in the first half. In addition his crafty play got the Wolverines Kendall Pollard and Kendrick Nunn into early foul trouble, and from here he scored eight of his 13 first-half points in the first quarter. He scored only one point the rest of the way.

Simeon led 31-24 at the break.

Coach Robert Smith swithced things up after the half, assigning guard Jaylon Tate to Brunson, who did a fabulous job, limiting him to just a free throw and went 3-for-11 from the field.

“I just wanted to give him a lot of pressure,” Tate said. “He’s a great player. Wanted to pressure him and not make it easy for him.”

But, the night belonged to Parker, who was the first junior to win Mr. Basketball of Illinois last season.

Parker finished his final high school game with 20 points and eight rebounds.

There were many bumps along the road for the 30-3 Wolverines — Parker’s fractured right foot and his recovery, ineligible players, a four-game suspension for Simeon coach Robert Smith —but none knocked the Wolverines off track from their pursuit.

“A lot of people doubted us because we had two (early) losses, but we stuck together as a team and as a family,” Simeon guard Jaylon Tate said. “We knew we were going to get it together down the line, and that’s what we did.”

Through all of the awards, accolades, appearances, distractions, request, etc… Parker has maintained that the only thing he cares about is winning basketball games and that all the attention is meaningless to him.

That’s just the way he plays and now he’s a four-time high school basketball State champion.

“I just thank God,” Parker said. “My No. 1 focus was getting back on the court after my injury. I’ve had the best coach in high school basketball. It was a great season, a great run. I wouldn’t have made it here without the team I had. That was impossible what I pulled off, getting back healthy. I lost 35 pounds. It wasn’t all on me. My teammates pushed me in every single practice. That’s the best exercise, basketball. I couldn’t have done it by myself.”

This is Simeon’s seventh state championship. Ben Wilson and Tim Bankston led the 1984 team, Derrick Rose and Tim Flowers won titles in 2006 and 2007 and Parker and Nunn have played on the last four.

“We wrote history,” Parker said. “That’s how they are going to remember us from now on.”

“It’s been a great four years being here,” Nunn said. “Different teams, different players. It’s been a great experience.’’

Smith is the first coach in state history to win four consecutive state championships. He has six overall with a record of 260-40 in his nine-year career. There is some speculation he will accept a college coaching job next season.

“My take on it is that in these four runs we played a national schedule,” Smith said. “We didn’t just play local teams. What we did, and I don’t think people understand it, is we went to those home towns and played those teams. We went to Dallas and played DeSoto…we went to Memphis and played Southwind.’’

Simeon is the second team to win four consecutive state titles. Peoria Manual pulled off the feat in 1997.

FINAL STAT LINE: Russell Woods, who added 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Kendall Pollard scored 10 and grabbed nine boards. Simeon outrebounded Stevenson 34-19. Their size proved to play a major roll in this game.

“I don’t think there’s a program now in the state that’s better than this one,” Smith said. “I think we proved that as a coaching staff. I think we proved that as players.”

Again, at the end of the high school season, Simeon’s status remains unchanged – Class 4A state champions!

When a goal matters enough to a person, that person will find a way to accomplish what at first seemed impossible. – Nido Qubein

FUN NOTE: Simeon becomes the second team in IHSA State history to win four in a row. The string of titles matches Peoria Manual’s record four in a row set from 1994-97 and brings Simeon’s total to seven, including six in the last eight years.

FUN NOTE: Stevenson, history-making in its own circle as the school’s first boys basketball state finalist.

Simeon ranked #4 nationally – http://espn.go.com/college-sports/basketball/recruiting/powerrankings/_/week/16/season/2012 #ESPN25hoops

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This was a wonderful weekend 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.

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2013 IHSA Boys State Semifinals

Posted on March 15, 2013. Filed under: Basketball, Boys High School Basketball, High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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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).

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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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2012 IL Girls Semifinals: Loyola-Edwardsville

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2012 Girls Class 4A Basketball Semifinals

March 2, 2012

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At the half, it’s Edwardsville 25, Loyola 17. Edwardsville jumped out to the early lead and have yet to let it go…

We’ll see if they can maintain this on the court effort in the second half.

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