IL Boys 3A semifinals: Hillcrest vs Peoria

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

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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IL Boys 3A semifinals: Lanphier vs North Chicago

Posted on March 16, 2012. Filed under: Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

March 15, 2012

PEORIA – In the first of four State semifinal games, it was North Chicago grabbing the victory over Lanphier (Springfield) 57-52 in Peoria, IL – on the campus of Bradley University. North Chicago did enough to defeat Springfield Lanphier on Friday afternoon at Carver Arena and advance to the Class 3A state finals Saturday afternoon at 2 pm against the winner of Hillcrest / Peoria up next.

The Lions (28-4) controlled the tempo in the first half and received a big performance from their sixth man, T.J. Davis, who sparked the team with a  second quarter 13-2 run and a 45-34 lead.

Davis, who finished with 15 points, made his first six shots and accounted for 11 points, five steals and three assists in the first half.

“I came off the bench and gave my team a spark,” Davis said.

Simply put, Lanpheir was able to play their style of play, crazy and fast pace in the first half, led by the play of 5-8 guard, T.J. Davis, who has 14 points and is 6 of 7 from the field and perfect from downtown (2-2). But as stated, the second half, the Warhawks slowed the tempo and gain all of the momentum, including 25-13 advantage of second chance shots. But the Warhawks (25-6) threw several defensive zones at Lions (28-4) that kept them off guard and erased an 11-point deficit right before the half.

“They didn’t adjust very well to our zone defense,” North Chicago coach Gerald Coleman said.

The Warhawks’ limited the Lions to 2-for-12 shooting in the third and embarked on a 19-2 run for a 57-51 lead.

North Chicago were led by two understudies of Aaron Simpson, who struggled: Kevante Curry who scored 16 points and 11 boards, and Kurt Hall, who added 12 points and 16 boards. Illinois-State recruit Simpson shot 4-for-20 from the floor and finished with 14 points.

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“He’s a superstar, but we have some players that can help him,” Hall said.

Simpson averages 26.3 points per game.

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