IL Boys 3A Championship game: Peoria 72, North Chicago 64

Posted on March 18, 2012. Filed under: Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


March 15, 2012

PEORIA— The one two punch of North Chicago, Aaron Simpson and JaVairius Amos-Mays just wasn’t enough to win the Class 3A State title, as Peoria wins 72-67.

“That (a state championship) would have been a good accomplishment, but me and the other seniors did a great job leading the team down here and preparing the younger guys for the future,” Simpson said.

North Chicago would not let Peoria Central pull away, and there were times during its second-half comeback attempt Simpson let Amos-Mays (17 points, eight rebounds) do his thing, but Simpson was able to knock down his season average of 26 in the contest.

“They’ve seen what Simpson did with the team and the leadership he showed,” North Chicago coach Gerald Coleman said. “They looked up to him and learned from him. They saw what it was like to play at a high level, and we look forward to getting ready for the summer and trying to come back down here again.”

Peoria was led by Aldonis Foote, who had 17 points, followed by Trey Kellum who added 14.

Congratulation to Peoria Central on winning the 2012 Boys 3A State title.

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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 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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