2014-15 IHSA Basketball Tournaments

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November  2014

Chicago Elite Classic

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This major kick off tournament gets things started with a superb national showcase at an affordable price point in the Midwest MECCA – Chicago. Things tipoff December 5th with Oak Park-River Forest-Fenwick followed by St. Joseph-Redondo Union (Calif.) and the nightcap of Whitney Young-Southwind (Tenn.).

Now on Sunday, December 6th…. Plainfield East-Hillcrest, Bogan-Lone Peak (Utah), St. Rita-Christ the King (N.Y.) and the nightcap of Simeon-Lancaster (Texas).

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McDipper

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One of the most overlooked tournaments nowadays, but based on pure atmosphere, thrills, and top-performing teams, do NOT sleep on this tournament held at Rich South High School. All but one of the 16 teams are from Chicago’s South Suburbs and that team is defending Indiana Class A champion Marquette.

The complete field is as follows:
Bolingbrook
Crete-Monee
Hales Franciscan
Joliet Central
King
Leo
Marian Catholic (defend champions)
Marquette Catholic (Ind.)
Perspectives Charter
Rich Central
Rich East
Rich South
Seton Academy
Thornton
Tinley Park
University High

And like all the other teams, they are coming to town to dethrone defending champs Marian Catholic. Tournament tips December 26 and runs through the 30.

For more information about the McDipper, click here.

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Proviso West Holiday Tournament

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Proviso West Holiday Tournament is always one of the premier high school basketball events in the Chicagoland area, and this year, they slimmed back down from 32 teams to 18.

The field of 18 teams in the 54th annual tournament is still extremely strong, though two-time defending 3A champ Morgan Park is no longer at Proviso West. Coach Nick Irvin’s Mustangs lost in the championship game of the Proviso West Holiday Tournament last year and decided to move on to something new.

On the other hand, Stevenson, led by Player of the Year favorite Jalen Brunson, will be the headliner as the returning champ, while several other teams that will certainly be ranked when the season tips off in November include St. Joseph, St. Rita, Kenwood and Rockford Auburn.

In addition to the host school, Proviso West, the tournament field also includes Fenwick, Morton, Proviso East, Uplift, Maine South, Hinsdale Central, Providence St. Mel, St. Viator, New Trier, Homewood-Flossmoor, Hillcrest and Brooks.

The tournament will tip off with two games on Dec. 20, followed by eight games on Dec. 22 and nine games on Dec. 23. The tournament will continue Dec. 26 and conclude Dec. 27 with consolation championship, third-place and championship games.

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City-Suburban Showdown

As it is being reported that this showcase puts top local recognized teams such as Stevenson against Simeon in a possible State Finals. Stevenson beat Simeon in last year’s event after Simeon beat Stevenson in the 2012 Class 4A final. The opening act features All-State forward Evan Boudreaux and Lake Forest against underrated point guard David Sachs and Highland Park. Everything tips February 21 at Niles West.

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IHSA AP Boys Rankings

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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

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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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2013 IHSA Boys 3A / 4A State Finals

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

BOYS GET IT ON FOR 2013 STATE TITLES

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.

For Friday’s semifinals recap, click here.

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.

LIVE GAME STATS: We provided ALL of the LIVE action including electronic play-by-play for this game – click here

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!

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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: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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McDonald All-American Games

Posted on October 29, 2012. Filed under: AAU, Basketball, Basketball, Boys High School Basketball, Girls High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

High School Basketball best is Chicago-bound at least for a few years….

August 2012

McDonald’s announced on Wednesday that the boys and girls All American Games will stay in Chicago at the United Center through 2015, with an option for 2016.

Bottom line, the fans keep turning out to watch the best-of-the-best in high school basketball.

“Fans throughout the U.S. can now make Chicago their destination to see the greatest high school basketball players participate in this annual rite of passage,” Douglas Freeland, director of the games, said in a release.

According to McDonald’s, Chicago ranks first in average attendance with 17, 388 in the three years it has hosted the game (1982, 2011, 2012). Philadelphia is a distant second with 11,610 in two years hosting.

The 2013 game will take place on April 3. Tickets will be available in January and the rosters will be announced in February.

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Ben Wilson Story by ESPN 30 for 30

Posted on October 17, 2012. Filed under: Basketball, Boys High School Basketball, Sporting News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

ESPN presents….

October 2012

Ben “benji” Wilson
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To many the name Ben Wilson may be unfamiliar, but to us Chicagoans he was our court magician… See in the early 80s, he was considered the best basketball player in the nation and he resided where else but Chicago. Wilson, who was commonly known as “Benji,” played for Simeon High School on the south side and he was gunned down by two gangbangers on the eve of his first games for his senior season.

Wilson is the reason that Derrick Rose wore the number 25 while attending Simeon. ESPN premieres the much anticipated 30 for 30 on Wilson and his life October 23 as part of the award-winning “30 for 30” documentary series.

Check out an earlier documentary on “Benji” that aired on Comcast Sports Network a few years back by visiting http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esCHW1ylEHQ.

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2012 IL Best HS Football Team

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Who’s our 2012 Illinois High School Number 1 football team?

August 20, 2012

The age old question is asked about Illinois High School Football and answered by our team….

This time of the year many people are curious about which high school football team is the best in Illinois. While we have seen many of the teams in our coverage area, I have not seen some of the other statewide contenders. However, like anyone, we can certainly offer an opinion on the teams we have seen, read about and are familiar with so far this year.

NOTE: This is based on our coverage area.

10. Thornton
Impact Player: Jalen Banks is actually one of the most experienced players in the state, having played varsity football since he arrived at Thornton as a freshman in 2009.
Biggest Issue for 2012: Battled test – but can they play together against steep competition?

9. Lemont
Impact Player: OT Ethan Pocic
Biggest Issue for 2012? Can the inexperienced offensive skills develop fast enough.

8. Crete
Impact Player: WR LaQuon Treadwell
Biggest Issue for 2012? Outside of the Southland, can they standup in the Class 6A playoffs?

7. Marist
Impact Player: TE Nic Weishar
Biggest Issue for 2012: Can anyone standup on defense?

6. Lincoln-Way East
Impact Player: QB Tommy Fuessel
Biggest Issue for 2012? Moving into 2012 season strong – leaving the 2011 season in the past.

5. St Rita
Impact Player (s): Offensive line
Biggest Issue for 2012?
Steady play at QB1.

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2012-IL-HS-Schedule

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2012 Illinois High School Schedule

August 8, 2012

It’s almost that time again… time for Friday night lights around the Chicagoland area and we have our FULL football schedule ready… WHEW!!!! Talk about some jammed packed games. Things get started with TOP, hard-core match-ups including Homewood-Flossmoor at Marian Catholic – the battle of the South Suburbs to Joliet Catholic at Providence, which features USC recruit, Ty Isaac. This game will be nationally televised on ESPNU. In addition, Soldier Field will play host to three match-ups beginning at noon.

Week 1 – Aug. 20-26
All games 7:30 unless noted.
BOLD, RED – our game of the week

FRIDAY, AUG. 24
NONCONFERENCE
Carmel at Lincoln-Way East
Curie at Argo, 7
De La Salle at Lane, 8
Hillcrest at Stagg, 7:15
Homewood-Flossmoor at Marian Catholic***
Joliet Catholic at Providence (ESPNU)***

Kankakee at Bishop McNamara
Kenwood at T.F. North, 7
Leo at St. Laurence
Lincoln-Way North at Lincoln-Way Central
Lincoln-Way West at Sycamore, 7
Orr at Thornton, 7
Oswego East at Rich South, 7
Plainfield South at Bolingbrook
Reavis at Solorio, 7
Rich East at Eisenhower, 7
Sandburg at Andrew, 7:15
Shepard at Brother Rice
Stillman Valley at Tinley Park, 7
T.F. South at Crete-Monee***

SATURDAY, AUG. 25
NONCONFERENCE
Bloom at Thornwood, 1
Fenwick at Hales, 1:30
Marist vs. St. Rita, TBA at Soldier Field***
Mount Carmel vs. St. Patrick, noon at Soldier Field***

Rich Central at Joliet Central, 1
Simeon at Loyola, 1:30
St. Ignatius vs. Young, 6:30 at Soldier Field***
Thornridge at Joliet West, 1

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Boys Class of 2013

Posted on June 18, 2012. Filed under: Basketball, Boys High School Basketball, High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Top 10 Players from the Class of 2013

June 2012

Here is our TOP 10 Players from the Boys classes of 2013 to watch during the AAU circuit…

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