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Battle of Skokie aka the Niles goes to North!!!!! Yaris Irby on search and destroy mission!!!!!


I went to my first Battle of Skokie Niles West at Niles North. Niles North has a few sophomores in the starting lineup but one stole the show.


Niles North (Skokie) 77 Niles West (Skokie) 64: These schools are separated by 3.1 miles. It was a big crowd of students from both schools. There were some less tasteful cheering (it's a rivalry so to be expected), but sophomore point guard Yaris Irby stole the show. He transferred from Evanston Township in July and joined sophomores Reid Olson (guard), Hunter Gawron (forward) Dylan Lam (guard) and Kaiden Chatham (injured). They form a nucleus for the future at Niles North, but they say the future is now. Irby went out of the game in the first minute after gettin g hit in the mouth and drawing blood. He stopped the bleeding but came back into the game and made Niles West bleed. Like the incredible hulk you wouldn't like him when he's angry. Well didn't show anger, just came back in and torched Niles West. Irby had 20 point of his 38 points in the first half as Niles North took a 44-28 lead into halftime. Niles North still led by 14 at 58-44 at end of the third quarter. Niles West made a run in the fourth quarter and cut the lead to 5, then Irby hit two huge step back threes in the middle of the fourth quarter to put the game out out reach. Irby hit 7 threes in the game. He was helped by Olson's 13 points, and Gawron's 11 points and 10 rebounds for a double/double. Niles West was led by junior point guard Davee Flowers who filled the stat sheet with 26 points 10 rebounds (double/double) 7 assists 5 steals and 1 block. He did everything he could to keep his team in the game while fighting through foul trouble. Junior guard Joey Pantazis had 17 points for Niles West. Niles North ups it's record to 7-1 while Niles West drops to 4-5.


Other top performers:


David Douglas Jr, Christian (Yorkville) 41 points


JK Woods, Perspectives Leadership (Chicago) 14 points 14 rebounds (double/double)


JaKeem Cole, Perspectives Leadership (Chicago) 20 points


Zack Hawkinson of Sacred Heart Griffin (Springfield) scored his 1000th point tonight.


Angelo Ciaravino, Mount Carmel (Chicago) 19 points


Morez Johnson Jr, St Rita (Chicago) 24 points


James Brown, St Rita (Chicago) 10 points 12 rebounds (double/double)


Darrin Ames, Kenwood Academy (Chicago) 26 points 10 assists (double/double)


Tyler Smith, Kenwood Academy (Chicago) 10 points 10 assists (double/double) 5 steals


Calvin Robins Jr, Kenwood Academy (Chicago) 10 points 10 rebounds (double/double)


Jacob Rice, St Laurence (Burbank) 21 points(sophomore)


EJ Breland, St Patrick (Chicago) 17 points (sophomore)


Aidyn Boone, Libertyville 27 points


Will Buchert, Libertyville 18 points


Cam Wiliford, Hyde Park Academy (Chicago) 18 points 10 rebounds (double/double) 6 assists


Da'Marion Morris, Hyde Park Academy (Chicago) 22 points


Jurrell Baldwin, Hyde Park Academy (Chicago) 15 points 13 rebounds (double/double) 3 blocks


Jacob Williams, Englewood STEM (Chicago) 20 points 8 rebounds 7 steals


Damarion Coleman, Englewood STEM (Chicago) 20 points 7 rebounds


Ty'Karion Sandifer, Englewood STEM (Chicago) 14 points 11 rebounds (double/double)


Jack Stanton, North (Downers Grove) 26 points (6 threes)


Chancesaye Maxon, El Paso Gridley 19 points


Kelton McEwen, Bartlett 19 points


Braden Richardson, York (Elmhurst) 19 points


AJ Levine, York (Elmhurst) 18 points


David Vargas, Sandburg 19 points


Jacob Bereza, West (Lincoln Way) 18 points


Meyoh Swansey, Romeoville 19 points


Troy Cicero, Romeoville 11 points 11 rebounds (double/double)


Jacob Johnson, Notre Dame (Peoria) game winning three at the buzzer


Connor Woodin, Buffalo Grove 22 points


Jaxson Provost, Bishop McNamara (Kankakee) 26 points


Robert Hutson Jr, Bishop McNamara (Kankakee) 23 points


AJ Abrams, Eisenhower (Blue Island) 25 points


Romell Benford, Eisenhower (Blue Island) 10 points 14 rebounds (double/double)


Noah Sexton, Evergreen Park 20 points


Lonnie Mosley, Evergreen Park 21 points (freshman)


Larry Carthens, Julian (Chicago) 19 points 11 rebounds (double/double)


Camden Cerese, Lake Park (Roselle) 27 points


Dennasio Lagiola, Lake Park (Roselle) 19 points


Trevor Rehnstrom, Glenbard East (Lombard) 20 points


Mike Nee, Glenbard East (Lombard) 20 points (freshman)


Cooper Koch, Notre Dame (Peoria) 18 points 13 rebounds (double/double)


Trevon Roots, Marmion Academy (Aurora) 22 points 8 rebounds 9 blocks


Jane Haith, Marmion Academy (Aurora) 15 points 10 rebounds (double/double) 5 assists


Je'Shawn Stevenson, Lindbloom (Chicago) 38 points





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