Chicago Elite Classic Day 2 results!!!!
Lincoln Park(Chicago) 49 Kenwood Academy(Chicago) 48. Sophomore guard Chikere Nwosu's two clutch free throws gave Lincoln Park the victory. Kenwood Academy led most of the game till Nwosu's free throws with 11 seconds to play. Kenwood had a lead going into the fourth quarter and lost the game. This was a theme all day in the five games. Junior guard Ismail Habib mentioned the basketball felt like an outdoor ball and was slippery. This could be a reason that the teams overall did not shoot well today in the event. Habib ended up with 17 points as did senior forward Romel Howard, who had a double double with 10 rebounds. Star junior point guard Julio Montes was held to 3 points. 6'5" senior forward Darnell King had 23 points and 9 rebounds for Kenwood Academy. Lincoln Park goes to 3-1, while Kenwood Academy drops to 3-3.
Bloom(Chicago Heights) 84 Pace Academy(GA) 54. Bloom played like they deserve the #1 ranking. They owned this game from the tip getting out to a 20-13 lead at end of first quarter, to a 17 point halftime lead. Senior point guard Dante Maddox Jr, a Cal State Fullerton signee, was hitting threes from the parking lot. He ended up with 30 points on 6 for 7 from three point line. Senior Christian Shumate, a Plainfield East transfer, had 12 points 6 rebounds 2 assists and 3 blocks( I feel he had more than that). Senior guard Keshawn Williams, a Tulsa commit had 12 points, he was supported by senior guard Justin Moore with 10 points. Senior forward Martice Mitchell, a Minnesota signee had 9 points. Junior forward Matthew Cleveland had 18 points for Pace Academy. Bloom goes to 7-0 while Pace Academy drops to 7-3.
St Frances Academy(MD) 61 Simeon(Chicago) 57. We have another blown lead here. Simeon led St Frances at the end of the third quarter. The fourth quarter was a lot of lead changes with St Frances making the plays they needed at the end to seal the win. St Frances shot 3 for 18 from three for 16.7% but out rebounded Simeon 47-33. They had the size advantage and utilized it to cover for their abysmal three point shooting. Senior guard Khyrie Staten lead with 20 points. He was supported by South Alabama signee, senior forward Jamal West 11 points and 13 rebounds, a double double. LSU football commit Jordan Toles had 13 points and 4 rebounds. Junior center Julian Reese had 10 points and 9 rebounds. VCU commit Ace Baldwin was held to 4 points. Toles has bragging right in football and basketball over Simeon. DePaul commit junior guard Ahamad "Black Cat" Bynum had 21 points but 6 for 15 shooting from the floor. St Laurence transfer senior guard Jeremiah Williams had 10 points and 10 rebounds and 4 blocks, a double double. Sophomore point guard Jaylen Drane had 7 points. St Frances Academy runs their record to 7-0, while Simeon drops to 1-1.
Duncanville(TX) 57 Whitney Young(Chicago) 55. Duncanville completes a sweep of Chicago Public League Red North/West foes over the weekend with this win. Duncanville won at Orr(Chicago) on Friday night. What's even more impressive is they won both games without two starters, one of them Texas Tech commit Michael Peavy(Flu) who did not make the trip. Once again another blown lead in this game. Whitney Young had the lead going into the fourth quarter. The last stanza was back and forth with lead changes happening with most possessions. Duncanville gave Whitney Young a couple of chances with missed free throws in the last 30 seconds. Duke commit senior guard DJ Steward had a three point shot rim out at the buzzer that could have won the game. Steward ended up with 21 points( 7 for 23 shooting) and 9 rebounds. Senior guard Tyler Beard had 13 points and junior forward Grant Newell had 8 points and 9 rebounds. Duncanville was led by junior guard Damon Nicholas led with 19 points, senior point Ja'Bryant Hill 14 points and 3 assists. Senior forward Robert Banks had 5 points and 10 rebounds. Duncanville got a big boost from freshman forward Ronald Holland who had 12 points and 6 rebounds. Duncanville ups it's record to 7-2 while Whitney Young drops to 2-2.
Morgan Park(Chicago) 73 Christian Brothers(MO) 72 Overtime. The Chicago Public League managed to keep from dropping to 0-3 in these head to head games with out of state opponents....BARELY!!!!! This became an intense game in the first half when a skirmish between both teams came about from an elbow to the face of Marcus Watson Jr by Mike West player. A couple of Morgan Park players came to the defense of their teammate. The end result was Isaiah Burrell of Morgan Park and Mike West of Christian Brothers being ejected. Morgan Park haha lead going into the fourth quarter, and had a five point lead late, but a technical foul on Watson Jr put Christian Brothers back in the game. Watson Jr had a shot to win it in regulation but missed a tough 5 footer. The overtime was nip and tuck with Morgan Park pulling out the victory. Junior wing Brandon Weston led Morgan Park with 25 points and 10 rebounds, a double double. Illinois commit Adam Miller, a senior guard had 21 points(on 8 for 20 shooting) and 6 rebounds. Wake Forest commit Marcus Watson Jr, a senior point guard had 15 points 7 rebounds and 6 assists. North Carolina signee Caleb Love, a senior guard had 26 points and 7 rebounds. He was helped by sophomore guard Robert Martin with 17 points and Larry Hughes Jr with 16 points. Morgan Park is now fully loaded with transfers Kawheem Brown( 6'5" senior wing) and Wunya Brown(6'0" junior point guard) playing their first game for Morgan Park. Morgan Park ups their record to 3-1, while Christian Brothers drops to 2-2.