Superlatives for Chicago Area High School Basketball tonight!!!!!
I was at two very good games today. One was an overtime game, the other a ball rolled around the rim and out that could have sent game into overtime. Also there was a ESPN Sportcenter Top 10 play nominee in that game.
Oak Lawn 80 #20 Riverside Brookfield 70 Overtime. Riverside Brookfield scored only 3 points in overtime. Oak Lawn tied the game with 5 seconds left on an inbound pass from 5'9" senior point guard Nicco Reyes to 6'6" senior forward Davion Lawrence. I think Riverside Brookfield may not want me at any more of their games. They are 0-2 in games that I have attended this year. One of their stars senior wing Joevonn McCottry was in foul trouble the entire game, and ended up fouling out in regulation. Reyes had 5 threes in the first half on his way to 28 points 5 rebounds 4 assists. Lawrence had a double double of 23 points 10 rebounds. Senior guard John McGowan was the other player in double figures with 12 points all in the second half and overtime. Senior guard Joe Gilhooley 23 points 4 rebounds 4 assists, senior JP Hanley 21 points 7 rebounds 4 assists 2 steals for Riverside Brookfield.
Willowbrook 79 Proviso East 77. It's hard to beat a good team three times. Proviso East was trying to do it and almost did. This game had a ESPN Sportscenter Top 10 play nominee by senior Dakari Presley at end of the first half: https://twitter.com/tdc200/status/1492686803480068106?s=21&fbclid=IwAR3t7UVYJPvpEYFsv0jsOuK0jWrSiOD950v6MQ6BSAFQDZHjtfVIhEP-koE. Junior Joey Tumilty hits a free throw to go up two, Proviso East comes down and Presley misses the shot, senior guard Javon Johnson tips the ball for the tie. It rolls a couple of times on the rim, goes around(most of us thought it was in and we'd have overtime), and rolls off. Willowbrook students rush the floor to celebrate and waves bye bye to the Proviso East players. This must be a bigger rivalry than I thought. 6'1" senior forward Evan Stubblefield had a double double 24 points 10 rebounds. He's a football prospect but can play some basketball. 6'1" point guard Marquel Saleek had 19 points 5 rebounds and 3 steals for Willowbrook before fouling out with 3 minutes left in the fourth quarter. 5'10" junior point guard Noah Campbell had 15 points 5 rebounds and 3 steals before fouling out with a minute left. Proviso East was led by Presley with 20 points and 5 steals. Add 6'3" point guard Jaloni Johnson to the top junior guards in Illinois list. He had 19 points 5 rebounds 2 steals and 3 blocks for the Pirates. Number 30 could find no name for him had 11 points 7 rebounds and 3 steals in loss.
Whitney Young 55 Curie 50 Chicago Public League Title Game:
Dolphins national schedule has paid off so far as they win City. 6'8" senior forward Miami(FL) commit AJ Casey had a double double 13 points 10 rebounds 6 assists. 6'0" junior point guard Dalen Davis had 15 points, 6'8" senior forward Northern Illinois commit Xavier Amos 12 points 9 rebounds. 6'1" sophomore point guard Carlos Harris had 16 and 6'5" junior forward Jeremy Harrington Jr 15 for Curie. Whitney Young girls beat Kenwood for the City Title. I think we will see this matchup again in about three weeks.
6'6" senior forward Illinois commit Ty Rodgers another double double of 18 points 14 rebounds 8 assists for Thornton Township in a win on return to Michigan.
6'0 junior guard Vincent Rainey 21 points for Thornton Township in win.
6'5" senior guard Duke commit Jaden Schutt 30 points for Yorkville Christian in win over Pontiac.
6'3" junior guard Braden Long 23 points for Yorkville Christian in win over Pontiac.
6'2'" senior guard Chris Hammonds Jr 15 points for Lincoln Park in win over Danville.
6'2" senior guard Chikere Nwosu 21 points for Lincoln Park in win over Danville.
6'1" senior Akron commit Tavari Johnson 20 points 7 assists 2 steals for Lyons Township in win over Proviso West.
6'2" sophomore guard Shaheed Solebo 18 points 7 rebounds for Lane Tech in win over Maine East.
6'7" senior Elon commit Nick Martinelli 21 points for Glenbrook South in win over Crystal Lake South.
6'5" senior wing Timaris Brown a double double 18 points 11 rebounds for St Patrick in win over Notre Dame College Prep.
Hansen 28 points 9 rebounds for Morris in double overtime win over Rockford Christian.
Phillips 26 points for Morris in double overtime win over Rockford Christian.
6'4" senior guard Cam Lawin 18 points 3 assists for Orr Academy in loss to Normal West.
6'0" junior guard Jakeem Cole 18 points 4 assists for Leo Catholic in win over Scales Mound.
Collin Wainscott 21 points for Marmion Academy in win over Sterling.
Trevon Roots 18 points for Marmion Academy in win over Sterling.
LaGiola 18 points for Lake Park in win over Rich Township.
Rochford 18 points for Lake Park in win over Rich Township.
Austin 33 points for Rich Township in loss to Lake Park.
Adyn McGinley a double double 29 points 13 rebounds for Beecher in win over Chicago Hope.
Senior Denver commit Justin Mullins 23 points 7 rebounds for Oak Park River Forest in win over York.
Junior Sam Lewis 21 points for Oak Park River Forest in win over York.