Superlatives from Chicago Area High School Basketball tonight!!!!!!
Have to start out with the massive upset at Northwestern University. I've said Evanston Township vs #4 New Trier is the best rivalry in the state of Illinois. Tonight proved it more and more as the Wildcats pulled off the upset 62-55 in Bob Bost Classic as senior David Gieser had 17 points and 3 three pointers. Evanston was 10 of 13 from the line while New Trier was 5 of 14. This might have dropped New Trier out of the 1 seed in the Glenbrook South sectional which is huge. Rolling Meadows is the other team in that top 3, and you don't want to have to go through two of those three.
Meanwhile I was at the Lions Den in the small band box gym of #6 Leo Catholic. That is a great atmosphere as they were rude hosts to #9 Brother Rice. They led most of the game with largest lead of 11. Brother Rice brought it to within two a couple of times but ended up winning 56-50. Leo Catholic ended up with 18 steals in the game and stuck up Brother Rice junior point guard star Ahmad Henderson II pretty good. I counted 4 turnovers for the game. He ended up with 9 points 4 rebounds and only 1 assist. For Leo, junior guard JaKeem Cole announced himself into that great group of point guards in the Chicago Area with 22 points 4 rebounds. Junior guard Tyler Smith had 19 points 4 assists 3 steals. Junior guard Peter McShane led Brother Rice with 16 points 4 rebounds. Leo Catholic is still undefeated in the Chicago Catholic League along with St Rita. A big threat to dethrone Orr Academy for the Class 2A State title.
#1 wins in another blowout in preparation for Sierra Canyon(CA) tomorrow night. Senior Gonzaga commit Braden Huff 15 points, Bobby Durkin 14, Illinois walk-on commit Paxton Warden 13.
Chicago Public League Playoffs:
Second round happened tonight and result went pretty much as expected. There was a triple overtime game at Westinghouse that sound like it was fun. Quarterfinals are next week. Here are the results:
Whitney Young vs Phillips
Hyde Park 67 North Lawndale 47 Senior Davontae Hall 28 points 6 assists.
Kenwood Academy 81 Lincoln Park 50 Junior guard Darrin Ames 20 points 7 assists
Orr Academy 73 Gwendolyn Brooks 52 Junior Kelley Okoroh a double/double 24 points 11 rebounds. Senior Caleb Hannah 18 points 9 rebounds.
Simeon Career Academy 80 Perspectives Leadership 57 Senior Aviyon Morris 22 points 6 rebounds 6 assists 5 steals, Jalen Griffith a double double 11 points 10 rebounds 7 assists.
Morgan Park 73 Westinghouse 63 Triple overtime Lidell Miller a double double 19 points 22 rebounds. Senior Joshua West 18 points 7 rebounds 6 assists 7 steals.
Michele Clark 54 Longwood 39 Senior forward Suliman Agiste another triple double 13 points 13 rebounds and 10 blocks. Senior forward Mikquon Jones a double double 11 points 12 rebounds 3 steals.
Curie vs Lane Tech
# 12 Whitney Young or Phillips vs Hyde Park
#8 Kenwood Academy vs #23 Orr Academy
#2 Simeon Career Academy vs Morgan Park
#16 Michele Clark vs #11 Curie or Lane Tech
Rest of Chicago Area:
7'3" senior Conrad Luczynski of Bartlett scored his 1000th point tonight.
Junior forward Iowa commit Owen Freeman another double double 13 points 11 rebounds for Bradley Bourbonnais in win over Stagg.
Zeke Williams 21 points for Naperville North in loss to rival Naperville Central.
Jimmy Arentz hits a three at buzzer for Providence Catholic win over DeLaSalle. Heended up with 29 points.
Senior Terrence Jones a double double of 20 points 11 rebounds for Longwood in loss to Michele Clark.
Senior Denver commit Justin Mullins 34 points for Oak Park River Forest in win over Proviso West.
Junior Sam Lewis 30 points for Oak Park River Forest in win over Proviso West.
Payton Pitts 25 points 6 rebounds 4 steals for Frances Parker in win over North Shore Country Day.
Caleb David 25 points 8 rebounds for Frances Parker in win over North Shore Country Day.
Senior Akron commit Tavari Johnson 24 points 5 rebounds 4 assists for Lyons Township in win over Downers Grove North.
Senior Ricky Hill Jr 28 points for Minooka in win over Plainfield North.
Junior guard Mekhi Cooper 30 points 6 rebounds 7 assists in win over Lincoln Way East.
MJ Langit 20 points 4 assists in win over Lincoln Way East.
Ethan Samuels 20 points for Jones in win over Excel-Englewood.
Senior guard Donovan Jones 29 points 5 assists for Solorio in win over Ace Amandia.
Sophomore sensation Nojus Industraitis 24 points for Lemont in win over Tinley Park.
Junior guard Matas Castillo 22 points for Lemont in win over Tinley Park.
Asa Thomas a double double 24 points on 6 threes with 10 rebounds for Lake Forest in win over Lake Zurich.
Sokonauk wins the Little 10 Tournament with a win over Newark.
Senior Furman commit Ben VanDerWal a double double 43 points 10 rebounds 4 blocks 4 steals for Timothy Christian.
Josh Fridman 24 points for Glenbrook North in win.
Sean Reynolds 26 points for DeKalb.
Senior Northwest Missouri State commit Jonah Hinton 22 points on 5 three points for Naperville Central in win over rival Naperville North.
Sophomore Meyoh Swansey 22 points for Romeoville aka The Ville in win over Joliet Central.
Junior guard Cameron Christie scored his 1000th career point tonight. 17 points in win.
Senior Washington University St Louis commit Will Grudzinski 21 points for Barrington in win over Conant.