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Class 3A Uplift 76 Senn44 Graylake Central 57 Northside 40
#18 Dusable 88 #1 Curie 85- OT Down by 15 in the 3rd quarter, 18th seed Dusable stormed back with five 4th quarter threes. The emotional ride ends for Curie.
York 63 North Lawndale 55 Loyola 66 Taft 29 Lincoln Park 77 Maine West79
Glenbrook South 58 Lane Tech 51. This was Lane's game to win as star Admir Suljic(sr, 6-5, F) was hot to start out the game as he scored Lane's first 14 points on 5 of 6 shooting. Lane also got a huge first half contribution from the bench as Terryl Martinez(sr, F) contributed with 8 first half points. Meanwhile, the Lane defense caused multiple GBS turnovers to help Lane to a 22-16 lead. However, GBS picked it up in the second half behind 3 point shooting and the inside game of monster sized center Conor McCarthy(sr, 6-6, C). Lane was down only 43-42 with 4:23 left in the game before they ran out of gas.
Glenbrook North 81 Roosevelt 47(in blue). Roosevelt had a difficult time from the beginning as they played without two starters Anthony Tripp (5-7,jr, G) and 6-6 center Bobby Sapp(6-6,jr, C). GBN jumped out to a 15-4 lead and never looked back. Correa Obed(6-4, jr, F) of Roosevelt had a good game as he led Roosevelt in just about every category including scoring about 22 points. Football star Shyte Patterson(5-8, jr, G) showed great athletcism for Roosevelt. John Siegen of GBN led all scorers with 25 points. GBN advances to play New Trier Tuesday night.
Niles West 74 Von Steuben 58
Payton 47 Noble 27
Taft 74 Mather 51 Taft advances to play #1 Loyola Tuesday night at Maine West.
West Chicago 64 Prosser 56
Lane Tech 73 Amundsen 35 (red). Going into this game, I knew Lane was going to win big. However, after all of my years watching basketball I don't think I have ever seen one team dominate the other in such a short period of time. Lane jumped out to a 23-0 lead with just 3:25 left in the first quarter. Shortly after that Lane coach Nick Logalbo pulled out all of his starters. By the second quarter, Lane had their 3rd string playing. Lane's Admir Suljic(6-5, sr, F) is a complete player. He has speed, height, athleticism, shooting, scoring. He is easily one of the better players in the Red-North. Lane started 4 juniors. They all looked good. I liked the play of Simon Negash. He is big, strong, and can play. I see him a big part of Lane's team. Lane plays #4 Glenbrook South Tuesday night at New Trier. Amundsen ends their season winless (I think).
This is the sectional with the most Red-North and White North teams with the exception of Northside Prep and Uplift who are in class 3A and White North champion Prosser for some reason was sent out all the way to the Bartlett Sectional. (btw Prosser plays West Chicago - where they will be a big underdog).
#16 Taft vs.#17 Mather Mon 3/3 @ Maine West 7 pm (winner plays #1 Loyola)
#8 Lincoln Park vs #9 Maine West Tue 3/4 @ Maine West 8pm
#13 Glenbrook North vs #20 Roosevelt Mon 3/3 @ New Trier 6pm (winner plays #4 New Trier)
#11 Lane Tech vs #21 Amundsen Mon 3/3 @ New Trier 8pm
Neilski's take on the Upper Bracket:
Taft and Mather will be a good game. Taft has John Joyce(sr- F, 6-6) who apparently has returned from injury. Mather has one of the top sophomores in the northside in Trevon Bell(6-1, 156lbs, G). I like Taft in a close game due to Joyce.
Lincoln Park and Maine West is a rematch of game in which Maine West won 84-79. Look for a similar result with Maine West with the slight edge. Lincoln Park seems to be on the rise after finishing 2nd in the Red-North, but Lincoln Park has not had a marquee win this year. Meanwhile, Maine West has played a touger schedule and beat Glenbrook North and Niles North this year.
Glenbrook North vs Roosevelt. GBN is down this year with a 7-18 record. Still, I will be very surprised if Roosevelt - from the Blue North - stays within 20 points of GBN.
Lane Tech vs Amundsen. Amundsen was 0-10 and finished in last place in the White North. Lane should take care of Amundsen by at least 25 points. #5 Glenbrook South awaits the winner.
#15 Niles West vs #18 Von Steuben Mon 3/3 @ Niles North 7pm (winner plays #2 Maine South)
#7 Niles North vs #10 Schurz Wed 3/5 @ Niles North 7pm
#14 Foreman vs #19 Lake View Mon 3/3 @ Maine East 7pm (winner plays #3 Evanston)
Neilski's take on the Lower Bracket:
Niles West vs Von Steuben Don't be fooled by Niles West's 7-17 record. I've seen them play, these guys are better than that. I'm picking Niles West to win by 10 over a Von Steuben team that if it was not for Foreman's forfeit losses would have finished last in the Red North.
Niles North vs Schurz This is one of the best match ups. This is one of the better Schurz basketball teams with a gawdy 18-10 record including wins over White North champion Prosser, Sterling, Belvidere North, and Niles West. Watch out for Deven Weathers(5-7,160lbs, G, sr). Niles North has the advantage of playing on its home court.
Foreman vs Lake View. I'm taking Foreman to win by at least 15. Watch out for Foreman center Percell Washington(6-5, C/F, sr).