Consolation bracket scores Oak Forest d. Ellison Kennedy 65, Bulls 34 Reavis 66, Steinmetz 48 Guerin 45, Northside 36
Quarterfinals Jones 57, Taft 50 Douglass 42, Lindblom 33
Lane 54, Maine East 51, ot Payton 46, Luther North 43, ot
Blue-West conference team Douglass pulled off the upset of the tournament after they knocked off Lindblom from the Red-Central. Jones pulled off a mild upset of their own after beating Taft 57-50. Taft came into the game on a high note after two previous high profile wins against Oak Forest and Loyola (last week). Jones and Douglass meet in the first semi-final.
Lane knocked off Maine East in overtime. Going into the tournament I had Lane and Maine East along with Lindblom as the favorites to win this tournament. Too bad Lane and Maine East met so early in the tournament. Zak Kryztopik is having a monster tournament for Lane so far. He had 31 points in their first round win against Reavis. Payton knocked off tournament host Luther North to set up a semi-final game against Lane. Lane beat Payton earlier this season. Sophomore guard Ryan Trotter(so,6-0) has been playing well for Payton this year.
Foreman vs Homewood Flossmoor at last year's Hinsdale Central Holiday Tournament
HINSDALE CENTRAL Dec. 27 St. Charles East vs. Lincoln Park, 9:30 a.m. Marian Catholic vs. Urban Prep-Englewood, 11 a.m. Maine South vs. Westinghouse, 12:30 Bolingbrook vs. Glenbrook North, 2 Rockford Auburn vs. Richards, 3:45 Homewood-Flossmoor vs. St. Viator, 5:15 Hinsdale Central vs. Stevenson, 7 DePaul Prep vs. Crete-Monee, 8:30
LUTHER NORTH Dec. 27 Oak Forest vs. Taft, 3 Ellison vs. Jones, 4:30 Lindblom vs. Bulls Prep, 6 Kennedy vs. Douglass, 7:30 Maine East vs. Steinmetz, 3:30 Lane vs. Reavis, 5 Payton vs. Northside, 6:30 Guerin Prep vs. Luther North, 8
PROVISO WEST Dec. 27 Proviso West vs. Uplift, 8:30 St. Joseph vs. Larkin, 7 Morgan Park vs. Von Steuben, 5:30 Proviso East vs. Hillcrest, 4 Young vs. Morton, 2 New Trier vs. Downers Grove North, 12:30 Fenwick vs. Providence-St. Mel, 11 a.m. Bogan vs. Lincoln-Way West, 9:30 a.m.
Lane 48 Mt. Carmel 47 Lane's Marques Barnes hits two free throw near the end of the game to win it for Lane. Rare Lane win over Mt. Carmel (In basketball and in any sport). Big opening season win for a Lane team that was 8-19 last season. Mt. Carmel was 24-8 and won the Catholic League South last year.
Lincoln Park 78 New Trier 62 2nd year in a row that Lincoln Park has beaten New Trier.
Perrick "Moon" Robinson took over as the new Head Boys Basketball Coach at Prosser. Despite all the rumors, former coach Julian Murray resigned this summer to aide his wife, spend time with more family, and his new born baby boy. Murray did a quality job with the program after taking over for Coach Bates and keeping Prosser competitive in the Red-North division.
Robinson was one of the top point guards in the city when he played for Prosser. He started out college ball at D1 Bowling Green State University.
Red North Teams 2016-17 (last year's record) Uplift (8-2, 19-8) Lincoln Park (6-4, 15-12) Prosser (6-4, 12-14) Von Steuben (5-5, 12-14) Lane Tech(3-7, 8-19) Taft(10-0 (white north), 15-11)
Payton's football program is on the rise as Payton advanced to the CPS football semi-finals for the first time in school history. Now they hope to elevate some of their indoor sports as Payton will have a new gym this year.:
This is a much needed upgrade. Their old gym, for those who have seen it was cramped and was akin to a small multi-purpose gym of an elementary school. In addition to the gym, Payton has added other facilities. This will increase their enrollment by a couple hundred students. With a great location- improved facilities - there is every reason to believe that Payton will continue to improve its sports programs.
Payton's boys basketball team won the Blue-North basketball team last year and will be elevated to the White-North where they will play with the likes of Foreman, Mather, Schurz, and others.
Uplift will play an enhanced schedule this year. To start off with, they will no longer play in the Mundelien Thanksgiving Tournament. Instead they will be in the Tournament of Champions in downstate Illinois. They open the season in that tournament against Marmiom on 11/23. They play host Washington on Black Friday. Uplift also plays in the Midwest Showdown Shootout in December in Missouri. On December 3rd, they will play in the Chicago Elite Classic at UIC on December 3rd where they will face defending Missiouri state champions Chaminade.
Tournament organizers like the promise of this Uplift team that features new Kansas recruit Markese Jacobs(so, G) and his brother Demarius Jacobs(sr, G)- who committed to SIU last week.
A north side boys basketball team has not been getting this kind of pre-season hype since maybe of the good Foreman and Von Steuben teams from 10+ years ago.
Markese Jacobs(so, PG, 5-9) of Uplift picked up offers from Kansas and the University of Illinois. More offers will be coming as Jacobs is only a sophomore. I got a chance to watch the Jacobs play last year as a freshman starter for Uplift. At first he was hard to notice because he is only 5-9 and my eyes were on his brother Demarius Jacobs(6-3,sr, G)who himself is a D1 recruit. But as the game went on, I could not help but notice his play and athleticism. Playing with all older players he easily blended into the Uplift flow known for their ferocious defense. Jacobs went onto average over 18 points per game for Uplift- who won state two years ago. Markese and his brother Demarius are a big reason why Uplift IS the team in the northside and a team to watch in the talent rich CPS and maybe even beyond.
UPDATE- Jacobs has verbally committed to Kansas over the weekend.
Calvin Keys(6-5,G/SF; jr to be) of Lane Tech is getting some buzz as he plays in summer leagues and AAU basketball. The scoop on Keys is that he has an evolving post game, a very high basketball IQ, high GPA, and I'm sure that his 6-5 6-6 frame helps.
It's still too early but I'm hearing that he is getting some interest from mid level college progams and maybe even some Ivy League schools.
Dolapo Oliyinka( 6-4, 171lbs, F, sr to be) of Mather picked up an offer from Chicago State University. The 6-4 forward picks up his first offer. I've seen Oliyinka in action. He's been a starting forward for Mather since his sophomore year. He is super athletic and has hops. I also am familiar with him in track and field. He dominated the jumps in the 2015 CPS sophomore meet where he won the triple jump and took second in the high jump and long jump. He triple juped 40-3 as a sophomore.
Lane Tech decided they will be playing at the 52nd Annual Boys Basketball Holiday Tournament. Lane used to play at Luther North but a few years ago, they decided to play at the much bigger York tournament. The results were disastrous as wins were rare and blowouts were common.
I feel the Luther North Tournament is a better fit for Lane. Lane will actually have a chance at Luther North. There will be some tough teams like Maine East, Lindblom, Jones, and Oak Forest. These are teams more at Lane's level. There will also be some interesting north side schools in the Tournament like Payton, rival Taft, and Northside Prep.
Curie won its first state championship in boys basketball after ii knocked off 65-59 Benet in the Class 4A state title game. Curie salvaged what has been a state tournament filled with most of the top CPS teams getting upset. Hales beat Orr in Class 2A, Lincoln Way-West beat Morgan Park in the super sectionals in Class 3A, and Benet upset Simeon in the Class 4A semi-finals.
Curie is making strides as a sports program. Last fall Curie upset Simeon in the city championship football game. Now, they won state in boys basketball. The talk in the south side is usually Morgan Park and Simeon when it comes to basketball and football. The Curie Condors are taking stage this year.
Class 2A Uplift 73 Christ the King 69 #1 seed Uplift wards off an upset from Christ the King
Orr 58 DePaul 58 Orr handles DePaul on DePaul's court to set up much anticipated battle this Friday between Uplift this Friday at DePaul for the Sectional Finals.
Harper 54 University 44 After upsetting #2 seed Robeson in the Regional Finals, Harper upsets #4 seed University. Harper looks for a 3rd straight upset as they face Hales this Friday for the Sectional Final.
Class 3A North Lawndale 35 Bulls 15 North Lawndale gives up a scant 15 points.
Westinghouse 69 Payton 41 The wins sets up a Red-North showdown vs Farragut in the Regional Finals at Nazareth this Friday.
Class 4A Boys Basketball Regional Game at Curie Lane 61 Jones 60- OT Danny Colombo ties the game with a bucket to force overtime. Lane wins it in OT paced by Colombo's 22 points. Lane plays Curie next.
Other scores Von Steuben 82 Kennedy 60 Mather 68 Steinmetz 52
Uplift graduated all 5 starters from it's state championship team last year yet still managed to win the improved Red-North and look to advance to at least the Sectional Finals.
Class 2A River Grove Regional Final- Boys Basketball
Uplift 77 North Shore Country Day 44
Uplift wins another regional crown after dominating North Shore Country Day. The defending class 2A state champions move on to the DePaul sectional semi-finals this Tuesday vs #2 seed Christ the King. I expect Uplift to quickly dispose of them. Then it will be off to the sectional finals versus either Catholic League power DePaul or ranked CPS hopeful Orr Friday at DePaul. Uplift's biggest wins this year have come against Elk Grove, Warren, Fremd, and Lincoln Park. But the young Titans have come up a bit short when they face some tougher competition in close losses to Proviso East, Hillcrest, and Oak Park-River Forest. Uplift is still trying to put it all together after graduating all 5 starters from their state championship team. Uplift starts a freshman, a sophomore, and three juniors. They are led in scoring by brothers Demarius and Davarion Jacobs(fr). Davarion starts at point guard and has a hihg 15.5 ppg scoring average.
Morgan Park is the #1 team in the area and the #1 seed in the St. Laurence Sectional. North Lawndale is a #2 seed in the Westinghouse Sectional. Though NLCP has to go into the state series with a lot of confidence after playing Morgan Park tough in the CPS playoffs.
Westinghouse vs Lincoln Park. This is a rematch of their game at the Hinsdale Holiday Tournament in December. In that game Lincoln Park won 53-35. However, since then Westinghouse is 7-4 including wins against Farragut and Marshall. Westinghouse is led by 6-5 foward Coreyoun Rushin(jr-pictured above). The junior can do it all as he is 2nd on the team in points( 12.8ppg) and leads the teams in rebounds (8.1 rpg), steals (1.6 steals per game), and blocks (1.7 blocks per game). He is super athletic and plays above the rim. His play reminds me of a young Scottie Pippen. 6-2 guard Joshua Roberts(sr, G, 6-2) leads Westinghouse in scoring with 16.2 ppg. Also watch out for big man Alfred Evans(sr, 6-6, 305lbs). Evans, at 305lbs takes a lot of space down low. Lincoln Park beat Lindblom in the first round. Lincoln Park has been boosted with the return of Amari Freeman(6-6, F, sr). Freeman an all-city wide receiver was hurt for most of the season with a shoulder injury but he appears back as he looked good (including a slam dunk) in their win over Lindblom. Sophomore Julius Fancelino(so, 6-1, G) has emerged for Lincoln Park as he led the Lions with 16 points in their win over Lindblom. I like Lincoln Park in this game by about 10 points.
Red-North champion Uplift plays against a tough Farragut team tonight. If both Uplift and Lincoln Park win, it will give the Red-North a rare two teams in the CPS quarterfinals.
Second Round, Feb. 10 at 5:30 p.m. North Quadrant Farragut 73 Uplift 64 Curie 62 Bogan 60
Central Quadrant Kenwood 46 CVS 38 Westinghouse 66 Lincoln Park 64
South Quadrant Simeon 82 Dunbar 48 Young 69 King 36
West Quadrant North Lawndale 64 Dusable 31 Morgan Park 81 Hyde Park 76