Class 3A Boys Basketball Final
Morgan Park 69 Fenwick 67 - OT
Down by 11 points with about 3 minutes it was do or die for Morgan Park. Despite missing 4 of 5 free throws at that time, Morgan Park used a doberman like defense to cause turnovers and unconscious three point by shooting Namari Burnett(fr)(3 of 4 in three's in the last 3 minutes and in overtime), to tie the game and force overtime. In overtime, Morgan Park did enough to win yet another state basketball championship for the south side class 3A power.
Morgan Park finished 3rd in the state in boys track last spring and now adds a state basketball championship to their recent resume.
Morgan Park is just one of 3 major story lines for the CPS in boys basketball as Orr won state in class 2A, Morgan Park has won in 3A, and Simeon and Whitney Young play next in the class 4A state championship.
Curie won state in 4A last year. Going into the pre-season, pundits were saying that they suspect that the CPS may be down this year as they do not have any Derrick Rose or Anthony Davis type bonified NBA prospects. But the CPS prevailed on the court as CPS teams won big game after another. Whitney Young knocked off undefeated Fremd in the state semi-finals and Evanston in the super sectionals. Folks in the north suburbs were calling Fremd their best team ever in school history and Evanston one of the best teams in recent school history. Morgan Park beat this highly regarded Rick Malnati coached Fenwick team. Simeon beat downstate power Edwardsville, and on and on.
Great overall basketball season for the CPS in a state where boys basketball is probably the top sport. This is why THE CPS IS A BASKETBALL CONFERENCE!