Monday, March 23, 2015



Season wrap-up review, nobody wants dirty laundry airing-out with their program, so I’ll use some sensitivity in utilizing this piece.  While surfing through all my information, I realize today coaches’ struggle so much with making a true evaluation on a kid and consequently they end-up somewhere else enjoying an experience of playing in an NCAA tournament game.  I’ve watched all of these programs all season multiple times.  No, I don’t consider myself an expert but I watch games closely as if I was a body language expert and I have been around longer than anyone and I cover more ground than most and I don’t tweet at game, I actually watch.  So my point is clear!  I won’t make many friends, but I discovered I don’t have many anyway.
  1. Illinois State (21-12) Still playing the Red-Birds boast our state’s most talented roster.  They knocked-off Wisconsin-Green-Bay in a first round NIT match-up.  The Red-Birds have an opportunity to build some steam with an extended post-season run.  The program looks to be in an upward swing.  Muller isn’t a popular guy, but he’s getting things done.
  2. Loyola Chicago (20-13) Beat Rider in the CBI Tourney. Envying the likes of Northern Iowa’s yearly success has captivated the attention of us locals.  The injury bug yanked a string of games from the Ramblers best player Milton Doyle.  Never-the-less, the program is viewed as one which should compete at the top Missouri Valley every year and it has the assets surrounding it to do so.
  3. Eastern Illinois (18-14) Squeaked out a 97-91 victory over Oakland last week in 7th Annual College Insider Com Tourney.  The Panther program was making just their 3rd post-season appearance as a division one affiliate, they suit-up in a league that’s vastly under-rated.  This program got-off to a rousing start in conference play, but soon ran into some issues that almost sucked the life out of their season.  Jay Spoonhour has done admirable work in a short period.
  4. Illinois (19-14) “It’s going to take more than a conversation now!”  A painful 79-58 NIT 1st round lost to Alabama has Illini Nation uneasy.  No NCAA Tournament appearances have left a cloud over the program, for starters upgrading the roster would be immediate priority, most nights in conference play they went to a scrap without enough fighters. Now landing key instate recruits such as Marcus LoVett (2015), Nick Rakocevic (2016), Barret Benson (2016), Jeremiah Tilmon (2017), Justin Smith (2017) & Christian Negron (2017) is a must.  What to do with 2015 signee Aaron Jordan is a compelling question.
  5. Northwestern (15-17) We sense some arrogance here, yeah we’ve witness some progression, but now a resemblance of tunes heard from Theo and the Cubs rant of selling us a dream of long-term success carded by the potential of their modern day cardiac kids (a youth movement) even with St. Joe’s standout guard Jordan Ash due in the line-up next season, there still’s a shortage of talent on the roster.  Folks in these parts ain’t buying the dream yet!
  6. Northern Illinois (14-16) Ran into a hot-shooting Akron club during the conference tournament ending a 4 game winning streak.  They were marred by injuries at the start of the conference season, but positive signs have the program headed in the right direction with a notable recruiting class due on campus next season, highly competitive Coach Montgomery sees a promising future in Dekalb.
  7. Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (12-16) A non-conference schedule which was puzzling got things off-to-an interesting start.  A widely known fact that they weren’t a good defensive team under Forrester.  This is a team in need of a make-over, the likely-hood for a competitive finish at the top of the league is a few years away.  Names reportedly mentioned most frequently for the vacancy – Jack Owens (Purdue) – John Harris (Cal) – Rodney Watson (S. Indiana).
  8. DePaul (12-20) Arguably the second most talented roster of our state schools.  Whomever lands the opening will inherit a contingent of players who underachieved this past season.  Oliver’s resignation didn’t come as a complete surprise considering the team dropped a stretch of 8 games to close out the season.  Their lack of team oriented chemistry was clearly evident.  Ty Corbin would be the perfect guy to restore some reorganization and stability into a once proud program before they move into their new playing facility.
  9. Southern Illinois (12-21) Two non-relevant guards left the program Goodwin & Glotta; why can’t we be a Murray State or Northern Iowa year and year out?  One significant change has to occur, recruiting the Chicago area more efficiently, targeting the right players who fit their scheme or system.  Front-court help is needed as well as a point guard.  They’ve rolled the dice now on Lee Academy European forward Rudolfs Stradnieks a 6-9 power forward who verbaled in Friday.
  10. Illinois Chicago (10-24) Howard Moore’s tenure ended after 5 seasons and a 49-111 record.  This is a program expected to rival Valporaiso year and year out for conference titles.  The Flames should be the Gonzaga of the Horizon League.  This is a program that made some mistakes with their personnel, players and coaches from the start.  Newly hired Steve McClain has a challenging task at hand immediately.  The roster has some pieces but an overall make-over is needed and now he has to fill some slots with some coaches who can get things done in the area and who understand the landscape, this is going to be essential to his start at UIC.
  11. Bradley (9-24) Embattled Braves Coach Geno Ford finished his 4th season currently with a 44-76 career record and 18-44 in MVC play.  He’s dealt with the cruel realities of college hoops in the last month and a half, and now had to get reacquainted with the new athletic director Chris Reynolds a Peoria native.  On Sunday, 03/22/2015 Ford was dealt a final blow, he was ousted.  Seven in state kids reside on the Braves roster which just completed a topsy-turvy season.  Freshman forward Josh Cunningham was a bright spot.  Now let the search begin, Northwestern Pat Baldwin may get a look.
  12. Western Illinois (8-20) Performs in a Summit League Conference with the likes of North-Dakota State, South-Dakota and upstart program Nebraska Omaha.  First year coach Billy Wright lost to top seeded South Dakota State in the conference tournament.  6-5 sophomore guard Garret Covington led the team with 15.6 average.  They have size and scoring on the way so look for progression with his program.
  13. Chicago State (8-24) Tray Dildy has soften through the years, favors for families has exhibit his kindness!  Lack of significant guard play and overall talent has doomed the Cougars.  The coaching staff has come to the realization that they must improve their overall talent level to compete in the WAC conference.  We may start to see some immediate changes with how they do business in Cougar-Land.



One of the state’s top unsigned seniors Christian Williams just gave University Iowa a commitment.  The six foot six guard arguably considered one of the top 10 players in the state will give the Hawkeyes a big athlete guard, a presence they have sought after for some time.  Williams was pivotal in guiding his Decatur Teresa team to the championship game of the 2A state finals where they lost to Chicago Uplift 53-47.  The talented Williams will be joining 2 other incoming Illinois products on the Hawkeye roster.  Brandon Hutton 6-3, F, De LaSalle & Isaiah Moss 6-5, G/F, Simeon.  This trio may add a formula to McCaffery’s system, with the door shut on Illinois division one schools participating in the NCAA tournament, a large part which will be illustrated through-out the event featuring state products.  Consequently, our area schools spent too much time over-examining players while listening way too much to wanna be Jay Bilas types who tweet all game long!  “While taking a long look at this group you can see why our area schools are on the outside looking in!”

Cliff Alexander(Curie)Kansas   D.J. Bennett(Carl Sandburg)Oklahoma    Wayne Blackshear(Morgan Park)Louisville
Kory Brown(Elgin)North-Dakota St.    Sterling Brown(Proviso East)SMU    Jevon Carter(Proviso East)West Virginia
Keith Carter(Proviso East)Valparaiso    Quinton Chievous(Notre Dame)Hampton U.    Kevin Coker(Plainfield South)Xavier
Duje Dukan(Deerfield)Wisconsin    Alvin Ellis(DeLaSalle)Michigan State    Kyle Davis(Morgan Pk/Hyde Pk)Dayton
James Farr(Evanston)Xavier    Tre Green(Simeon)Albany    Phil Greene(Julian/IMG)St. John’s
Frank Kaminsky(Benet)Wisconsin    Robert Knar(Mundelein)Northern Iowa    Reginald Johnson(St. Joseph)Hampton U.
Lee Skinner(Glenbard East)Wofford  Chandler Livingston Stone(Stevenson)Valpo Nick Malonga(Bolingbrook)North-Florida
Ben Moore(Bolingbrook)SMU    Derrick Marks(Plainfield East)Boise State    Andrew McAuliffe(Glenbook N.)Davidson
Sean O’Mara(Benet)Xavier    Rodney Pryor(Notre Dame)Robert Morris    Ryan Sawvell(Mundelein)Wofford
Jahlil Okafor(Young)Duke    Kendall Stephens(St. Charles E.)Purdue    Sam Thompson(Young)Ohio State
Kendall Pollard(Simeon)Dayton    Tyler Ullis(Marian Catholic)Kentucky    Tom Plank(Fenwick)Providence
Jamari Traylor(Julian)Kansas    Darien Walker(Simon)Valparaiso    Paul White(Young)Georgetown
Lexus Williams(Marist)Valparaiso    Larry Austin(Springfield Lanphier)Xavier    Bobby Wehril(Benet)Dayton
Nick Zeisloft(Lyon’s)Indiana    Fred VanVleet(Rockford Auburn)Wichita    Amanze Egekeze(Huntley) Belmont
Gavin Schlilling(DeLaSalle)Michigan St.    Jubril Adekoya(Tinley Pk Andrew)Valporaiso   
Lawrence Alexander(Peoria Manuel)North-Dakota State

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Class 3A Super Sectional

Class 3A Super Sectional
At Northern IllinoisRockford 
Lutheran 49 – Peoria Manuel 41

Lutheran will prepare for their third trip to the state tournament in four years after defeatingPeoria Manuel.  The Peoria team looked panicky as well as inexperienced, the Rams lacked justa true understanding of how to play.  They hoisted-up so many three-point attempts, it felt likewe were watching the air show.  Sophomore forward Romon Douglass tallied 11 points, whilefellow sophomore wiz Da’Monte Williams cradled only 8.  “He’s got some work to put-in withhis game.”  Joseph Kellen led Lutheran with 18, the Crusaders will face St. Joseph at 2pm on Fri3/20.

Class 4A Super Sectionals

Class 4A Super Sectionals
At Northern Illinois
Tuesday 03/17/2015

Geneva 57 – Lake Park 52 (2 OT)

One heck of a game, this was a classic nail biter, both teams played as hard as I’ve seen anytwo squads compete all year.  If you could not handle the ball and make decisions, you couldn’tplay in this contest, both teams were strong defensively.  This game was what a high-schoolplay-off contest  should  be about,  pure  hoops no antics.   Lake Park’s  senior  guard MarcusMcDaniel’s turn-around three-pointer from thirty feet with 1.5 seconds left forced a doubleover-time.  Lake Park nearly pulled-off-the upset forcing sure handed Geneva into 18 turn-overs.  Buffalo recruit Nate Navigato capped the night with 16 points many of them coming inthe  over-time session,  he  also  collected  7  rebounds.   Six  foot  eight  junior  center  LoudonVollbretch was a difference –maker, a true stud, the massive bruiser hammered-out 15 pointsand 8 boards to go with a few bone shattering screens.  Genneva will move on to Peoria, wherethey will take on Normal Community Fri 3/20 at 8:15 pm.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Tuesday’s Hoop Schedule – March 17th, 2015

Tuesday’s Hoop Schedule – March 17th, 2015

Class 4A Super-Sectionals:
At Hinsdale Central H.S.
West Aurora vs Bolingbrook

At Chicago State
Riverside Brookfield vs Stevenson

At Northern Illinois
Geneva vs Lake Park

At Illinois State
Simeon vs Normal Community

Class 3A Super-Sectionals:
At Joliet Central
Morgan Park vs Hillcrest

At Hoffman Estate’s
St. Patrick vs St. Joseph

At Springfield Civic Center
Belleville Althoff vs Springfield Lanphier

At Northern Illinois
Peoria Manual vs Rockford Lutheran

Top Available Seniors

Top Available Seniors
Rafferty and Cole Gentry off the board, but there is still some quality guys.

  1. Marcus LoVett    6-2    PG    HM    Morgan Park – “Came through in a big game vs Bogan; St. Johns, Illinois, Iowa, Memphis, DePaul, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh; It’s coming down to the wire.”
  2. Christian Williams    6-5    WG    MM+-MM    Decatur St. Teresa – “Big 10 schools are viewing him as a PG; St. Louis, Iowa, Minnesota in the Hunt; had a superb showing in the 2A championship finals; his team finished runner-up.”
  3. Brodric Fisher    6-3    G    MM    Bolingbrook – “Very skilled and a respected outside shooter; he has the package for success; recruiting picking-up; Western Michigan & San Diego now interested; he plays Tues night at Hinsdale Central vs West Aurora in a big time game to get down state.”
  4. Kalin Fisher    6-1    WG    MM    Proviso East – “Often moody, but a talented offensive player; long range threat, in addition he’s capable of getting you a bucket with the shot-clock whining down; Loyola-Chicago, Wisconsin-Green-Bay interested.”
  5. Donovan Franklin    6-3    G    MM     O’Fallon – “Excellent length; capable of playing on both sides of the ball; he can defend multiple positions; Jacksonville State was once his heaviest pursuers; with coaching vacancies at SIU-E & UIC looming, he should be a prime target for those new regimes.”
  6. Harrison Niegro    6-2    PG    MM-LM+    Lyon’s Township – “A floor general who can run a team as well as manage a game; a threat on perimeter, he could flourish in a system type environment; Miami-Ohio and Patriot League may land his services.”
  7. Allen Billinger    6-1    PG    MM-LM+    Carbondale – “A steady sure-handed performer; deadly mid-range jump shooter; Chicago State may have some interest, even a situation like UIC or SIU-E may fit him handily.”
  8. Joe Mooney    6-3    WG    LM+    Niles Notre Dame – “The sharp shooter enjoyed a superb season, guided his team to a 26-5 mark; has leadership intangibles; Army is a heavy favorite for him.”
  9. Myles Carter    6-8    C    MM    St. Rita – “Physically able to compete at the next level now, but skills need polish, particularly offensively; right now he’s an excellent shot-blocker & protects the rim effectively as he displayed against Thornwood and Simeon in recent games; with some work he could be serviceable immediately in the right setting.  Where is SIU & Loyola-Chicago with him?  He’s promising.”

Class 2A State Championship Game

Class 2A State Championship Game

Uplift sophomore Damarius Jacobs three point play with 32.8 seconds remaining in the game, pretty much sealed the victory, giving the Titans their first championship in school history.  The North-Side school has only been in existence for 10 years.  Senior point-guard Daniel Soetan was impressive, he scored a team high 13 points while registering six rebounds and six assists & five steals.  Jeremy Roscoe managed 11 points.  St. Teresa stand-out guard Christian Williams was held in check with 15 points on 6 of 17 shooting and had a couple bad miscues late in the game.  Iowa and St. Louis U were in attendance viewing his every move, “and so were we!”

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Wednesday Night Summary, 03/11/2015

Wednesday Night Summary, 03/11/2015

St. Rita 62 – Thornwood 48

Thornwood managed to hang-on for a half, down one at inter-mission, but they were doomed in the 2nd half marred by turn-overs/bad shots, a late in the game technical when they were only 4 points back staggered Thornwood hopes and not to mention a poor outside shooting display.  If anyone including Simeon is to beat St. Rita, they better be able to make shots on the perimeter consistently.  Rita’s Charles Matthews wrapped-up the night with 15 points, Tulane recruit Kain Harris added 15 and point-guard Armani Chaney glided his way for 12 markers.  6-9 unsigned senior Myles Carter was a force in the interior, registering some monster dunks, while swatting away at least 10 shots.  Thornwood finished the season with 23-6 mark.  Their lack of big game experience was exposed through ragged play and late in the game miscues.

Tuesday Night Summary, 03/10/2015

Tuesday Night Summary, 03/10/2015

Riverside-Brookfield 83 – Curie 73

R.B. managed to over-come Josh Stamps 36 points to run by the Condors in a fleet up & down affair.  Stamps was magnificent throughout the contest, silencing the audience with spin moves/slicing & dicing to the basket, then on the perimeter he was draining contested three pointers.  But with the game on the line late, he settled for 3 point attempts instead of attacking the basket to draw fouls.  R.B. received a solid performance from 6-7 senior Sam Johnson who finished with 24 points and seven rebounds, while sophomore guard Jalen Clanton turned in a sparkling outing with an array of dashes to the hoop on his way to 22 points.  Henry Trelenberg a sophomore who has bright spot the last month or so, providing consistent outside shooting, he tallied 16.  Junior point-guard Daniko Jackson was stellar directing traffic for his team, while handling Curie’s pressure flawlessly.  Curie played without six foot two guard Devin Gage, the junior has a slight tear in the meniscus of his left knee.



What has happened to college basketball in Illinois?  For the second consecutive season no single Division One Program in the state will participate in the NCAA Tournament when Illinois State roped Wichita State and then came out the next day and built a 33-15 lead on Northern Iowa, the state’s hoop junkies were bracing for a tournament berth, but then the bottom fell out from under the Red-Birds during the 2nd half of play.  The most glaring issue that our area coaches would never acknowledge is the fact that a high percentage of them are saddled with players on their roster who aren’t talented enough to compete at a high-level night in & night out.  Secondly too many of our state coaches smother the game with over coaching, just to sit and watch the strangulation is nerve wrecking, unnecessary complexity.

Illinois-Chicago let go favorite son Howard Moore after five seasons and a 49-111 record.  Moore finished the season 10-24, “he will land on his feet swiftly.”

Southern Illinois Edwardsville fired Lennox Forrester, he spent eight years at the helm for the Cougars, posting a career record of 82-146, including a 12-16 mark this past season.  “Anticipate more changes coming in the next few days.”

Hot-shot St. Charles East point-guard Cole Gentry gave a verbal to South-Dakota State.  The Summit League just may be a situation that fits perfectly for him.  Gentry had a great season.

It will be interesting to see what Illinois does with under-achieving Plainfield East guard Aaron Jordan.  He’s not considered a top 15 player in our state regardless of class.  It was mind-boggling observing some of his unproductive outings this season.

Monday, March 9, 2015



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The State’s Top College Prospect

The State’s Top College Prospect

After all the 2015 class may have more talent in store than any of us over-examiners might have reported this season.  The road leads perhaps towards the back trails of the junior college ranks.  We will attempt to provide a listing of who potentially are the top players.  This has become a banner year for juco’s and small colleges in our area.  These guys have been visible nightly.

Dexter Dale    6-3    PG    MM    Morton
Just a terrific untapped talent; long arms and a steady ball-handler; shoots the deep ball respectably; has array of moves attacking the rim; needs to get stronger & polish-up miscues; “the crystal ball index has him pegged as a mid-major or above in 2 years.”

Dwayne Ward    6-6    SF    MM    Chicago Marine Leadership Academy
Vastly under-rated; this kid has hydraulics; very explosive leaper; has a big strong frame and his skills aren’t bad!  His jump shot he shoots with accuracy from 15-20 feet; ball-handling limited now; “he could be a mid-above in a few years; our state doesn’t have many of him around these days.”

Donovan Sapp    6-6    SF    ----------    Chicago Roosevelt
A project right now; lacks the necessary fundamentals, but he’s big & strong with huge hands and very athletic, but needs time to develop; one day he could be a gem.  I personally like his potential, in addition he has the support system to flourish.

Darius Edwards    6-0    G    MM    Alton
Has his team in the hunt for a state tournament push; capable scorer, probably more of a wing guard than an actual point; juco’s are smitten by his potential to lead a team; Rend Lake College could be in the driver’s seat for his services.

Kamari Jones    6-1    PG    MM    Decatur MacArthur
Lethal in the open floor; he’s continued to refine areas of his game that hampered him early in the season; this big-time athlete has been the catalyst for his team’s success, Wednesday night vs Mahomet-Seymour could be a special night for him.

Deshon Fluckus    6-3    WG    MM    Uplift
“This kid has a bright future, you can see his skills flourishing each outing; he is terrific in transition; he needs repetition with his perimeter shooting, while he could become a lock-down defender with his wiry build; the OVC just might be his suit one day.”

Alex Peacock    6-7    SF    LM+    Normal Community
“Yes, this may be his route; great body but still struggles at times finishing at the rim; the lefty is considered average athlete and limited ball-handler away from the paint; he’s worth taking a chance on, even though he’s labeled as not often aggressive & tends to lack passion.  How much can he improve?”

Jachai Taylor    6-6    F    MM    Waukegan
Just a wealth of potential, he’s still in the stages of learning the game; mega athleticism and has some skill to score around the rim; but lacks a true understanding of how to play; with a good coach/teacher his value could soar after juco.  He may be destined for prep-school.

Adrian Smith    6-3    G    MM    East Aurora
If he can make his way through the challenges of academic work, we may have a talented ball-handling guard who can make decisions and he has a pretty good understanding of the game; Adrian has the ability to score and defend; legit mid-major after juco.

Daniel Soetan    6-3    PG    MM    Uplift
Wiry athlete with a promising future; he’s cut-back on miscues and improved shot selection; still loose with his ball at times but you can see him hitting stride in terms of growth; emphasis on outside shooting should be a priority.

Tony Haley    6-3    G    MM-LM+    Morton
Intriguing prospect, plays with a wealth of energy; exhibits excellent length at both ends; very athletic; ball-handling promising; if cleans-up some loose spots in his game, primarily just doing too much with the ball, I see his value sky-rocketing; he’s a hidden gem.

Michael Calhoun    6-1    WG    MM-LM+    Chicago Clemente
Slithery performer; explosive athlete with a quality upside; ball-handling could use some polish; he plays under control, while finding his mates; jump shot looks good with 3 range; Calhoun needs strength and seasoning.

Anton Ivy    6-7    F/C    ---------    Peoria Manuel
A raw talent, but has a big body; mobile and does have a skill which refers to his motor.  Promising just have to continue his path towards improving fundamentals.  “Could develop into a solid recruit!”

Josh Stamps    6-5    WG    MM+-MM    Chicago Curie
Still awfully raw in terms of fundamentals; just lacks a pure understanding of situations like playing hard all the time, but he can become a marvelous player with some work; his jump shot is potent; ball-handling deft enough to get around defenders; his wiry frame needs some strength and his focus has to be placed on classroom work as well.

Elyjah Henry    6-5    SF    ----------    Evanston
Bouncy player, starting to touch-the-surface with his development; capable mid-range shooter, rebounds the ball at a high-rate and he’s a respectable shot-blocker; he could use a year of seasoning in strength as well as maturity; Elyjah will determine his own fate with the work he puts in.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Spot-Liter’s Top Chicagoland Teams 3/8/2015

The Spot-Liter’s Top Chicagoland Teams

One of our final viewings & with the season into its final two weeks, this group of teams is still standing, you can throw records out the window.

  1. Stevenson – “Had their way Fri, 3-6 vs Zion Benton 84-60; up next Notre Dame Tues at Waukegan”
  2. Simeon –  “Had a track meet vs Eisenhower Fri (3/6) 110-88 victory; H.F. awaits Tues at Eisenhower”
  3. St. Rita – “Dismantled T.F. North Fri (3/6) 61-34; it will be a true test Tues vs a hot Thornwood squad; what might factor in the contest is St. Rita’s big game experience; Rita vs Simeon showdown soon”
  4. Bogan – “The Morgan Park brawl will be a game to see next Tues with the event both should win 2 this week; the Bengals play Wed at Julian vs King”
  5. Lake Forest – “Beat Highland Park by 20 Fri – nite; will play a young Evanston team Wed at Waukegan”
  6. Geneva – “A well-oiled system; beat St. Charles East 73-70 Fri; they can breathe a little Tues nite vs Rockford Jefferson, before seeing Rockford Auburn at Dekalb”
  7. Morgan Park – “Tasered Brooks 85-68 Fri nite; Vocational might be fired-up for this one; at Julian Tues”
  8. St. Joseph – “Beat Jones 53-40 Fri (3-6); Orr will give them all they can handle Tues at Westinghouse”
  9. Thornwood – “Won in closing seconds vs Marian Catholic 44-42 Fri; real test Wed vs St. Rita at Eisenhower”
  10. Hales – “2A tilt for high-stakes Tues vs Uplift; Hales has struggled the last few weeks; at Joliet Central”
  11. Providence Catholic – “Came out of nowhere to be a legit threat to derail Bolingbrook & Neuqua; at Bolingbrook vs Neuqua Valley”
  12. Notre Dame – “Struggled to beat Deerfield 48-47 Fri; Stevenson awaits Tues at Waukegan”
  13. Morton – “Dexter Dale & Tony Haley are for real; beat host Young 65-64 Fri (3/6); vs St. Ignatius at Morton Tues”
  14. Uplift – “No problem with Northridge 46-34 Fri; now Hales awaits Tues at Joliet Central”
  15. Riverside-Brookfield – “Up next Curie Tues at Morton; beat Oak-Park Fri nite, 67-61”
  16. St. Ignatius – “Beat Kenwood in overtime Fri 65-64; plays a tough Morton team on Wed nite at Morton”
  17. Hillcrest – “Dusted off Oak-Forest 53-44 Fri nite; Rich-East on Wed will be no push-over at East”
  18. Neuqua Valley – “A tough Providence Catholic squad awaits Tues at Bolingbrook”
  19. Lake Park – “A battled-tested coach & team will play Palatine at Barrington Wed”
  20. DePaul Prep – “Tues nite at Vernon Hills vs St. Patrick – big game environment expected”