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2008 BIG DIPPER Holiday Basketball Re-Cap
Big Dipper 2008
Where do we
start? In a word, S-m-i-t-h!
Down the stretch the Wildcats (11-1) turned to junior guard Reggie Smith.
They began to force three key turnovers with press defense that ignited a
9–0 run that ultimately tied the game at 61.
Mr. Smith took over the overtime. Smith came off a high pick-and-roll,
provided by Trevell Rivers, then drove strong and hard to the lane and
hit a soft floater with three seconds left in the game giving the
Wildcats a 73 – 71 lead. If Stuart Scott were at the game, he would
have said “Smiths’ shot was as cool as the other side of the
pillow.” And you know what? I would have to agree. After the game Smith
mentioned to us that “that play
was identical play we ran last week
against HF (Homewood-Flossmoor at the Hillcrest shootout).” Coach Troy
Jackson paid Smith one of the highest compliments he could by comparing him
to Dee Brown and Shannon Brown, and that said “Reggie is one the best
clutch players that I’ve coached.” Rivers scored 14 points and grabbed
10 rebounds. Rich East (11-3) showed
everyone that they are for “real.” They have balance at every
position and this kept them in the game. Bruce Collins came off the bench
and scored 15 points including a huge rebound with one minute left in the
overtime. Stephen O’Neal finished the game with 15 points but was restricted
due to an ankle injury in the second half.
At the time of
this writing, the Wildcats are on an 11 win streak tops in the city at this
point. Coach Troy Jackson reminded us all that “he doesn’t care about
rankings. They’re (Thornton) as good as any team in Illinois.”
In an earlier contest, home
team, Rich South Stars (7 - 3) defeated the Leo Lions (12 - 2) 68 – 64
behind big-time scoring of Kendrick Morse who finished with 31. James
Pointer led the Lions with 24.
For even more coverage from the tournament,
Hillcrest Holiday Classic
One of the oldest high school basketball tournaments
in the Chicagoland area, Proviso West tournament is a staple in the
community. The tournament was held at Proviso West high school in
Hillside, IL - December 26 - 30, 2008.
Click here to read story.
This is one of the Chicagoland area's premiere girls
basketball tournaments. This tournament was held at Hillcrest high
school in Country Club Hills, IL - December 26 - 29, 2008.
Click here to read story.
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