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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.

Then 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.

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BIG Dipper Proviso West 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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