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Mount Carmel 52 Saint Patrick 45
The Caravan had to not only put together a tough comeback run, but also
they had to fight the season-long demon-monster... turnovers - to beat
St. Patrick 52-45 at the City-Suburban Showdown.
“We looked so pathetic in the first half we would have lost to a lot of
eighth-grade teams,” coach Mike Flaherty said.
St. Patrick jumped out to an 18-5 lead, but the Caravan put together a
12-0 run which cut deep into the their lead. In fact, this was the
momentum swing they needed. This run was sparked by the play of Illinois
recruit Tracy Abrams, who knocked down 11 of his 21 points during this
time. “We just came out unaggressive,” Abrams said, “Then we got it
going. I knew I was going to have to be the leader on the floor.”
“We just need to be better on defense and take care of the ball better,”
Flaherty said. "If this happens in the state tournament we will be in
Senior Julian Reed led St. Patrick with 13 points and 6-4 junior Kortney
Darby added nine points and five rebounds.
De La Salle 64 Simeon 46
De La Salle put on a "meteor" shower at the City-Suburban Showdown
against Simeon knocking off the Wolverines 64-46.
They opened the game up with a 13-0 run in the first and this shower
Simeon was able to cut down the lead to single-digits on an 12 footer by
Terrell Brown in the third, but De La Salle came right back on an
uncontested alley-oop slam-dunk by Mike Shaw which ignited the team as
well as the fans.
Shaw finished the contest with a double-double... 21 points, 10 boards.
He also had 3 rejections.
Both Shaw and coach White attributed the Meteors recent success to the
bonding the team did early in the season by playing games all over the
"All the traveling built up our team chemistry,"
Shaw said. "We're like a family right now."
Shaw was the nucleus of the Meteors offense, but he was complimented by
D.J. Bland and Troy Torrence. Bland knocked down 14, and Torrence added
Despite all of De La Salle's recent success, White was hesitant to call
his team the best in the area.
"I think we're one of the best competing teams in the area," White said.
"You'll see that at our practices every day. In our sectional, anything
can happen. There are some great teams but everyone is beatable,
The final game of the evening featured
Waukegan's senior and Illinois-recruit Jereme Richmond, who put on a
clinic in the victory over Young, 59-42. Richmond finished with sweet
double-double in front of his future coach, Bruce Weber, with 16 points,
13 boards... he also rejected 7 balls.
“Last March they were more experienced and a lot older – with Chris
Colvin and Marcus Jordan,” Richmond said. I’m just focused on winning a
state championship right now.”
If you remember it was Young that kept Waukegan from winning the Class
4A state title last year.
The Bulldogs took full control of this contest in the third and never
looked back opening the second half with an 11-3 run that put them ahead
30-19. The Dolphin were never able to swim closer than 5 points against
Other notable Bulldogs include Quan Connor, who added 13 and sophomore
sensation Akeem Springs who knocked down 12. “Akeem has just really
stepped up, all over the court and at the free-throw line,” Waukegan
coach Ron Ashlaw said.
Believe it or not, but the Bulldogs dominated this game and were not at
full-strength. Starting point guard Mike Springs did was available. “You
lose a lot of defense without Springs,” Richmond said. “He’s our spark
plug. But I think it made everyone else play harder on defense.”
On the other side of the ball, Purdue-bound forward Anthony Johnson led
Young with 17, followed by Oregon State-bound point guard Ahmad Starks
who had 8. "We're just a downward spiral right now," Starks said. "We
have to pick it up and refocus. State is coming up and we have to see
who wants it."
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