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DAY 2 at BIG Dipper


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Rich South 57, Lincoln Park 55
Coming into the BIG Dipper, many fans couldn't name a Lincoln Park player. In most cases, people correlated the Lions with the zoo (Lincoln Park Zoo). But upon leaving the gym on Monday night I think all of that is gone.

Senior guard Greg Tucker had a hot hand and kept the Lions in the game knocking down a game high 21. His game play as well as 6th man Mike Gabriel, who added 14, made it tough for the Stars.

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But in the end, home court seemed to energize the Stars in the final contest to advance to the final four taking on Crete, a team they beat earlier in the season.

Macari Brooks and Blake McElroy led the stars with 12 followed by Tyrone Allen who added 11.

Crete-Monee 73, Leo 69
In the gym it was mentioned by fans that it just seems as if the Warriors are not playing up to their full potential. This game kind of demonstrated this statement in which Crete-Monee won 73-69 in overtime over Leo nonetheless.

Senior Raymond Lester kept the hopes of the Warriors going in this contest while James Crockett sat out. Crockett re-injured his ankle and is questionable for Tuesday nights final four roundup. But Crockett was the spark they needed knocking down 22 points and grabbing 10 boards.

"This is a big win for us to beat a program like Leo, especially without Crockett," Crete-Monee coach Rocky Hill said. "We're trying to blend it all together. We come on at the end of last year, and I thought we'd be further along by now."

The game went back in forth with no team jumping out to a lead larger than 5 which lead to a 54-54 overtime.

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Leo got on the board first, in overtime, with a lay-up from Malcolm McFarland, who finished with 24 points and the game high. The Warriors found a clear path to victory on a 9-1 run behind senior guard Kentrell King, who broke the final tie with a nothing but net jumper.

Maybe this was the gut-check game the Warriors need going into the final four of the BIG Dipper and 2010.

Crete will face Rich South Tuesday night at 8:30p

Thornton 75, Seton 51
The Wildcats came into this contest with a game plan and stuck with it in order to advance to the final four of the BIG Dipper Tuesday night.

Seniors Jay Parker and Reggie Smith combined for 29 of the teams points, but their leadership and their ability to get everyone involved spoke volumes. "We stress that we don't just depend on us," Smith said. "We look for the other guys."

Parker finished the game with 16 points, 6 boards and 5 assists, followed by  Smith, who had 13 points and 7 boards.

Seton seemed to not be able to kick it into their comfortable gear. Khameron Harper made his presence felt knocking down 17 points followed right behind him was Chris Oliver who added 16 points and 14 boards, but it wasn't enough to advance Monday night.

Thornton, the tournament's defending champion, will take on Hales at 7 p.m. Tuesday in a semifinal.

Hales 87, Bolingbrook 79
Game 13 was called the Adams (Jamie) and Miller (Patrick) show who combined to score 71 points as the Spartans advance to the final four.
They nearly reached their team's average by themselves Monday.

"We've been playing together for eight years, and we have a lot of on-court chemistry," said Adams, a 5-foot-10 point guard still awaiting his first Division I offer. "We feed off each other. If he's hot, I'm going to get him the ball. If I'm hot, I know he's going to be looking for me."

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Though Bolingbrook kept it close, there were never able to get over the hump to slow down the guard tandem of Adams and Miller.

Delorean Weatherall led Bolingbrook with 24. Devon Hodges had 19 and 11 rebounds.

Richards 81, Fenger 45
Johnnie Holmes had 21 points and Adonis Bailey added 17 more for Richards.

Bloom 64, Shepard 47
Deron Perkins (Bloom) and Lamarcko Walton (Shepard) each led their teams in scoring with 17 points.

Tinley Park 66, Rich East 61
Gerald Dorsey had a game-high 25 points for Tinley Park.

Rich Central 61, Marian Catholic 43
Gilbert Bush had 20 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two assists for Rich Central

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