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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
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
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
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
"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.
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
"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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