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Rich South 81, Joliet Catholic 37
The Stars handled their business Wednesday night over
Joliet Catholic, 81-37 on their home court in the Class 3A regional.
After previous concerns of coach Scot Ritter, who thought the team was
looking forward into the playoffs, maybe some of his concerns were
resolved. “The biggest thing we stressed was just playing with effort,”
Ritter said. “I told them I didn’t want to have to pull anyone out for
lack of effort. I thought we played hard. It wasn’t perfect, we were
just better than them.”
The Stars caused Joliet Catholic fits early on with their press defense.
From this, they jumped out to an early 12 lead and never looked back. To
top things off, they had a 37 point lead going into the fourth and 11
players for the Stars scored.
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“When we share the ball and make the extra pass, that’s Rich South
basketball,” Ritter said. “We talk about execution on defense as well
and we did that tonight.”
Even after coming off the bench, Macari Brooks, made his presence felt
knocking down 18 point, followed by Pierre Brooks, who had a
double-double - 13 points and 12 boards. It is noted that Brooks came of
the due to disciplinary reasons.
Breshion Tucker led Joliet Catholic with 17 points.
The Stars will face Rich Central in Friday night’s regional final at
7:30pm on their home court.
So the question is can the South beat Central three times
in one season
(68-58, 69-58)? See you Friday
night @ the baseline...
Rich Central 55, Carver 53
As for Rich Central, they had to put in work in order to
advance over (Chicago) Carver with a buzzer beater by
senior Chris Smith. In fact,
they were trailing 30-26 at the half.
With 7 seconds in regulation,
Smith received the ball in
the backcourt and drove up the court to the paint and laid up the soft
shot - S-W-I-S-H!!!!
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“Coach told us to attack the basket,” Chris Smith said
after the game. “I was just strong with the ball able was able to hit
The Olympians high scorer was Adedeji Ibitayo, who had 16 followed by
Chris Smith, who added 15 points.
On the other side of the ball, Carver's big man, Deshawn Delany, kept
them in the game by knocking down 29.
Up next for the Olympians is the cross-town rival Stars.
Game time is 7:30pm Friday night. So the question is can the South beat
Central three times in one season (68-58, 69-58)? See you Friday night @
State Semi-finals at Redbird Arena (Normal, IL)
Oswego vs Hillcrest @ 12:15p
Springfield vs Montini @ 2p
Bolingbrook vs Hersey @ 630p
Fenwick vs Young @ 815p
Hillcrest 55, Richwoods 47
Every team seems to have a nemesis, or an obstacle in which they have
difficulty getting over. The Bulls had Detroit; the Bears had Green Bay;
the White Sox had Boston/New York; and well, the Cubs have everybody
including a goat. For south suburban school, Hillcrest, they had Fenwick
(2001); Marian Catholic (2002) and Peoria-Richwoods (2009), who beat
them at the supers' last years.
But in most successful programs, they find a way to
surpass these obstacles, and as of Monday night, Hillcrests' nemesis
were no more, as they punch their ticket to sit at the BIG table
downstate with a victory over
defending 3A champion Peoria Richwoods
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Bolingbrook 36, Edwardsville 27
Even in foul trouble, Morgan Tuck was able to gain her
composure and lead the Raiders back downstate with a victory over
Edwardsville, 36-27. "We'll take an ugly win over a pretty loss any
day," she shared after the game. "It's another big step toward our goal
[going downstate and winning it all."
Bolingbrook is trying to become the first team in State
history to advance to the state finals for five stragiht seasons.
Up next for the Raiders is Hersey Friday night at 6:30p
at Redbird Arena (Class 4A).
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