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FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2010


Hillcrest 63, Rich South 57
Hillcrest boys are on the same path as their counter-parts, the Lady Hawks as they knocked off their cross-town rivals 63-57.

“We want to have a trophy to go next to each other,’’ forward Eric Gaines said amid the celebration of players and fans on the court. “That’s our goal.’’

The Hawks were led by Gaines, who buried 18, followed by Herb Offord, who knocked down 13.

“We want to try and be like our girls and get Downstate,’’ forward Herb Offord said. “They’ve been telling us it’s our turn to get No. 1 because they couldn’t.’’

Hillcrest will face Robeson in the UIC Supersectional on Tuesday @ 6pm.

The game was tied at 49 midway through the fourth quarter when the Hawks  put together a 9-3 run which secured the victory.

Hillcrest defeated Rich South last year for the regional championship at Hillcrest, so the Stars had the revenge factor.

Macari Brooks led Rich South with 13 points followed by Tyrone Allen and Darryl Hervy, who both had 10.




Rich South 57, T.F. North 51
The Stars are still shining in the Class 3A playoff run as they defeat T.F. North.


In this contest, an unlikely player gave them the push they needed... and that player was Kendrick Evans, who came off the bench and scored all 8 of his points in the fourth quarter.


"We came out in the fourth quarter, and we knew it was time to step up and start making some plays," Evans said. "I felt like I could get to the hoop, and I just attacked the rim."

The Meteors played a tough game as they tied the game at 41-41 when standout, senior Sean Montgomery put in an easy lay-up, but down the stretch turnovers kept them from scoring.

Montgomery led all scorers with 22 points. He also had 12 boards.


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Macari Brooks was the high man for South with 12, followed by Tyrone Allen, who added 11.


As a whole, the Stars are looking forward to Friday night's match-up against Hillcrest since last season when the Hawks eliminated their playoff run in the regionals.


"Hillcrest knocked us out of regional play last season," Evans said. "We've been hoping we could get them again. I know we've been keeping an eye on them and they've been keeping an eye on us."


The sectional championship is scheduled for tip-off at 7:30 over at Lincoln-West brand new gym. Get there early folks!!!



Homewood-Flossmoor 55, Thornton 46

The Vikings kept fighting and didn't bow down against last season Class 4A representative, Thornton, as they come up with a big victory 55-46. As the sports clique' goes it's tough to beat someone 3 times in a given season... This was so true Wednesday night.


The Vikings' play the Wildcats on the homecourt in front of a packed gym. This seemed to give them the little extra they needed as Tim Williams, knocked down 20 and sophomore guard Tyrone Sherman  added 17.


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"Things changed for us on Dec. 29 after a loss to St. Joseph at (the Proviso West Holiday Tournament)," Vikings coach Jim McLaughlin said. "We started to figure out that we weren't as good as we thought, and we had to make a huge commitment to the defensive side."

Plus, Thornton just didn't play even close to their season averages at every spot. They shot 15-for-60 from the field; 1-for-15 from the behind the arc; 11-for-22 from the charity stripe; and were out-rebounded 40-31.

"I kept hearing my guys talking about how long they were while battling for rebounds, but we missed too many free throws," Thornton coach Troy Jackson said. "Even with how poorly we played, if we just make a high percentage of our free throws, it's a different game."

Marquette-bound Reggie Smith finished with 16.




Hillcrest 65, Crete-Monee 55

Eric Gaines scored 14 points and Julius Brown and Jeremiah Horne each scored 12 for Hillcrest. James Crockett scored 21 to lead Crete-Monee.


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