Michael O’Brien’s notebook: Jan. 7, 2017

Fenwick's Damari Nixon (4) saves the ball from going out of bounds against Proviso East. Worsom Robinson/ For Sun-Times

The battle of St. Charles was canceled, too many kids with the flu. So I headed over to Oak Park for Proviso East against Fenwick. Read all about it.

Pretty calm weekend overall but that is about to change. Several big games this week and then what is likely to be a jam-packed MLK schedule.

No Shot Clock teaser…In the upcoming episode Joe and I will only be discussing teams that have never been ranked this season. We figure everyone has heard enough about the hyped teams for awhile. Time to dive deep.

Saturday’s top games

Notre Dame 67, Grant 63: Almost went here instead of Fenwick but after the drives to Braidwood and Zion this week I decided to stay closer to home. Looks like I missed a good one. I believe Grant was ahead at the half. The Dons are now 12-3. Big game from Jeameril Wilson with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Matt Stritzel scored 21.

Simeon 80, Memphis Cordova 61: Evan Gilyard dropped 32. Kezo Brown had 18 and Messiah Jones added 12 points, 10 boards and four blocks. Jack Gleason brought up an interesting point tonight. Could the Wolverines go undefeated? Obviously running through the city and state playoffs is a massive task, but it doesn’t seem as unlikely as it should.

Lane 54, Maine East 47: Big numbers from Marques Barnes with with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. I’d like to get over to see Lane (and the new gym) soon.

Stevenson 75, Manual 43: A really nice win for the Patriots. Justin Smith scored 19 and Willie Herenton shot really well, scored 23 points

Curie 61, Columbus MS 40: Maybe the Condors have found their swagger again. They will need it at Kenwood on Tuesday. Terry Smith Jr. had 20 points. Allante Pickens hit five threes to score 17 and Elijah Joiner added 12 points and seven boards.

Hillcrest 72, Saginaw Arthur Hill MI 63: Marcus Garrett scored 32.

Muskegon, MI 68, Young 55: The Dolphins go down. Lucas Williamson scored 16.



  • James

    Interesting downstate story. Tim finke #2 2018 in the class tranferred last year from champaign centennial to central when his dad took the head coaching job. His dad was a big critic of the centennial coach. Centennial has a losing record but just beat them for the second time in two years. Finke was something like 0 for 9 from 3. Lesson to you parents who are all over your kids coaches.

  • Coach Davis

    No contest at Jacobs as they destroyed Crystal Lake South… Cameron Krutwig 16 pints 12 rebounds 5 on the offensive end he did not play in the 4th… Jacobs stay undefeated… They will get a challenge at the Glenbard East shootout Jan 21st vs Hillcrest.. Good thing about Jacobs High school they play all there games early.. I was able to drive over to Hershey and check out St.Viators vs Hershey.. Never know what to expect with this Viators team .. They came out aggressive and held off Hershey in the end .. All around balance scoring from the Lions Mark Clark 12 Jeremiah Hernandez 11 Peter Lambesis 11 JR Cison 10 and big man Addison Lubert had a big game on the boards 12 and 5 offensive.. Hershey Joey Coffaro 22..

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