PONTIAC, IL — Quick little notebook tonight because I’m the only guy left in this media room at Pontiac and I’m afraid the janitors might lock me in the school. I like it here, but not that much….
Normal 58, North Lawndale 46: Great run for the Phoenix this week, but they fall short in the title game.
Belleville West 62, Champaign Central 61: EJ Liddell had 22 points and 11 rebounds.
St. Rita 55, Bolingbrook 49: What a turnaround for the Mustangs. From a six-game losing streak to the champions of a major holiday tournament. Joel Watts scored 13 and Alec Millander added 11.
Orr 77, Young 62: The Spartans are starting to live up to the preseason No. 1 ranking. Dannie Smith and Raekwon Drake each scored 22. Javon Freeman led Young with 23. Orr outscored the Dolphins 26-16 in the 4Q.
Niles North 72, Libertyville 65: The Vikings win the title and appear to have a lock on the No. 3 spot in the rankings (kinda scary declaring that before I look over all the holiday tournament stuff, but seems likely). They are 13-0.
Conant 54, Brother Rice 53, 2 OT: A few weeks ago in the Player of the Year race story I mentioned that Ryan Davis was going to need to win to boost his candidacy. Well, mission accomplished. This holiday tournament title puts Davis firmly on the list of serious contenders.