Michael O’Brien’s notebook: Jan. 6, 2018

Simeon stands with their 1st place trophy after defeating Curie at the Pontiac Holiday Tournament. | Pat Gleason/For the Sun-Times

Well, if I’m going to be sick this wasn’t the worst weekend for it to happen. A lot of the area’s top teams are out of town. I was planning on heading down to Minooka to see the Indians take on Maine South but didn’t make it.

Tonight’s big news is Simeon. The Wolverines beat Memphis East 78-73 in overtime in Memphis to avenge one of their losses this season. Simeon lost to Memphis East when it was No. 1 in the country, it is currently No. 5. Simeon entered at No. 17, but they should rise after this.

Talen Horton-Tucker led the way with 24 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks. Xavier Pinson scored 14 and Missiah Jones had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

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Tonight’s top games

Fenwick 58, De La Salle 45: The Friars roll. DJ Steward and Damari Nixon each scored 14 points.

St. Patrick 43, IC Prep 42: Fun finish here. Sophomore Domenic Galati hit the game-winning 15-footer with 1.2 left. He scored 13.

Jacobs 52, Crystal Lake South 37: The Golden Eagles haven’t received much attention this season but are unbeaten in the Fox Valley and 12-2 overall. Ryan Phillips had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Kameron Mack added 15.

Grant 63, Notre Dame 57: Very nice win for the Bulldogs who are now 5-8.

Curie 57, Muskegon, MI 47: The Condors win on the road and maybe Maurice Commander’s hand is starting to feel better. He had 16 points and four rebounds. Treavon Martin added eight points and 11 boards.

Maine South 58, Minooka 42: Tommy Gardiner had a big night with 25 points. The Hawks are 11-3.

St. Louis Chaminade 107, Morgan Park 94: Ayo Dosunmu made a brief appearance but it sounds like he’s still about a week away from being back at full strength. Cam Burrell led the way with 36 points and 11 rebounds.

Hillcrest 61, John Glenn (MI) 44: Jalen Hughes scored 16, Lamont Bishop had 13 and freshman Kenton Wright added 10.

Batavia 78, Plainfield South 55: Another win for the Bulldogs. Jayden Johnson led the way with 20 points and Eric Peterson scored 11.

Rich Central 55, Schaumburg 45: Bryonte Washington scored 17 points and DaWan Evans added 10 the Olympians improve to 8-6.

Perspectives 70, Rantoul 54: Huge game from senior Lenell Watson with 39 points, 10 rebounds and five steals.

Orr 62, St. Joseph 52: The Chargers keep it kinda close against Orr. Dannie Smith scored 21 and Chase Adams added 15.



  • Hitters

    How many of nick Irvins players go too college and graduate.

  • Leegs1

    Marian Catholic beat Rock Island 54-52 last nite. Rock Island is 8-7 on the season. They made two desperation three’s in the last six seconds of the game to make it close.

  • concerned fan

    tired of hearing about Simeon all the time. They recruit all star teams every year and nobody does a damn thing about it. I cannot believe that all these stars live in the same area.nobody else in the state has a chance. if teams are allowed to recruit and not have attendance boundaries then they should be in their own tournament. Not just several CPS schools but also most private schools. Boundary schools get the kids that come off the bus, while privates and several CPS have kids delivered to them.. Let’s level the field

    • Craig S. Siller

      This conversation always seems to come up in basketball only. That is the only sport that CPS schools can’t compete on the regular every year. CPS is getting stronger and football slowly. But you never really hear this in football or baseball only basketball.

  • Paul

    Mr Irvin has a lot of issues. The administration needs to be thinking long and hard regarding Mr Irvin. I wouldn’t want this person representing my school.

    • BBall fan

      IHSA should do something about Morgan Park. What other Illinois HS basketball team has required police intervention in its last two games? How is this acceptable? Players shoving opponents, moms arguing to the point of police involvement, and a coach who regularly models unsportsmanlike conduct. What a disgrace.

    • Rance

      I feel your concerns. I was watching a stream of one of Morgan Park’s games in Nevada in December and Coach Irvin’s explicit language was heard throughout the broadcast from the commentators mic’s at the score table! Listen specifically at the -5:25 through -5:15 mark at the end of the game right after they shake hands. Turn your volume all the way up. http://bit.ly/2FdD8XF You can see and hear Coach Irvin shouting expletives at officials at the score table over the commentators voice! Terrible! Coach Irvin wasted his and everyone else’s time out there with that conduct and bad coaching!

  • Downstate Nate

    St. Louis Chaminade 107, Morgan Park 94 (at the Highland Shootout)
    “This all followed a verbal confrontation between mothers of opposing players in the stands, whose argument was so intense several police officers were brought to the bleachers to quell things.”

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