Michael O’Brien’s notebook: Jan. 12, 2018

Loyola's Connor Barrett (25) makes two points over Cody Spencer (4) Friday 01-12-18. Worsom Robinson/For the Sun-Times.

First look at Loyola and DePaul Prep for me this season. The Ramblers were rock solid, really controlled the second half of the game.

Perry Cowan was excellent, he’s one of the area’s best scorers. The Rams play a pretty slow style, so he doesn’t have the big numbers some other players do but he’s scoring a tremendously high percentage of his team’s points.

It’s likely Loyola gets into the Super 25 on Sunday. They are red-hot, playing very good defense and shooting well. Read all about it.

Tonight’s top games

Naperville North 44, Naperville Central 42: Chris Johnson helped the Huskies to the rivalry win with 12 points, eight rebounds and three blocks.

Chicago Christian 62, Illiana Christian 59 OT: The final game in Illinois for this rivalry. Senior Isayas Aris had a steal and dunk at the buzzer to win it. He had 23 points and nine boards.

Leo 74, St. Francis 51: Another big night from Fred Cleveland with 29 points and eight assists. Dachaun Anderson posted 15 points and 11 boards.

Prosser 72, Marshall 63: Moon Robinson has things are happening at Prosser. Will Bynum scored 20 and Treyon Johnson had nine points, 16 rebounds and six blocks.

Lincoln-Way East 62, Sandburg 46: Zach Parduhn scored a career-high 27 points and Sam Shafer had 18. Nice win for the Griffins, Sandburg has been giving teams fit.

Maine South 79, Niles North 73: The Vikings were undefeated a week ago. They lost at New Trier earlier this week and now drop one to the Hawks. Maine South’s Essam Hamwi scored 31, including 13 in the 4th quarter. Grant Miller added 14.

Libertyville 80, Mundelein 54: The Wildcats are 10-5 now, Drew Peterson scored 23.

McHenry 60, Wheaton Academy 55: Gavin Markgraff scored a career-high 39.

St. Charles East 53, St. Charles North 50: Take a look at the finish…

Crane 76, Clark 66: The Cougars win again. Senior Hylan Harris scored 32 and Terrell Ousley added 18 points and eight rebounds.

Momence 100, Dwight 45: MOMENCE WATCH. The Redskins continue to dominate. Lamarius Lillard led the way with 23 points and Lamar Lillard added 17 pts, 12 rebounds, and 5 assists. Woodrow Hubbard chipped in with 18.

Romeoville 75, Plainfield East 68: Eddie Creal scored 18 to lead the Spartans to a tough win.

Uplift 71, Farragut 53: Looks like the good version of the Titans showed up tonight. They have an awful lot of potential. Toraze Dobbs scored 19 and Markese Jacobs had 18. Reggie Strong scored 16 for the Admirals.

Fenwick 60, St. Joseph 46: DJ Steward had 17 points and Mike O’Laughlin scored 12.


Evanston 50, New Trier 49 OT: The young Wildkits come back to win the big rivalry game.

Conant 57, Hoffman Estates 42: Ryan Davis dropped 24.

Stevenson 42, Lake Zurich 41: Sophomore Matt Ambrose wins it with a last-second shot.




  • chris

    Real-Tme Real Quick Super 30:
    1. Simeon 2. Curie 3. Orr 4. Morgan Park 5. Young 6. OPRF 7. Bolingbrook 8. Lincoln Park 9. Fenwick 10. Marist 11. Marian Catholic 12. Niles North 13. Evanston 14. Hillcrest 15. New Trier 16. Loyola 17. North Lawndale 18. Leo 19. St. Rita 20. DePaul 21. Maine South 22.Libertyville 23. Brother Rice 24. Batavia 25. Naperville North 26. Romeoville 27. Joliet Central 28 Bogan 29. Jacobs 30.Naperville Central 31. Proviso East

    • James

      Need to drop naperville central, libertyville jacobs. Oak park needs big drop

      • chris

        Yes on Jacobs, just lost to West Aurora and Libertyville will move down after losing to DGN.
        Did Oak Park lose today? Where do you have them ranked?

      • chris

        Orr loses to Rockford East 92-80
        Simeon loses by 2 to Montverde , the #1 team in the country according to USA today

  • Duke Carnoustie

    I have been reading about the amazing game in St. Charles that has been featured on ESPN and now Deadspin. The coach for North seems to complain about the officials a lot; I wasn’t at the game since I was at New Trier. But this man is saying the second half was in favor of East yet his team outscored East 15-2 in the third quarter.

    Tastes like sour grapes to me but was anyone there to give an account of how “unfair” this loss was. Great example for the kids, coach.

  • CP3

    Lance Jones is certainly one of,if not the most all round guards in 2019 in our state. This isn’t new to those that have followed him for years on the AAU circuit, but now your starting to see him breakout and assert himself.
    Hevk of a game last night.

  • Duke Carnoustie

    An amazing night of rivalry basketball. I was in the sold-out Trevians Gym to see my Wildkits pull one out thanks to pure guts and determination in as hostile environment as you will find on the North Shore. And now we are in first place, amazing.

    But that St. Charles ending topped our drama. North v. East has been one of those matchups you hear about, though I have never made the two-hour drive out there to see it. What a night for those fans to see such an ending. It’s what makes high school hoops the purest form of entertainment. You can’t beat it

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