Raekwon Drake’s jumper beats Young, gives Orr the Red-North/West title

Orr's Raekwon Drake (25) gets fouled going to the basket against Young Thursday 02-01-18. Worsom Robinson/For the Sun-Times.

Orr’s Raekwon Drake has been one of the state’s most athletic and exhilarating players for the past four years. He’s a human highlight reel type of player, flying through the air dunking and swatting away shots.

One thing he isn’t known as is a shooter.

But with the game and the Red-North/West title on the line, his best friend and teammate Dannie Smith trusted his shooting ability.

Smith drove to the basket with six seconds to play in overtime and dished to the ball to Drake, who drained a midrange jumper to win the game for Orr.

“The entire game, whenever we drove the lane they were helping,” Smith said. “I just trusted Rae. I knew he would finish and bring us home.”

Drake’s jumper put Orr ahead by one. On the next possession Young’s Xavier Castaneda drove the length of the floor but was unable to get a shot off and turned the ball over. Smith was fouled and hit two free throws with 0.5 seconds to left to seal a 77-74 win.

“All the college coaches say I can’t shoot but I’ve been working on my shot,” Drake said. “I’ve improved my midrange and my three-point shot. When Dannie trusted me with it I was confident I could handle it.”

Smith finished with 22 points and seven rebounds. Drake had 16 points, five rebounds and five blocks. Senior Ty Mosely added 15 points and eight rebounds for the Spartans (19-3, 9-0).

Point guard Chase Adams scored 14 for Orr, but his biggest contribution came on defense. Castaneda scored 14 of his 24 points in the first half. Adams was able to slow him down a bit in the second half.

“At halftime I told everybody I was going to take the challenge of guarding him,” Adams said. “I said I was going to stop him. I wanted to be a pest and get him out of the game, basically.”

Young (18-6, 7-2) had the ball and a chance to win at the end of regulation. The Dolphins drained 40 seconds off the clock but didn’t get off a shot.

“I’m not sure what happened with them, but I’m happy they didn’t shoot it,” Orr coach Lou Adams said. “It scared me.”

There were four technical fouls in the game. Both Adams and Young coach Tyrone Slaughter picked up technicals and were forced to remain seated for most of the game.

“We have to play through it with Lou down,” Smith said. “Lou has our back so we have to have his back. When he has to sit down that just makes us play harder.”

Myles Baker scored 14 points for the Dolphins and star forward Javon Freeman was held to nine.

“We knew if we could contain Freeman we would have a good chance of winning,” Adams said. “He’s athletic and can really get going and hurt you. But that didn’t happen tonight, which helped us.”

Orr also beat Young at the end of December in the championship game of the Proviso West Holiday Tournament.

“This means way more, it is the conference championship and helps our seed in the city playoffs,” Smith said. “This is a huge win, even bigger than Proviso West.”

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11 comments

  • Renee Brantley

    Hey Chris, I had the opportunity to attend that game and I’m not quite sure that you and I observed the same things. I’m a fellow CPS girls basketball coach and have equal ties to both Orr and WY, therefore I feel that my opinion had some merit and isn’t bias. However, to emphasize the fact that Chase’s biggest contribution came on defense when he made the switch to guard Xavier in the second half is a little misleading. If I recall, Orr’s Hernandez spent a lot of time guarding Xavier, which seemed to be a better defensive match up (size-wise), and Orr seemed to do a lot of switching defensively along the perimeter. Xavier still had 10 of his 24 in the second half and wasn’t as aggressive. WY had serveral opportunities to win the game, but couldn’t due to the lack of missed free throws, some layups, and questionable play calling (stalling the ball with 3+ minutes). Overall, it was a great game that lived up to the hype and exceeded expectations, and could’ve gone either way.

  • Shirley Martin

    We had the team spirit even we, it seems as though we were at all odds, but the Spartans pulled it off, who’s House, ORR’S HOUSE

  • William

    Love it!!!!

  • Michael Altman

    big game for Evanston vs. Niles North tonight….Go Wildkits

  • B max

    Huge win for Orr. I wonder though how good really is Whitney Young. They haven’t fared well nationally. Orr could easily be 21-1.they have two losses on the last play of the game against Danville and Curie. Im anticipating the Simeon – Orr potential matchup. Orr’s defense versus Javon Freeman could serve as a blueprint in slowing down Tucker (Simeon). They put Freeman in a Box + 1 defense and held him to 9 points in an OT game.

  • L Michelle Davis

    This game was a nail biter. As one of the many Alumni’s that was at this game last night, I CAN SAY IT WAS THE BEST GAME EVER!!!! THE SPARTANS WERE IN THE BUILDING AND OUR TEAM WON!!! GREATEST GAME EVER! THE BLACK AND GOLD MACHINE! SPARTAN FOR LIFE C/O 79

  • BigHomieQuan

    Huge win. This likely means avoiding MP as a qtrfinal and Simeon as a semi (assuming CPS actually knows how to set up a bracket)

  • Mark

    Hey Chris ☝🏽 St Patrick HS Beat Marian catholic I Not by 12

  • T

    I was there, very intense game, lots of fun.

  • chris

    1. Simeon 2. Orr 3. Curie 4. Niles North 5. Bolingbrook 6. Young 7. Morgan Park 8. Fenwick 9. Evanston 10. New Trier 11. Loyola 12. Benet 13. Marist 14. LWE 15. Leo 16 DePaul 17. Marian Catholic 18. West Aurora 19. Hillcrest 20. Oak Park 21. Lincoln Park 22. WWS 23. Naperville North 24. Maine South 25. Bogan Honorable Mention: Aurora Christian 20-0
    On the Verge: Andrew and Larkin

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