Michael O’Brien’s notebook: Feb. 2, 2018

Rolling Meadows senior Gio Carrillio (3) dribbles down court against Prospect. Friday 02-02-18. Worsom Robinson/For the Sun-Times.

The playoffs are going to be nuts.

It’s been a season of upsets, but Lockport knocking off Bolingbrook 70-60 for its seventh win of the season is something else. Congratulations to Brett Hespell and the Porters, what a win.

Junior Matt Hatzopoulos led Lockport with 25 points, he was 8-for-10 from the field. Junior Jacob Karli added 13 points, 11 rebounds and six assists.

The Porters shot 26-for-41 from the field and 8-for-14 from three-point range.

I was out in Rolling Meadows to see the Mustangs take on Prospect. Freshman Max Christie had a rough game but the Knights were exactly as tough and hard-nosed as expected. Read all about it.

Friday’s top games

Hinsdale South 68, Willowbrook 63: I’ve been high on the Hornets all season. They haven’t been ranked in a while (up and down results like everyone else) but I like their potential. That was without Zion Griffin completely dominating. Looks like that is starting to happen. The Iowa State recruit had 39 points and 18 boards.

Evanston 76, Niles North 72 OT: Another close one between these two teams. The Vikings won in Skokie, the Wildkits win in Evanston. Jaheim Holden was 13-for-13 from the free-throw line down the stretch.

Marian Catholic 54, Carmel 50: Malik Tidwell led the Spartans with 24. Johnny Roeser had 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Corsairs.

Kankakee 53, Crete-Monee 47: The Kays are 14-5. No one is really talking about them, but this is a nice win over a solid team. Jacquan Binion and TJ Wicks each scored 11. Binion had six assists and Wicks 10 boards.

Foreman 60, Bulls Prep 57: What a night for Damari Hendrix. I’ve been meaning to go see him play again before the season ends. He scored 24 points and grabbed 12 boards.

Leo 89, St. Laurence 79: They were turning fans away at the door tonight at Leo. Things are red-hot on 79th street, the Lions have won nine consecutive games. Malcom Bell scored a season-high 26 points. DaChaun Anderson added 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Geneva 53, St. Charles North 52: Oh look, another fun ending in the Upstate Eight. Jack McDonald hit the game-winner.

Marist 44, Notre Dame 37 OT: It shouldn’t be a surprise that the Dons are playing better in the second half of the season, they start two freshmen. But the RedHawks got the win.

Momence 74, Watseka 63: MOMENCE WATCH is heating up again. Watseka nocked off the Redskins earlier in the season. Lamar Lilard scored 31 and Woodrow Hubbard added 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Wheaton-Warrenville South 53, Neuqua Valley 32: The Tigers cruise behind Jake Healy’s 20 points.

Bloom 79, Rich East 56: The young Blazing Trojans pick up a win. Dante Maddox scored 27 and Keshawn Williams added 17. Donovan Newby is back from his injury, he scored 13.

Shepard 64, Evergreen Park 55: Chris Harrison scored 34 to lead Shepard, which is 14-6 and 7-3 in conference.

Hillcrest 66, Lemont 62: Looks like this was a fun one. Robert Harvey scored 20 and Jalen Hughes added 15. Big man Paul O’Leary scored 17 for Lemont.

Joliet Central 63, Oswego 38: Don Joachim continues his strong play for the Steelmen, who are still unbeaten in the Southwest Prairie. He scored 22 and Cam Blackmon added 17.

Homewood-Flossmoor 47, Lincoln-Way East 44: The Griffins fall to H-F again. It was closer this time. RJ Ogum scored 13 for the Vikings.



  • chris

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

  • T

    Mike, Riverside brookfield has been hot lately and just beat Fenwick. What’s your take on the bulldogs?

  • Just the facts

    Good Lord I stop going to games for a week and they fall off a cliff. Gotta unrank the Raiders. As I said before they had been playing bad but winning. Now that they’re losing I see no reason to rank them.

  • Big Dog

    John B why trying to single out Bolingbrook when obviously you haven’t followed this team because if had you would know that Bolingbrook has played some very good teams this year and won despite the lost to Lockport last night. There are other teams in the the top 25 that could easy be question why are they in the top 25 as well but Bolingbrook is not one of those teams. Your Barringtons and Prospects haven’t played anybody worthy enough to be in the top 25.

  • Michael Altman

    Nice game Evanston…go Kits!!!

  • Craig

    No mention of Barrington won at Conant? That was big game as first place Barrington at 19-4 sweeps Conant despite Ryan Davis scoring 35 pts!

  • chris

    Special Shout out to Coach Will Rey’s Northridge Knights who defeated U-High 46-43 Knights improve to17-5 overall, 9-0 in ISL conference and were led tonight by Sr. Joe Thursby 17pts & Jr. Brendan Conroy 13pts. U-High’s Christian Brookens led all scorers with 24pts.
    Mohammed Alausa added 9pts for the Maroons.

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

  • Pirate Sleeved Jersey

    Chris, where is our 11pm, Friday night, up to the minute, Top 25?

  • al william

    Stagg smokes Sandburg……. way overrated.

  • Duke Carnoustie

    Just an amazing game in a frenzied Beardsley Gym tonight. The Kits may be proving me wrong; is this season’s team ahead of schedule? Beating Oak Park tomorrow in front of the greatest Evanston team in school history would be icing on the cake.

    That Peters shot and tonight’s game makes you think is this a team of destiny, although Niles North and New Trier have major advantages in hosting regionals.

  • Norm

    Niles North can still rescue their season with a great post season run but as of now they are a huge disappointment. They have 20 wins due to a cupcake schedule. With that much talent they should not be a third or fourth place team in the CSL South

    • March is coming


      You can’t drop the ‘huge disappointment’ analysis until playoffs. Unless you’re in the Public League, celebrating conference titles have gone by the wayside.

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