Michael O’Brien’s notebook: Feb. 16, 2018

Orr's Lou Adams disagrees with a call at Chicago State. Worsom Robinson/For Sun-Times

Not the greatest games tonight at Chicago State. Simeon beat Young in a low-tempo slog and Orr dominated Curie.

The Orr performance was informative. The Spartans are clearly peaking at the right moment to give Simeon a challenge. Read all about the Public League semifinals.

Tonight’s top games

Maine South 49, Niles North 47: Huge win for the Hawk. I don’t think anyone wants to see them in the playoffs. Fillip Bulatovic scored 23 for Maine South.

Proviso West 63, York 52 2 OT: Ronnie Allgood continued his top-notch season with 17 points and 15 rebounds. Larry Lynch and Timmeon Buford scored 15 and Deveon Bryant scored 13. Philadelphia 76ers player Robert Covington was on hand, his jersey was retired.

Momence 81, South Newton, IN 62: Lamar Lillard led the Skins with 27 points and six steals. Lamarius Lillard added 16 and Woodrow Hubbard scored 15. I’m finally making the trip to Momence tomorrow. The Skins host Cissna Park.

Prospect 51, Wheeling 33: David Swedura scored 17 and now as 991 career points. The Knights are 20-5 this season and will play Barrington in the Mid-Suburban League championship game on Wednesday. The Broncos beat Fremd 53-43 tonight.

New Trier 56, Evanston 40: Yowza. That is quite a margin. I’ve been a little worried that the Trevians were creeping a little too high in the rankings. Guess that isn’t the case at all.

Fenwick 48, Loyola 45: The Friars sneak out with a big win and are the CCL Blue champs. They finish 8-0 in conference, undefeated for the third consecutive season.

West Aurora 65, South Elgin 47: The Blackhawks dominate behind Cam Donatlan’s 24 points. Eleven consecutive wins for West Aurora.

St. Viator 58, Carmel 40: Big margin here too. The Lions are 22-5 and have won the East Suburban Catholic.

Andrew 60, Thornidge 42: Evan Yerkes has 176 three-pointers in his career, breaking the record set by Chris Delaney in 1990.

Homewood-Flossmoor 67, Bolingbrook 63: The Vikings have clearly flown far too low under the radar this season. Maurion Scott led the way with 21 points.

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8 comments

  • chris

    Sauce It Up 25

    1. Simeon 2. Orr 3. Currie 4. Young 5. New Trier 6. Evanston 7. Benet 8. Leo 9. Naperville North 10.West Aurora 11. St. Viator 12. Morgan Park 13. Niles North 14. Marist 15. Marian Catholic 16. Hillcrest 17. OPRF 18. Fenwick 19. DePaul 20. Bogan 21. Uplift 21. 22. Loyola 23. Maine South 24.H-F 25. Prospect

    On the Verge: LWE 20-4 ; 6-2 , Hinsdale South 20-5; 10-2, Joliet Central 19-5 ; 11-1, Corliss 19-4 ; 9-0 ,Hope Academy 22-4, WWS 22-5 ; 13-2, Barrington 21-1 ; 7-3, Aurora Christian 22-1 ; 10-0, Willowbrook 22-5 ; 8-3, Jacobs 22-3 ; 14-0, Batavia 21-7, Larkin 18-8 ; 10-1, Maine West 18-7 ; 9-1

  • Leegs1

    NilesNorth plays 17-3 St. Catherine’s, Racine, Wis. tonite

  • North Shore Hoops Fan

    New Trier is for real. Doubt them all you want. Dominating performance. Unselfish kids who play hard.

  • Leegs1

    New Trier plays 16-3 Racine Park, Wis. tonite.

  • NT FAN

    I’m not sure why you were concerned about NT creeping up in the rankings Mike O. They have as many good wins as anybody in the state and they have 0 bad losses. Huge win last night at Evanston! Maine East Sectional will be a battle.

  • chris

    Sauce It Up 25

    1. Simeon 2. Orr 3. Currie 4. Young 5. New Trier 6. Evanston 7. Benet 8. Leo 9. Naperville North 10.West Aurora 11. St. Viator 12. Morgan Park 13. Niles North 14. Marist 15. Marian Catholic 16. OPRF 17. Fenwick 18. DePaul 19. Bogan 20. Uplift 21. Hillcrest 22. Loyola 23. Maine South 24.H-F 25. Prospect

    On the Verge: LWE, Bolingbrook, Hinsdale South, Joliet Central, Stevenson, Corliss, St. Rita

    • Norm

      Maine East sectional is so even for top 7 teams. St. Viator is 6 seed yet ranked ahead of 3,4 and 5. Evanston got a big break getting top seed but if they shoot 5 for 30 on three’s like they did last night they’ll be out in the first round.

      • chris

        loaded with very good teams. Check out these potential regional championship games: Evanston vs. Maine West, Loyola vs. Maine South at Maine South, New Trier vs. Prospect at New Trier, Niles North vs. St. Viator at Niles North. We could see sectionals of Evanston vs. Maine South and New Trier vs. Niles North for season end CSS tourney within IHSA tourney.
        Let’s see what Maine West, Loyola, Prospect and St. Viator have to say about that

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