Michael O’Brien’s notebook: Feb. 21, 2018

Jake Healy (4) of Wheaton Warrenville-South hauls in a rebound against Naperville Noth Wednesday 02-21-18. Worsom Robinson/For the Sun-Times.

The Wheaton-Warrenville South vs. Naperville North rivalry rages on. The Huskies pulled off the win in double-overtime thanks to a big-time play from senior guard Jack Hill.

Naperville North big man Tom Welch didn’t hold back after the game. He doesn’t enjoy the Tigers’ style of basketball and he isn’t alone. WW South always gets the shot clock argument going.

Read all about it.

Tonight’s top games

Bloom 69, Rich South 51: Donovan Newby posted 12 points and 13 assists. The Blazing Trojans have won five consecutive games. They are young and talented, it isn’t out of the realm of possibility they could make a playoff run. I’m going to check them out against Kankakee on Friday.

Kankakee 65, Rich East 48: The Kays are 18-5 this season. Lavale Hill scored 14. TJ Wicks and Jacquan Binion each scored 11.

St. Patrick 45, Notre Dame 44: The Shamrocks win the rivalry game.

Lindblom 69, Julian 67: Nice win for the Eagles. Jalen Carter scored 20 and sophomore Marshun Williams added 18.

Rochelle Zell 94, Manley 84: Grant Primer scored 35 points to lead Rochelle Zell into the regional finals.

Prospect 54, Barrington 44: The Knights win the MSL. David Swedura scored 19 and Tim Lussenhopp added 15.

Maine West 56, New Trier 52: Upset in the CSL title game. The Warriors were led by Milos Dugalic’s 23 points.

St. Charles East 55, Geneva 43: It’s been an up and down season for the Fighting Saints but they seem to be closing the regular season on a high note. Justin Hardy had 13 points, 13 rebounds and five assists.

Benet 43, Marian Catholic 34: I was following this one on Twitter, it appeared that the Redwings were in control the entire way. Benet might not be the No. 1 seed, but they are the favorites to win that sectional. Will Engels scored 13 and David Buh added 10.

Larkin 67, Batavia 65 3 OT: Anthony Lynch scored 21, his layup with 5 seconds left in the the third overtime gave the Royals the win. Larkin dropped out of the rankings after losing twice last week but the squad is still a major threat in the sectional.

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10 comments

  • chris

    MikeO misses great game at Northridge Prep as Uplift barely survives the Northridge Knights and Joe Thursby. 66-64. Thursby hits 2 threes in a row to tie the game at 64 with 55 secs to go after Uplift turnover. Knights have ball for last shot and miss lay up with 9 seconds to go. Uplift rebounds advances ball to just past half court where Thursday steals the ball and then is bumped and run over by Michael Flenory who steals the ball from him and goes in for game winning dunk. Refs are instructed to eat their whistles at end of game when it is on the line and that made all the difference for Uplift in this one as they move on to play Orr in sectional at Timothy Christian.

  • Craig S. Siller

    Just a question, does coverage a girls high school basketball even exist anymore? Don’t hear much about it, send find it in the papers. If I’m not mistaken, I believe Marshall and Harlan will be playing for the state 28 championship. I wonder how many people even know that or even care?

  • chris

    sauce it down 25

    1. Simeon – 25-3 , 9-0 Most talent in Illinois – #9 in the Nation according to USA Today
    2. Orr – 22-4, 9-0 Most desire and heart in Illinois – the very soul of Chicago Basketball
    3. Curie – 23-4, 8-1
    4. Young – 22-7, 7-2
    5. Evanston – 21-5, 8-2
    6. Niles North – 24-4, 6-4
    7. Benet – 23-4, 8-1.
    8 Naperville North – 24-2 , 15-1
    9. West Aurora – 21-4, 10-0
    10. St. Viator – 23-5 , 9-0
    11. New Trier – 22-5, 8-2
    12. Morgan Park – 18-9 , 7-2
    13. Marist – 24-4, 7-2
    14. Hillcrest – 21-5, 13-0
    15. OPRF – 22-5, 12-0
    16. Marian Catholic – 20-5, 5-4
    17. Fenwick – 19-7, 8-0
    18. DePaul Prep – 21-6, 5-3
    19. Maine South – beat Niles North twice 21-7, 6-4
    20. Leo – 20-6, 8-0
    21. H-F – 19-6 , 9-1
    22. Bogan – 17-8, 6-3
    23. Uplift – 18-9, 6-3
    24. Hinsdale South – 20-6, 10-2
    25. Maine West 19-7, 9-1

    On the Verge: Loyola – 22-6, 5-3 LWE – 21-5, 7-3, Prospect – 21-5, 10-0 , Joliet Central -21-5, 13-1 , Bolingbrook, Corliss 21-4, 9-0, Hope Academy, WWS, Willowbrook, Aurora Christian, Larkin, Jacobs,, Oswego East

  • chris

    Uplift flys by Yeshiva 87-51 and will play for the Regional Championship on Friday. Markese Jacobs (19), Toraze Dobbs (19), Detalian Brown (13), and Tavion Underwood (10) led the way for the Titans. Yaakov Mendelsberg had 9 pts for FYHS.

  • chris

    Small gym, but a cozy feel for any game, especially this one! All around atmosphere was fantastic. Pep band sounded good, and the student section went all out. Great community at Northridge! Uplift and Northridge will be a great game and good time for all this Friday at 7PM

  • chris

    Northridge Prep survives St. Ed’s 62-57 and will play Uplift Friday in the Regional Final. Thursby (15), Strenk (15), Menocal (13), and Conroy (10) led the way for the Knights. Franklin (21), Gaston (12), and Mlinarich (11) led the Green Wave. Unbelievable atmosphere! – at Northridge Prep School

  • chris

    Final: Northridge 62, St. Edward 57

    The Knights (22-5) beat a good & tough St. Edward team tonight in 2A Regional Semifinal play. Knights led by Dan Strenk (15), Joe Thursby (15) & Ryan Menocal (13). Northridge will take on Uplift this Friday in the Regional Championship!

  • chris

    sauce it down 25

    1. Simeon – 25-3 , 9-0 Most talent in Illinois – #9 in the Nation according to USA Today
    2. Orr – 22-4, 9-0 Most desire and heart in Illinois – the very soul of Chicago Basketball
    3. Curie – 23-4, 8-1
    4. Young – 22-7, 7-2
    5. Evanston – 21-5, 8-2
    6. Niles North – 24-4, 6-4
    7. Benet – 22-4, 6-2
    8. Leo – 20-5, 8-0
    9. Naperville North – 24-2 , 15-1
    10. West Aurora – 20-4, 9-0
    11. St. Viator – 22-5 , 8-0
    12. New Trier – 22-5, 8-2
    13. Morgan Park – 18-9 , 7-2
    14. Marist – 23-4, 6-2
    15. Hillcrest – 21-5, 13-0
    16. OPRF – 22-5, 12-0
    17. Marian Catholic – 20-5, 5-4
    18. Fenwick – 19-7, 8-0
    19. DePaul Prep – 20-6, 5-3
    20. Maine South – beat Niles North twice 21-7, 6-4
    21. H-F – 18-6 , 8-1
    22. Bogan – 17-8, 6-3
    23. Uplift – 17-9, 6-3
    24. Hinsdale South – 20-6, 10-2
    25. Maine West 19-7, 9-1

    On the Verge: Loyola – 22-6, 5-3 LWE – 20-5, 6-3, Prospect – 21-5, 10-0 , Joliet Central -20-5, 12-1 , Bolingbrook, Corliss, Hope Academy, WWS, Willowbrook, Aurora Christian, Larkin, Jacobs,, Oswego East

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