Michael O’Brien’s notebook: Feb. 28, 2018

Pain on the face of Markese Jacobs, Orr's Danny Smith takes time to congratulate the Uplift junior on a well played game the Spartans won 75-66 in overtime, February 28, 2018. | Allen Cunningham/ For the Sun-Times.

Another fun night of playoff basketball. First off, Timothy Christian’s new gym is pretty great. It’s a spacious facility that just opened this year. Definitely one of the best new facilities built in the area in the last decade or so. Timothy did an excellent job hosting as well.

Now to the game. I have to admit that until Markese Jacobs fouled out with three minutes left in overtime it really felt like Uplift was going to pull off the upset.

Jacobs played well. It wasn’t a crazy breakout performance or anything but it was a confidence builder. I’ll be the first to admit that I was undecided about Jacobs last season. But he won me over with his play and his attitude this year. I’m excited to see what he does this summer. It’s totally possible he puts it all together and is the area’s top player next season.

Read all about Orr’s win over Uplift.

Tonight’s top games

Kenwood 56, Shepard 45: The Broncos pull out a nice win. Shepard had a really nice season though and four starters return next season.

Riverside-Brookfield 52, York 49: Junior guard Zach Vaia led the Bulldogs with 25 points and six assists. Junior Andrew Veon had 18 points, six boards and hit the game-winning three at the buzzer. Curie is up next.

St. Viator 72, Rolling Meadows 32: Total domination from the Lions. Jack Geary and Jeremiah Hernandez each scored 16. Meadows freshman Max Christie scored 10.

Bartlett 42, Batavia 37: A rough night for the Upstate Eight River. Tomas Vikings and Austin Gates each scored 11 for the Hawks.

Lincoln Park 58, Lane 56 OT: The Lions survive on the road. All-City star Terrence Shannon did not play.

Willowbrook 71, Metea Valley 46: It’s possible Willowbrook was a bit overlooked in all the state tournament previews. Solid victory here.

Romeoville 50, Lincoln-Way Central 40: Absolutely no one will care how the Spartans did in the regular season if they make a deep run in March. Step one on the redemption tour is complete. Deandre Heckard scored 16 and Mike Salter had 12.

Palatine 47, Waukegan 46: The Pirates put an end to a disappointing season in Waukegan.

Dundee-Crown 57, St. Charles East 54 OT: Gabe Bergeron scored 24 in the upset.

Bloom 84, Thornwood 64: The Blazing Trojans are on a roll. Sophomore Dante Maddox Jr. scored 26. Sophomore Keshawn Williams added 21 and soph Donovan Newby had 16 points and nine assists.

Lemont 64, Plainfield East 62: I considered going to this one. Two pretty good teams meeting up in a regional final. Big man Paul O’Leary led Lemont with 26.

St. Joseph 63, St. Ignatius 54 OT: The Chargers come back to win after trailing by 16 in the first half.

UP-Bronzeville 51, Clemente 41: Bit of a surprise here. The Wildcats fall at home.

Foreman 47, Sullivan 41: Damari Hendrix, one of this season’s best stories, had nine points, eight rebounds and a monster dunk.

Crane 74, Solorio 53: Hylan Harris scored 31 and sophomore Jimarius Sneed added 19 points and six rebounds.



  • Hyped Fan

    It would be nice if the Noble Conference would of been mentioned, talking about working hard. These guys work even harder, with more respect and more hunger. But, dont hear one word aboit them and their journey. They are in the middle of Chicago and they deserve spot light too.#BullsPrepWeAreStrongWeAreFamily

  • Manny

    Congratulations to some great players who high school careers have come to an end. Justin Hardy – great work at ST. Charles East. You made that program. Many others out there. Good luck to you.

  • The South Shore Tar

    Warren’s Brandon Ellis is the area’s best kept secret for this year.

  • wsfantoo

    How about an article on how the playoff sites are awarded. Why the hell does varsity basketball have to be played in a gym powered with the equivalent 60 watt bulbs. There’s better lighting in a residential attic than what is in a top 5 school on Chris’ list. Truly backwoods.

  • MD

    Wow not even a mention of Corliss no score nothing hey Mike there still playing. The lack of respect is Un real those kids play hard. You hype up teams like LWE and Leo and all the other teams you like that are home now. I know you guys already got Orr as 2A champs and they are a great team but you still have to play the game

    • Be real

      Mike has said many times now!! They have to send scores to him….he’s not searching down every game score!

  • Lav

    It’s very sad that the sun times do not include the venue of these games. I’m trying to find out the locations of the March 2nd games

  • James

    Bill flowers with the game winner for lincoln park.

  • T

    St. Joseph and St. Ignatius is 4a.

  • chris

    Consensus Sauce it Down Top 25

    1. Simeon – 26-3
    2. Orr – 25-4
    3. Curie – 24-4
    4. Young – 23-7
    5. Morgan Park – 19-9
    6. Evanston – 22-5
    7. Benet – 24-4
    8. West Aurora – 22-4
    9. Niles North – 25-4
    10. Uplift 18-10
    11. New Trier – 23-5
    12. Fenwick – 20-7
    13. Marist – 25-4
    14. St. Viator – 24-5
    15. Naperville North – 25-2
    16. OPRF – 23-5
    17. Hillcrest – 22-5
    18. Maine South – 22-7
    19. DePaul Prep – 22-6
    20. Marian Catholic – 21-5
    21. H-F – 20-6
    22. Bogan – 19-8
    23. Loyola 23-6
    24. Joliet Central -22-5
    25. Bolingbrook 20-6

    On the Verge:

    Hinsdale South – 21-6 , LWE – 22-5, Prospect – 22-5, Corliss 22-4 , Hope Academy 25-4 , WWS – 23-6 , Willowbrook – 24-5, Aurora Christian 25-1, Larkin 20-8 ,Jacobs 25-3 Oswego East – 20-7 , Romeoville 20-7, Notre Dame 14-15, Libertyville 18-9, Geneva 19-12, St. Rita 17-11, St Joseph 18-9, Brother Rice 18-10, Naperville Central 20-9, Stevenson 18-9, Warren 19-11, Lake Zurich 23-7 , Barrington 22-6, Conant 21-7, Thornton 16-11

    Honorable Mention:

    Leo – 20-6, 8-0
    Northridge – 22-6, 12-0

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