Curie beats Morgan Park to win city title

Curie's Dajuan Gordon (3) drives through the Morgan Park defense in their 65-60 CPS championship victory 65-60 at Chicago State University in Chicago, Sunday, February 17, 2019. | Kevin Tanaka/For the Sun Times
Curie's Dajuan Gordon (3) drives through the Morgan Park defense in their 65-60 CPS championship victory 65-60 at Chicago State University in Chicago, Sunday, February 17, 2019. | Kevin Tanaka/For the Sun Times

Curie is the great team that no one saw coming. The Condors were ranked seventh in the preseason and only one player on the team has a college scholarship offer.

“I tell people all the time I never in my wildest dreams thought we would be 29-1 right now,” Curie coach Mike Oliver said.

The 29th win was huge. No. 1 Curie beat No. 3 Morgan Park 65-60 on Sunday at Chicago State to win the city championship.

“It means everything,” Condors senior DaJuan Gordon said.

Gordon, a Kansas State recruit, is that one player with a scholarship. He finished with 28 points and six rebounds. Gordon’s basket with 56 second to play put the Condors, who had trailed most of the game, ahead for good.

“It was just me showing that I’m the best player on the court,” Gordon said. “I know I am.”

Morgan Park led by eight after three quarters. Curie point guard Trevon Hamilton changed the momentum of the game right at the start of the fourth quarter. He drained a three, took a charge at half court and then dished off an assist to Justin Harmon.

“[Oliver] told me at the end of the third quarter that it was time to step up and make a big play,” Hamilton said.

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The Mustangs (26-4) didn’t score a basket for the final 5:20 of the game and committed several crucial turnovers down the stretch.

“We always talk about staying calm,” Hamilton said. “It took longer than we expected but we still kept playing our game and we came out with the win.”

“I told them at the beginning of the fourth quarter that we just needed to get stops, that defense would win the game,” Oliver said.

Hamilton scored seven points and junior Ramean Hinton added 14 points and six rebounds. Harmon finished with eight.

“[Gordon] has been unbelievable,” Oliver said. “He does everything, whatever it takes. We put him on [Morgan Park star Adam] Miller in the third and fourth quarter to try and stop him. Stats go out the window. If I allowed Gordon to shoot 30 times he would score 40 points a game, but he is a team player.”

Miller scored 23 points, including all five of Morgan Park’s points in the fourth quarter. The Mustangs turned the ball over 21 times.

“The officials took the game from us,” Irvin said. “That’s all I’m saying, that is what it came down to. They think we are the bad guys. They think we are the bad team all the time. We are just like everybody else. There are two separate rules: The Morgan Park rules and then everybody else. I’m tired of it.”

There was a confrontation between the officials and a Morgan Park supporter immediately after the game. Security and CSU Police got involved in the hallway in front of Morgan Park’s locker room. CPS security initially told Irvin not to bring his team back out for the postgame handshake, but Irvin insisted on it and it went on without incident.

“It takes away from our win and makes CPS look bad,” Oliver said. “It is unfortunate that a great event ends with chaos in the hallway. There is no way that should have happened to take away from something the kids worked so hard for. We shouldn’t have to deal with that nonsense. I’m glad security handled it and no one got hurt but it is just sad.”

This is Curie’s first official city championship. The Condors beat Young in the city title game in 2014 but were later forced to forfeit the championship by CPS due to an alleged rules violations. A Sun-Times investigation later showed that Curie was unfairly punished.

COMPLETE LIST OF CITY TITLE GAMES

2019—Curie 65, Morgan Park 60
2018—Simeon 69, Orr 59
2017—Simeon 68, Morgan Park 64
2016—Simeon 54, Kenwood 49
2015—Bogan 47, Simeon, 42
2014—Curie 69, Young 66 4 OT, (later forfeited)
2013—Young 60, Morgan Park 56, OT
2012—Simeon 53, Curie 49
2011—Brooks 67, Young 54
2010—Morgan Park 61, Marshall 60
2009—North Lawndale 54, Hyde Park 51, OT
2008—Marshall 55, Farragut 51
2007—Simeon 89, Washington 57
2006—Simeon 55, Washington 40
2005—Westinghouse 67, Simeon 52
2004—Westinghouse 60, Simeon 48
2003—Crane 80, Julian 68
2002—Westinghouse 62, Farragut 58
2001—Morgan Park 67, Crane 60
2000—Westinghouse 82, Young 60
1999—King 59, Westinghouse 39
1998—Young 67, King 46
1997—Young 72, Manley 50
1996—Westinghouse 55, Farragut 46
1995—Farragut 71, Carver 62
1994—Westinghouse 59, King 58
1993—King 77, Westinghouse 52
1992—Westinghouse 76, King 68
1991—Marshall 58, Westinghouse 38
1990—King 83, Westinghouse 48
1989—King 67, Simeon 57
1988—Simeon 66, King 59
1987—King 93, Crane 66
1986—King 49, Simeon 46
1985—Simeon 65, Carver 54
1984—Simeon 44, Robeson 42
1983—Marshall 67, Collins 62, 2 OT
1982—Marshall 58, Crane 48
1981—Westinghouse 79, Marshall 66
1980—Manley 67, Collins 55
1979—Manley 88, Westinghouse 83, 2 OT
1978—Westinghouse 71, Manley 68
1977—Phillips 77, Westinghouse 65
1976—Morgan Park 75, Vocational 60
1975—Phillips 65, Morgan Park 60
1974—Morgan Park 84, Phillips 73
1973—Hirsch 55, Parker 53
1972—Crane 75, Marshall 63
1971—Harlan 44, Tilden 38
1970—Harlan 72, DuSable 63
1969—Hirsch 72, Bowen 66
1968—Crane 75, Marshall 65
1967—Harlan 60, DuSable 56
1966—Marshall 81, Dunbar 68
1965—Marshall 69, DuSable 55
1964—Crane 63, Dunbar 58
1963—Carver 57, Harlan 51
1962—Carver 47, Marshall 39
1961—Marshall 64, DuSable 61
1960—Marshall 79, Crane 38
1959—Marshall 61, Crane 58
1958—Marshall 68, Dunbar 59
1957—Crane 66, Marshall 61
1956—Dunbar 79, Hyde Park 68
1955—Marshall 67, Crane 57
1954—DuSable 82, Lake View 65
1953—DuSable 82, Wells 74
1952—Roosevelt 63, Tilden 62
1951—Parker 64, Von Steuben 58
1950—Tilden 45, Vocational 35
1949—Tilden 54, Marshall 49
1948—Marshall 57, Von Steuben 32
1947—South Shore 58, Lane 38
1946—Tilden 59, Amundsen 51
1945—Senn 32, Von Steuben 20
1944—South Shore 51, Harper 37
1943—Kelvyn Park 28, Lindblom 26, OT
1942—Lindblom 41, Kelly 25
1941—Manley 38, Marshall 34
1940—Crane 35, Hirsch 23
1939—Lane 30, Hirsch 25
1938—Von Steuben 27, Hyde Park 24
1937—Wells 23, Farragut 21
1936—Farragut 23, Kelvyn Park 21
1935—Tilden 33, Senn 24
1934—Lane 29, Tilden 16
1933—Lake View 25, Bowen 17
1932—Crane 25, Calumet 21
1931—Crane 30, Phillips 22
1930—Phillips 20, Morgan Park 19
1929—Crane 23, Lindblom 17
1928—Crane 20, Englewood 19
1927—Englewood 20, Lane 17
1926—Lane 31, Englewood 17
1925—Hyde Park 17, Lake View 11
1924—Lane 18, Phillips 4
1923—Tilden 30, Hyde Park 11
1922—Austin 27, Lane 9
1921—Crane 21, Hyde Park 8
1920—Lane 15, Hyde Park 15, tie
1919—Schurz 17, Englewood 12
1918—Englewood 21, McKinley 8
1917—Phillips 22, Lane 11
1916—Hyde Park 24, Marshall 20
1915—Lane 23, Calumet 7
1914—Parker 18, Lane 16
1913—Hyde Park 11, Englewood 9
1912—Hyde Park 19, Lyons 18
1911—Lane 34, Hyde Park 29
1910—Englewood 30, Calumet 18
1909—Lake View 40, Calumet 17
1908—Lake 25, Austin 21
1907—Lake View 24, Austin 21
1906—Oak Park 21, Austin 14
1905—Austin 62, Lake 22
1904—North Division 26, Austin 19
1903—North Division 41, Medill 14
1902—Medill 16, Lake 15
1901—Hyde Park 23, North Division 22, OT

20 comments

  • Will I am

    The refs are terrible and its all political, they like who they like, its been that way. The same holds true for these reporters who only talk about certain schools and certain players. You can say what you want about the refs but the fact of the matter is Curie is the city champs. But for you to not show sportsmanship says a lot about where we are in regards to basketball. Its so watered down its sad but in all honesty this only hurts the kids.

  • Ron

    Mike, surely the Lane-Phillips scoreline from 1924 can convince you we need a shot clock? Granted, Phillips were missing their top scorer, Sam “Slappy” Simpson (1.9 PPG), but even with Slappy they would have had trouble with that Lane defense.

  • Reginald Beals

    Hmm…the refs took that game from MP? Did they really? Regardless of whatever the chemistry or relationship is between the MP staff and the IHSA refs, the refs are not to blame for MP going 5:20 in the 4th quarter w/o scoring a basket! No amount of blaming the refs can detract from that fact!

  • Sammy

    Were there some questionable calls in the game? Yes, but I have to give it up to Coach Oliver. The Jordan rules he used against Miller prevented him from getting a big number yesterday. The double team to make him give the ball up made a difference. Also, Curie made the big plays and shots down the stretch. Gordon is the Player of the Year.

  • Liga Azteca player

    Mike Oliver still tries to ref. He is reffing in a men’s league at Franklin Park. He can take the criticism……he’s just a bad ref. Out of position, not hustling. Inconsistent. Obvious he is lacking training. Good coach……bad ref.

  • TTee

    When I saw the headline that MP lost, I knew that there would be a part of the article that would mention bad officiating…MP’s rant about bad reffing is getting old and stale.
    Just take your loss like a man, go downstate and beat up on some farmboys for the watered down state 3A title, instead of manning up for 4A and move on.

  • HS BBall Fan

    Ron stop it thats funny.

  • HS BBall Fan

    Thanks High School Hoops Fan for you comment that makes correct. Someone said Mike Oliver was over CPS officials at one time? that is totally false. Mike Oliver has never been over the referees in the Chicago Public League. He tried to Ref himself and couldn’t take the criticism and stopped. Why when we (African-Americans) loose we have to act the complete fool. Not staying getting medals or trophies shows no class and poor sportsmanship. I have seen games in my like that had questionable calls but to say these guys cheated them is crazy. MP has started this narrative all season that nobody likes them. You were fighting at the start of the season at the team Jordan Brand event against a team from California. The guy from Jordan Brand said (In the Sun times) he is not sure they can have the event here again. MP beats Bowen by 40pts. Yes Bowen a Blue Division team at the Big Dipper Christmas Tournament and still pressing to the end trying to get Adam Miller 50pts. This shows a ton of class but everyone is against MP. If you feel they are against you your not helping your case as a victim. Im not making this up its been all in the Sun times on this site.

  • Ron

    Looking over the list of past champions, that 1910 Englewood team was special. They played the game the right way. They were known for throwing down layups so ferocious that even the mightiest peach basket was immune from indentation.

    • Tim

      Ron,

      You are so right about that 1910 Englewood team.

      They remind me a lot of the powerhouse 1902 Medill squad who would probably blow today’s Curie team right out of the gym.

      Can you imagine the1902 Medill team vs the 1910 Englewood squad? WOW!!!

        • Marty

          I want more details on the Lane-Hyde Park tie in 1920? Multiple overtimes? Shooting contest no one settled? Refs had enough and left? With the 100th anniversary next season I think a rematch is in order to settle this century old score.

  • HS BBall Fan

    You guys are right I don’t have a clue, good luck in the
    state Playoff’s and I hope its a CPS sweep in the 2A, 3A and 4A this year. Enjoy it The IHSA (last to approve) Transfer rule will be apart of the 2019-20 season for all IHSA members. So if you transfer and its determined to be a high profile transfer the IHSA has to approve it not the CPS or Catholic League or any other school district just a little info.

  • Justafan

    M. P. Lost fair and square. Both teams were in the bonus. M. P. Led most of the game. They led 19-5 in the 1st quarter. The calls good and bad were square for both teams. The refs didn’t turn the ball over 18 times; lose the game in the last 2 minutes; or shoot the ball and miss. Stop crying. Curie won because you loss.

  • HS BBall Fan

    You could have Danny Crawford , Marc Davis and James Capers all NBA Officials and who ever the loosing team is will cry the officials took the game from us. Right now around the country we have shortage of H.S Basketball officials why NFHS said abuse and it ain’t worth it. In some southern states they have had to cancel lower level games for lack of available officials. This shows you why. Maybe a bad call or not but he didn’t turn the ball over 18 times as Mike O’brien said.

    • Aquagod92

      Not so. Irvin did not blame refs in the losses to Bloom nor Curie earlier in the season. Currently there are legitimate complaints. Even the broadcast commentators mentioned how in the final minutes every call went against MP. I appreciate how you acknowledged that there is a shortage of refs…..but Marv is a vet and MP is not the only school that has complaints against him. This is not about MP. This is about refs having personal issues and not doing what’s best for the kids.

    • Troy Stewart

      @HS BBall Fan, Shut up, the game wasn’t called down the Middle, these are kids at the end of the Day!! Morgan Park was definitely robbed, if you watched the sophomore game The Ref was cheating for Curie. They definitely was trying to get them back in the Game, but Simeon Sophomore Team had a Cusion so it didn’t matter, if you know anything about CPS Basketball, Marvin And his goone Refree’s hate the Irvin Family, this goes back to win Mike Oliver was over the Ref’s.

      • High School Hoops Fan

        LOL, these guys are trying to move up the ladder themselves. Cheating Sophomore kids or Varsity kids. You are out of your mind. Every ref I know goal is to get plays right. You can say the quality of offciating stinks, and I would agree, but to say they openly cheated is silly. Troy you should try to officiate, and let us know so I can rip you apart.

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