DePaul Prep tops Peoria Manual, finishes third in 3A

DePaul Prep's Tyler Johnson (2) fires up a three pointer against Peoria Manual, Saturday 03-16-19. Worsom Robinson/For the Sun-Times
DePaul Prep's Tyler Johnson (2) fires up a three pointer against Peoria Manual, Saturday 03-16-19. Worsom Robinson/For the Sun-Times

Budding sophomore Tyler Johnson scored 15 points, capping a strong weekend in Peoria, as DePaul Prep cruised past Peoria Manual 64-44 on Saturday in the Class 3A third-place game.

Johnson shot 6-of-9 from the floor and added five assists and two steals. Brown recruit Perry Cowan — playing his final high school game — added 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting, and fellow senior Raheem Anthony recorded a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double.

DePaul finished a highly successful 25-10 season on a high note after things got complicated during the past week. DePaul advanced by default through the super-sectionals, an unprecedented occurrence that coach Tom Kleinschmidt said “bothered” his team a bit, and then lost by 20 to Bogan in yesterday’s semifinals.

“We calmed down, we relaxed a little and we played DePaul basketball,” Kleinschmidt said after the win. “It starts with defense, and we guarded them very well today. We are a switching team, so when we switch we can deny you and push you out of the paint. Teams can struggle, it’s tough to get good shots.”

Rolando “Pee Wee” Brown and Quintez Edwards each scored 11 points to lead Manual (19-13), which disappointed as the de-facto hosts of the weekend at Peoria’s Carver Arena.

Coach Willie Coleman ripped his squad’s performance afterward, calling it “horrible for the city.”

“The team came out flat, like we weren’t interested in the third- and fourth-place game,” he said. “We had no fight. Defensively, it was horrible. Offensively, it was horrible. Overall, it was just bad.”

DePaul Prep out-rebounded Manual 33-22 and made six three-pointers to Manual’s three. The “visitors” led comfortably throughout, jumping out to a 13-4 advantage early and carrying a 35-18 margin into halftime.

Kleinschmidt said the third-place finish salvaged the weekend somewhat for his team.

“If you’re down here, you’re a damn good team,” he said. “There’s probably 10 teams at home who could be playing in this tournament, we understand that. We’re grateful, we earned it. Getting one means something.”

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7 comments

  • HoopsGuy

    DePaul is going to be the best Basketball school in the Northside, mark my words. Not only does Tommy K have the recruitment from the state run. He also has Coach Kris Harris or as the kids know him “Koach K” on staff. This is an incredible man who runs the Northside Splash travel team and trains the finest kids in the northside. We’re going to see a lot of his kids (which some have already been at DePaul for a long time) go to DePaul and play great basketball as the coaching staff is filled with great role models for these young men. Congrats to DePaul and Coach Kleinschmidt.

  • Some guy they call Fro

    East St Louis loses 8 seniors, Bogan 6, Peoria Manual and DePaul Prep each loses 4 graduating seniors. The Rams Sophmore team rolled through the Catholic League as did their freshman team. And now Coach Tom Kleinschmidt has a 2 powerful recruitment tools, 1st he played in the final 4 (2nd) and now he has coached in the final 4 (3rd). The future is so bright it glows. Go Rams

    • Paul

      Were their freshman undefeated like St Laurence’s? De Paul had a nice sophomore team but they got lucky against Laurence’s sophomore team. Laurence’s best big man was away because of a Baseball commitment. As a long time CCL , I was happy for De Paul Prep’s varsity. Think of how much better had Elliot Segar hadn’t transferred. By the way, how did that work out for him at Whitney Young? Another case of poaching. Coach Tommy K is a good man.

  • Nunya

    Hopefully the kids realize they didn’t earn it and IHSA should get their medals.

    • Bill jeske

      Could be the stupidest comment posted. Kids didn’t earn it? All they did was win. Whoever Nunya is never played a sport or EARNED anything or would not make such a stupid comment. Beat the one seed in the sectional and then couldn’t play in the super because two teams couldn’t control themselves. Ok, now I get it. Wake up

    • John Folan

      Bogan graduates 6 seniors, East St Louis 8, Peoria Manual and DePaul Prep each 4. The Rams Freshman and Sophmore teams rolled through the toughest league in the state The Catholic League, the future is very bright. So as far as giving back their medals keep in mind they beat the second best program in IL (28 state throphys) and took Quincy (29 state throphys) to overtime. That team and their coaches deserved the trip enough said.

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