Boys SuperSectional Recap

by Prez Ro, Matteson, IL

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Morgan Park's Kyle Davis scored all of his game-high 19 points in the first half to lead No. 2 Morgan Park to a 77-44 victory against No. 15 Hillcrest on Tuesday in the Class 3A Joliet Central Supersectional.

"I talked to Coach Nick during eighth period and he told me, 'Man, can I get the old Kyle Davis back, the one man who can break down defenses and score on everything?' " Davis said. "I wanted to show him that I'm still here, I still got it."

Davis added eight rebounds as the Mustangs dominated the boards with 11 second-chance baskets. They finished with a 38-21 rebounding average.

Hillcrest (24-7) looked to have some momentum at the end of the first when Devin Harrison nailed a long 3-pointer to cut the Mustangs' lead to 17-14.

But the shot seemed to energize the Mustangs, who outscored the Hawks 22-7 in the second to take a 39-21 halftime lead, and they held them to only 8 points in the third.

Hillcrest was led by Devin Harrison, who scored 12 points (4 3-pointers).

The Mustangs (31-3) will face Bartonville Limestone in a 3A semifinal at 12:15 p.m. Friday at Peoria's Carver Arena. It will be Morgan Park's first appearance downstate since finishing third in 2001.

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Simeon (28-3) advances to their seventh state semifinals in eight season as they defeat New Trier 63-54 in the Class 4A supersectionals at Chicago State.

The New Trier student section tried their best to distract Duke-bound Jabari Parker by wearing North Carolina gear and constantly chanting “UNC” but Jabari was able to block it all out, knocking down 23 points and grabbing 10 boards. In addition, he made four free throws in the final minute to seal it.

The Trevians (28-6) didn't make it easy for the Wolverines early as they hit five 3-pointers and scored on eight straight possessions to end the first quarter trailing the Wolverines 24-21. Senior point guard Reid Berman helped fuel the run with six of his nine assists. And in the second half, Simeon only shot 4-for-12 from the free-throw line to help keep New Trier in the game. Parker broke the poor shooting streak with two free throws to put Simeon on top 59-52 with a minute to play.

But Simeon had answers of their own, including the 3-point shooting of Kendrick Nunn and D.J. Williams. They each hit two from beyond the arc in the first half and Simeon went into halftime up 36-28. Nunn finished with 17 points.

“(New Trier) came out shooting the ball real good,” Simeon guard Jaylon Tate said. “They played with a lot of emotion, and we had to come out and keep our heads in it and stay composed.”

Princeton-bound guard Steven Cook led New Trier with 14 points.

Nunn said the Trevians’ play was good for a dose of humility as Simeon heads downstate.
“We’re going down there humble, knowing anything can happen,” Nunn said. “We have to play hard and come out with the championship.”

The Wolverines will face their 2012 nemesis Proviso East at 6:30pm Friday, Carver Arena, Peoria in state semifinals.

NORMAL, Ill. — Four 6-foot-5 starters make for a rather intimidating high school zone as Edwardsville (30-2) holds Marian Catholic off from advancing to the State finals 68-49 victory.

Mike Waldo, Edwardsville's 25th-year coach, employed 2-3 and 1-3-1 defenses with 6-5 Tigers defensive ace Tre Harris assigned to Marian Catholic (29-4) standout junior Tyler Ulis.

"We wanted to stop 3 (Ulis) and we shaded to him," Waldo said. "He's an awfully good player."

With Purdue's Matt Painter among those on hand to see Ulis, the 5-foot-9 point guard had a frustrating night. Ulis saw driving lanes cut off and made no 3-pointers. Teammate Garret Covington, added 25 points included four 3-pointers.

Ulis finished with 20 points on 7-of-20 shooting, including 0-for-6 from 3.

"They came out in a zone and I was a little too passive early," Ulis said, though the Spartans were tied 11-11 after one quarter. "We actually practiced for zone. We knew it was coming."

Ulis was reminded the Spartans didn't practice against a zone of four 6-5 players.

"Their length," Marian coach Mike Taylor said of Edwardsville . "I mean, they covered the whole floor a lot better than we expected."

The Spartans were also led by the play of Ki-Jana Crawford, who added 9 points and 4 steals.

Edwardsville will face Stevenson, 8:15 p.m. Friday, Carver Arena, Peoria in the 4A state semifinal.

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