Michael O’Brien’s High School Basketball Notebook


WASHINGTON, Illinois — Jeremy Fears Jr.’s return to Joliet West didn’t go as planned, but the Tigers defeated the St. Louis Cardinal Ritter 75-72 in overtime at the Kevin Brown Memorial Tournament of Champions . .

With 1:45 remaining and Joliet West leading 65-59, Fears had something to say to the Cardinal Ritter players on their way back to the bench. He picked up a technical foul that fouled him out of the game.

That led to a 4 point swing. A combined turnover and goaltending call then brought Cardinal Ritter back quickly. The Lions made a wide-open three-point attempt at the regulation buzzer but did not fall.

Acclaimed sophomore Jeremiah Fears (Jeremy’s younger brother) appeared to sprain his ankle with two minutes of extra time remaining. Joliet West’s other Division I senior, Matthew Moore, fouled out in regulation.

However, the Tigers managed to hold on and win in overtime thanks to juniors Justus McNair and Drew King and senior Jayden Martin.

Joliet West coach Jeremy Kryger said, “I’m not kidding, but if you count Jeremy’s freshman here and Jeremiah’s freshman last year after tonight, there are 14 technicals between the two. I think, “Their competitive spirit is very high. They don’t know how to turn it off yet.

“I tell them that as star players, everyone’s eyes are on them all the time.

Michigan State recruit Fears Jr. had 17 points, 5 rebounds, 3 blocks and 4 assists. Jeremiah Fierce had his 17 points, McNair his 18, Martin his 12 and he had 11 rebounds.

“What I love about it is that the two guys in Division I didn’t hit the floor for nine and a half minutes and won in overtime,” Craiger said. “There are certainly things that need to be improved, but I think it’s better to talk about how they wanted to win.”

The 6-9 Kings are a big improvement from last season. With his arrival, the Tigers will have more rim protectors than expected this season.

“What he did to dedicate himself to the basketball game and the weight room was amazing to us,” says Kreiger. “It changed our team for the better.”

The Moline lost 90-80 to Milwaukee team Wisconsin Lutheran in the first game I saw in Washington. Wisconsin His Lutheran shot one off the ball in the first half, where he took 10 threes and at the break he was led by 19.

The Maroons have two Iowa recruits, guard Brock Harding and Bradley Bourbonnais transfer Owen Freeman. Harding he scored 34 points, Freeman his 18 points and he had 13 rebounds.

top games tuesday

Metamora 87, Yorkville Christian 41: Another game in Washington. I didn’t see this, the plan is tomorrow night he catches Metamora, Ethan Kaiser scored 17 and Matthew Zobrist scored 15. David Douglas Jr. He led the Mustangs with 23 points.

Hyde Park 69, North Lawndale 62: Damarion Morris had 23 points and Kam Williford had a monster game with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Another close was lost to start the season for Phoenix.

Thornton 57, Manual 51: Vincent Rainey starts the season with a 33-point effort. This is a career best as a sniper guard.

Young 85, Rockford East 43: The Dolphins quickly rebounded from their loss to Kenwood. Another big game for Daniel Johnson with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore Antonio Munoz had 12 points and six rebounds.

St. Ignatius 57, Taft 54: Sophomore Phoenix Gill started for the first time and led the Wolfpack with 18 points. Richard Barron his 15 and Jackson Kotecki his 12. Frank Paskovski led the Eagles with 18 points.

Evanston 65, Libertyville 55: The Wild Kits trailed at halftime but came out victorious. Senior Malachi Barrett led with 16, and Prince Adams added 10 points and 7 rebounds.

Marian Catholic 62, Rich 46: Quentin Jones led with 17 and James Bullock added 14. Samar Breath led the Raptors with 21.

Hillcrest 80, TF South 68: Guard Bryce Tillery added 18 and big man Darrion Baker added 15. Romero Ali scored his 25 on his TF South.

Broome 63, Lincoln Way Central 52: Blazing Trojan Balanced Scoring Attack. Jaden Watson scored 16, Lathom Harris scored 13 and Jordan Brown scored 12.

Lake Forest 62, Bulls Prep 38: Clemson recruit Asa Thomas dropped 32 points and had eight rebounds.

Prospect 69, Antioch 41: Ben Schneider led the Knights with 22 points and Alex Georgacus with 13 points.

However, East 92, East Aurora 51: Two games into the season, I’m already wondering if the Pirates should have been in the preseason Super 25. He had 18 points and 14 rebounds against the Tomcats. Guard Jaroni Johnson scored 18 points and had seven steals.

Curie 71, Hinsdale South 58: The Chikasi Ofoma/Jeremy Harrington duo have done it again. Ofoma had eight rebounds, his 13 and Harrington his 12.

Mount Carmel 84, Kennedy 37: DeAndre Craig scored 17 points to reach 1,000 career points.

Beecher 59, Peotone 39: When I went to Beecher last season, I was impressed with Addin McGinley. He has started the season very well. He had 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.

Oak Lawn 74, Lincoln Way West 50: I’ve heard good things about Spartan from early on. Ayham Salah nearly recorded a triple-double with 23 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Xavier Sulaiman scored 21 points.

Lindblom 64, Nazareth 62: Jr. Jeshaun Stevenson had 32 points and 5 rebounds. He was 12-of-12 perfect from the free-throw line.Quentin McCoy had 15 points and five rebounds.


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