Michael O’Brien’s High School Basketball Notebook


Thornton is one of my favorite game viewing locations. Harvey’s old gym has a media table so you can see all the action, and the Tai Streets team is always competitive.

Not much to say about tonight’s match.Kankakee and Thornton have a lot of work to do over the next few months. I may check with them again when the playoffs are near.

It was great to see these two teams, but for some reason I was on my way to see Lake Forest vs Waukegan. Asa Thomas is always fun to watch, and the Bulldogs have a high-scoring freshman, Simeleon Carter.

It ended up being a double overtime thriller. Lake Forest won him 53-46. Devin Malone led the Bulldogs with 19, holding Carter down to 5 points.

This is probably a good time to discuss notebooks. There have been many new coaches and readers since the last time I did. Basically, whatever the game I’m talking about, when I get home, I go through my Twitter feed, texts, and emails to pick out the scores and highlights of the games that are most interesting to me.

I tend to see most things on Twitter, but tagging @michaelsobrien is much more likely to end up in my notebook. I also try to retweet anything I’m tagged in. The email address is

So send us your scores and highlights, ranked teams or not. Also, full names are important. If your team just sends you your last name, it’s unlikely that you’ll find it in your notebook. I don’t have time to google a lot of people I don’t know. very sorry. Not everything sent will fit in a notebook. It’s not possible, but I’ll try to get a cross-section of the area represented.

thank you for reading.

top games tuesday

Mount Carmel 66, St. Lawrence 52: Caravan fell behind nine points in the first half but made it through. DeAndre Craig scored 14 in the fourth quarter and finished with 25. Tremarks really woke up in the Chicago Elite Classic, scoring 12 points and he had 17 rebounds. I knew St. Lawrence was young last season, so I didn’t get the chance to cover them. It looks like the Vikings have a team worth checking out.

St. Viator 51, Marian Catholic 48: ESCC upset! Eli Aldana returned from injury as he scored 17 points and won the game at the buzzer.

Hyde Park 78, Lindblom 64: The Thunderbirds Big 3 put up big numbers. Damarion Morris had 20 points and 5 assists, Jarrell Baldwin had 13 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists, and Kam Williford had 14 points and 10 assists.

Romeoville 71, Joliet Central 38: Spartans dropped out of the rankings last week, but don’t forget. This win put him 5-2. Meyoh Swansey scored his 18 points and he had 7 assists, while Troy Cicero scored his 15 against the old team.

Oswego East 56, Yorkville 52: This may have been the schedule for tonight, but I had just covered the Wolves last week, so it didn’t fit my schedule. Foxes had 1:45 left and he was one ahead, but couldn’t hold on to the upset. Oswego his East, Mekhilowry scored his 20th and Jevion Starwood scored his 17th. Jory Boley he led Yorkville with 18.

Hoffman Estate 70, Elk Grove 48: With 19 points, nine rebounds and five blocks, it’s a big game for DJ Wallace. The Hawks have 6 wins and 1 loss.

Silver. Science 48, Harlan 36: The number of undefeated teams is gradually declining. But Cyclone is already 7-0 and 2-0 in the White South. James White scored his 12th.

TF South 62, Argo 55: A reference to the Red Wolves’ first notebook. I don’t know what to think of that new nickname. Are red wolves real? I think I know my thoughts. Too many nicknames for big cats and big dogs. Caleb Newman led TF South with 21 and Davonte Evans put in 29 for the Argonauts (now nickname).

Kenwood 85, Brooks 40: The performance of the new students was conspicuous this time. Noah Mister scored his 18th three-pointer in the range where he was 6 of 8. Daidai Ames scored 16 and Alex Alston scored 14.

Simeon 104, Morgan Park 31: Oh my god We hear that Wolverine didn’t even fire during his final three minutes of the Battle of Vincennes. Sam Lewis led with 19 points, while Miles Rubin had 15 points and eight rebounds.

Francis Parker, 72, Elgin Academy, 33: Peyton Pitts has 24 points to watch this season and Caleb David has 22 points and 7 assists.

Prospect 49, Palatine 48: another upset. The Knights have him 1-5 and the Palatine expected him to be one of MSL’s top teams. I didn’t look at the prospect’s stats, but Pirates Tyler Swircheck and Connor He-May had 13 each.

Wheeling 45, Schaumburg 42: RJ Gamble scored 19 points and Josh Hutchinson added 12 points. Wheeling can also email scores and highlights (win/loss) and include opponent stats. Kudos to Tom Antosz. Josh Carter led the Saxons with his 12 points.

Barrington 71, Buffalo Grove 45: Remember where the Broncos ended the season last year? They lost a lot, but still a perfect 6-0. Dillon Schmidt scored 18 and Donovan Nichols scored 17.

Curie 67, Phillips 64: closer than expected

Taft 69, Niles West 56: I really enjoyed seeing Taft at the Chicago Elite Classic. Andre Harris is clearly doing a good job with the group. Lyle Thibault scored 20 points for tonight’s win, and Frank Paskowski added 15.


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