Brooks earns respect, capture City Title

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Brooks earns respect, capture City Title

Friday, Feb. 18, 2011
10:20 p.m.

By Michael O'Brien
YourSeason.com

On the back of Brooks' warm-up shirts is the phrase "Respect is taken."

The Eagles took their respect over the past three weeks, knocking off North Lawndale, Bogan, Farragut and Curie on the way to the Public League championship game. Then Friday at Chicago State Brooks put the finishing touches on the magical run, beating Young 67-54 in the title.

The senior backcourt led the way for Brooks. George Marshall scored 23 and dished out four assists. Mike Powell scored 15 and grabbed five rebounds.

Marshall, Powell and big-men twins Keith Gray (seven points, nine rebounds) and Kevin Gray (five points) are four-year starters for the Eagles. Chris Head coached Brooks for the past three years. Bobby Locke left Evanston in August to take the Brooks job.

"They were a very tight team when I took over," Locke said. "I didn't yell at them for the first month of practice."

Brooks (22-3) jumped out to a 14-7 lead. Young closed to within one point on a Sam Thompson dunk to open the third quarter, but the Eagles responded with a 15-3 run. The Dolphins never threatened again.

"We started out with a lot of momentum and got that lead," Brooks senior Xavier Wells said. "After that we knew we just had to keep it up."

Wells hit two three-pointers to start the fourth quarter and finished with 13 points.

"George, coach and I sat down at the beginning of the season and had a meeting to make sure we were all on the same page," Powell said. "It's great to play with George. We're double trouble."

Thompson led Young (17-10) with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Kwai Pearson scored 14 points and Derrick Randolph added 12. The Dolphins seemed out of sync from the opening tip, never able to capture the magic they played with in their upset of top-ranked Simeon in the semifinals on Wednesday.

Young beat Bogan 46-44 to win the sophomore title. Freshman Paul White led the Dolphins (31-2) with 15 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore Keith Langston added nine points and five rebounds. Sophomore Juwan Henry led Bogan (30-1) with 14 points.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Doug McDermott scored a career-high 31 points, Jimmy Butler had a pair of key baskets in the closing minute and the Chicago Bulls beat the Memphis Grizzlies 108-104 on Sunday night.

The Bulls broke a 104-all tie with 25 seconds left on a 15-footer from Butler and a pair of free throws by McDermott. Butler also had a go-ahead 18-footer with 53 seconds left and finished with 16 points to help Chicago win its second straight.

Taj Gibson finished with 18 points and eight rebounds for the Bulls.

Mike Conley led Memphis with 28 points and eight assists, and Marc Gasol had 24 points and 11 rebounds.

Chicago was without second-leading scorer Dwyane Wade, who did not play on the second night of a back-to-back after the Bulls beat New Orleans at home Saturday.

The game featured 16 lead changes and 11 ties, with neither team holding a double-digit lead.

Most of McDermott's damage came in the first half after the Bulls struggled shooting in the latter part of the first quarter. McDermott came off the bench to reverse the trend.

McDermott scored 20 points in the first eight minutes of the second quarter, moving Chicago's lead to eight. He had 22 points for the half and the Bulls led 52-46 at the break.

TIP-INS

Bulls: Nikola Mirotic missed his fourth straight game dealing with an illness. ... F Paul Zipser, a rookie from Germany, started his second game and second straight after coming off the bench in his first 10 appearances this season. ... McDermott converted a four-point play in the second quarter. ... McDermott's 22 first-half points were more than his total for the four previous games (21). ... Chicago scored 14 points in the first quarter, a season low for the opening frame. ... The Bulls are now 4-5 on the second night of back-to-backs.

Grizzlies: Gasol made a pair of 3-pointers in the first half, marking 17 games this season he has made multiple shots from outside the arc. ... Memphis made 11 3-pointers in the game and has converted at least 10 3s in 20 games this season, including 11 of the last 14 games.

MLK HOLIDAY

This is the 15th season Memphis has hosted a game on Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend. The Grizzlies are 6-9 in the holiday game.

In recognition of the holiday, Memphis wore special MLK50 Pride uniforms. The black jerseys have sea foam blue numbers, letters and piping with the full T-shirt look instead of the normal sleeveless. The piping replicated the railing in front the rooms at the Lorraine Motel, where King was assassinated in 1968, and the blue color was similar to the doors on the rooms.

MISSING WADE

Wade's absence meant missing a reunion with Memphis coach David Fizdale. Both left the Miami Heat organization after last season - Wade signing with the Bulls and Fizdale getting his first head coaching job in Memphis. Fizdale said he is sort of a "basketball romantic" and would like to have seen Wade retire in Miami. But he predicted after the player's career "his statue will be out front and (Wade) will be remembered as the great player that he should be."

UP NEXT

Bulls: Return home to face the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night.

Grizzlies: Memphis travels to Washington to face the Wizards on Wednesday night.