By Clyde Travis
Simeon was simply too much even with a great effort from Perspectives-Calumet as the top-ranked Wolverines earned an 82-42 in a Red-South matchup Monday night.
The crowd may have anticipated a quick steam roll but Perspectives-Calumet kept it close for the first quarter with Simeon holding a 18-15 lead.
In the second quarter the Wolverines (6-0, 3-0) began to pull away building a 35-23 lead. But after halftime, Simeon began to pull away.
Kendrick Nunn threw down a big dunk to start a 22-2 run and the Wolverines never looked back.
Junior Jabari Parker led the way with a school-record 40 points to go along with his 16 rebounds and six blocks. Nunn added 11 along with Steve Taylor, Jaylon Tate and Kendall Pollard who scored seven a piece.
Simeon coach Robert Smith said the team played very unselfish basketball.
When Jabari got going, you could see they wanted him to get 50 and passed up some good shots, Smith said. We picked up the defense and just and took control of the game.
Smith also noticed how the team settled down when point guard Jaleni Neely hit the floor.
This is his second game back since his injury and he is rounding back into form.
Terrence Sardine led Perspective with 10 points.
You teach your players to compete and not quit and I feel we did more than just show up, Perspectives coach Javon Mamon said
This week's Wintrust Athlete of the Week is Fremd senior Grace Tworek.
Tworek has led the Vikings on and off the court this season. Last week, the Harvard commit put up a career-high 29 points in a win over Wheeling.
Learn more about Tworek's success in the video above.
CSN will have two Missouri Valley Conference games with local teams on Saturday.
The first game tips at 3 p.m. live on CSN as Evansville heads to Loyola. The second game tips at 7 p.m. and is also live on CSN as Drake will play at Illinois State.
Loyola (13-7, 3-4) is coming off of a tough road loss in double overtime to Northern Iowa. The Ramblers have been led by senior Milton Doyle this season as the former Marshall star is one of the better guards in the Valley.
Evansville (10-10, 1-6) has dropped five straight games as they're struggling to gain any momentum in conference play. Senior guard Jaylon Brown is having an outstanding season for the Purple Aces as he's putting up 21.2 points per game.
The second matchup has Drake (6-13, 4-3) traveling to Illinois State. The Bulldogs have won three of four games and junior guard Reed Timmer is dangerous while former Saint Viator product Ore Arogundade is having a solid sophomore season.
Illinois State (15-4, 7-0) is leading the Valley after a huge win over Wichita State as they've won eight straight games. The Redbirds are hoping to make a run to an NCAA tournament bid with another home win.