By Michael O'Brien
Simeons Jabari Parker has been involved in a lot of elite basketball games in his basketball career, but getting to the title game of Public League tournament has eluded the junior until Wednesday night.The top-ranked Wolverines beat Orr 61-51 in the second semifinal behind Parkers 19 points and six blocks. Simeon reached the Public League final for the first time since 2007.The Wolverines led 37-18 at the half, but were actually outscored by Orr in the second half.Our third quarters have to be better, Simeon coach Robert Smith said. We cant let up because we are up 20. We need to get 30. This is Chicago, teams arent going to quit out there.Senior Steve Taylor scored 13 and grabbed eight rebounds and Kendrick Nunn added nine points and seven rebounds.If we are going to win the whole thing we are going to need more from Steve Taylor, Smith said.Deshawn King led Orr (19-4) with 15 points and Marquise Pryor scored 14 and grabbed eight rebounds. The Spartans shot 7-for-28 from three point range in the game.Simeon (24-1) and Curie (24-1) will play for the city title on Friday at Chicago State. The two teams met in late December for the championship of the Pontiac Holiday Tournament, a game Simeon won 44-27.Thats going to pump them up more, Smith said. They might try to say they were tired (after losing to Warren in double overtime in the semifinals earlier in the day) but we had a tough one that day too and actually had less rest than they did.