Simeon takes down No. 1 Young

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Simeon takes down No. 1 Young

By Michael O'Brien
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Duke has Simeon senior Jabari Parker in the fold and is hot on the trail of Young big man Jahlil Okafor. The two national superstars are so good that ESPNU was in town to broadcast the game Saturday at Chicago State.

Parker finished with seven points and Okafor had eight. It wasn't exactly the preview of two future pros that the network counted on.

Instead, it was a pair of future Illini that sparkled: Simeon seniors Jaylon Tate and Kendrick Nunn. Tates coast-to-coast drive and basket was the key play in the Wolverines 44-41 win over Young.

Tate led Simeon (18-2) with 12 points. Nunn provided several highlight plays, finishing with 10 points, six rebounds and four assists.

Thats what I do, play off Jabari, Nunn said. If he has a bad game I pick him up.

After Tates coast-to-coast basket put Simeon ahead by three, Parker missed a dunk that could have sealed the win. That gave Young one last chance to tie it, but Paul White missed a heavily-contested three.

The Wolverines led by 13 early in the third quarter. Youngs two transfer starters, LJ Peak and Ausar Madison, seemed out of sync in the first half.

That changed quickly as Peak scored 14 in the third quarter to ignite the Dolphins comeback. His baseline drive and basket tied the game at 32 after three quarters.

I think our guards just put a lot of pressure on them the whole game, Nunn said. They handled it better in the second half after they got more used to it.

Peak finished with 20 points, and White added eight points and six rebounds for Young (18-2).

Peak and Madison definitely got more into the game after the break, Parker said. It was our guard play though, thats what killed them.

Okafor shot 3-for-9 from the field and had six rebounds and five blocks. Some foul trouble and Simeons zone defense bottled him up in the first half, in the second it was Simeons 6-7 center Russell Woods that did the job.

Parker shot 3-for-11 and had five rebounds. White, a 6-9 junior, defended Parker most of the night.

Its tough when youre playing against a lot of people your own size, Parker said. Okafor is going to be really good though. He has another year of high school left.

Simeon out-rebounded Young 32-24. The Wolverines are 3-0 without coach Robert Smith on the sideline and seem to have responded well to the challenge.

Young entered the game ranked No. 2 in the country by USA Today, Simeon was No. 10. The teams can possible play twice more this season, in the Public League and the state playoffs.

We shot 43 percent from the field. We havent shot 43 percent all year, Young coach Tyrone Slaughter said. LJ Peak stepped up for us but unfortunately other people didnt. Its just one bump in the road. Well get going again tomorrow.

AP Illinois Girls Basketball Rankings: Week 1

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AP Illinois Girls Basketball Rankings: Week 1

Here are the latest rankings of Illinois high school girls basketball teams in each class, according to an Associated Press panel of sportswriters.

Class 4A

No. School Pts
1 Homewood-Flossmoor (4) 65
2 Montini (1) 60
3 Rock Island (2) 57
3 (tie) Edwardsville (1) 57
5 Benet 37
6 Evanston 36
7 Geneva 33
8 Belleville West 23
9 Bradley-Bourbonnais 14
10 Rockford Boylan 12

Other receiving votes: Belleville East 8, Hersey 8, Hononegah 7, Whitney Young 7, Fremd 6, Springfield 4, Proviso East 3, Bolingbrook 2, Normal Community 1.

Class 3A

No. School Pts
1 Morgan Park (4) 49
2 Bethalto Civic Memorial 42
3 North Lawndale 39
4 Normal University  36
4 (tie) Highland 36
6 Morton (2) 26
7 Marshall 24
8 Rockford Lutheran 23
9 Galesburg 16
10 Bogan 13

Other receiving votes: Rock Falls 12, Peoria Central 5, Antioch 4, Herscher 3, Urbana 2.

Class 2A

No. School Pts
1 Byron (7) 75
2 Hall (1) 52
3 Breese Mater Dei 46
4 Gilman Iroquois West 41
4 (tie) Hillsboro 41
6 Auburn 31
7 Sherrard  24
8 St. Thomas More 22
9 Eureka 20
10 Bloomington Central Catholic 19

Other receiving votes: Teutopolis 13, Nashville 13, Oakwood 8, St. Joseph 7, Camp Point Central 7, Kewanee 6, Beecher 5, St. Joseph-Ogden 3, Buffalo Tri-City 3, Tuscola 2, Althoff Catholic 1, Havana 1.

Class 1A

No. School Pts
1 Lebanon (2) 63
2 Danville Schlarman (2) 59
3 Aston-Franklin Center (1) 49
4 Okawville 45
5 Calhoun (2) 37
6 Galena 33
7 Mount Olive 32
8 Annawan 26
9 Lanark Eastland 7
10 Moweaqua Central A&M 6

Other receiving votes: Amboy 5, Heyworth 4, Liberty 4, Cissna Park 4, Winchester 3, Indian Creek 2, Princeville 2, Aquin 2, Brimfield 1, Erie 1.

AP Illinois Boys Basketball Rankings: Week 1

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AP Illinois Boys Basketball Rankings: Week 1

Here are the latest rankings of Illinois high school boys basketball teams in each class, according to an Associated Press panel of sportswriters.

Class 4A

No. School Pts
1 Curie (7) 70
2 Simeon 61
3 Evanston 45
4 Belleville West 40
5 Edwardsville 36
6 Joliet West 32
7 East Moline United 28
8 Belleville Althoff 25
9 East St. Louis 18
10 Danville 17

Other receiving votes: Bolingbrook 13, Rockford Boylan 12, Kenwood 10, Quincy 9, Lincoln-Way West 6, Whitney Young 6, Belleville East 4, Stevenson 3, Rock Island 3, Hononegah 1, St. Joseph 1.

Class 3A

No. School Pts
1 Morgan Park (5) 57
2 Bloomington (1) 46
3 Peoria Manual 40
4 Fenwick 36
5 North Lawndale 33
6 Galesburg 23
7 Centralia 20
8 Springfield Lanphier 16
9 Benton 12
10 Champaign Central 10

Other receiving votes: Ridgewood 6, St. Rita 5, Springfield Southeast 5, Murphysboro 5, De La Salle 5, Mahomet-Seymour 4, Jacksonville 3, Marion 2, Hillcrest 1, Bogan 1.

Class 2A

No. School Pts
1 St. Joseph-Ogden (2) 48
1 (tie) Uplift (3) 48
3 Orr (1) 44
4 Rockridge (1) 40
5 Nashville 39
6 Alton Marquette 25
7 Teutopolis 23
8 Tremont 20
8 (tie) Monmout-Roseville 20
10 Waterloo Gibault 19

Other receiving votes: Kewanee 11, Monticello 9, Quincy Notre Dame 9, Sterling Newman 7, Rockford Christian 6, Mt. Carmel 4, Leo 4, Paxton-Buckley-Loda 3, Seton Academy 2, DePaul College Prep 2, Pleasant Plains 1, Eldorado 1.

Class 1A

No. School Pts
1 Okawville (3) 70
2 Colfax Ridgeview (3) 56
3 Freeport (Aquin) 41
3 (tie) Annawan 41
5 Patoka 32
6 Quest Academy 30
7 DePue 29
8 Newark 24
9 Pawnee 15
9 (tie) East Dubuque 15

Other receiving votes: Gallatin County 13, LeRoy 13, Ashton-Franklin Center 11, Christian Liberty Academy 10, Woodlawn 9, Liberty 9, Luther North 7, Madison 4, Mendon Unity 2, Altamont 2, Delavan 2, Effingham St. Anthony 2, Mounds Meridian 1, Heyworth 1, Chicago (Hope) 1.