CSN's Top 20 Basketball Rankings

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CSN's Top 20 Basketball Rankings

By Joe Collins & Taylor Bell
CSNChicago.com

1 Simeon (12-0)

Results: Defeated Bloomington 70-31, United Twp. 71-33, Peoria Manual 48-47 and Curie 44-27.

This Week: Saturday vs. Miller Grove HS (GA) at Cancer Research Classic, Wheeling (WV)

Hoops Talk: Three days, four wins, and another title at Pontiac. Impressive. Jabari Parker won his second consecutive A.C. Williamson trophy (tournament MVP).

2 Proviso East (11-0)

Results: Defeated Brooks 93-76, Benet 49-41, Rockford Auburn 75-56 and New Trier 68-55.

This Week: Friday at Morton, Saturday vs. Batavia

Hoops Talk: The Pirates, behind tournament MVP Keith Carter, win their first Proviso West Holiday Tournament title since 1991.

3 Curie (11-1)

Results: Defeated Niles West 57-41, West Aurora 60-52 and Warren 77-68 (2 OT); Lost to Simeon 44-27

This Week: Saturday at Muskegon Heights (MI)

Hoops Talk: The Condors excelled in their double-overtime in over Warren. Devin Foster was solid in the victory, going for 27 points and 12 rebounds.

4 Warren (10-2)
Results: Defeated Plainfield North 71-42, Joliet West 60-29 and Peoria Manual 63-54; Lost to Curie 77-68.

This Week: Friday at Zion-Benton

Hoops Talk: Solid 3rd place finish in Pontiac. Darius Paul and Nathan Boothe will be a force down the stretch.

5 Bloom (13-0)

Results: Defeated Corliss 70-47, Marian Catholic 56-47, Rich South 69-51 and Crete-Monee 52-45.

This Week: Friday vs. Rich South, Saturday vs. Bogan (at TF NorthBob Hambric Shootout)

Hoops Talk: First tournament championship at Rich South since 1995, thanks in large part to MVP point guard Donald Moore.

6 Andrew (9-0)

Results: Defeated Carver 56-42, Kankakee 56-37 and Milwaukee South 45-44

This Week: Friday at Lincoln-Way North

Hoops Talk: The Thunderbolts continue to turn heads this season. Jubril Adekoya named tournament MVP in Kankakee.

7 Plainfield East (11-0)

Results: Defeated Thornridge 62-34, Peoria Richwoods 66-57, Morton (IL) 62-56 and Washington 54-50

This Week: Friday at Plainfield North

Hoops Talk: Look out for the Bengals. Austin Robinson, Jawan Straughter and Brian Bennett help guide East to a first place trophy in Pekin.

8 Elgin (12-1)

Results: No games played last week

This Week: Thursday at Batavia

Hoops Talk: The Maroons return to Upstate Eight conference play after stellar play in their home holiday tournament.

9 St. Ignatius (11-1)

Results: Defeated Wheaton Warrenville South 56-41, Riverside-Brookfield 62-52, Downers Grove South 52-50 and De La Salle 47-44 (OT).

This Week: Friday at St. Rita

Hoops Talk: They dont have center Nnanna Egwu this year (Illinois), but they do have a talented guard in Brian Howard (tournament MVP at Jack Tosh).

10 Whitney Young (6-4)

Results: Defeated Lexington (SC) 78-62, Prestonwood (TX) 46-44; Lost to Lone Peak (UT) 46-44 and Bishop Gorman (LA) 84-51

This Week: Saturday at Gonzaga (WV)

Hoops Talk: The Dolphins split their four games in Myrtle Beach. Sophomore Jahlil Okafor will need to carry a team thats dealing with injuries.
11 Downers Grove South (10-2)

Results: Defeated Palatine 59-26, Maine South 69-52 and Naperville North 53-46; Lost to St. Ignatius 52-50

This Week: No games scheduled

Hoops Talk: Jamall Millison and Jerron Wilbut lead the Mustangs to a third place finish at the Tosh. Next game will be Monday January 9th vs. Fremd.
12 Bogan (11-1)
Results: Defeated St. Laurence 70-44, Alton 73-58 and Champaign Central 57-44; Lost to Belleville West 60-53

This Week: Saturday vs. Bloom (at TF NorthBob Hambric Shootout)Hoops Talk: Decent showing in Centralia, but could not hold 8-point lead with 1:49 to go against Belleville West. Team shot 70.5 vs. St. Laurence.

13 De La Salle (10-2)

Results: Defeated Perspectives 58-48, St. Francis 59-39, Naperville North 54-28; Lost to St. Ignatius 47-44 (OT)

This Week: Friday vs. Fenwick

Hoops Talk: Alvin Ellis, Alex Foster and Gavin Schilling had good games, but could not figure out fellow Cathlolic North foe St. Ignatius. Rematch January 20th.

14 Metea Valley (13-0)

Results: Defeated Eisenhower 100-79, Rolling Meadows 69-64, Sandburg 66-62 and Schaumburg 64-52

This Week: Saturday vs. Lake Park

Hoops Talk: Fun times at the Hinsdale South tourney: a 100-point game, two thrilling comebacks and then a 24-point effort from MVP Kenny Obendorf in the final.
15 New Trier (12-2)

Results: Defeated Fenwick 62-47, Homewood-Flossmoor 61-58, Morgan Park 50-41; Lost to Proviso East 68-55

This Week: Friday vs. Evanston

Hoops Talk: David Bragiel, Austin Angel, Connor Boehm and Jordan Thomas all contributed for the Trevians at the Proviso West tourney.

16 West Aurora (11-2)

Results: Defeated Danville 71-51, Joliet West 50-46, United Twp. 50-35; Lost to Curie 60-52

This Week: Saturday at Naperville North

Hoops Talk: Senior guard Juwan Starks paced the Blackhawks to a fifth place finish in Pontiac.

17 Huntley (10-1)

Results: No games played this week

This Week: Wednesday vs. Crystal Lake Central, Saturday vs. McHenry

Hoops Talk: 6-6 sophomore Amanze Egekeze is attracting attention from several Big Ten schools.

18 Crane (8-3)

Results: Defeated Harper (forfeit), Ridgewood 67-62, Lemont 58-54 and Plainfield Central 51-35.

This Week: TBA

Hoops Talk: The Cougars sweep through the Romeoville Christmas Classic behind tournament MVP Willie Connor.

19 Glenbard West (10-0)

Results: Defeated West Chicago 60-48, Fenton 48-30, Leyden 56-35 and Wheaton Academy 67-48.

This Week: Wednesday at Bolingbrook, Friday at York

Hoops Talk: The Hilltoppers, winners of their own holiday tournament last week, are off to their best start in school history.
20 Crystal Lake Central (11-1)

Results: No games played last week

This Week: Wednesday at Huntley, Saturday at Hampshire

Hoops Talk: Senior guard Chase Cane and the Tigers are on the prowl and will fight to defend their Fox Valley Fox title.

Looming & Lurking: Benet, Marshall, Harlan, Farragut, Stevenson, Naperville Central, Herscher, Libertyville, Foreman, Seton, Notre Dame, North Chicago, St. Viator, Homewood-Flossmoor, Farragut, Hillcrest.

Blackhawks blow three-goal lead, fall in OT at Lightning

Blackhawks blow three-goal lead, fall in OT at Lightning

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Yanni Gourde had a breakaway goal 4:25 into overtime and the Tampa Bay Lightning rallied from a three-goal deficit to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 on Monday night.

Victor Hedman set up the winner with his third assist of the game.

Tampa Bay, which trails Boston by a point for the second Eastern Conference wild card, also got two goals from Jonathan Drouin. Ondrej Palat and Anton Stralman also scored, and Andrei Vasilevskiy, who got pulled 14 minutes into the first after allowing three goals on eight shots, returned to the start the second and finished with 25 saves.

Artemi Panarin, Patrick Kane, Tomas Jurco and Richard Panik scored for the Western Conference-leading Blackhawks, who were coming off a 7-0 loss Saturday night at Florida. Scott Darling stopped 25 shots.

Cubs will have Ian Happ one phone call away at Triple-A Iowa

Cubs will have Ian Happ one phone call away at Triple-A Iowa

MESA, Ariz. – After an impressive camp where he looked like the next homegrown Cubs hitter to roll off the assembly line, Ian Happ will go to Triple-A Iowa and get ready to make his big-league debut, or perhaps build his value for a trade-deadline deal.

Along with Happ, the Cubs assigned outfielder John Andreoli and catcher Taylor Davis to minor-league camp on Monday while optioning pitchers Eddie Butler and Rob Zastryzny to Iowa, cutting their roster to 31 as the Opening Night picture comes into focus.

Happ – the ninth overall pick in the 2015 draft out of the University of Cincinnati – batted .417 with five homers, four doubles and 17 RBI in 24 Cactus League games.

"Offensively, what was there not to like?" general manager Jed Hoyer said. "I feel like he hit the ball hard every at-bat for six weeks. It's always fun to see a young guy like that come in and open a lot of eyes."

Happ, 22, is a switch-hitter who can play second base and the outfield, skills that could help him escape from Des Moines once the need arises on the major-league level.

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Though there are questions about Happ's defense, Theo Epstein's front office and Joe Maddon's coaching staff clearly value versatility and trust young talent, moving Addison Russell to shortstop in 2015 and elevating rookie catcher Willson Contreras last season.

Stay tuned to see when/if the Cubs will have a spot at Wrigley Field, but Happ looks like he will be on a fast track.

"Whenever you're in Triple-A, you're always a call away," Hoyer said. "Sometimes it happens quicker than you think. We never expected Addie would be up in April of that year, and he was. I feel like with Willson last year, if you had asked me in spring training – would he be up in June? – I probably would have thought it would be more like a September call-up or something like that.

"You never know. Things happen. When you have good players in the minor leagues, sometimes it speeds up on you a little bit."