The Whitney Young Dolphins have stayed true to 2014 being the “year of greatness” as they surpassed 2013 State Champion Morgan Park in the Public League quarterfinal 72-62 Sunday night at Chicago State University.
“I always loved playing on the court with coach Nick [Irvin],” senior guard Miles Reynolds said. “Morgan Park is a great team. I took a hard foul in the first half, just a freak accident, nothing dirty. At halftime the doctor came in. He worked on me. He did a great job. He stopped the bleeding for a little while, and now I’m just looking forward to getting stitched up on Wednesday.”
Reynolds, who took an inadvertent blow to the head, returned to the game with a vengeance, finishing with 26 points.
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“Miles Reynolds played phenomenal,” teammate Jahlil Okafor said. “He was pretty banged up. Got his eyebrow busted. Got stitched up at halftime. But he was still our best player in this game. So I think the game ball goes to Miles and Paul White also.”
Coach Ty Slaughter chimed in, reiterating what has been said since the first day of practice: “Again, I’ve said it all year. Miles is the heart and soul of this team. He very well might not be our most valuable player, but he is the heart and soul of this team. As he goes, so do we. He should not have played in the second half, but he told us he is not leaving without the win. So they bandaged him up and his (expletive) went back out there and played. He is leaving now to get stitches, and I guarantee he will be back out there on Wednesday. Paul should have not played tonight either but he is a senior and said he would not be sitting in street clothes.”
The senior power forward White sat out a few games due to a lower-body injury — which was later confirmed as a groin injury — but returned to both the aforementioned quarterfinal and the semifinal against Orr, who they previously beat by double digits earlier in the season. But in the Wednesday night matchup, Orr returned seeking revenge, almost beating the Dolphins with an attempted 3-pointer at the buzzer. Luck, however, was on the side of Young as they beat the squad for the second time by two.
But it was the highly anticipated Friday night matchup against Curie that everyone was waiting for. And it was everything fans wanted see as the game went into four overtimes.
Despite a hard-fought effort by the Dolphins, they fell to Kansas-bound Cliff Alexander and the Condors in a 69-66 loss. This victory for the Condors was the first city championship in school history and head coach Michael Oliver was proud to claim this conquest saying, “I’ve been waiting on this moment for 21 years, and I’m just happy to finally have it.”