PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Dannie Smith scored 19 points and Raekwon Drake added 17 as Chicago Orr ran away with the IHSA Class 2A boys basketball title game on Saturday, 59-39.
The Spartans (23-5) used their length and quickness to frustrate Mt. Carmel all night, creating 13 turnovers, blocking four shots and disrupting the Golden Aces offense constantly through the game. Orr quickly built a double-digit lead in the first quarter and was rarely challenged after.
Mt. Carmel did make a bit of a run late. Trailing by 14 midway through the third quarter the Golden Aces hit their first 3-pointer of the game (after being 0-9 at that point). They hit another a minute later and Jackson Marcotte converted a conventional three-point play to cut the lead to nine. That was as close as they'd get.
Marcotte finished with 17 points and Austin Rager grabbed 11 rebounds for Mt. Carmel.
Excellent teams. Tradition. Locality. Fan base animosity.
They’re the cornerstones of what make a great high school football rivalry. In this edition of CSN Chicago’s High School Lites podcast, Joe Collins, Jared Storck and “Edgy” Tim O’Halloran dive into this topic and discuss which ones stand out above the rest in Illinois.
The panel also breaks down the newly-released IHSA playoff outlook and discuss the early candidates for offensive player of the year. They’ll also look ahead to Friday’s matchups, which feature several teams jostling for playoff position.
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Curie senior guard Maurice Commander ended his recruitment on Tuesday night by committing to UT Chattanooga on Twitter.
"I chose UT-Chattanooga, because deep down inside, I knew I could trust (new Mocs head coach Lamont) Paris and the staff," Commander said to CSN. "They believed in me from the jump! I know for a fact that I could go to war with this coaching staff."
The 6-foot-0 Commander was one of the area's best point guards and perimeter shooters last season as he helped Marist become a consistent presence in the CSN Preps Power Rankings.
Transferring to Public League powerhouse Curie this offseason, Commander made his presence immediately felt with the Condors this summer when he buried five first-half three-pointers against Simeon during June's annual Riverside-Brookfield Shootout.
Curie eventually went on to win the loaded summer event as they once again look like a major threat for a city and state championship this season with Commander as a major piece.
Commander selected UT Chattanooga over his other finalist, UC-Davis, as Paris is very familiar with recruiting the Chicagoland area.
A former assistant coach at Wisconsin since 2010 before taking the UT Chattanooga head job this spring, Paris recruited Illinois before for the Badgers as he is plenty familiar with the area.