Conference play kicking into full gear on High School Lites

Conference play kicking into full gear on High School Lites
December 12, 2013, 8:45 pm
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Comcast SportsNet will have cameras across Chicagoland on Friday for "High School Lites," which starts at 11 p.m. and is streamed live at

This Friday's slate of games features a number of great games as conference play really starts to get underway and teams prepare for holiday tournaments and the rest of conference season. Here's a look at some of the top games this week.

Eisenhower at T.F. North, 6 p.m.

Eisenhower (3-3) plays at a rapid pace and frequently has games in the hundreds as head coach Mike Curta recently earned his 300th career win during a win over Bremen. T.F. North is 2-0 on the season and rather untested heading into what should be a high-scoring contest.

St. Edward at Montini, 7 p.m.

St. Edward (9-0) could be the first team in the area to go 10-0 as they square off against Suburban Christian Gold opponent Montini in a rematch of St. Edward's 59-52 win over the Broncos in the Aurora Christian Thanksgiving Tournament. This time, Montini (2-3) should have their football players more well-adjusted to the hardwood, and this game could get interesting.

Grayslake Central at Grayslake North, 7 p.m.

Grayslake Central (3-2) travels to face crosstown rival Grayslake North (1-6) in a Fox Valley Fox contest. The Rams recently lost to Glenbrook South but have wins over Elgin and Buffalo Grove this season, while Grayslake North will look to get a win after a sluggish 1-6 start.

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Bremen at Reavis, 7 p.m.

Bremen (4-2) and Reavis (6-1) battle in a South Suburban showdown as senior Eddie Puha leads Reavis with 21 points and nine rebounds a game.

Seton Academy at No. 10 Loyola, 7 p.m.

Loyola (6-0) remains undefeated, and they'll battle Seton (3-4) in a Catholic League crossover. Loyola has good guard play with Kevin Kucera and Jack Morrissey and is a top-ten team because it's deep and talented.

Deerfield at Niles North, 7:30 p.m.

With Niles North (5-1) likely missing its best player, Duante Stephens, it'll face a big test with Central Suburban League North foe Deerfield (4-3). This is an important early-season battle for the league, especially with Niles North needing to step up at home without its top player.

Lyons at No. 19 York, 7:30 p.m.

York is our No. 19 team this week coming in at 6-0 on the season as it tops the West Suburban Silver. On Friday, it faces Lyons (3-2) and guard Harrison Niego, who is one of the top junior guards in the area. York grinded out a win over Hinsdale Central over the weekend and is led inside by senior center Frank Toohey, an Air Force commit.

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No. 15 St. Viator at No. 25 Carmel, 7:30 p.m.

Led by Drake commit Ore Arogundade and junior guard Roosevelt Smart, No. 15 St. Viator (5-1) is strong and will be a major competitor in the East Suburban Catholic Conference. Carmel (6-1) is a surprise team at No. 25, and though it lost earlier this week to Elgin, it is led inside by 6-foot-10 senior Jack George, who is off to a strong start this season. St. Viator is playing one of the toughest schedules in the area this early part of the season.

New Trier at Maine South, 7:30 p.m.

Maine South (4-1) hosts New Trier (3-3) in this CSL South showdown. George Sargeant is coming off of an 18-point performance against Waukegan and will look to help contain New Trier's guard play, led by senior point guard Jordan Thomas.

Hinsdale Central at No. 14 Oak Park-River Forest, 7:30 p.m.

I'll be checking this one out on Friday. The No. 14 Huskies (6-0) are led by veteran scoring guard Erick Locke and inside by Jovanni Harrell, a transfer from Foreman. Football player Simmie Cobbs, a Purdue commit for the gridiron, is also a solid inside player. Harrell and Cobbs will go against 6-foot-7 junior Matt Rafferty, the MVP of Hinsdale Central's Thanksgiving Tournament. Hinsdale Central is 4-2 on the season.