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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Scott Phillips

Comcast SportsNet will have cameras across Chicagoland on Friday for "High School Lites," which starts at 11 p.m. and is streamed live at csnchicago.com.

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.