High School Lites hoops preview: Week 3

High School Lites hoops preview: Week 3
December 19, 2013, 10:45 am
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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.

Some big conference matchups highlight this week's action across the Chicagoland area. Some crucial games in the Chicago Public League, North Suburban Lake, Southwest Prairie, East Suburban Catholic Conference and Central Suburban League South are some of the many games to focus on this Friday.

Thursday's games

No. 2 Morgan Park @ No. 1 Simeon, 4:30 p.m.

The matchup of No. 1 vs. No. 2 might have been spoiled a bit by Morgan Park's loss Tuesday to No. 12 Bogan, but the Mustangs will surely be ready for the rival Wolverines and the Battle for Vincennes. Morgan Park (5-1, 2-1) will be without point guard Charlie Moore (thigh) but possess an incredibly deep team that will rely on senior forward Josh Cunningham and junior guard Kain Harris. Simeon (5-0, 2-0) has beaten more teams from Memphis (three) than Chicago (two) and might be the most balanced scoring team in the state.

[MORE: Simeon stays at No. 1 in CSN Power Rankings]

Brooks @ No. 12 Bogan, 6 p.m. 

Bogan is riding high following their win over No. 2 Morgan Park in Tuesday's Red-South contest. Junior point guard Luwane Pipkins is one of the best lead guards in the state and he and the No. 12 Bengals (7-1. 1-0) will face Brooks (3-6) and their strong backcourt of Clifton Lloyd and Darien Walker as Bogan looks to stay unbeaten in the Red-South.

Friday's games

Plainfield East @ Plainfield North, 6:30 p.m.

Two of the state's better scoring juniors clash in this Southwest Prairie battle as Plainfield East (6-1, 2-0) and shooting guard Aaron Jordan face rival Plainfield North (6-2, 1-1) and forward Trevor Stumpe. Jordan and teammate Nick Novak lead the charge for Plainfield East, as Jordan is averaging over 20 points per game this season. Stumpe and his teammates dropped a tough one to No. 20 Benet last week and will look to right the ship against Plainfield East. The two teams split last season.

Shepard @ Hillcrest, 6:30 p.m.

This should be an intriguing South Suburban crossover as Hillcrest (4-4, 2-1) hosts Shepard (3-4, 2-1). The Hawks were ranked in our preseason CSN Preps Powers Rankings and will look to get back on track with junior big man Taylor Adway while Shepard is led by Kyle Longfield and Jacob Littleton.

Oak Lawn @ Oak Forest, 7 p.m.

Another South Suburban crossover pits Oak Lawn (1-3, 0-3) at Oak Forest (5-2, 2-1). Jason Roland and Tom Shute will hope to keep Oak Forest on track as they're only a game behind T.F. North in the South Suburban Blue.

Grant @ Antioch, 7 p.m. (girls)

Antioch (8-2, 3-1) is the winner of three consecutive games after losing a tough one to Vernon Hills earlier in the month as they host North Suburban Prairie rivals Grant (3-5, 2-1). Paige Gallimore and Carley McCameron will look to lead Antioch while Grant is the winners of two straight as well.

No. 4 Stevenson @ Warren, 7 p.m.

The No. 4 Patriots (7-0, 2-0) travel to Warren for a North Suburban Lake contest as the Blue Devils will look to slow down Jalen Brunson and company. Eric Gillespie will look to lead Warren (4-4, 1-2) out of the backcourt as he started the season strong and will look to continue.

[RELATED: High School Lites: Hoops Week 2]

No. 20 Benet vs. No. 10 Marian Catholic, 7 p.m. 

It will be an interesting clash of post versus perimeter when No. 20 Benet (6-1) takes on No. 10 Marian Catholic (4-1) in this East Suburban Catholic Conference opener for both teams. Benet will need its three-point shooters to knock down shots around senior center and Xavier commit Sean O'Mara as the Red Wings lost in the ESCC/CCL Shootout to Fenwick last weekend when their shooters failed to knock in shots. Marian Catholic will combat Benet's interior play with point guard Tyler Ulis as Army commit and senior forward T.J. Parham and fellow senior forward John Oliver will look to slow down O'Mara.

St. Patrick @ Notre Dame, 7 p.m.

You can throw records out the window when these two ESCC rivals square off. St. Patrick (6-2, 0-1) is off to a better start on the young season and junior guard Nick Coleman is one of the better perimeter threats in the area as they'll face Notre Dame (2-6, 0-1) and junior guard Joe Mooney and sophomore forward Ammar Becar.

No. 14 Larkin @ Geneva, 7:15 p.m.

The No. 14 Royals (7-1, 3-0) must face Geneva in the middle of a three-day stretch that included a rivalry game against Elgin and the opener of the Jacobs Holiday Tournament against South Elgin. Guards Kendale McCullum and Derrick Streety should have Larkin prepared but they'll face a Geneva (7-2, 2-1) team that can knock down perimeter shots or work the ball inside to their three 6-foot-7 post players, including junior Division I prospect Nate Navigato. This is a big early-season game in the Upstate Eight River.

Maine South @ No. 24 Evanston, 7:30 p.m.

The Wildkits (7-1, 2-0) are newcomers to the CSN Preps Power Rankings, entering at No. 24 this week, and they'll face Central Suburban League South rivals Maine South (6-1, 2-0) for the conference lead this Friday. Nibra White is off to a strong start for the Wildkits and he'll have junior forward Elijah Henry to help him down low. Head coach Tony Lavorato once again has Maine South competing and defending at a high level and they're led by junior 6-foot-7 post George Sargeant and senior Andrew Palucki.

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