It's a solid Friday of games with teams atop their conference colliding as many outcomes will shift the standings in their league. The rematch between No. 2 Stevenson and No. 3 Zion-Benton is the headline game this Friday and after the Zee-Bees won 70-69 in overtime at The Hive, this should be a good one in Lincolnshire.
Other top matchups include Southland top teams Bloom and Rich East, Southwest Prairie leaders Plainfield North and Plainfield East, DuPage Valley Conference's top two teams in Naperville Central and West Aurora and a battle for the CSL South as Maine South takes on Evanston.
And that doesn't even include a matchup of top-20 teams as No. 20 Mount Carmel takes on No. 19 Fenwick, and a great matchup in girls basketball as Bolingbrook travels to Homewood-Flossmoor. We'll also have the Girls Public League Championship.
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GIRLS: Bolingbrook at Homewood-Flossmoor, 6:30 p.m.
Many regard Homewood-Flossmoor (17-2 as the top girls basketball team in the area and the Vikings host another top-15 opponent in Southwest Suburban Blue opponent Bolingbrook (15-4). H-F won the first one at Bolingbrook 77-44 in a blowout that snapped Bolingbrook's 93-game conference winning streak. Amarah Coleman had 28 points in that win for the Vikings. Can Bolingbrook bounce back on the road?
Rich East at Bloom, 6:30 p.m.
This one is a matchup of the top two teams in the Southland as red-hot Bloom (12-6, 6-0) hosts second-place Rich East (13-3, 4-2). Bloom has won seven of nine games as head coach Ron Ashlaw has his team in a groove and a two-game lead in the conference. Rich East lost to Bloom 74-64 in December at home and will look to rebound. They've won nine straight games entering the rematch at Bloom.
Plainfield North at Plainfield East, 6:30 p.m.
This battle of for the Southwest Prairie should be a good one as some high-scoring junior wings go at it when Plainfield North's Trevor Stumpe goes against Plainfield East shooting guard Aaron Jordan, an Illinois commit. Stumpe is coming off of a 40-point performance in a loss to Plainfield North (15-6, 6-3) and Jordan and Plainfield East (13-7, 7-2) have won six out of seven games. Plainfield North won at home earlier in the year but they've lost three out of four.
No. 3 Zion-Benton at No. 2 Stevenson, 7:00 p.m.
Zion-Benton vs. Stevenson II should be a good one on Friday and I'll be there for a matchup of top-3 teams and leaders of the North Suburban Lake. Zion-Benton (20-1, 9-0) won a hotly-contested game at The Hive over Stevenson (19-1, 7-1) in a 70-69 overtime thriller on January 10th. Milik Yarbrough is Lake County's new scoring king and the Zee-Bees are tough and talented. But Stevenson will get Matt Johnson back this week and he could be a big difference maker on the offensive end and in the toughness department for the Patriots. Jalen Brunson and Connor Cashaw also continue to play at a high level.
Naperville Central at No. 12 West Aurora, 7:30 p.m.
A battle for the DuPage Valley Conference in this one as Naperville Central travels to one of the area's best teams in West Aurora (16-3, 9-0). The Blackhawks are playing great ball since the Pontiac Holiday Tournament and they're unbeaten in the league and two games ahead of the nearest competitor. Senior guard Jontrell Walker is an All-Area candidate and junior Roland Griffin is a breakout wing with a recent offer from Northern Illinois. Naperville Central already played West Aurora this season and lost at home 59-54. Can they get over the hill after winning seven straight games?
No. 20 Mount Carmel at No. 19 Fenwick, 7:00 p.m.
Mount Carmel earned a great home win over St. Joseph last week and senior guard David Nichols continues to play at a high level. Montana Byrd is also a solid player for the Caravan (16-6, 7-2) and they'll face a talented Fenwick (15-6, 6-2) team. Senior wing and Northwestern commit Scott Lindsey is still working his way back from a broken leg and working his way back into the lineup for the Friars.
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Evanston at Maine South, 7:30 p.m.
In a matchup of former Top 25 Power Rankings teams and also the two best teams in the Central Suburban South, this should be a good matchup. Maine South won the first contest 61-47 in Evanston, but this is a much better Wildkit ballclub since then as they're 16-6 and stand a game behind in the conference standings at 6-1. Maine South (17-5, 7-0) is a deep and poised team that can carve teams apart with its precise offense. This should be a good one.
Neuqua Valley at Bartlett, 7:15 p.m.
Neuqua Valley (16-6, 9-1) continues to lead in the Upstate Eight River as they host Bartlett. The Wildcats won 61-44 on December 19th at home when these teams first faced but they're coming off a loss to Waubonsie Valley. Bartlett (13-10, 3-5) has struggled lately, as they've lost three straight games heading into their Thursday matchup with East Aurora before playing Neuqua Valley on Friday.
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Wheaton North at Lake Park, 7:30 p.m.
This is an interesting matchup of teams stuck in the middle of the DuPage Valley standings as Wheaton North (10-9, 4-5) hosts Lake Park (13-10, 3-6). Lake Park won the first one at home 65-53 and Wheaton North has lost four of its last five games. Lake Park is also struggling though, as they've dropped three straight games. Which team can turn it around with a win?