This Friday, some big matchups take place for our latest edition of High School Lites as we'll have some ranked battles taking place including the battle for the Public League Playoff title. Three of the top four teams in our CSN Preps Power Rankings will be in action on Friday night.
The top question remains: can No. 4 Whitney Young repeat as city champions? That's what the Dolphins are hoping for Friday at Chicago State as they'll face No. 1 Curie and Cliff Alexander in a matchup of big men between Alexander and Okafor. This should be a hugely-anticipated matchup for the city championship and both of these teams could battle in Class 4A as well in March.
In another great matchup of Top 15 teams in the North Suburban Lake, No. 2 Stevenson takes on No. 12 Lake Forest in a matchup of top juniors as Jalen Brunson of the Patriots will face Lake Forest junior forward Evan Boudreaux. Both are likely All-Area players playing at a high level. Stevenson bested Lake Forest at home earlier in the year, but the Scouts are playing very well at home.
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High School Lites will also have matchups from the DuPage Valley Conference and Fox Valley - Valley Conference while girls basketball playoff action will also take place.
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.
No. 2 Stevenson at No. 12 Lake Forest, 7:00 p.m.
It's a big weekend for both Stevenson (23-1, 10-1) and Lake Forest (20-4, 8-3), but on Friday night they'll square off in a North Suburban Lake contest. The Patriots knocked off the Scouts at home earlier in the year, but Lake Forest has recent home wins over St. Viator, Deerfield and Zion-Benton. This should be a good matchup between juniors as Stevenson's guard trio of Jalen Brunson, Connor Cashaw and Matt Johnson will take on Lake Forest forward Evan Boudreaux. Will Lake Forest have enough firepower around Boudreaux to compete against Stevenson?
Cary-Grove at Crystal Lake South, 7:00 p.m.
Crystal Lake South (14-10, 3-7) has lost three straight conference games entering Friday's home Fox Valley - Valley game against Cary-Grove (15-10. 7-4). The Trojans also beat the Gators at home by 18 earlier in the year, so they'll be the favorites on the road in this one. The Gators also lost on the road during the week to Marengo and they'll be looking for a win to get back on track.
Huntley at Jacobs, 7:00 p.m.
The top two teams in the Fox Valley - Valley face off as Huntley (16-7, 8-2) travels to Jacobs (13-12, 7-3). The Red Raiders won the first matchup at home by three points and they're led by senior forward and Belmont commit Amanze Egekeze. Jacobs will counter with guard Crishawn Orange and they're always a tough out at home.
No. 23 West Aurora at Wheaton North, 7:30 p.m.
Can the Blackhawks get back on track? After a strong January, West Aurora has split its last four games and is now tied for the DuPage Valley Conference lead with Naperville Central and Glenbard North. Jontrell Walker is one of the area's top guards for West Aurora (18-5, 9-2) and the Blackhawks knocked off Wheaton North (13-9, 6-5) by 19 earlier this season at home, but can West Aurora get back on track with a road win?
Naperville Central at Glenbard North, 7:30 p.m.
Its a battle of two of the top three teams in the DuPage Valley Conference on Friday as Naperville Central (18-5, 9-2) travels to Glenbard North (17-5, 9-2). Glenbard North already won at Naperville Central and both teams have recent wins at West Aurora, so this should be a pretty close rematch. Chip Flanigan and Jeremiah Fleming lead Glenbard North while Nick Czarnowski leads Naperville Central.
No. 1 Curie vs. No. 4 Whitney Young, 7:00 p.m. at Chicago St.
The matchup everyone has been waiting for as No. 1 Curie matches up with No. 4 Whitney Young. The top two teams in the Public League square off for the title and it should be a good one. Cliff Alexander vs. Jahlil Okafor headlines the finals as the Dolphins hope to repeat as city champions. These two opponents could also match up in the Class 4A playoffs and play for a sectional title as well. Fans have been clamoring for an Alexander vs. Okafor game all season and now they get a chance to watch one, with a city championship on the line.