High School Lites Preview: Week 13

High School Lites Preview: Week 13
February 27, 2014, 4:30 pm
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Scott Phillips

This Friday's edition of High School Lites has some great games in-store as the final night of the regular season for Class 3A and Class 4A teams tips off.

The schedule is led by two intriguing matchups of top-25 teams as No. 19 St. Joseph travels to No. 24 St. Rita and No. 17 St. Viator travels to No. 14 Mount Carmel.

We'll also have some great Class 1A and Class 2A regional championships as well and check in on the girl’s side of the state tournament with some matchups there as well.

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.

T.F. South at No. 22 Hillcrest, 6:30 p.m.  

The Hawks (18-8, 11-1) have won 13-straight games and they'll be tested during a home game with South Suburban rival T.F. South (12-13, 9-3). Hillcrest is getting great production from junior forward Taylor Adway and DeAngelo Isby and T.F. South will look for a marquee win before entering the state playoffs.

No. 19 St. Joseph at No. 24 St. Rita, 7:00 p.m.

This should be a tremendous matchup as the Chargers (20-6) travel to meet St. Rita (17-7). The Mustangs, and recent Kentucky commit Charles Matthews, will host St. Joseph and its talented junior guards Glynn Watson, Jordan Ash and Joffrey Brown. Matthews will also have his brother, Dominique, in the backcourt with him, while the interior matchup between St. Rita junior Myles Carter and St. Joseph sophomore Nick Rakocevic in the post should be intriguing. Can St. Rita build on its momentum from the Loyola win?

[RELATED: St. Rita's Charles Matthews chooses Kentucky]

No. 17 St. Viator at No. 14 Mount Carmel, 7:00 p.m.

Another great guard-driven matchup in this one as St. Viator (20-5) travels to the city to face Mount Carmel (20-7). Both of these teams are five seeds in the Class 4A state playoffs and this is a crucial matchup to see where both teams stand entering incredibly difficult sectionals. St. Viator is a five-seed in the Lake Zurich Sectional and Mount Carmel is a five-seed in the Marist Sectional in which the four teams ahead of both programs are all ranked. Can senior David Nichols help lead the Caravan over St. Viator's talented guard lineup of Ore Arogundade, Roosevelt Smart and Mark Falotico.

Peotone at Plano, 7:00 p.m.

An Interstate Eight matchup takes place on Friday as Peotone (14-12) travels to Plano (16-12). These two teams are facing for the second time this season earlier this season with a three-point victory. 

Newark vs. Mooseheart, 1A Somonauk Regional Championship, 7:00 p.m.

This should be a good one in Class 1A as Newark (18-9), winners of the Little Ten, take on Mooseheart (23-3), winners of the Northeastern Athletic. The matchup in the interior could dictate a lot in this one as Newark has a talented sophomore post in 6-foot-6 forward Jack Clausel that will face Mooseheart's interior duo of 6-foot-9 Makur Puou and 6-foot-7 Mengisto Deng. Mooseheart had a disappointing sectional semifinal loss last season and will be looking to make it downstate in Puou and Deng's senior seasons.

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Hales Franciscan vs. TEAM Englewood, 2A Hales Franciscan Regional Championship, 7:00 p.m.

This is a tremendous matchup for the Class 2A Hales Franciscan Regional Championship. Hales (16-12) will be the host and the favorite, thanks to Eddie Miles and a talented supporting cast, but TEAM Englewood (14-10) won the White Central and Shartone Moore is one of the more underrated players in Chicago. 

Aurora Christian vs. Immaculate Conception, 2A Aurora Christian Regional Championship, 7:00 p.m.

Host Aurora Christian (16-11) will have its hands full when they host Suburban Christian Gold champion Immaculate Conception (21-6). Aurora Christian pulled off a mini-upset in the regional semifinal in its defeat of St. Edward and they also defeated Immaculate Conception in late February when the two teams faced. 

Marmion Academy at Wheaton Academy, 7:30 p.m.
 
Marmion (14-12) will be looking for revenge against Wheaton Academy (18-8) after losing by four points at home to the Suburban Christian Blue conference leaders. Wheaton Academy has a solid inside-outside forward in Gordon Behr as well as three-point ace Josh Ruggles and they'll be tough to stop at home.