Michael O’Brien’s notebook: Feb. 19, 2016

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What can you say about the Public League Final Four? It was a total and complete logistical nightmare for the teams, the fans and the media. No one enjoyed the venue or pretty much anything involved.

But the basketball. Oh my the basketball. I’m still kind of on a hoops high and I’ve been home for a little bit. That was a fantastic night of hoops. If you weren’t there I hope you watched it on television.

Kenwood beat Curie.  And Simeon beat Morgan Park.

So many possible No. 1’s on Sunday that the mind sort of reels. Simeon? Fenwick? Kenwood? Who knows, a lot of basketball left to be played. But it seems almost certain that Morgan Park has been dethroned for the first time this season.


Tonight’s top games

Maine South 61, Evanston 55: The Wildkits’ 13-game winning streak is over. Brad Perry had 17 points, Jon Arenas 14 for the Hawks. This takes a lot of the steam out of the Simeon-Evanston matchup tomorrow.

Notre Dame 76, Marist 70: The Dons are hot. Everyone knows what Ammar Becar can do. Big night for him with 26 points and 8 rebounds. And Jeameril Wilson is back from injury and may have played his best game of the season, scored 17 points.

Benet 56, Marian Central 48: The Hurricanes are a dangerous squad. Looks like they gave Benet a good fight, but the Redwings are just on fire. James Dockery scored 20 points.

Glenbard West 62, Proviso West 52: The Hilltoppers avenge a loss and Justin Pierce becomes the school’s all-time leading scorer. That’s a solid night’s work.

Larkin 57, St. Charles East 55: Signs of life from the Royals.

Lincoln-Way West 47, Thornridge 39: Junior Marco Pettinato is putting up some numbers this season. Had 25 and 10 rebounds.

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