Michael O’Brien’s notebook: Jan. 31, 2017

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Benet’s recent state basketball hardware.

Benet and Stevenson have been two of the most prominent programs in the state over the past five years. They met on Tuesday in Lisle and it was pretty much all Benet.

I’ve taken some heat over the past few weeks for keeping the Redwings in the rankings (what an odd twist that is…) but anyone that watched Benet play Simeon in the title game at Pontiac would not question Benet’s worthiness for a second. The Redwings are dangerous, overlook them at your own risk. You’d think most fans would have realized that by now. Take a look at the hardware up there.

Tuesday’s top games

Fenwick 46, Loyola 37: Nice win for Fenwick but also solid proof that the Ramblers are a significant threat this season. No shame in a close loss to the Friars. Freshman DJ Steward scored 17 points, what a debut season he is having. Jamal Nixon added 13.

Aurora Central 40, Plainfield Central 39: The Chargers win on a buzzer-beating putback from Dylan Baker. They are 15-4 this year and I happened to see one of the few losses.

Providence 51, Mount Carmel 46: The Celtics remain hot.

Butler 94, Golder 23: Another triple-double from Marvin Nesbitt with 15 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. His younger brother Teon scored 22.

St. Charles East 67, St. Charles North 57: The Fighting Saints win the battle of St. Charles.

Warren 54, St. Viator 48: The Blue Devils continue their second half renaissance. Junior Brandon Ellis scored 13.

Urban Prep-Englewood 59, Hyde Park 45: Really nice win for Urban Prep.

Hubbard 87, Chicago Richards 75: Still unbeaten. Aiqujuan Bates lead the way with 22 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Fred Wilson added 21 points and 11 rebounds.

Joliet Central 45, Lockport 34: Rivalry win for the Steelmen. Jose Grubbs scored 12. Jason Bingham and Cameron Blackmon each added 11. Not sure there is a good team in the area that regularly has the balanced scoring the Steelmen do.

Bolingbrook 80, Plainfield East 63: Still unbeaten. Nana Akenten had 24 points and six rebounds for the Raiders.

Prospect 54, Glenbrook North 46: Frankie Mack led the Knights with 22, they are 17-4.

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