Michael O’Brien’s notebook: Jan. 12, 2018

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Loyola’s Connor Barrett (25) makes two points over Cody Spencer (4) Friday 01-12-18. Worsom Robinson/For the Sun-Times.

First look at Loyola and DePaul Prep for me this season. The Ramblers were rock solid, really controlled the second half of the game.

Perry Cowan was excellent, he’s one of the area’s best scorers. The Rams play a pretty slow style, so he doesn’t have the big numbers some other players do but he’s scoring a tremendously high percentage of his team’s points.

It’s likely Loyola gets into the Super 25 on Sunday. They are red-hot, playing very good defense and shooting well. Read all about it.

Tonight’s top games

Naperville North 44, Naperville Central 42: Chris Johnson helped the Huskies to the rivalry win with 12 points, eight rebounds and three blocks.

Chicago Christian 62, Illiana Christian 59 OT: The final game in Illinois for this rivalry. Senior Isayas Aris had a steal and dunk at the buzzer to win it. He had 23 points and nine boards.

Leo 74, St. Francis 51: Another big night from Fred Cleveland with 29 points and eight assists. Dachaun Anderson posted 15 points and 11 boards.

Prosser 72, Marshall 63: Moon Robinson has things are happening at Prosser. Will Bynum scored 20 and Treyon Johnson had nine points, 16 rebounds and six blocks.

Lincoln-Way East 62, Sandburg 46: Zach Parduhn scored a career-high 27 points and Sam Shafer had 18. Nice win for the Griffins, Sandburg has been giving teams fit.

Maine South 79, Niles North 73: The Vikings were undefeated a week ago. They lost at New Trier earlier this week and now drop one to the Hawks. Maine South’s Essam Hamwi scored 31, including 13 in the 4th quarter. Grant Miller added 14.

Libertyville 80, Mundelein 54: The Wildcats are 10-5 now, Drew Peterson scored 23.

McHenry 60, Wheaton Academy 55: Gavin Markgraff scored a career-high 39.

St. Charles East 53, St. Charles North 50: Take a look at the finish…

Crane 76, Clark 66: The Cougars win again. Senior Hylan Harris scored 32 and Terrell Ousley added 18 points and eight rebounds.

Momence 100, Dwight 45: MOMENCE WATCH. The Redskins continue to dominate. Lamarius Lillard led the way with 23 points and Lamar Lillard added 17 pts, 12 rebounds, and 5 assists. Woodrow Hubbard chipped in with 18.

Romeoville 75, Plainfield East 68: Eddie Creal scored 18 to lead the Spartans to a tough win.

Uplift 71, Farragut 53: Looks like the good version of the Titans showed up tonight. They have an awful lot of potential. Toraze Dobbs scored 19 and Markese Jacobs had 18. Reggie Strong scored 16 for the Admirals.

Fenwick 60, St. Joseph 46: DJ Steward had 17 points and Mike O’Laughlin scored 12.

Evanston 50, New Trier 49 OT: The young Wildkits come back to win the big rivalry game.

Conant 57, Hoffman Estates 42: Ryan Davis dropped 24.

Stevenson 42, Lake Zurich 41: Sophomore Matt Ambrose wins it with a last-second shot.


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