Michael O’Brien’s notebook: Jan. 16, 2018

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Marist’s Morgan Taylor shoots a free throw late in the Redhawks’ 52-42 victory over Brother Rice, January 16, 2018. Allen Cunningham / For the Sun-Times.

Marist made a fairly huge jump in the rankings on Sunday and the RedHawks actually lived up to the hype tonight. They aren’t loaded with Division I players, but their formula is easy to believe in. Read all about Marist’s win over Brother Rice in the Battle of Pulaski.

The other big news of the day came this afternoon. For the third consecutive year no Illinois player was selected to play in the McDonald’s All-American game.

It’s obviously disappointing to the entire basketball community, but it also wasn’t a surprise to anyone that has been paying attention. There won’t be a Chicago-area player selected next year either but EJ Liddell (Belleville West) and Francis Okoro (Normal West) have an outside shot.

Tonight’s top games

Bogan 84, Kenwood 55: The Bengals are getting close to the Super 25 again. Tyreon Hardin scored 20 pts and Rashaun Agee added 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Clark 63, Perspectives 54: Another big game for Coby Weekly with 18 points and 14 rebounds.

Lockport 58, Joliet West 53: The Porters pick up a win in the rivalry game. Junior Quinn Gardner buried a three-pointer with 24 seconds left to take the lead.

St. Laurence 75, Richards 73 OT: The Vikings have receded from the limelight a bit since their hot start, but they are 14-6 now. Nice win over a Richards team that is leading the South Suburban Red.

Harlan 60, Dunbar 40: The Falcons win their second consecutive conference game. Freshman Terrance Ford Jr. led the way with 15 points.

Corliss 70, Bowen 36: The Trojans just don’t lose. They are now 16-2. George Conditt had 14 point, 10 rebounds and six blocks.

Simeon 75, Vocational 52: No let up from the Wolverines. Talen Horton-Tucker had 22 points, 10 rebounds and Zion Young added 13.

Curie 57, Hyde Park 47: The Thunderbirds kept it relatively close. Marquise Walker and Tyree Martin each scored 10 points and Treavon Martin almost had a triple-double with nine points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.

Morgan Park 80, Brooks 63: The Mac Irvin Fire twitter account announced that Ayo Dosunmu was going sit out for the next two weeks to let his injured ankle heel. Cam Burrell led the way tonight 20 points, Adam Miller scored 18 points and Kenyon Duling had 17.

Sandburg 86, Tinley Park 49: The dangerous Eagles grab another victory. Sami Ismail led a balanced scoring effort with 10 points.

St. Patrick 58, Dundee-Crown 38: Three underclassmen paced the Shamrocks to their 11th win. Juniors Jacob Medina and Austin Freeman scored 10 and sophomore Dom Galati had 12.

Crete-Monee 56, Bloom 53: The ups and downs continue for the young Blazing Trojans. Crete-Monee is 4-0 in conference.

Bolingbrook 65, Joliet Central 53: It was a dark night for Joliet basketball with West and the Steelmen both losing. The Steelmen stuck with the Raiders for most of the game until a big 13-0 run ended things. Huge road win for the Brook. Tyler Cochran had 21 points and nine boards.

Andrew 63, Stagg 52: The Thunderbolts have been a pretty big surprise this season. They are 11-6 now. Troy Murphy scored 23 points and Evan Yerkes had 17.

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