It’s going to be a mild weekend before the rush of holiday tournaments begin. Here is this week’s brief Weekend Forecast of the top three games.
Friday, Dec. 21
■ Homewood-Flossmoor at Simeon
You have to love that coach Marc Condotti is taking his Vikings to Simeon. Simply put, this is a really cool matchup and one basketball fans would love to see more of in the Public League. This is just the second time a suburban school has traveled to play at Simeon.
Simeon’s slow start has been well chronicled, and the loss of star sophomore Ahamad Bynum to injury doesn’t help. It’s rare to say the following words –– “Simeon is really in need of a win” –– but the Wolverines really do need this one. Plus, H-F, with its size and length, is probably not the team you want to face when you’re having trouble scoring and you’re missing your most creative offensive player.
Homewood-Flossmoor has just two losses on the season, both coming to highly-ranked Bloom by a combined six points.
Even without Bynum, Simeon finds a way here and builds up some positive momentum heading into the Pontiac Holiday Tournament.
Hoops Report pick: Simeon 58, Homewood-Flossmoor 55
■ Leo at DePaul Prep
Arguably the two best teams and highest ranked ones in the Chicago Catholic League go at it in a big one. Leo is a legit Class 2A state champ contender. DePaul Prep could very well win a Class 3A state title.
The battle at point guard will be intriguing as the diminutive Fred Cleveland of Leo faces big, physical Raheem Anthony of DePaul Prep. But there is a constant in this one, do-it-all Perry Cowan, who gives DePaul the edge.
Hoops Report pick: DePaul Prep 57, Leo 53
■ Downers Grove North at York
A key game in the West Suburban Silver as contending Downers Grove North does not want to fall two games behind York heading into the new year. But York has been so impressive, winning six straight games and knocking off Benet and walloping Willowbrook along the way.
After starting the season 7-0, Downers North has dropped two in a row, losing to Glenbard West and Downers Grove South.
A whole bunch of perimeter weapons on display, starting with DGN’s Semaj Henderson and Trey Boston and continuing with York’s Nick Kosich, Erik Cohn and junior Nate Shockey.
Hoops Report pick: York 60, Downers Grove North 53