Michael O’Brien’s notebook: Feb. 26, 2019

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St. Patrick’s Austin Freeman (24) scores against Foreman in their 78-24 win in Chicago, Tuesday, February 24, 2019. | Kevin Tanaka/For the Sun Times

So I was over at St. Patrick tonight. Things did not go according to plan. I wanted to check in with Foreman’s Damari Hendrix and see how his high school career was wrapping up and what plans he had for college. I was excited to see what kind of a player he had developed into, I know Hornets coach Brian Rose had high hopes for him back at the start of junior year.

That didn’t pan out. Hendrix left the team a couple weeks ago according to Rose. That’s a real shame and I hope everything works out for Hendrix, he was a nice kid when I met him and he dealt with his situation in a really impressive manner.

Ben Pope was over at Marshall.

Anderson brothers muscle fired-up Leo to revenge win over Marshall: Leo had a score to settle against Marshall on Tuesday. And they settled it with plenty of scores. After trailing into the third quarter, the Lions scraped out a small lead entering the final minutes and then ruthlessly poured points on a defeated Commodores squad late, winning 77-53 to advance to the Class 2A Marshall Sectional finals.

“We just got down to business,” senior DaChaun Anderson said. “We wanted it more than them and we owed them one, so that was it right there.” Read the story

Tuesday’s top games

Geneva 66, Hinsdale Central 56: The Vikings win a kinda close one, huge game from Jack McDonald with 37 points.

Orr 68, Timothy Christian 39: The Spartans cruise. Tujautae Williams had 17 points and nine rebounds and Sherif Kenney added 12 points and four assists.

Waubonsie Valley 59, Lincoln-Way East 44: I had my eye on this one, thought maybe the Griffins would pull off the upset, but the Warriors fought them off. Marcus Skeete scored 23 and Derrien Porter added 14.

York 66, Prosser 38: The Dukes dominate a team that gave some Red Division teams a real test.

Marian Catholic 67, Oak Lawn 57: Ahron Ulis steps up with 30 points for Marian. Oak Lawn is all juniors, so playing a close game against one of the state’s best teams is a decent indicator for next season.

Maine South 51, Hoffman Estates 41: The streak continues. Fillip Bulatovic scored 20 points and John Gardiner added 12.

Cary-Grove 63, Streamwood 43: Beau Frericks is the real deal, the junior scored 20.

Simeon 80, Bradley-Bourbonnais 49: The Wolverines cruise behind Ahamad Bynum’s 19 points. Antonio Reeves added 16 and Jaylen Drane was a factor again with 12 points and four assists.

Oswego East 61, Neuqua Valley 60: RayJ Dennis hits a three at the buzzer and the Wolves win. Dennis scored 30, 13 in the fourth quarter.

Plainfield North 58, Lockport 44: Interesting result here, both teams have flashed some upside this season. Cooper Bridges scored 16 and Billy Connors had 15.

Niles West 69, Niles North 59: It’s a year of no upsets in general but this is a genuine upset. Huge one for the Wolves. Mason Williams had 24 and Kevin Guillaume added 14.

Lincoln Park 69, St. Ignatius 58: The Lions left it late, trailing by three at halftime. Ismail Habib led the with 15 and Julio Montes adde 14 points.

Mundelein 48, Wheeling 36: The young Mustangs are going to play in a regional final. Scottie Ebube had 24 points and 12 rebounds and Conor Enright added 10 points, five rebounds and five assists.

Sullivan 67, North Chicago 65: The Warhawks have been a dominant force in Class 3A over the years so this is a huge win for Sullivan. Josh Scott led the way with 29 points.

Lyons 58, Hinsdale South 44: Tyrese Shines scored 19 and Josh Berry had 18. Really solid win for the Lions, who flashed some potential at the York Tournament over the holidays.

Bloom 50, Stagg 42: The Chargers played very well, they were within two points with 1:27 to play. Dante Maddox Jr. had 14 points and Donovan Newby added 12.

Kankakee 64, Prairie Central 62: The Kays are allegedly one of the state’s best 3A teams but they nearly lost in the regional semis.

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