Michael O’Brien’s high school basketball notebook

Analysis, scores and highlights from the best games of Friday, Jan. 10, 2020.

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Oak Forest’s Devin Tolbert (25) drives to the basket for a lay up as the Bengals play Oak Lawn.

Oak Forest’s Devin Tolbert (25) drives to the basket for a lay up as the Bengals play Oak Lawn.

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My plans kept changing for tonight. Originally I was going to cover Young at Orr, that is always one of the most interesting, action-packed games of the season. When I received word that it was postponed to another date I settled on Mundelein at Stevenson.

Snow deadlines ended that plan. Not sure if I’ve gotten into this before on the notebook but when the weather is bad the deadlines for the newspaper get moved up. Simply because it takes the trucks longer to deliver the papers.

Luckily Oak Lawn at Oak Forest started at 6:30 so that is where I wound up. The Bengals picked up the win they needed to possibly crack the Super 25 for the first time this season.

Senior Jayson Kent had a terrific game and star soph Robbie Avila is always a pleasure to watch.

So now I’m sitting down to do the notebook and watch the recording of the Mundelein-Stevenso. The U-Too will show the last two games of the shootout at DePaul Prep tomorrow night and the Highland Shootout will be streamed on NFHS, so it is a great night to stay home and watch high school basketball.

Friday’s top games

No. 12 Lincoln Park 72, Lane 65: The Lions gut one out without their coach. Ismail Habib scored 33 and Julio Montes added 13.

Leo 59, No. 20 Fenwick 56: This was in Oak Park. Eye-opening win for the Lions, who are loaded with potential. Kendale Anderson led the way with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Adarius West scored 15 and Terrance Ford scored 14. Bryce Hopkins had 31 for the Friars, who may drop out of the Super 25 this week.

Eisenhower 68, Tinley Park 53: Nice road win for the Cardinals. Jemel Jones scored 19 and Taijon Barry added 16.

Sandburg 54, Lincoln-Way West 47 2 OT: The Eagles win a thriller. Leo Serdar sent it to overtime with a three-pointer at the buzzer. Atharva Atreya led Sandburg with 24 points.

Morton beat Downers Grove South: Didn’t see a score with this one but I wanted to make sure to get it into the notebook since sophomore guard Eliseo Gonzalez made seven three-pointers and finished with 27 points.

No. 17 Marian Catholic 74, St. Patrick 64: The Spartans hold on to win behind 17 points from Ahron Ulis in the second half. He finished with 24 points. Elijah Jones added 16 but left with an injury.

No. 16 Waubonsie Valley 73, Naperville Central 44: Dominant win for the Warriors. Ben Schwieger scored 26 and Marcus Skeete added 14.

No. 7 Bloom 55, Rich East 35: The Blazing Trojans dominate a good team. Dante Maddox Jr. had 16 points and seven rebounds and Chrisitan Shumate added 12 points and eight rebounds.

Oak Park 64, Glenbard West 62: Underrated big matchup here. I was very interested to see how the Hilltoppers handled Oak Park. Looks like it went down to the wire. Braden Huff had 26 for Glenbard West.

Clemente 64, Jones 63: Trey Spires made the game-winning free throw with two seconds to play and finished with 21 points. Terrell Taylor had 17 and Daeshaun Adams scored seven in the fourth quarter.

No. 18 Stevenson 67, No. 10 Mundelein 64: Expectations were very high for the Patriots this season and this is a huge step in the right direction. Trey Baker led Mundelein with 22 points.

York 59, Downers Grove North 44: Check out Nate Shockey. The North Dakota recruit scored a season-high 34.

No. 3 Notre Dame 59, St. Viator 42: Solid win for the Dons. Louis Lesmond scored 16 and Troy D’Amico added 15.

Clark 82, Legal Prep 74: Coby Weekly scored 20 and Carion Weathers added 18. The Eagles are 12-4.

Schurz 59, Taft 54: Second nice win of the week for the Bulldogs. Louis Abraham scored 28.

North Lawndale 50, Westinghouse 48 OT: Daveon Rogers won it at the free-throw line for the Phoenix. He finished with 13 points. A lot of scoring balance for North Lawndale. Javante Brackens had 11 points and 11 rebounds and Larry Johnson had 11 and 12.

Aurora Christian 102, McNamara 58: Whoa. Senior Taaj Davis scored 56.

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