Michael O’Brien’s high school basketball notebook

Analysis, scores and highlights from the best games of Feb. 14, 2020.

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Scottie Pippen watching the Morgan Park-Bogan game.

Scottie Pippen watching the Morgan Park-Bogan game.

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Big wins for Simeon and Morgan Park tonight but it was a pretty lousy watch for the neutrals. Both teams dominated from the start, leaving very little drama and almost no energy in the cavernous Jones Armory.

The city title game on Sunday should be excellent, both teams are playing their best right now.

There was some other news on Friday. The Jordan Brand Classic all-star game announced it would be held at Wintrust Arena on March 25. Young’s DJ Steward, Morgan Park’s Adam Miller and Chicago native Nimari Burnett were all selected. Robert Smith and Tyrone Slaughter will coach the two teams.

Mike Clark was over at DePaul Prep where Fenwick pulled off a nice upset.

Friday’s top games

Deerfield 44, Maine East 43: Walt Mattingly hit the game-winner and Brandon Lieb led the way with 14 points.

Carmel 62, Marist 30: A dominant win for the Corsairs. Sophomore Asher Jackson scored 19 and junior Kimahri Wilson added 12.

Rolling Meadows 66, Wheeling 51: Max Christie had 23 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks and Cameron Christie added 11.

Stevenson 50, Mundelein 49: It’s a regular season sweep for the Patriots, who have clearly been on a roll lately. Matt Ambrose scored 19 to lead the way.

Dunbar 87, Clemente 63: The Mightymen advance to play Fenger in the Public League consolation title game. Senior Robert Johnson scored22 and sophomore Jerrell Edwards added 22 points.

Kankakee 66, Thornwood 35: Rashard Harris had 16 points and eight rebounds. The Kays are 21-4. Ambrozino Storr added 14 points.

Benet 45, Notre Dame 43: The Redwings are always so dangerous at home. Tyler Van Eekeren scored a game-high 16 points. Anthony Sayles couldn’t get his last-second three-pointer to fall for the Dons.

St. Charles North 63, St. Charles East 52: The North Stars win the Battle of St. Charles behind 21 points from sophomore Ethan Marlowe. That’s a name I’m not familiar with, which rarely happens in the notebook. He’s 6-7.

Glenbard West 53, Oak Park 48: The shorthanded Hilltoppers pick up a major win. Anas Alzamli made a key three-pointer and Paxton Warden scored 18.

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