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Michael O’Brien’s high school basketball notebook

Analysis, scores and highlights from the top games of Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020.

Lindblom’s Marshun Williams (35) takes the ball down the court past Hyde Park.
Lindblom’s Marshun Williams (35) takes the ball down the court past Hyde Park.
Kirsten Stickney/For the Sun-Times

Marshun Williams can play. I’ve been waiting for awhile to highlight the Lindblom senior in a story and had a feeling tonight might be the night.

The Eagles delivered, upsetting a talented but very young Hyde Park team in the first round of the Public League playoffs.

Read all about that here.

There was also an update on Lincoln Park’s situation today. Mayor Lori Lightfoot chimed in on the controversy.

Tuesday’s top games

Bogan 95, UP-Englewood: Kyndall Davis had 18 points and six rebounds and Antione Bloxton added 16 points and seven assists. The Bengals have been out of the spotlight for awhile but shouldn’t be underestimated in the city tournament.

Simeon 73, King 52: DePaul Recruit Ahamad Bynum scored 16 as the Wolverines advance into the second round. Jaylen Drane and Jaylen Griffin each scored 10.

Crane 71, North Lawndale 68: The Cougars have some nice wins this season but this is still an upset. Robert Hobbs had 23 points and 15 rebounds, he’s a load. Jalen West added 21 points and 10 rebounds.

Orr 85, Mather 60: Bryce Hall scored 17, Norvell Meadows added 13 as the Spartans cruise into the sweet sixteen.

Marshall 67, Longwood 58: Decent showing for Longwood in the loss. Junior Adam Claybourne scored 22 and had six rebounds. I haven’t seen any Marshall stats.

Young 81, Taft 56: This one was close for a half and then the Dolphins took over. Jaehshon Thomas scored 20 and DJ Steward added 19 points.

Phillips 71, Lane 51: This is technically an upset but not a surprise to anyone that has seen the Wildcats play this season. Keyon Joiner is probably the most underrated player in the city. He would be an immediate impact player for any team in the Super 25. The senior finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds.

Schurz 71, Brooks 65: The third White Division team to pull off an upset in the city tournament. This is another one that seemed likely. Nakyel Shelton led the way with 22 points and eight assists. Louis Abraham added 20 points and eight boards.

Corliss 75, Vocational 30: Dominant win for the Trojans. Junior Sincere Malone had 14 points and four rebounds and senior Jamario Minnefield added 13.

Get all the scores for the city tournament and the second round pairings here.

Deerfield 74, Rolling Meadows 51: Interesting margin in this one. Brandon Lieb scored 18 and Walt Mattingly added 13. Deerfield is now 15-8.

Mundelein 72, Conant 54: Another big game from Scottie Ebube with 25 points and eight rebounds. Conor Enright had 22 points, nine assists and six boards.

Highland Park 54, Palatine 49 3 OT: Must have been a wild one. Julian Campbell scored 24 for the Pirates in defeat.

Oak Lawn 64, Lemont 59: The Spartans have dropped out of the Super 25 but are still 19-5. Sami Osmani scored 31 to lead the way.

Hinsdale South 72, Montini 41: The Hornets, now 23-2, set a record for wins in school history. James Ruzicka led the way with 20 and Billy Durkin added 16 points.

Thornton 52, Kankakee 49: A close one but the Wildcats survive in Kanakee. Sean Burress and Brandon Hall each scored 12 points.

Indian Creek 76, Hinckley Big Rock 38: Dominant win the Little Ten Tournament for Indian Creek, which is the only undefeated team in the area at 22-0. Cooper Larson had 24 points and 10 rebounds and Cam Russell added 14 points and four steals. I’m hoping to find a way to see Indian Creek play soon.

Waubonsie Valley 62, Oswego 55: Very solid win for the Warriors and a monster game for Marcus Skeete with 35 points and 13 rebounds.

Lincoln-Way East 45, Lockport 43: Jhei-R Jones made the winning layup with five seconds to play.

St. Charles East 63, Wheaton-Warrenville South 55: Sean Sullivan led the way with 22 and the Saints have won 10 of their last 11 games.