Michael O’Brien’s high school basketball notebook

Analysis, highlights and scores from the best games of Friday, Feb. 7, 2020.

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Indian Creek’s Cooper Larsen holds the Little Ten Conference Tournament championship trophy.

Indian Creek’s Cooper Larsen holds the Little Ten Conference Tournament championship trophy.

Allen Cunningham/For the Sun-Times

The Little Ten Tournament has been around for 101 years. I finally took in a game tonight.

Indian Creek and Newark met in the title game for the fifth consecutive year. The Norsemen won all four of the previous games and had won the last five conference tournaments.

But tonight was all Timberwolves. Indian Creek ripped off a 33-0 run in this one. Newark didn’t score for 13 minutes of the game. I’ve never seen a run like that.

Indian Creek wins it 62-31 and is one of two undefeated teams left in the state. The Timberwolves are 24-0.

I’ll have a lot more on Indian Creek tomorrow online and in Sunday’s paper. It’s nearly 11 p.m. as I’m wrapping up the notebook and I have a long drive ahead of me.

Mike Clark was over at the big Notre Dame-St. Patrick showdown.

The Curie community held a press conference tonight at 5 p.m. to support Mike Oliver. Nader Issa was there for the Sun-Times.

Friday’s top games

Hinsdale South 54, Downers Grove South 40: Make it 24-0 and undefeated in conference for the surging Hornets. Billy Durkin scored 22. Bobby Durkin and Daeshawn Amy each had 10 points.

Sandburg 63, Lincoln-Way East 47: Very nice win for always capable, gritty Sandburg. Atharva Atreya led the way with 21 in the upset.

St. Ignatius 74, De La Salle 58: The Wolfpack has been playing well lately. Daniel Florey scored 19 and Luke Collins added 15.

Bloom 65, Kankakee 54: This could have been a pothole for the Blazing Trojans but instead it turned into what could be Martice Mitchell’s best game of the season. The Minnesota recruit finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and four blocks. If he plays like that it is hard to see who could handle Bloom. Justin Moore added 15 points and four assists.

Northridge 63, U-High 50: The Knights win it on the road to improve to 20-6. Temi Creppy led the way with 27 points and Andrew Brockmeier added 14.

Fenwick 76, Brother Rice 67: Bryce Hopkins hits the 30 point mark again. And he had 11 rebounds to go with it. If the seniors don’t pick up the pace the star juniors are going to start getting serious Player of the Year attention. Trey Pettigrew added 21 for the Friars.

Riverside-Brookfield 63, IC Prep 31: The Bulldogs are hot, winning eight of their last nine. Paul Zilinskas scored 19 and grabbed 11 rebounds.

Jones 69, Von Steuben 49: Big White Division playoff win. Rron Thaci has cracked the notebook a few times this season. Another huge game for him with 30 points and 18 rebounds. He’s officially on my list now. I need to go see Jones.

Rolling Meadows 93, Buffalo Grove 83 OT: Possibly the signature performance of Max Christie’s high school career so far. The junior scored 42 to lead the Mustangs. But sophomore Kam Craft had a game-high 46 points. Just mark every Christie-Craft showdown as must see from now on.

Marian Catholic 54, Benet 46: A solid home win for the Spartans. Benet hasn’t been talked about much around here since Pontiac but it is a team I’m high on. We will be hearing from the Redwings again this season. Joe Green scored 17 and Ahron Ulis had 12 for MArina Catholic. Colin Crothers led Benet with 16.

Neuqua Valley 53, Waubonsie Valley 52: This is where I would have been if I wasn’t at the Little Ten Tournament final. These are two teams I still need to see this season. Huge win for Neuqua. Connor Davis made the game-winning three-pointer with 1.8 seconds left. Quarterback Mark Gronowski made the pass. Watch it below...

Evanston 64, Maine South 42: The Wildkits take down a young Maine South squad. Elijah Bull scored 20 and Jaylin Gibson added 10 points and five assists.

DePaul Prep 85, St. Joseph 26: Domination. Tyler Johnson led the way with 34 points, seven assists and thre steals and Lance Mosley added 13 points.

Oak Park 74, Lyons 67: Isaiah Barnes is one of those really tantalizing prospects. There are stretches when he just dominates the game. The junior had 30 points and seven rebounds in this big win against the Lions.

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