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Team Rose Classic notebook

Scores and highlights from all 12 games at Mount Carmel this weekend.

Oak Forest’s Taurean Mickens (44), Fred Robinson IV (5), Jack Holubecki (10), Robbie Avila (21) and Drew Pagnusat (24) react during the game against Lane.
Oak Forest’s Taurean Mickens (44), Fred Robinson IV (5), Jack Holubecki (10), Robbie Avila (21) and Drew Pagnusat (24) react during the game against Lane.
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Curie 64, Leo 51: Chikasi Ofoma finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds and Jeremy Harrington had 18 points and 12 rebounds.

“We’re both versatile so we just listen to whatever the coach’s game plan is,” Ofoma said. “Today they had smaller guys so we knew we to play like posts in this game.”

Leo (3-1) started well. The Lions played fast, hard and smart and led 33-30 at halftime. They ran into a bit of a brick wall in the third quarter.

“We came out with no energy,” Leo coach Jamal Thompson said. “They made their free throws and we missed ours. That’s how the cookie crumbles sometimes. But this was a good learning experience for us.”

Senior Cameron Cleveland led Leo with 15 points and seven rebounds, junior Jakeem Cole scored 10 points and Austin Ford added eight points and 10 rebounds.

Read more on the Curie win:

Orr 71, Tinley Park 62: Senior Leontae Lilly turned in one of the day’s best performances. The point guard scored 26 and spearheaded the offense for the Spartans (5-1). Cam Lawin added 20 points.

Orr won a game in Tennessee last night and picked up forfeit loss (Clark) and a forfeit win (Farragut) during the week.

The roller coaster season continues for the Titans (4-6). Nick Harrell scored 15.

Clark 63, Notre Dame 61: I was busy doing the rankings for the print newspaper deadline and missed this one. These stats are courtesy of Scott Burgess of Prep Hoops, who watched every game of the event.

Mikell Jones had 20 points and his brother Mikqwon Jones scored 13. Big man Suliamon Agiste added 12 for the Eagles, who are close to cracking the Super 25 again. They are at Young on Wednesday.

Sonny Williams led the Dons with 16 and Bryce Coleman scored 12.

Brother Rice 55, Joliet West 44: This wasn’t as close as the score indicates. The Crusaders controlled the game from start to finish. Joliet West made a late charge after the Brother Rice starters were pulled.

Junior Ahmad Henderson led the Crusaders (8-1) with 16 points and Khalil Ross added 11 points and four rebounds. Nine players scored for Brother Rice, which also knocked off Marist and Marian Catholic during the week.

Joliet West sophomore Justus McNair scored 14 points and junior Jayden Martin added 10 points and five rebounds. Freshman Jeremiah Fears finished with 14 points.

I’m hearing that Toby Onyekonwu may hear on Tuesday if he’s eligible to play for the Tigers (4-5) this season. The Plainfield East transfer is a high-scoring senior guard. He’d make an instant impact for Joliet West, which hosts Bloom on Tuesday.

De La Salle 51, Farragut 37: This one was not pretty. The teams combined for more than 50 turnovers and the Admirals spent most of the first half missing free throws.

It’s a much-needed win for the Meteors (3-6). DJ Bates continues his solid senior season with 17 points and big man Evan Jackson scored 10.

Farragut, which forfeited two games this week due to a fight in the game against Clemente, falls to (1-4).

Mount Carmel 61, Westinghouse 48: The host school wins the Sunday morning opener. DeAndre Craig led the Caravan with 20 points. Anthony Ciaravino added 14 and Elijah Joner scored 12.

Mount Carmel had a solid week with wins against De La Salle, Marist and Providence-St. Mel to improve to 10-0.

Westinghouse sophomore Askia Bullie opened some eyes. He finished with 14 points and senior Joshua West added 14. The Warriors fall to 3-6.


Saturday’s games

Glenbard West 51, Hillcrest 48: Glenbard West’s celebrated length almost met its match. Hillcrest’s aggressive bigs, led by senior Marcus Glover, out-rebounded the Hilltoppers and took them to the limit in the Team Rose Classic at Mount Carmel on Saturday.

But size impacts the game all over the court. Braden Huff, the 6-11 Gonzaga recruit, blocked a Hillcrest shot attempt at the rim in the final seconds.

Yorkville Christian 77, Hyde Park 61: Duke recruit Jaden Schutt scored 15 consecutive points in the second quarter for the Mustangs. He finished with 35 points and nine rebounds.

The game was close for three quarters but Yorkville Christian buckled down on defense and held Hyde Park (4-3) to just to baskets in the fourth quarter.

KJ Vassar added 15 points for the Mustangs (6-4) and David Douglas Jr. scored eight.

Davontae Hall (17 points) led a balances scoring attack for the Thunderbirds. Byron Hobbs Jr. scored 16 and Cam Williford added 14.

Bloom 50, Evanston 48: What a weekend for the Blazing Trojans. Wins over Thornton and the Wildkits.

This game wasn’t pretty. Bloom was just 2-for-9 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.

Raeshom Harris scored 15 for the Blazing Trojans (6-2) and 6-9 senior Emondrek Ford added 11 points and eight rebounds. Bloom led 41-30 after three quarters. Evanston (6-2) pulled within 47-45 with 1:57 on a rebound and basket by junior Prince Adams (14 points, 10 rebounds).

The Wildkits didn’t manage a bucket after that until Evanston’s Rashawn Bost (14 points) drained a three at the buzzer.

North Lawndale 60, Lincoln-Way East 57: The Phoenix held off Lincoln-Way East courtesy of some late-game heroics from juniors Damarion Wyatt and Aidon Parker.

Wyatt’s driving layup with 13 seconds to play put North Lawndale ahead 58-57. Parker grabbed a key rebound off a missed free throw on the next possession, was fouled and made two free throws to seal the win.

Junior Ronald Chambers led the Phoenix (5-4) with 22 points and Parker finished with 11.

Tylon Tolliver led the Griffins (1-7) with 19 points and George Bellevue added 14 points and eight rebounds.

Oak Forest 80, Lane 60: There is a universal appreciation for Robbie Avila’s game that is uncommon. Opposing coaches, referees and fans marvel at the way Oak Forest’s 6-8 senior plays basketball.

His mind always appears to be a few steps ahead of everyone else on the court. And he has the skills to pull off his vision.

“It’s amazing how he runs our team,” Bengals coach Matt Manzke said. “He brings the whole program to another level. There’s been multiple times this year where he’s suggested that we need to do something different on the court. And we do it and it’s the right thing to do.”

Avila, an Indiana State recruit, had 30 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and four steals in Oak Forest’s win against Lane on Saturday.

Riverside-Brookfield 78, Romeoville 50: The Bulldogs opened the third quarter with a 14-4 run and dominated the second half.

John Paul Hanley scored 26 and Joevonn McCottry added 18. Meyoh Swansey led Romeoville with 14 points.

The Bulldogs are now 8-1 and the only loss was a close game to Curie. The Spartans fall to 5-3.