Friday Night Prep Basketball Roundup

IlliniBoard dug through the trenches of the web to find the latest game stories on Illini recruits including Jon Scheyer, Jeremy Nash, Jamar Smith, Bryce Webster, Bill Cole, Trevor Mbakwe, Albert Jackson, Justin Bocot, and Jeff Ryan among many others.

ILLINOIS SIGNEE - Jamar Smith, Peoria Richwoods
Peoria Richwoods defeated Pekin on Friday night 53-34 in a Mid-State 6 Conference game at Pekin. Jamar Smith scored a game-high 30 points.

From the Peoria Journal Star ...
If not for a couple missed layups, Jamar Smith could have outscored Mid-State 6 Conference host Pekin all by himself Friday.

The Richwoods senior came out firing. Smith made his first three shots, all 3-pointers, to start a season-high 30-point night and lead the Knights to a 53-34 win over the Dragons. It was Smith's seventh straight game with 20 or more points and the sixth win in a row for Richwoods (12-5, 4-1), ranked No. 11 in Class AA.

With less than 2:00 to play, Smith had his 30 points against 29 for Pekin.

"The key is Jamar got hot to start the game," Richwoods coach Mike Ellis said. "With him shooting the way he was, it piqued everyone's interest on the defensive end."
From the Fan Forums ...
By Peoriaman
Jamar poured in 30 tonight at Pekin

What an array of threes, driving layups, mid-range J's along with a big slam on the fast break. If this kid isn't a very good high major player, then I will never evaluate a player again. He had 21 at half, could have scored 40 tonight. Richwoods by 25.

He was spectacular.
Joevan Catron, Thonrton
Thornton defeated Julian Wright's Homewood-Flossmoor on Friday night 60-49 at home in front of numerous college and NBA scouts, and Thornton graduate Napoleon Harris.

From ...
The crowd of nearly 4,000 in Harvey, which included Oakland Raiders linebacker Napoleon Harris and two state senators along with college and NBA scouts, watched Lyons lead his team with 16 points and three steals while Catron added 14 points, eight rebounds and three steals and Brandon Long contributed 14 points.
Later in that same article from it is stated that Joevan Catron has narrowed his college choices down to Illinois, Arizona, Wake Forest, Marquette, amd Michigan State.

From the Chicago Sun Times ...
Lyons led Thornton with 16 points and three steals. Catron added 14 points and eight rebounds, and Long had 14 points.

"We had a tough slate of games this week,'' Catron said. "We beat [Peoria] Manual and H-F, though, and that's not too bad."
Jeff Ryan, Glenbrook South
Glenbrook South defeated Sead Odzic's Niles West on Friday night 52-48 by closing the game on a 15-4 run. Jeff Ryan finished the game with 16 points.

From ...
The first was a jumper that came after a Ryan steal and tied the game 46-46 with 1:25 remaining.

Following a missed Odzic three-point attempt at the other end, Holthaus buried his attempt with :46 left to give South its first second-half lead.

"I wasn't really thinking," said Holthaus, describing his mind-set down the stretch.

"I knew Jeff was going to hit me with the ball [after the steal]. He always finds the open man."
From the Chicago Sun Times ...
Luke Holthaus tied the score at 46 with a long jumper with 1:23 left, then came right back with a three-pointer off a pass from Jeff Ryan to give Glenbrook South the lead with 42 seconds left. Both baskets were part of a 10-2 Titans run in the final 1:41.

Holthaus and Ryan scored 16 points each for Glenbrook South (13-3, 4-1), which tied Niles West (12-4, 4-1) for the conference lead.
Jon Scheyer, Glenbrook North
Glenbrook North defeated Deerfield 63-45.

From ...
Central Suburban North. Jon Scheyer scored 15 of his 19 in 1st half and had 5 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 assists for Spartans (15-2, 5-0).
Brian Carlwell, Proviso East
Proviso East defeated Addison Trail 76-24 on Friday night.

From ...
Brian Carlwell had 16 points, 8 rebounds
Jeremy Nash, Marist
Marist defeated St. Patrick 61-52 on Friday night.

From ...
Jeremy Nash had 15 points, 5 rebounds
Bryce Webster, St. Thomas Academy
Tartan defeated St. Thomas Academy 55-49. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Bryce Webster scored 25 points.

Albert Jackson, Hopkins County Central
Hopkins County Central defeated Christian County 54-47.

From the Kentucky New Era ...
The combination of Jackson's presence and Hopkins Central's 2-3 zone made it difficult on the Colonel shooters. Jackson recorded a triple-double with 15 points, 13 rebounds and 10 blocks.
Bill Cole, Peoria Richwoods
Peoria Richwoods defeated Pekin on Friday night 53-34 in a Mid-State 6 Conference game at Pekin.

From the Peoria Journal Star ...
"It wasn't all me, most of it was Bill (Cole)," Hogan said. "(Morris) doesn't shoot much from the outside. I just had to contest him out there, and once he drove, he had 6-9 waiting for him in the post. That's pretty tough."

Kyle Myers led Pekin with 18 points, as the other four starters combined for 10. Led by nine caroms for Demarvis Russell, Richwoods outrebounded the Dragons 30-23.

"We weren't getting any second shots," Pekin coach Joe Stoner said, noting his team's two offensive rebounds. "(Richwoods') defense was very good. They can extend and guard you on the perimeter and they still have Cole in the post.
Justin Bocot, Blomington
Bloomington defeated Champaign Central 85-79 in double overtime on Friday night. Justin Bocot scored 19 points on Friday night.

From the Bloomington Pantagraph ...
Bocot made two free throws with 4:44 left, giving BHS a 51-46 lead. Just as quickly, Champaign Central responded. The Maroons went on a 12-2 run, grabbing a 58-53 lead with 1:30 left.

After Bocot sank two more free throws, the Maroons turned the ball over. Holtz swished a tough 3-pointer from the corner with a hand in his face to forge a 58-all tie and send it into overtime.

Champaign Central seemed in control again during the first overtime, taking a 68-62 lead with 1:37 left. Three-pointers by Bocot and Holtz closed the gap before Bocot scored on a drive with seven seconds left to tie the game at 70.
Trevor Mbakwe, Henry Sibley
Henry Sibley lost to Mahtomedi 52-39. The statistics were not yet updated on the web site for Henry Sibley, so there are no scoring totals for Mbakwe. Mbakwe is still the third leading scorer in the Minneapolis area, and he scored 23 points against Tartan on Tuesday evening.

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