Blackshear plays for Chicago city title

Wayne Blackshear, a 2011 Louisville commit, had a monster game Wednesday in the semifinals to lead Morgan Park to Friday night's Chicago Public League city championship game against Marshall.

Wayne Blackshear, a 2011 Louisville commit, will lead Morgan Park against Marshall Friday night in the Chicago Public League city championship game.

Blackshear has put up monster numbers this season, including a 41 point, 21 rebound, six block performance in a 76-74 overtime win over Hyde Park Wednesday night in semifinals.

The 6-5 Blackshear led Morgan Park to an upset of No. 1 Young 72-53 in the second round and had a game-high 17 points and 6 rebounds in the 51-50 quarterfinal win over Simeon. Morgan Park defeated Harlan 56-48 in the first round of the city tournament.

Early this season, Blackshear regularly was posting 30 point, 20 rebound numbers. Then he sprained an ankle and missed two weeks of action in January. That forced several of Morgan Park's young players to step up and play bigger roles.

"We got a lot better when I got hurt," Blackshear told the Chicago Tribune. "Guys learned to play together without me on the court. I'm not always going to be out there, so it was a good experience. I don't always have to carry the team. Sometimes they carry me."

The championship game is set for 7:30 Friday at UIC Pavilion. The game will be televised on WCIU-TV in Chicago.

Rick Pitino will be in Chicago tonight to watch Blackshear play for the title. The Cardinals play Saturday at DePaul.

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