Wayne's World: Blackshear wins title

Wayne Blackshear was the best player in Chicago's Public School League this season. Friday night, the 6-5 2011 Louisville commit made the game-winning basket with time running down to give Morgan Park a 61-60 city championship win over Marshall.

The Chicago Public School League belongs to Wayne Blackshear.

Blackshear, a 6-5 junior forward committed to Louisville, banked in a short jumper with 13.5 seconds remaining to give Morgan Park a 61-60 win over Marshall in the Chicago Public League championship game Friday night at UIC.

Blackshear and 6-4 junior guard Jerome Brown helped Morgan Park overcome a significant disadvantage on the backboard to the taller Marshall squad. Blackshear finished with a game-high 21 points, while Brown added 18. Blackshear made 10 of 14 free throws in the contest.

Blackshear began slowly in the title game but started to assert himself in the third quarter. Despite picking up his third foul in the opening minutes of the second half, Blackshear helped Morgan Park take a 49-48 lead into the fourth quarter by getting to the line and scoring in transition, including an uncanny spin move finish on the fast break.

Blackshear picked up two fouls in the game's first three minutes, but Brown kept Morgan Park in contention with six first half three's.

Blackshear got going in the second quarter after scoring just two points in the opening period. The junior registered his first field goal on a monster two-handed dunk down the lane after freeing himself with a nice shot fake from behind the arch.

Blackshear scored six points in the second quarter, including a three-pointer as time expired to tie the game at 40 at the break. Eleven of Morgan Park's 12 first half field goals were three-pointers.

"We've been a three-point shooting team all year," Morgan Park head coach Nick Irvin said. "We were just taking what they gave us."

Louisville coach Rick Pitino watched the contest courtside and had a huge smile on his face after the game.


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