By Joe Collins & Taylor Bell
1 Simeon (13-0)
Results: Defeated Miller Grove (GA) 59-56
This Week: Wednesday at Brooks, Friday vs. Morgan Park
Hoops Talk: The Wolverines dealt with business out of state. Now the scene shifts back to the Red-South where long-time rival Morgan Park awaits.
2 Proviso East (13-0)
Results: Defeated Morton 87-51 and Batavia 90-44
This Week: Friday vs. Willowbrook
Hoops Talk: The Pirates have a multitude of offensive weapons but take note of their defense. They forced 33 turnovers against Batavia Saturday night.
3 Curie (12-1)
Results: Defeated Muskegon Heights (MI) 70-58
This Week: Tuesday at King, Wednesday at Kenwood
Hoops Talk: Another dominant performance for Cliff Alexander (20 points, 16 rebounds). Devin Foster added 17 in Saturdays victory.
4 Warren (10-2)
Results: No games played this week (Fridays game vs. Zion-Benton was postponed)
This Week: Friday vs. Libertyville, Saturday vs. Lakes
Hoops Talk: Solid season thus far for the North Suburban Lake conferenceWarren, Mundelein, Stevenson, Libertyville and Lake Zurich all have at least 10 wins.
5 Andrew (10-0)
Results: Defeated Lincoln-Way North 42-35
This Week: Tuesday at Lincoln-Way East, Friday vs. Thornridge
Hoops Talk: Jubril Adekoya was huge down the stretch against the Phoenix, ending with a game-high 17. A 12-3 run in the second half proved to be the difference.
6 Plainfield East (12-0)
Results: Defeated Plainfield North 60-55
This Week: Friday vs. Romeoville
Hoops Talk: Dee Brown had 25 points for the Bengals, but they needed Brian Bennetts free throws in the final seconds to ice the game against North.
7 Elgin (13-1)
Results: Defeated Batavia 49-43
This Week: Wednesday vs. Larkin, Friday vs. Streamwood
Hoops Talk: Kory Brown needs two more points to reach a career total of 1,000.
8 Bogan (12-1)
Results: Defeated Bloom 76-64
This Week: Wednesday at Corliss, Friday vs. Brooks
Hoops Talk: Huge win for the Bogan program Saturday night against a ranked Bloom team, with Kendall Wesley scoring 18 of his 22 points in the fourth.
9 De La Salle (11-2)
Results: Defeated Fenwick 57-35
This Week: Tuesday at Brooks, Friday at Gordon Tech
Hoops Talk: The Meteors bounce back from the loss to St. Ignatius, as Alvin Ellis (19 points) and Gavin Schilling (14 points, 9 rebounds) lead the way.
10 Metea Valley (14-0)
Results: Defeated Lake Park 61-45
This Week: Wednesday at Waubonsie Valley, Saturday vs. St. Charles North
Hoops Talk: Sean Davis provided the spark in the third quarter against L-P, scoring six points with three steals. Statement game upcoming at Waubonsie?
11 Downers Grove South (10-2)
Results: No games played last week.
This Week: Monday vs. Fremd, Friday at Leyden, Saturday at Glenbard North
Hoops Talk: Busy week for the Mustangs, who need to keep pace with Proviso East in the West Suburban Gold.
12 New Trier (13-2)
Results: Defeated Evanston 58-48
This Week: Thursday vs. Maine South
Hoops Talk: Dartmouth-bound forward Connor Boehm was huge in a huge rivalry game. The 6-7 senior finished with 26 points and kept the Wildkits at bay.
13 Huntley (12-1)
Results: Defeated Crystal Lake Central 56-35 and McHenry 55-36.
This Week: Tuesday at Crystal Lake South, Friday vs. Prairie Ridge
Hoops Talk: The Red Raiders were impressive on the boards against C-L Central. They had a 32-14 advantage. Center Amanze Egekeze had a double-double.
14 Bloom (13-2)
Results: Lost to Rich South 47-46 and Bogan 76-64
This Week: Friday vs. Crete-Monee
Hoops Talk: Rough week for the Blazing Trojans, but Donald Moore continues to shine. He scored 19 points against Bogan.
15 Hillcrest (12-3)
Results: Defeated Evergreen Park 58-40 and Thornton 68-53
This Week: Wednesday vs. Eisenhower
Hoops Talk: Jovan Mooring ignited a 12-0 run in the second quarter against Thornton to hold off the Wildcats in Harvey. He finished with 25 points.
16 Whitney Young (6-5)
Results: Lost to Wheeling Jesuit University 55-44
This Week: Wednesday vs. Raby, Friday @ Farragut
Hoops Talk: Sophomore center Jahlil Okafor and company return to ChicagolandRed-West competition. Fridays battle against the Admirals will be intriguing.
17 St. Rita (7-5)
Results: Defeated St. Ignatius 50-42
This Week: Tournament of Champions, Springfield MO
Hoops Talk: Senior guard Tony Hicks put the Mustangs on his back in the second half against Ignatius, where he scored 15 of his 22 points.
18 St. Ignatius (11-2)
Results: Lost to St. Rita 50-42
This Week: Friday vs. St. Joseph, Sunday vs. Farragut (MLK Shootout)
Hoops Talk: Brian Howard scored 12 points Friday night against St. Rita, but could not contain Tony Hicks down the stretch.
19 Crane (8-3)
Results: No games played this week.
This Week: Wednesday vs. Westinghouse, Friday at Marshall
Hoops Talk: Marshall, Farragut, Young and the Willie Conner-led Cougars figure to all be in the running for the Red-West title chase.
20 Rich South (14-4)
Results: Defeated Bloom 47-46
This Week: Friday vs. Rich East
Hoops Talk: A dramatic victory over Bloom gives the Stars their first taste of the Top 20. Marquell Smalls buzzer-beating layup was the difference.
Looming & Lurking: Seton, Marshall, Dunbar, Harlan, Notre Dame, Waubonsie Valley, Naperville North, West Aurora, Glenbrook North, Farragut, Foreman, Herscher, St. Viator, Homewood-Flossmoor, Mundelein.