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High School Lites preview: Week 6


High School Lites preview: Week 6

The week's edition of High School Lites has highlights from all across the Chicagoland area as we get a look at some interesting games with conference ramifications. Two of the Public League's top teams get conference road tests, while two talented Red-North teams clash.

We'll also have action from all over the suburbs as No. 9 Glenbard West tries to improve to 14-0 and No. 14 Joliet West travels to No. 24 Homewood-Flossmoor. Our Viewer's Choice Game of the Week features Rolling Meadows heading to Buffalo Grove.

There will also be a new "Getting to Know" feature on Curie junior guard Elijah Joiner, and our Team of the Week is York. As a reminder, High School Lites will air at 11:30 p.m. this Friday with the show also playing at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on Saturday morning.

Thursday's games

No. 1 Morgan Park at Vocational, 5 p.m. — Morgan Park has shown it's the best team in the area to this point, and it travels to face a tough Red-South opponent in Vocational. Formerly ranked in the @CSNPreps Power Rankings, the Cavaliers (11-3, 2-2) are coming off of a second-place finish at Kankakee over the holidays, while the Mustangs (11-1, 4-0) were champions at Proviso West with Charlie Moore winning MVP.

No. 4 Kenwood at Dunbar, 5 p.m. — Leaders of the Red-Central, Kenwood (10-1, 5-0) will try to win again on the road against Dunbar (5-8, 2-3). The Broncos are coming off of a 15-point fourth-quarter comeback in a win over Curie earlier this week and are one of the state's best teams to this point. Dunbar will try to get some momentum going after a 1-2 showing at Proviso West.

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Friday's games

Uplift at Lincoln Park, 5 p.m. — A solid Red-North battle goes down as Uplift (8-5, 2-2) travels to Lincoln Park (7-7, 1-2). Uplift is led by brothers Demarius and Davarion Jacobs. Demarius is a junior, and Davarion is a freshman. Both averaged around 13 points per game at Proviso West during the holidays, and Toraze Dobbs also played well. Lincoln Park went 2-2 at Hinsdale Central as Ibrahim Dosunmu and Jalen Louie both averaged double figures.

Richards at T.F. North, 6 p.m. — This South Suburban crossover features two teams both atop the standings in their respective divisions. Richards (7-8, 3-1) is on top of the Red, while T.F. North (8-1, 4-0) is the leader of the Blue. T.F. North went 3-1 in Kentucky during the holiday season, while Richards is trying to stop a four-game losing streak.

Glenbard South at No. 16 Riverside-Brookfield, 7 p.m. — The top two teams in the Metro Suburban West collide in this one. Glenbard South (10-4, 4-0) made the championship of the Romeoville Holiday Tournament before losing to Joliet Catholic, while a talented Riverside-Brookfield (11-2, 4-0) was bounced in the quarterfinals of the Jack Tosh Holiday Classic. Glenbard South needs to prove it can hang with elite teams by putting up a tough fight on the road here.

No. 14 Joliet West at No. 24 Homewood-Flossmoor, 7 p.m. — Both of these Southwest Suburban Blue teams are coming off of strong holiday showings as Joliet West (10-3, 2-1)  beat Benet and took Peoria Manual to the brink while Homewood-Flossmoor (8-3, 2-1). The Tigers are young but feature some talented juniors and sophomores who are ahead of schedule. The Vikings are getting strong play from football standout Kendric Pryor, a Wisconsin commit on the gridiron.

Deerfield at Niles North, 7 p.m. — Two of the best teams in the Central Suburban North do battle when Deerfield (11-2, 3-0) goes to Niles North (10-4, 2-1). Deerfield won this matchup at the Wheeling Hardwood Classic on Dec. 26 and is the leader in the league right now. Senior Jordan Baum has been playing well for Deerfield, while Crishawn Clark is the go-to guy for Niles North.

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Lyons at Hinsdale Central, 7:30 p.m. — One of the great local rivalries in the West Suburban Silver as Lyons (5-7, 1-2) goes to Hinsdale Central (8-5, 3-0). Lyons hasn't been consistent this season, but Connor Niego was on the All-Tournament team at York. Peter Blust has been very good lately for the Red Devils as he's averaged nearly a double-double (17.8 points, 9.5 rebounds) per game at the Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic.

No. 9 Glenbard West at Oak Park-River Forest, 7:30 p.m. — Undefeated Glenbard West (13-0, 1-0) gets a conference road test in the West Suburban Silver by traveling to Oak Park-River Forest (6-6, 2-1). Senior Justin Pierce, a William & Mary commit, is a Player of the Year candidate, while Oak Park-River Forest is athletic and balanced as their defense is able to defend the length of the floor.

Rolling Meadows at Buffalo Grove, 7:30 p.m. — Our @CSNPreps Viewers' Choice Game of the Week is a Mid-Suburban East battle between some teams that could use a win. Rolling Meadows (3-10, 1-2) started 0-8 but has won three of its last five, while Buffalo Grove (5-8, 1-2) went 2-2 at the Wheeling Holiday Tournament. These two teams play again on Jan. 29.

GIRLS: Glenbrook South at Evanston, 7 p.m. — We also have a girls matchup in the Central Suburban South as Evanston faces Glenbrook South. These two teams will play again on Feb. 12.

Five top-25 matchups highlight loaded episode of High School Lites

Five top-25 matchups highlight loaded episode of High School Lites

High School Lites had five matchups between top-25 teams on Friday night as the Public League Playoff semifinals and big matchups in the CSL South, Catholic League Blue and SouthWest Suburban Blue took shape.

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No. 1 Simeon holds off No. 4 Whitney Young

No. 2 Orr gets revenge on No. 3 Curie

No. 9 New Trier takes down No. 6 Evanston

No. 8 Fenwick handles No. 10 Loyola Academy

No. 23 Homewood-Flossmoor rallies past No. 18 Bolingbrook

Oswego East upsets No. 20 Joliet Central

Andrew shuts down Thornridge

Sandburg tops Lockport in OT

Richards runs by Shepard

Maine West captures second straight girls basketball regional title

Five ranked matchups lead a loaded edition of High School Lites

Five ranked matchups lead a loaded edition of High School Lites

High School Lites has a huge lineup in place for this week's show as we'll feature five matchups between top-25 teams. With the Public League Playoff semifinals, Catholic League Blue, CSL South and SouthWest Suburban Blue. 

Catch the newest edition of High School Lites this Friday night at 11 p.m. on NBC Sports Chicago. 

Public League Semifinals at Chicago State

No. 2 Orr vs. No. 3 Curie, 5 p.m. -- A huge rematch in the first semifinal puts these two top-3 teams against each other. Curie (23-3, 8-1) won the first matchup between the two teams early in the season as they were playing without senior guard Maurice Commander. Junior guard Marquise Walker and senior big men Traevon and Tyree Martin stepped up in that one. Orr (22-3, 9-0) has been on a roll lately as seniors Raekwon Drake, Dannie Smith, Ty Mosley and Chase Adams are playing at a high level. 

No. 1 Simeon vs. No. 4 Whitney Young, 7 p.m. -- The second semifinal puts two Public League titans against each other. The Wolverines (23-3, 9-0) will be the favorite as they're still unbeaten against Illinois competition. Senior Talen Horton-Tucker is the leading Player of the Year candidate and he's surrounded by talented teammates. Whitney Young (22-6, 7-2) earned a huge quarterfinal win over Morgan Park earlier this week as the Dolphins are playing with a lot of confidence. Seniors Javon Freeman and Xavier Castaneda are experienced while sophomore Tyler Beard has elevated his play.

Friday's Other Games

No. 9 New Trier at No. 6 Evanston, 7:00 p.m. -- A huge rematch in the CSL South that could ultimately decide a tight conference race. Evanston (20-4, 8-1) won the first matchup in overtime on the road on Jan. 12 as they've won six straight games. New Trier (20-3, 7-1) has won 10 straight games since that loss to the Wildkits as they picked up an important overtime win over Maine South earlier this week.  

No. 8 Fenwick at No. 10 Loyola, 7:00 p.m. -- Two Catholic League powers battle here. Fenwick (17-7, 7-0) is trying to stay unbeaten in the conference as they picked up a win over Marmion earlier this week. Loyola (21-5, 5-2) has dropped two straight games on the road but the Ramblers are still trying to gain some momentum before the postseason starts. 

No. 18 Bolingbrook at No. 23 Homewood-Flossmoor, 7:00 p.m. -- Two of the top teams in the SouthWest Suburban Blue face in this one. The Vikings (15-6, 5-1) have recent wins over Hillcrest and Lincoln-Way East as they've been playing better basketball the past few weeks. The Raiders (17-5, 5-2) won the first matchup between these two teams on Jan. 19 as they beat Sandburg in their last game. After a 10-day layoff, it'll be interesting to see how Bolingbrook looks in such an important game. 

Lockport at Sandburg, 6:00 p.m. -- We stay in the SouthWest Suburban Blue in this one as Sandburg look to get back on track. The Eagles (15-8, 2-5) have dropped two straight games, including a recent loss to Bolingbrook. Lockport (7-14, 1-6) recently knocked off Bolingbrook but they've also lost two straight heading into this one. Sandburg won the first matchup between these two teams with an overtime win on Jan. 19. 

Thornridge at Andrew, 6:30 p.m. --  Heading over into the SouthWest Suburban Red, Andrew tries to stay ahead of the pack for the league title. The Thunderbolts (16-8, 8-2) have won three straight games as they won on the road at Thornridge on Jan. 12. Thornridge (14-9, 3-6) has gone on a lot of runs this season as they've won two straight on the road after a five-game losing streak. 

Richards at Shepard, 7:00 p.m. -- Two of the best teams in the South Suburban Red matchup here. Shepard (15-7, 7-4) lost to Oak Lawn last week to snap a seven-game winning streak. Richards (11-12, 8-3) has played significantly better lately after a slow start. Both of these teams are battling with Oak Lawn for league supremacy. 

Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week

No. 20 Joliet Central at Oswego East, 6:30 p.m. -- Our Viewers' Choice Game of the Week heads to the Southwest Prairie. Joliet Central (19-4, 11-0) is trying to go unbeaten in league play as they've won three straight games. Oswego East (16-7, 8-3) is coming off a big win over Romeoville earlier this week. The Steelmen won this first matchup between these two teams on Dec. 15.