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Brother Rice edges Seton

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Brother Rice edges Seton

By Michael O'Brien
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Brother Rice senior Alex Majewski showed off an impressive arsenal Friday against Seton. The 6-7 senior scored in a variety of ways, nearly all of which demonstrated an extraordinary effort and will to win.

But he sure cant shoot free throws.

Dont even ask me about free throws, Majewski said.

So, of course, thats what the game came down to. Majewski rose to the occasion, draining two free throws with 13 seconds to play to give the No. 18 Crusaders a 51-49 win over Seton in Chicago.

Both free throws hit the back of the rim and fell through the net.

I know I have to clear my head and stay calm, Majewski said. I think I had a little luck.

Majewski finished with 28 points and eight rebounds. According to Brother Rice coach Pat Richardson, Majewski is now the Crusaders No. 2 all-time scorer.

I told him after the game that when you were pathetic, horrible and brutal it was nice of him to make the two big free throws, Richardson said.
Majewski came into the game shooting 68 percent from the free-throw line. He was 4-for-10 from the line in the game.

I was really proud of him, Richardson said. To make two shots like that is hard for anyone, even a good free-throw shooter.

Kamal Shasis three with 2:55 to play in the third quarter gave Seton a 39-29 lead. Brother Rice (17-2, 6-1 Catholic League South) immediately responded with a 9-0 run to nearly erase the deficit.

We dont stop, we dont stop, the game is never over, Majewski said. Weve been in games like that before. We were down by a lot to Schaumburg early in the season and kept our composure.

Quinn Niego added 11 points and six rebounds and Ray Rubio scored six for Brother Rice.

The sign of a great team is one that can come back from a big win over a rival like we had on Tuesday against Marist and keep the intensity up for the next one, Richardson said. We didnt have it at the start but we found it.

Mark Weems Jr. led Seton (14-9, 6-2) with 21 points and Shasi added nine.

NBC Sports Chicago's 100 Days to Kickoff

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NBC Sports Chicago

NBC Sports Chicago's 100 Days to Kickoff

NBCSportsChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

In case you missed any of our previews, here is our rundown:

100. De La Salle

99. Crystal Lake South

98. Eisenhower

97. Back of the Yards

96. Jacobs

95. Waubonsie Valley

94. Kaneland

93. West Aurora

93 Days to Kickoff: West Aurora

93 Days to Kickoff: West Aurora

NBCSportsChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: West Aurora

Head coach: Nate Eimer

Assistant coaches: Tony Melchiori, DC Bob Fowler, DL Patrick Stremel, LB Charlie Graves, DB Mike Runge, OL Joe Howell, RB Ron Murphy and QB Alex Shaw

How they fared in 2017: 7-3 (4-1 Upstate Eight Valley Conference). West Aurora made the IHSA Class 8A playoff field last season. The Blackhawks lost to Naperville Central 35-14 in opening round action.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Larkin

Aug. 31 @ West Chicago

Sept. 7 vs Streamwood

Sept. 14 @ Glenbard East

Sept. 21 vs Bartlett

Sept. 28 vs Glenbard South

Oct. 5 @ Elgin

Oct. 12 vs East Aurora

Oct. 19 vs South Elgin

[MORE: 94 Days to Kickoff - Kaneland]

Biggest storyline: Game 11. Can the Blackhawks get back to the IHSA state playoffs for the fourth straight season and then advance past the opening round?

Names to watch this season: QB Will Tammaru, RB/DB JaQuan Buchanan and DT Denver Warren

Biggest holes to fill: The Blackhawks welcome back an impressive 17 starters (nine offense, eight defense) to the mix. However, the group will be a bit inexperienced in some spots on both the offensive and defensive line.  

EDGY's Early Take: The Blackhawks' turnaround under head coach Nate Eimer and staff has been a terrific story to follow. That said, the bar for West Aurora football has also been raised. No longer are they satisfied by just "getting" to state. The Blackhawks welcome back a deep group on both sides of the football led by a potentially high powered, balanced offense. On paper, this team has the makings of being one of the better Blackhawks teams in their history. They will challenge for the Upstate Eight conference title and get another shot at the Class 8A playoff field.