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Chievous, Dons charge by Niles North

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Chievous, Dons charge by Niles North

Friday, Dec. 31, 2010
9:00 PM

By Dick Quagliano
Yourseason.com

Quintin Chievous and Notre Dame continue to impress. Both found a way to reach back as the No. 19 Dons knocked off Niles North 61-50 in the championship game of the Hardwood Classic in Wheeling Thursday.

Chievous, who has yet to commit and has drawn interest from Indiana State, Detroit Mercy and Oregon State, helped lead the Dons to their first Wheeling tournament title by scoring 17 points and grabbing 17 rebounds.

"The bottom line is that people come to see you when you win," said Chievous, who was named tournament MVP. "We have been playing real well."

"He does a great job out there every night," Notre Dame coach Tom Les said. "We had different guys step up each night, but Q is solid out there."

Notre Dame (13-1) got off to a fast start. Led by Chievous, the Dons scored the game's first seven points, on their way to a 12-2 lead with 3:51 left.

Niles North (9-5) then put the clamps on the Dons defensively, holding them scoreless for nearly six minutes.

Meanwhile, Abdel Nader (18 points, seven rebounds) got the Vikings going on offense. Niles North ran off nine unanswered points during the stretch and Nader's trey put the Vikings up 16-15 early in the second quarter.

Niles North increased its lead to 24-17 before Notre Dame got its offense in gear. And thanks to a banking three by Chievous, the game was tied at 26 at the half.

Notre Dame used that as a springboard to start the second half. With Rodney Pryor (15 points, eight rebounds) penetrating, the Dons opened with a 9-2 run and a 35-28 lead. The Dons continued the pressure as the lead increased to 42-30 after three quarters.

Niles North was not done. Led by Nader, John King and Malachi Nix (15 points), the Vikings ran off 15 unanswered points to lead 45-42 on Nix' trey with 4:52 to play.

Notre Dame tied it Chievous' three-point play and went ahead on Eddie Serano's basket. Niles North tied it for a final time at 47 on free throws by Nix with 3:55 to play.

But it was all Notre Dame from there as the Dons ran off 12 in a row to put the game away.

"We never lost our composure," Chievous said. "We really stepped it up at the end."

"It was a game of runs," Les said. "We did the things we needed to to win the game at the end."

VOTE: Viewers' Choice Game Of The Week

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VOTE: Viewers' Choice Game Of The Week

Who wants it more?

We are putting High School Lites, Chicagoland's top prep sports show, in the hands of area football fans in our "Viewers' Choice Game of the Week." Fans will get the chance to pick one game that the @NBCSPreps crew will cover on Friday night. We will send our cameras to the game that gets the most votes; highlights and postgame reaction of that game will appear on that night's "High School Lites" broadcast at 11 p.m. — just after Chicago White Sox baseball. The show also live streams at www.nbcsportschicago.com/watchlive. High School Lites will also have broadcast replays at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. the following Saturday. This week we spotlight some Indiana vs. Illinois border wars:

Gary (West Side) at Woodstock, 7 p.m.

Hammond (HS) at Reavis, 7 p.m.

Hammond (Gavit) at St. Ignatius, 7:30 p.m.  

Poll opens Monday at 12 p.m. and closes Thursday at 4 p.m. Here is what fans need to do to vote:

— Follow @NBCSPreps on Twitter.
— Note the "pinned Tweet" atop the @NBCSPreps feed. Vote for the game you want us to cover.
— Spread the word! 

We will make an announcement on @NBCSPreps just after 4 p.m. Thursday with the official results of which game will be covered. And as a reminder, be sure to follow @NBCSPreps for updates on the "Viewers' Choice Game of the week," along with other high school sports news, scores and highlights this season.

Power Rankings: #4 - Batavia

Power Rankings: #4 - Batavia

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: Batavia

Head coach: Dennis Piron

Assistant coaches: Matt Holm, Billy Colamatteo, Sean Anderson, PJ White, Dan Cadena, Adam Lester, Steve Bailey, Alvin Cole, Shane Holl and Gary Urwiler

How they fared in 2017: 13-1 (5-1 Upstate Eight River Conference). Batavia made the 7A state playoff field and defeated Glenbard North, Wheaton North, Lincoln-Way West and Benet Academy. They went on to defeat Lake Zurich in the state title game to capture the 7A state championship.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Lemont

Aug. 31 vs Naperville North

Sept. 7 vs Lake Park

Sept. 14 @ Glenbard North

Sept. 21 vs Wheaton Warrenville South

Sept. 28 vs Geneva

Oct. 5 @ St. Charles East

Oct. 12 vs St. Charles North

Oct. 19 @ Wheaton North

[MORE: 89 Days to Kickoff - St. Charles East]

Biggest storyline: Can the Bulldogs, winners of state titles in 2013 and 2017, get back to state and claim another 7A title?

Names to watch this season: LB Luke Weerts (North Dakota State) and LB Michael Jansey Jr. (Northwestern)

Biggest holes to fill: The Bulldogs will need to replace nine graduated starters from last seasons's state championship squad. 

EDGY's Early Take: The Bulldogs are turning the page from their championship season, which was capped off with a 21-14 OT victory over Lake Zurich in the title game. While the offense will be inexperienced to start the season, the program has never been in better shape under head coach Dennis Piron. The Bulldogs' defense feature two D-1 senior team leaders in Luke Weerts (North Dakota State) and Michael Jansey Jr. (Northwestern). The offense will look to run the football behind two starters back on the offensive line in senior Evan Holden and senior Anthony Glisson. Batavia will also see a ramped-up schedule, thanks to the new DuKane Conference. It will challenge the Bulldogs week in and week out. Bulldogs fans also have an added treat: this season marks the 100th rendition of the Batavia-Geneva rivalry game. If Batavia can get their play-action passing game sorted out they have the tools to make another deep run in 2018.