By Joe Collins & Taylor Bell
1 Simeon (12-0)
Results: Defeated Bloomington 70-31, United Twp. 71-33, Peoria Manual 48-47 and Curie 44-27.
This Week: Saturday vs. Miller Grove HS (GA) at Cancer Research Classic, Wheeling (WV)
Hoops Talk: Three days, four wins, and another title at Pontiac. Impressive. Jabari Parker won his second consecutive A.C. Williamson trophy (tournament MVP).
2 Proviso East (11-0)
Results: Defeated Brooks 93-76, Benet 49-41, Rockford Auburn 75-56 and New Trier 68-55.
This Week: Friday at Morton, Saturday vs. Batavia
Hoops Talk: The Pirates, behind tournament MVP Keith Carter, win their first Proviso West Holiday Tournament title since 1991.
3 Curie (11-1)
Results: Defeated Niles West 57-41, West Aurora 60-52 and Warren 77-68 (2 OT); Lost to Simeon 44-27
This Week: Saturday at Muskegon Heights (MI)
Hoops Talk: The Condors excelled in their double-overtime in over Warren. Devin Foster was solid in the victory, going for 27 points and 12 rebounds.
4 Warren (10-2)
Results: Defeated Plainfield North 71-42, Joliet West 60-29 and Peoria Manual 63-54; Lost to Curie 77-68.
This Week: Friday at Zion-Benton
Hoops Talk: Solid 3rd place finish in Pontiac. Darius Paul and Nathan Boothe will be a force down the stretch.
5 Bloom (13-0)
Results: Defeated Corliss 70-47, Marian Catholic 56-47, Rich South 69-51 and Crete-Monee 52-45.
This Week: Friday vs. Rich South, Saturday vs. Bogan (at TF NorthBob Hambric Shootout)
Hoops Talk: First tournament championship at Rich South since 1995, thanks in large part to MVP point guard Donald Moore.
6 Andrew (9-0)
Results: Defeated Carver 56-42, Kankakee 56-37 and Milwaukee South 45-44
This Week: Friday at Lincoln-Way North
Hoops Talk: The Thunderbolts continue to turn heads this season. Jubril Adekoya named tournament MVP in Kankakee.
7 Plainfield East (11-0)
Results: Defeated Thornridge 62-34, Peoria Richwoods 66-57, Morton (IL) 62-56 and Washington 54-50
This Week: Friday at Plainfield North
Hoops Talk: Look out for the Bengals. Austin Robinson, Jawan Straughter and Brian Bennett help guide East to a first place trophy in Pekin.
8 Elgin (12-1)
Results: No games played last week
This Week: Thursday at Batavia
Hoops Talk: The Maroons return to Upstate Eight conference play after stellar play in their home holiday tournament.
9 St. Ignatius (11-1)
Results: Defeated Wheaton Warrenville South 56-41, Riverside-Brookfield 62-52, Downers Grove South 52-50 and De La Salle 47-44 (OT).
This Week: Friday at St. Rita
Hoops Talk: They dont have center Nnanna Egwu this year (Illinois), but they do have a talented guard in Brian Howard (tournament MVP at Jack Tosh).
10 Whitney Young (6-4)
Results: Defeated Lexington (SC) 78-62, Prestonwood (TX) 46-44; Lost to Lone Peak (UT) 46-44 and Bishop Gorman (LA) 84-51
This Week: Saturday at Gonzaga (WV)
Hoops Talk: The Dolphins split their four games in Myrtle Beach. Sophomore Jahlil Okafor will need to carry a team thats dealing with injuries.
11 Downers Grove South (10-2)
Results: Defeated Palatine 59-26, Maine South 69-52 and Naperville North 53-46; Lost to St. Ignatius 52-50
This Week: No games scheduled
Hoops Talk: Jamall Millison and Jerron Wilbut lead the Mustangs to a third place finish at the Tosh. Next game will be Monday January 9th vs. Fremd.
12 Bogan (11-1)
Results: Defeated St. Laurence 70-44, Alton 73-58 and Champaign Central 57-44; Lost to Belleville West 60-53
This Week: Saturday vs. Bloom (at TF NorthBob Hambric Shootout)Hoops Talk: Decent showing in Centralia, but could not hold 8-point lead with 1:49 to go against Belleville West. Team shot 70.5 vs. St. Laurence.
13 De La Salle (10-2)
Results: Defeated Perspectives 58-48, St. Francis 59-39, Naperville North 54-28; Lost to St. Ignatius 47-44 (OT)
This Week: Friday vs. Fenwick
Hoops Talk: Alvin Ellis, Alex Foster and Gavin Schilling had good games, but could not figure out fellow Cathlolic North foe St. Ignatius. Rematch January 20th.
14 Metea Valley (13-0)
Results: Defeated Eisenhower 100-79, Rolling Meadows 69-64, Sandburg 66-62 and Schaumburg 64-52
This Week: Saturday vs. Lake Park
Hoops Talk: Fun times at the Hinsdale South tourney: a 100-point game, two thrilling comebacks and then a 24-point effort from MVP Kenny Obendorf in the final.
15 New Trier (12-2)
Results: Defeated Fenwick 62-47, Homewood-Flossmoor 61-58, Morgan Park 50-41; Lost to Proviso East 68-55
This Week: Friday vs. Evanston
Hoops Talk: David Bragiel, Austin Angel, Connor Boehm and Jordan Thomas all contributed for the Trevians at the Proviso West tourney.
16 West Aurora (11-2)
Results: Defeated Danville 71-51, Joliet West 50-46, United Twp. 50-35; Lost to Curie 60-52
This Week: Saturday at Naperville North
Hoops Talk: Senior guard Juwan Starks paced the Blackhawks to a fifth place finish in Pontiac.
17 Huntley (10-1)
Results: No games played this week
This Week: Wednesday vs. Crystal Lake Central, Saturday vs. McHenry
Hoops Talk: 6-6 sophomore Amanze Egekeze is attracting attention from several Big Ten schools.
18 Crane (8-3)
Results: Defeated Harper (forfeit), Ridgewood 67-62, Lemont 58-54 and Plainfield Central 51-35.
This Week: TBA
Hoops Talk: The Cougars sweep through the Romeoville Christmas Classic behind tournament MVP Willie Connor.
19 Glenbard West (10-0)
Results: Defeated West Chicago 60-48, Fenton 48-30, Leyden 56-35 and Wheaton Academy 67-48.
This Week: Wednesday at Bolingbrook, Friday at York
Hoops Talk: The Hilltoppers, winners of their own holiday tournament last week, are off to their best start in school history.
20 Crystal Lake Central (11-1)
Results: No games played last week
This Week: Wednesday at Huntley, Saturday at Hampshire
Hoops Talk: Senior guard Chase Cane and the Tigers are on the prowl and will fight to defend their Fox Valley Fox title.
Looming & Lurking: Benet, Marshall, Harlan, Farragut, Stevenson, Naperville Central, Herscher, Libertyville, Foreman, Seton, Notre Dame, North Chicago, St. Viator, Homewood-Flossmoor, Farragut, Hillcrest.