Preps Talk

Preps Talk

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Dannie Smith scored 19 points and Raekwon Drake added 17 as Chicago Orr ran away with the IHSA Class 2A boys basketball title game on Saturday, 59-39.

The Spartans (23-5) used their length and quickness to frustrate Mt. Carmel all night, creating 13 turnovers, blocking four shots and disrupting the Golden Aces offense constantly through the game. Orr quickly built a double-digit lead in the first quarter and was rarely challenged after.

Mt. Carmel did make a bit of a run late. Trailing by 14 midway through the third quarter the Golden Aces hit their first 3-pointer of the game (after being 0-9 at that point). They hit another a minute later and Jackson Marcotte converted a conventional three-point play to cut the lead to nine. That was as close as they'd get.

Marcotte finished with 17 points and Austin Rager grabbed 11 rebounds for Mt. Carmel.