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Smith's 37 lift Bogan over Brooks

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Smith's 37 lift Bogan over Brooks

By Chris Pellizzari
YourSeason.com

Once Bogan got going Friday, it looked every bit like a team that has won six in a row.

The were, in a word, scary, as the 101-60 Red-South final showed. Devonte Smiths 37-point performance must have also been a little frightening for visiting Brooks.

No. 7 Bogan (16-1, 6-0) trailed Brooks 16-15 heading into the second period. Then the Bengals showed their fans how quickly they could up big numbers by scoring 29 second-period points, including nine from Luwane Pipkins (21 points).

With 5:17 left in the first half and the Bengals nursing a 22-19 lead, Ronnel Buckner buried a three from the right elbow and the route was on. Donte Jackson, who scored six points in the second period, then scored off a turnover.

On Bogans next possession, DeVaughn Johnson (14 points, 12 rebounds) grabbed two offensive rebounds before being fouled. He hit two free throws to a cap a 6-0 run.

We just hit a couple threes and started feeling good, Pipkins said of the second period. We made a couple baskets and got going. Sometimes you just need to see the ball go through the net.

But the Bengals were just getting warmed up. Pipkins buried two mid-range jumpers in transition and Kendall Wesley stole a pass and took it coast to coast for a lay-up.

On Bogans next possession, Wesley slashed through the paint and delivered a perfect pass to Buckner to complete an 8-0 run and give the Bengals a 42-25 lead.

After the second period, we knew we had them. We knew they werent coming back, said Pipkins.

Smith scored 31 of his 37 in the second half, but his hustle and his two dunks were still impressive.

We fill unbeatable. Scoring 101 points in a game boosts your confidence to 200 percent, said Smith.

Xavier Cunningham led the Eagles (6-12, 2-4) with 20 points. William Gates Jr. finished with 16 points for Brooks.

VOTE: Viewers' Choice Game of the Week

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VOTE: Viewers' Choice Game of the Week

Who wants it more?              

NBC Sports Chicago and Wintrust present our “Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week.” We are putting High School Lites, Chicagoland’s top prep sports show, in the hands of passionate high school basketball followers. 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 11:00 p.m. The show also live streams at www.nbcsportschicago.com/watchlive and appears in the MyTeams app.  High School Lites will also have broadcast replays at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. the following Saturday on NBC Sports Chicago. 

We're going with a "Chicago skyline" edition of the Viewers' Choice Game of the Week-- games that are within sight of the greatest landmarks in the country. Austin is leading the Chicago Public League Blue-West division. University High, who nearly knocked off Simeon this season, battles Public League Red-West/North newcomer Payton. They battle Prosser. And Hope Academy leads the Chicago Prep conference. They figure to get a challenge from Walther Christian. Which game should we cover?

Austin at Prosser, 6:30 p.m.

University High at Payton, 6:30 p.m.

Walther Christian at Hope Academy, 7:30 p.m.

To participate, our fans are encouraged to do the following:

**Follow our NBC Sports Chicago preps Twitter page: @NBCSPreps.

**Note the pinned tweet that is atop the feed.

**Vote for the game you want NBC Sports Chicago to cover Friday night.

**Spread the word!

The poll will start promptly at 12:00 p.m. Tuesday. We will make an announcement with the official results on @NBCSPreps just after 4 p.m. Thursday. 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, all season long.

Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith separated at Blackhawks morning skate

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Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith separated at Blackhawks morning skate

Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and alternate captain Duncan Keith had to be separated during Tuesday's morning skate after the two appeared to get into a confrontation.

The two three-time Stanley Cup champs wrestled to the ice, with Toews pinning Keith down to the ice. Assistant coach Sheldon Brookbank broke the pair up.

"You got a brother?" Blackhawks head coach Jeremy Colliton asked Chicago Tribune reporter Jimmy Greenfield, who asked about the altercation. "I do too and I got two boys at home, so I've seen that movie before."

Things have been looking up for Chicago, which is three points out of a WIld Card spot and riding a five-game winning streak with one game left before the All-Star break. 

"I don't know," Patrick Kane said with a laugh regarding the kerfuffle. "I think they were just messing around, I'm not really sure what happened there." 

The Hawks welcome coach Joel Quenneville back to the United Center for the first time since he was fired on Nov. 6 of 2018 Tuesday night. Quenneville now coaches the Florida Panthers, third in the Atlantic Division.

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