By Mike Madigan
By about 9 oclock on Friday night, Brandon Paul Mr. Illinois in basketball in 2009 probably was wishing his brother was joining him on the University of Illinois hoops squad next fall instead of going to Western Michigan University.Thats because, with Brandon in the house, Darius Paul put on a Mr. Illinois-type show in leading his current team and Brandons former team, the Warren Blue Devils, to an 87-52 romp past overmatched Mundelein.The win gave Warren (26-3) the title of the Class 4A Barrington Sectional for the second straight year and earned it a shot at Rockford Auburn next Tuesday at NIU in DeKalb.Paul poured in 30 points and grabbed 19 rebounds. The 6-8 forward had a double-double by halftime, which ended with Warren up 38-22. That was as close as Mundelein (26-8, three losses to Warren) got the rest of the way. We got out fast and didnt give them any chances to make any serious runs, said Paul. We had the height advantage and we used it. The game was out of hand right from the start. Mundeleins Robert Knar (32 points on 11-of-20 shooting) hit the first three-ball, but Warren scored the next 18 points and it was game over. Its the best weve played all year, said Devils coach Chuck Ramsey. We really played well at both ends of the court.For the game, Warren hit 31-of-75 shots from the field and 19-of-30 from the line.JoVaughn Gaines added 19 points, three steals and seven rebounds for the winners.They kept throwing lazy passes and Im one of the best players at picking off lazy passes, Gaines said. We wanted to send them a message.Coach told us not to play in spurts, so we were fired up the whole game.Warren also got 13 points from Mr. Blue Collar, Mitch Munda, who shadowed Mundelein star Sean OBrien all night.OBrien wound up with five points on 2-of-10 shooting.Mundelein was 19-of-60 from the field, and Warren owned the glass with a 47-28 edge.
By Mike Madigan