Simeon (Chicago)In a highly anticipated rematch between nationally ranked rivals, No. 11
ran away from No. 5 Whitney Young (Chicago)
69-51 in an Illinois Class 4A sectional final game Friday night.
Senior phenom Jabari Parker
may have turned in his best performance of the season for the victorious Wolverines (27-3), tallying 29 points and 13 rebounds.According to the Chicago Tribune
, Simeon went on a 14-0 run in the fourth quarter that put things out of reach.
The Wolverines also beat the Dolphins (27-4) in January 44-41. A state playoff do over seemed inevitable and anticipation heightened when Simeon was knocked out of the city tournament in the semifinals by Morgan Park
, who went on to face Whitney Young in the final.
Simeon is marching toward its fourth straight Class 4A state title. The Windy City powerhouse needs three more victories – including a super sectional meeting with New Trier (Winnetka)
on Tuesday – to make it happen.Other ranked teams in action Friday
* No. 2 Germantown
improved to 27-0 and advanced to Wisconsin's Division 1 state title game with an 80-60 win over Oshkosh North
. Future Indiana Hoosier Luke Fischer
piled up 32 points and 16 rebounds in the win.
* West Linn
stunned previously unbeaten No. 3 Lake Oswego
37-36 in Oregon's Class 6A state semifinals. The upset is being discussed as one of the biggest in state postseason history.
* Senior Martez Walker
hit a shot at the buzzer to help No. 8 Pershing (Detroit)
beat Cass Tech (Detroit)
in a Michigan Class A district final. The Doughboys improved to 23-0 on the season.
* No. 9 Iowa City West
to set up a battle of unbeatens Saturday in Iowa's Class 4A state title game. The Trojans – who have won 51 games in a row – will meet 25-0 Bettendorf
* No. 13 Mater Dei (Santa Ana)
dominated El Camino Real (Woodland Hills)
79-54 in the opening round of California's new open division championship.
* In another game that ended on a buzzer beater, Oregon-bound senior Jordan Bell
hit the game-winner as No. 15 Long Beach Poly
got past St. John Bosco (Bellflower)
61-59. The Jackrabbits will now face aforementioned Mater Dei in a Tuesday showdown.
* No. 18 Blue Valley Northwest (Overland Park)
led 40-12 at the half and cruised to a 73-36 win over Derby
in the Kansas 6A semifinals.
* No. 21 Morgan Park reached the Illinois 3A super sectionals with a 67-31 win over Perspectives Charter (Chicago)
* Simeon's potential four-peat is child's play for No. 25 Miller Grove (Lithonia)
, who won its fifth Georgia state title in a row with a 61-57 championship game victory over Gainesville
. Incredibly, it was a freshman in Alterique Gilbert
leading the Wolverines with 19 points as head coach Sharman White got one for the thumb.
* Tied with Miller Grove for the No. 25 spot last week, South Grand Prairie (Grand Prairie)
beat Steele (Cibolo)
60-43 to advance to Saturday's Texas Class 5A state championship game against Fort Bend Travis (Richmond)