is No. 1 in both the Xcellent 25 and Freeman high school football
rankings this week.
Looks like the Eagle basketball team may want a piece of that action, too.
No. 16 DeSoto knocked off No. 1 Simeon (Chicago)
67-57 in an ESPN-televised showdown Thursday night, getting 23 points from Duke-bound Matt Jones
and outclassing the highly-touted Wolverines in the second half.
Simeon and star Jabari Parker
never seemed to get on track playing in just their second game of the season. Parker finished with five points and didn't appear to be completely recovered from a foot injury that prematurely ended his summer and has clouded the start of his senior campaign.
The Wolverines – three-time defending Illinois 4A state champions – had won 63 of their last 66 games. Simeon's last loss to a Xcellent 25-eligible team was Feb. 11, 2011 against Benet Academy (Lisle)
Junior forward Terry Maston
added 15 points for the winners. Takedrick Brown
(13) and Devin Wyatt
(11) also finished in double figures for the Eagles.
Illinois pledge Jaylon Tate
, a 6-foot-1 senior guard, paced Simeon with 12 points.
DeSoto (14-1) has won nine in a row since losing to nearby Duncanville
in the final of the McDonald's Texas Invitational.
Thursday's contest was played at Grand Prairie High School outside of Dallas.No. 12 Fort Bend Travis (Richmond, Texas) 56, No. 7 Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.) 53 (OT)
In the first half of ESPN's doubleheader (played at Hopson Field House outside of Houston), Travis gutted out an overtime victory over Aaron Gordon
and the visiting Monarchs.
Travis (11-1) suffered its first loss of the season Saturday playing without injured star senior guard Andrew Harrison
– a Kentucky signee. His status for Thursday was in question until the opening tip.
With Andrew still battling his hamstring injury, twin brother Aaron
stepped up to pump in 26 points. Andrew finished with 10 and hit a pair of key free throws late in overtime to finish off Archbishop Mitty (2-1).
The Tigers collapsed on Gordon throughout the night, making things tough on the 6-8 five-star forward. Gordon recorded 14 points and managed to produce some highlight-quality dunks and blocks. He missed an in-and-out 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have forced a second overtime.