Simeon victory over Morgan Park ends in fight
By Michael O’Brien firstname.lastname@example.org January 16, 2013 9:42PM
Morgan Park Mustangs Vs Simeon Wolverines Boys Basketball. Simeon Wolverines No.22 Jabari Parker drives to the basket while under pressure from Morgan Park Mustangs No.44 Xzavier Taylor. January 16, 2013 I Scott Stewart~Sun-Times
Updated: February 19, 2013 1:41PM
Simeon against Morgan Park, the battle of Vincennes, ended up being too much of a real-life battle, with a fight breaking out at the end of Wednesday’s game between a couple of players from both teams. The melee was cleared up quickly by Chicago Public Schools security, which did a good job of keeping a dangerous situation from escalating into something worse.
Both teams declined to talk to the media after the game, focusing instead on keeping tensions from flaring up again.
There is a long history of unfortunate incidents during Simeon-Morgan Park games. Derrick Rose’s Simeon squad was attacked by a group of 30 people on the way to the bus after a Morgan Park game in 2006.
This football season, the Simeon-Morgan Park game was suspended after shots reportedly were fired at Gately Stadium.
Simeon coach Robert Smith was irate after the game, yelling “that’s how badly they want to beat us” at a group of Chicago Public League officials.
The Wolverines were not beaten, holding on to beat Morgan Park 53-51 at Chicago State.
Simeon controlled the tempo of the game and led on the scoreboard most of the way. A late charge from the Mustangs made things interesting.
Billy Garrett Jr. drained a three with 35 seconds to play to pull Morgan Park within 50-49. DJ Williams dunked the ball on Simeon’s next possession to put Simeon back up by three.
On the next possession, Morgan Park coach Nick Irvin called a timeout. But the Mustangs had none left and were assessed a technical foul, essentially ending the threat.
Jabari Parker missed the two technical free throws, but Williams made one of two on the next Simeon possession to seal the win.
Parker finished with 13 points and eight rebounds. Russell Woods was the difference maker, scoring 13 points and grabbing seven rebounds. Kendrick Nunn and Jaylon Tate each added eight and Williams finished with nine points.
Garrett Jr., a DePaul recruit, led Morgan Park (16-2, 3-1 Red South) with 23 points and Kyle Davis added 12 points.