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Boys Basketball: Morgan Park drubs Julian

Updated: February 25, 2013 1:05PM



Morgan Park coach Nick Irvin was able to ride the bus and walk in with his team Wednesday while traveling to Julian. What he wasn’t able to do was sit on the bench and coach.

Irvin was serving the first game of a four-game suspension issued to him and Simeon coach Robert Smith by Chicago Public Schools officials. The suspension came in the wake of their conduct during their game Jan. 16 at Chicago State, according to a statement released by CPS official Barbara Byrd-Bennett.

A Morgan Park student was shot and killed in the parking lot following that game.

Assistant coach Lance Irvin, Nick’s older brother, is serving as interim coach. He had an easy start in his first game as the top-ranked Mustangs humiliated the Jaguars 84-30 in the Red-South.

“We just wanted to come out here and play hard,” said Lance Irvin, who was an assistant coach for 17 years at the college level, including a stint at Illinois State. “I’m not going to comment on the suspension; it is what it is. That’s why I leave that alone. I’ll let the people downtown comment on that. CPS is cracking down really hard.”

Nick Irvin, who cheered for his team in the third row behind his team’s bench, was instructed by the CPS not to talk to the media.

Guard Kyle Davis scored 22 of his 25 points in the first half Wednesday in helping the Mustangs to a 53-13 lead. Davis had four three-pointers and a dunk in the first 16 minutes before giving way to the reserves in the fourth quarter.

“I didn’t know anything about the suspension until I saw coach Lance coaching here,” Davis said. “I play for him the same way I play for Nick. We’re just going to continue playing hard until Nick comes back.”

Morgan Park (18-2, 5-1) ran off the first 18 points of the game and led 20-3 after one quarter. Julian (2-13, 2-6) scored its first point with 31 seconds left in the first period on a free throw by Armanti Everett.

Billy Garrett Jr. had 15 points for the Mustangs.



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