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Boys Basketball: Morgan Park routs Lane

2/7/13 Chicago-Morgan Parks Billy Garrett drives against Lanes Noah Kahn. StaciTimonere/for Sun Times Media

2/7/13 Chicago-Morgan Parks Billy Garrett drives against Lanes Noah Kahn. Stacia Timonere/for Sun Times Media

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Updated: March 10, 2013 6:19AM



Billy Garrett Jr. had time and opportunity to reflect on the past four years.

“I owe it all to Nick Irvin, given where I started and he made me the player I am with his coaching and encouragement,” the senior Morgan Park guard said.

Before his final home game Thursday, Garrett Jr. had his No. 5 jersey retired. After that he teamed with Kyle Davis to put the exclamation point on a still-going high school career.

Davis scored a career-high 42 points and Garrett Jr. (22 points) nailed seven three-pointers as the host Mustangs scored 71 first-half points in annihilating Lane 123-51 in a second-round Public League Playoffs game.

“I know the season still has a ways to go, but it was definitely bittersweet,” Garrett Jr. said. “I was almost sad thinking about it before the game, and just wishing I had more games left at home and with these guys.”

No.. 1 Morgan Park advances to meet Curie in the quarterfinals Sunday at Chicago State.

The Mustangs (23-2) bolted to a 14-2 lead 2:29 into the game and never looked back. Davis opened the game with a three-pointer, the start of a 15-point first-quarter explosion. Garrett Jr. hit three three-pointers in the first quarter as Morgan Park ran out to a 37-5 advantage.

“We wanted to get out to a fast start because the other day, in our first-round game, we got off to a slow start and we didn’t want to repeat that again,” Garrett Jr. said.

Garrett Jr. became just the second Morgan Park player to have his jersey retired, joining former SouthtownStar Player of the Year and current Louisville standout Wayne Blackshear.

“To have my jersey retired and up there with Wayne, it’s very special,” he said.

Morgan Park forced 10 Lane turnovers in the first quarter. Morgan Park drilled 10 of its 15 three-pointers in the first half. Charlie Moore (23 points) nailed a 23-footer from the right wing for a 71-20 lead at the break. Moore made four three-pointers in scoring 13 points in the second quarter alone.

Davis scored 25 in the first half and added 13 points in the third quarter. He added seven rebounds, seven assists and six steals.

“It was a real honor to see Billy get his jersey retired like that,” Davis said.

Davis easily eclipsed his previous career-high of 32 points. “It’s been great playing with these guys, and the way they’ve welcomed me into their family,” the Hyde Park transfer said.

Josh Cunningham added 10 points and seven rebounds. Nine different Morgan Park players scored.

Garrett Jr. ended the game in glorious fashion. He nailed four three-pointers in the fourth quarter, the last a 26-footer. He added eight assists, five rebounds and four steals.

“It was very personal, even emotional, to have this be my final game at home,” he said. “This has been my home court where people have watched and seen me play.

“It was special.”

Admir Suljic scored 16 of his team-high 18 points in the second half for Lane (11-15). Matt Delanty added 10 points.



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