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Boys Basketball: Three things learned

Updated: January 13, 2014 6:09AM



1. Mount Carmel is back. Mainly due to injuries, the Caravan suffered through an uncustomary below-.500 season in 2012-13. Now with a healthy roster, Mount Carmel has won six of its first seven games. The return of senior David Nichols, out the majority of last season because of a torn MCL, has provided the Caravan with a highly skilled go-to guy. Along with Christian Searles, who led the team in scoring last season, Mount Carmel boasts a guard tandem as dangerous as any in the area.

2. Richards looks good. The Bulldogs won their first six games, the majority by double digits. Senior Josh Meier, a Chicago State recruit, has provided a dominant presence inside, averaging 20 points per game. But recent additions from the Class 6A state finalist football team — Dedrick Shannon, a three-year starter, and Spencer Tears, a wildly athletic junior — have made an already skilled team more dangerous.

3. Don’t sleep on Brother Rice. Yes, the Crusaders lack an experienced big man. However, the guard tandem of Ray Rubio and Quinn Niego could carry the Crusaders further than most expect. Both can fill the rack in a hurry and have the experience to keep the team competitive against the majority of competition. Case in point, Rice gave Mount Carmel all it could handle Friday during a 63-61 loss.

Pat Disabato



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