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Boys Basketball: Morgan Park rattles T.F. South

Updated: January 28, 2014 6:31AM

For a half of play Thursday night, T.F. South was able to stay within striking distance of defending Proviso West Holiday Tournament champion Morgan Park.

Then, Josh Cunningham got warmed up.

Cunningham never came out of the game, finishing with a career-high 37 points, to go with 19 rebounds and five blocks, guiding the Mustangs to a lopsided 74-46 win.

The Mustangs will meet either Maine South or Oswego at 8:30 p.m. Friday.

“My dad and my coaches have always taught me that if a guy is in a rhythm like that to keep him in. And it wasn’t any disrespect for the other team,” Morgan Park coach Nick Irvin said, referring to Cunningham. “He came out with a statement.”

Jarrin Randall and Torry Johnson each added 11 points for the Mustangs (7-1).

Cunningham scored 27 of his points in the second half when the Mustangs outscored the Rebels (4-7) 46-27 after leading 28-19 at the break.

Cunningham did it all on the offensive end, keeping the crowd interested even as the Mustangs’ lead was well over 20 points most of the second half. At one point, Irvin walked past him afterward and yelled, “Player of the Year.”

“I don’t worry about that. I just want the team to do well,” Cunningham said. “I got it going for my team because some of my teammates couldn’t get it going. I had to step up and be a leader. The lane was open and I kept attacking it.

“Our main goal is to win and play our hardest. I just want to win another state title, win city, and win this tournament.”

The Mustangs still are waiting for the IHSA to approve the transfer of 6-foot-10 junior Lamous Brown, who went to Bishop Noll last season but was ruled ineligible to play after he transferred there from Harlan. The ruling against him was because the Indiana High School Athletic Association ruled the transfer was for athletic reasons.

Donald Stone had 17 points to lead T.F. South.

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