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Boys Basketball: Oak Park-River Forest clips Bloom in overtime

Oak Park-River Forest's Simmie Cobbs flies hoop past Bloom's Mickhiell Harris. | Patrick Gleason/For Sun-Times Media

Oak Park-River Forest's Simmie Cobbs flies to the hoop past Bloom's Mickhiell Harris. | Patrick Gleason/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 30, 2014 6:43AM



PONTIAC, Ill. — Oak Park-River Forest’s Simmie Cobbs is a football star, a wide receiver headed to Purdue. Cobbs said he still is in football shape.

“My legs still feel heavy,” Cobbs said.

That statement would be a bit shocking to most fans who have watched the 6-foot-5 senior fly through the lane the past two days. Cobbs’ ability to elevate surpasses almost any other player in the tournament.

“It’s impressive,” Huskies coach Matt Maloney said. “And he’s still learning the system. He’s doing to be dangerous by the time he’s comfortable in January.”

Cobbs scored 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds Friday in Oak Park’s 59-55 overtime win over Bloom in the quarterfinals of the Pontiac Holiday Tournament.

“Bloom was tough,” Cobbs said. “They just kept coming at us.”

James Coleman tied the game with a rebound basket with 56 seconds to play in regulation. The Huskies’ Erick Locke had a chance to win it at the end of regulation but missed a jumper.

Locke redeemed himself in the overtime, draining two free throws with 14 seconds to play to seal the win.

“(Locke) was tremendous again,” Maloney said. “He does so much for us on the offensive end.”

Locke scored 18 points and grabbed 16 rebounds. Jason Gant added seven points and seven boards for Oak Park (9-2).

Zerell Jackson led Bloom (7-4) with 22 points and Jamal Parks added 18. Coleman had 10 points and eight boards.

Oak Park will face Simeon in the semifinals. The Huskies watched the end of the Wolverines triple-overtime win over St. Charles North.

“We are gonna come ready to go,” Cobbs said. “We definitely know anything can happen at Pontiac.”



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