Boys Basketball: Simeon tops Morgan Park in two overtimes
By Michael O’Brien firstname.lastname@example.org January 22, 2014 8:34PM
Morgan Park's Charlie Moore brings the ball past Simeon's Evan Glyard. | Worsom Robinson/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 24, 2014 1:17PM
Morgan Park and Simeon have played dozens of classic, high-level, must-see games against one another. Wednesday’s game at Brooks, which Simeon won 80-72 in double overtime was not one of them.
It was an ugly game for both teams. Simeon lost starters Zack Norvell (elbow) and Ed Morrow (eye) to injury in the third quarter. The 40 minutes of play featured 64 turnovers (34 by Simeon). The Mustangs shot 12-of-39 from the free-throw line to the Wolverines’ 24-of-41.
Lamont Walker led Morgan Park (12-5, 5-3) with 18 points and six rebounds. Josh Cunningham added 13 points and 13 boards. Kain Harris finished with 12 points and Torry Johnson scored 10.
Morgan Park coach Nick Irvin does have a solution for all the turnovers.
“I need to get Kyrie Irving,” Irvin said. “No, seriously, it’s unacceptable for (Morgan Park point guard Charlie Moore) to play like that. He’s big time. We can’t go anywhere without Charlie leading us.”
Loyola recruit Donte Ingram was the hero for the Wolverines. He sparked a second-quarter comeback, then changed the tenor of the game with a drive to the basket, punctuated by a tomahawk slam that tied the score late in the fourth quarter.
“It was nasty,” Simeon’s DJ Williams said. “I always kid around with Donte and say he can’t jump but he proved me wrong (Wednesday).”
Ingram finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds.
“I thought we would be really good right now,” Simeon coach Robert Smith said. “You can’t win if you are throwing the ball away all the time. Talent-wise, I think we are really good. We just can’t figure out the little things. If we made free throws we could be undefeated.”
Illinois recruit DJ Williams (17 points) stepped up for the Wolverines (12-3, 5-2 Red South) late in the game, scoring four in the fourth quarter and six in the overtimes.
“We just had to do it for our teammates,” Williams said. “We have to step up more, me and Donte. We have to help out Ed (Morrow), he’s by far been the most consistent.”
Morrow had eight points, six rebounds and three blocks in three quarters of play. Evan Gilyard scored eight and Armon Benford added seven.
“Everyone was just turning it over constantly,” Irvin said. “Both coaches aren’t happy with that. We can’t win a ball game throwing it away all the time.
“Ingram stepped up big time for them, he left everything out there.”