Boys Basketball: Morgan Park coasts past Vocational
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media January 23, 2014 8:12PM
Updated: January 23, 2014 10:35PM
Morgan Park didn’t have much time to regroup after Wednesday’s double-overtime loss to Simeon. However, neither an emotional letdown nor tired legs were in questions when Vocational paid the Mustangs a visit Thursday afternoon.
Kain Harris threw down a vicious dunk midway through the first quarter on a lob from Charlie Moore and the Mustangs went full steam ahead, cruising to a 93-55 win in Red-South action.
“We wanted bounce back, come together, play hard and start playing our style of basketball,” Harris said. “We didn’t want to let the loss (to Simeon) affect us. We were disappointed, but want to get some momentum heading into our next few games.”
Harris’ jam sparked a 15-3 scoring eruption in what was the second-highest points output of the season for Morgan Park (13-5, 6-3). The Mustangs topped the century mark Jan. 14 in a 102-55 win over Harlan.
Josh Cunningham finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds, both game-highs, for the Mustangs. The highly recruited Cunningham took just seven shots against Simeon. He looked for his stroke early and finished 7-of-19 from the field Thursday.
“He’s going to have to shoot 20 shots a game for us to win; be an aggressive guy for us to win,” Morgan Park coach Nick Irvin said. “Josh Cunningham is one of the top three ballplayers in town, along with (Curie’s) Cliff (Alexander), (Whitney Young’s) Jahlil Okafor.”
Moore had 19 points, including five straight three-pointers in the third quarter, while Harris scored 13 for the Mustangs. Lamont Walker and Torry Johnson added 10 apiece for Morgan Park, which had all five starters score in double digits. Lamous Brown came off the bench and had four blocks.
“They wanted to come out and show they could play some basketball without turning the ball over, and they did that (Thursday),” Irvin said, noting the Mustangs had 30 turnovers against Simeon.
Dionte Ingram led Vocational (13-8, 2-6) with 14 points. Michael Taylor chipped in 13 and Sidney Mason had nine.