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Boys Basketball: Tyler Mitchell steps up for Argo

Tyler Mitchell (left) Argo. | JCunningham/For Sun-Times Media

Tyler Mitchell (left), of Argo. | Jon Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 3, 2014 1:34PM



When Dustin Krob went down with a thumb injury during the Christmas break, Argo coach Pat Maietta made it known to his squad that others were going to need to pick up the scoring slack.

Krob, a senior, was averaging 15 points per game.

No fear. Tyler Mitchell was ready to step up.

The three-year varsity starter has topped 30 points in four of his last five games, including a clutch 38-point performance Friday during an upset win over Richards. He also scored 30 points against Tinley Park, 31 vs. T.F. South and 32 vs. T.F. North.

“Tyler has doubled his scoring output to make up for the Krob slack,” Maietta said. “He’s attacking the basket and getting to the free-throw line.”

Not only is the 6-foot-1 Mitchell getting to the line, he’s converting from it. He canned 20-of-27 tries against Richards.

“He’s always been a pretty good free-throw shooter,” Maietta said. “He’s really stepped up for us.”

The Argonauts are 6-11 overall heading into Friday’s road contest at Reavis. Unlike Richards, which prefers to play uptempo, the Rams prefer a more methodical style that doesn’t suit Argo’s strengths very well.

“Richards is kind of a press-and-run team, which favors us,” Maietta said. “We’re going to have to pressure Reavis and extend them a little bit. We don’t want them to get comfortable in their sets.”

While Mitchell has increased his scoring output, the Argonauts are getting solid play from a number of other players. Senior Alante Jarrett, a transfer from Thornton, had 11 points vs. Richards. Seniors Bryant Smith and Victor Gordon have gone from freshmen “B” players to varsity starters. Junior Andrew Bennett, brother of Sandburg grad D.J. Bennett (Oklahoma), has showed promise.

“Gordon and Smith didn’t quit, didn’t transfer and now they’ve been rewarded with starting positions their senior year,” Maietta said. “This is only Bennett’s second year of playing high school basketball, but he’s coming around.”

Maietta hopes the same can be said of his team after its upset of Richards.

“I told the kids, ‘Let’s use this as momentum,’ ” Maietta said. “Hopefully, it gives us some confidence the rest of the season.”

Rose’s here, Rose’s there ...

Dwayne Rose, nephew of Bulls star Derrick Rose, is a freshman at Crete-Monee playing on the sophomore squad.

Player of the Week

Tyler Mitchell, of Argo, is the SouthtownStar Boys Basketball Player of the Week.

Mitchell, a senior guard, scored 38 points during a win over Richards and 15 points in a loss to Stagg.



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