Boys Basketball: Three things learned
February 5, 2014 8:12PM
Updated: March 7, 2014 1:05PM
1. Thornwood has depth. Namely, at guard. Rashaad Alexander and Brian Thomas are starters, but Chelby Frazier, Isaiah Polk and Christian Scott could start on many teams. Alexander has considerable range beyond the three-point stripe, while Thomas and Frazier are gamers. Having Kenneth Bates, a 6-foot-9 lane-clogger, provides Thornwood with great balance. Add it all up and it’s no surprise the Thunderbirds are 15-4.
2. St. Rita is coming on. After figuratively spanning the globe early in the season, the Mustangs have found success back in the Land of Lincoln, winning four straight. It’s debatable whether there’s a more skilled starting five in the Southland than the Mustangs, who could be on the verge of putting together a major winning streak just in time for the playoffs.
3. It’s been a tough season at Andrew. It’s been a prodigious slide from near the top of the SouthWest Suburban Red standings for Andrew, which is 4-14 overall and 1-7 in conference. For three years, or as long as Jubril Adekoya was leading the charge, the Thunderbolts competed for conference supremacy. But with the 6-foot-7, two-time SouthtownStar All-Area forward starting as a freshman at Valparaiso, Andrew has reverted to the days prior to Adekoya entering the program. Coach Mike O’Halloran is a fine basketball man, but it’s another example of how it requires great players to form great teams.