Boys Basketball: Morgan Park knocks off Lincoln Park
By Michael O’Brien email@example.com February 8, 2014 10:26PM
Eugene Witherspoon of Morgan Park steals the ball from Lincoln Park's Bryson Butler. | Worsom Robinson/For Sun-Times Media.
Updated: February 9, 2014 2:25AM
Morgan Park coach Nick Irvin was excited when transfer Lamous Brown joined his team in the fall. The 6-10 big man is a bundle of possibilities, with long arms and top-notch quickness for a player of his size.
Saturday at Young, Irvin inserted Brown into the starting lineup against Lincoln Park. Brown’s long wingspan wasn’t necessary against the Lions, but Irvin was thinking a few games ahead.
“We’ve got to get (Brown) ready,” said Irvin. “We want to be facing (Young’s) Jahlil Okafor and (Curie’s) Cliff Alexander over the next few weeks, so he needs to play.”
Brown produced, with eight points, 11 rebounds and four blocks in the Mustangs’ 82-66 win over Lincoln Park in the second round of the Public League playoffs.
Brown sat out all of last season after transferring to a high school in Indiana.
“It’s really great to get a chance this season to play with this team and go out like this after all I’ve been through, school-wise,” said Brown. “I think I can handle facing (Okafor and Alexander). I just have to play them like I would anyone else.”
Morgan Park (16-5) led 47-25 at the half, and Lincoln Park (12-10) wasn’t able to make a second half run.
Josh Cunningham led the way with 20 points and 14 rebounds and Lamont Walker added 20 points. Sophomore guard Charlie Moore scored 12
and Kain Harris came off the bench to score 11.
“That was a really good win for us,” said Brown. “Everyone contributed, and I think we are ready to make a nice run in the playoffs.”
Bryson Butler led the Lions with 21 points. The senior guard showed poise, composure and scoring ability.
“We thought we were the better team,” Butler said. “We just had some guys not play as well as they could have. We just fell short.”
Malik Jones added 15 points for Lincoln Park.
Morgan Park will play the winner of Sunday’s Vocational-Young game in the quarterfinals Feb. 16 at Chicago State.