Updated: March 28, 2014 8:15AM
1. The South Suburban Red title on the line. When Richards was sitting at 6-2 and Eisenhower at 2-5, the last thing either expected was Friday’s South Suburban Red showdown having championship implications. Lo and behold, that’s what’s at stake. The Cardinals (7-5) have won eight of their last nine and can earn a share of the title with a win. Richards (8-4) claims the title outright with a victory.
2. There’s a Big Three at Stagg. When Max Strus, Kevin White and Jeff Goral are playing together at a high level, the Chargers resemble a team that can compete with the best in the Southland. Strus and White have the ability to hurt opponents from the perimeter and to take the ball to the rack. Goral is more of a perimeter threat. A regional semifinal against Richards should be fun to watch.
3. Tai Odiase can dominate. When Homewood-Flossmoor makes a concerted effort to get the ball inside to the 6-foot-8 Odiase, as it did Tuesday against Sandburg, it’s a team to reckon with. He had 18 points by halftime as the Vikings enjoyed a 19-point lead. The second half, however, was a different story. Odiase went long stretches without touches, was limited to seven points and H-F’s double-digit lead was reduced to three in the final seconds. The Vikings won the game, but are better served when Odiase is the focal point.