Category: Wolverines

Chicago Simeon and Proviso East staged one of the all-time great state championship games Saturday at Carver Arena. Maywood junior Sterling Brown drained a three with four seconds to play, but Proviso East was forced to watch the final seconds tick off the clock as the ball rolled under the basket. There were no timeouts left and time had run out. Simeon had a 50-48 victory and a third consecutive IHSA Class 4A state championship. The win gave Simeon a sixth state championship, the most in state history. It also gave Simeon coach Robert Smith his fifth title, the most by one coach in state history, breaking the record held by East St. Louis coach Bennie Lewis since 1989. In a curious incident after the win, all of Simeon’s players removed their shoes and placed them in a line next to the podium set up on center court. IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman picked up the shoes and removed them. “They said they wanted to leave their mark on the court,” Smith said. Proviso East was led in scoring by Sterling Brown with 25 points, the Wolverines leaders were Jabari Parker with 15 points, Steve Taylor with 12 points and 15 rebounds.

-Bob

A few images from the Peoria Civic Center hosts of the IHSA Class 4A boys basketball semi-finals. The teams advancing to Saturday’s championship game are once beaten Chicago Simeon and the undefeated Pirates of Maywood Proviso East.  The Wolverines are going for there third straight state basketball title. The game will take place at Carver Arena at 8:30 p.m. on Staurday.

-Bob

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