Shootout at the Hall

Shootout at the Hall

Everything you need to know about the second annual hoopsfest:

MOUNT ZION (7-1) 79, URBANA (0-9) 42

Star of the game

Mark Yelovich, Mount Zion

Urbana had no defensive answers for the 6-foot-5 senior forward. Yelovich shot 7 of 10 from the field and sank 6 of 8 free throws en route to a game-high 20 points. But he dominated the game in so many other ways, too, with game highs in rebounds (14), steals (4) and blocks (2).

By the numbers

The Tigers did not record their first field goal until 2:35 remained in the first quarter. Urbana was 0 for 5 from the field and committed three turnovers before junior point guard SIMEON SIMMONS connected on a short shot in the lane. ... Mount Zion ruled the boards 48-27 as 6-1 wing JORDAN GRINESTAFF joined Yelovich in double figures with 11 rebounds, including four on the offensive glass. ... Urbana, which has struggled on offense all season, scored fewer than 50 points for the sixth time in its last eight games. The Tigers shot 26.8 percent from the field (15 of 56), while the Braves connected at a 51.9 percent rate (28 of 54). ... Searching for a jump-start to his attack, Urbana coach TERRENCE GRAY used 12 players during the first half. The Tigers trailed 39-15 at the break. ... Senior guard RAKEEM SALLEE and freshman guard DARREN GRAY shared the Urbana scoring lead with eight points apiece.

What was said

Urbana senior forward IAN HANKE, on playing at the Assembly Hall: "I've watched Illinois all my life and I couldn't believe I got to play on the Assembly Hall floor. It's just an amazing experience for me. I wish I could do it again."

Urbana senior Sallee on the team's offensive woes: "We've just got find the right rotation."

Mount Zion coach JAY DRISCOLL, on Yelovich, who is drawing interest from lower-level Division I colleges: "He scores (an average of about 20 points) on only 10 or 12 shots a game. He rebounds so well, but he can pass. And at the next level you've got to be able to do that. You've got to be able make (other) people better because you're not going to be the star. You've got to be able to play defense and do those other things, so I think he's going to be a really good complementary player on a team."

CENTENNIAL (8-2) 62, RICH SOUTH (3-4) 60

Star of the game

Crandall Head, Rich South

On what could be his future collegiate home court, the Illini recruiting target scored a Shootout-record 34 points. The previous mark of 25 points was set by Champaign Central's VERDELL JONES last year. Head (14-of-21 shooting), a 6-foot-3 junior forward, also grabbed a team-high six rebounds and notched three steals while playing all 32 minutes.

By the numbers

In most other games, JAMES KINNEY would deserve the above category. With the long and lanky Head guarding him, the junior guard sank 9 of 16 shots from the field in leading Centennial with 19 points. Although Head did make a defensive impact – Kinney had six turnovers – Kinney hurt Rich South with his shot and his passing (five assists). The 6-1 Charger guard also had seven rebounds. ... Centennial outrebounded the Stars 32-21 (10-3 on the offensive glass thanks to four from 5-9 guard BRYSON DAVIS-JOHNSON). ... After building a 58-51 lead with 3:20 left, the Chargers survived a Stars comeback. Guard CARLTON GUYTON's three with 1:14 remaining capped a 9-2 Rich South run and tied the score at 60. Davis-Johnson (15 points) scored what proved to be the final points of the game with 30 seconds left. On the Stars' next two possessions, Head never touched the ball. In both cases, guard KENDRICK MORSE (4 of 14) dashed to the basket on failed scoring attempts, and Head's last-gasp heave from beyond halfcourt as time ran out was off the mark.

What was said

Kinney on Rich South's late-game rally from a 58-51 deficit: "When they came back and made a run, we knew we had to make that last punch and finish the game"

Rich South coach SCOT RITTER on whether he would have preferred Head taking the shots, rather than Morse, with his team trailing 62-60: "Yep. Yep. Yep."

Centennial coach TIM LAVIN on Kinney's matchup with Head: "That Crandall Head is a heck of a player, a heck of an athlete, and James handled himself pretty well. A lot of people forget that (Kinney is) playing over here, and sometimes I think he takes it personal that he hears about everybody else – Crandall Head coming down, Verdell across town. He played a really nice game."

STERLING (10-0) 58, PEORIA CENTRAL (4-3) 51

Star of the game

Joseph Bertrand, Sterling

Bertrand, who's given Illinois an oral commitment, scored 28 points to keep Sterling undefeated. BRUCE WEBER and others on his coaching staff were in attendance to watch Bertrand and fellow junior oral commit D.J. RICHARDSON face off. Richardson finished with 20 points and nine rebounds, but Bertrand proved to be too much for Peoria Central. Bertrand, Richardson and Warren's BRANDON PAUL orally committed to Illinois within days of each other in October to give Weber three of the state's top prospects from the Class of 2009.

By the numbers

Sterling (10-0) outrebounded Peoria Central (4-3) 36-29. ... Peoria Central attempted no free throws in the first half and finished the game 1 of 3 from the line. ... Bertrand committed a game-high seven turnovers. ... The game was scoreless until Peoria Central's ROOSEVELT JONES made a field goal with 4:46 left in the first quarter. ... Sterling's DUSTIN FRITCH grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. ... Both teams played Friday night games before Saturday's matinee matchup.

What was said

Peoria Central coach DAN RUFFIN on Illinois' recent recruiting haul: "Illinois has guard problems now; they won't have guard problems when these kids come in. You're coming in with a trio of guards that could be like the trio that took you to the Final Four."

Sterling coach PETE GOFF on the group of soon-to-be Illinois guards: "Coach Weber turns all-staters into All-Americans and that's what's going to happen with this group. ... (Assembly Hall) rocks now, what do you think is going to happen in four or five years? I'm ecstatic for Coach Weber and his staff."

Sterling guard JOSEPH BERTRAND on his future teammate: "I never really played against (D.J. RICHARDSON) or got to see him play much, but he's a good player and I'm looking forward to playing with him."

NEW TRIER (7-2) 61, GURNEE WARREN (6-3) 50

Star of the game

Jack Boehm, New Trier

The 6-foot-6 senior finished with 27 points with many of his 10 field goals coming on 6-6 twin brother Peter's eight assists. Jack was 10 of 16 from the field with six of them coming on three-pointers on 10 attempts.

By the numbers

The Boehm Brothers accounted for 40 of New Trier's points as Jack had 13 points to go with his eight assists. Jack had five points and Peter four to fuel a 11-0 run to give the Trevians an early 15-2 lead. The two also had 17 of the Trevians third-quarter points (Jack 11, Peter six). ... A total of 15 of New Trier's 24 field goals came on layups. ... The Trevians took advantage of their height advantage with all their points coming from players 6-4 or taller. ... Warren standout Brandon Paul had a hard time getting the ball in his Assembly Hall debut. New Trier's defense forced the Illini recruit into a lot of forced shots. His 7-of-21 shooting for 19 points included a three-pointer from beyond midcourt just ahead of the halftime buzzer.

What was said

Warren coach Chuck Ramsey on New Trier's defense against Paul: "We have to do a better job of getting him in situations where he can take better advantage of his abilities. I think Brandon is improving in all areas. We are just seeing the surface of what he can do. ... The University of Illinois is getting a good athlete and a quality person."

Paul on playing at the Assembly Hall:"We wanted to come out and play our hardest and we didn't. We didn't play with the intensity we needed. We've been doing that lately. They came out and played harder than we did and it got to us."

New Trier coach Rick Malnati on his team's offense: "We took advantage of our size and Peter (Boehm) did a good job of looking down the court. We're also doing a better job of guarding the wings. Jack is comfortable shooting the threes. It's just that we are not always comfortable with him making them."

PEORIA MANUAL (6-4) 47, WAUKEGAN (5-4) 44

Star of the game

Paris Gulley, Peoria Manual

He had a first half to forget, going 1 of 10 from the floor for five points. But in the second half, the 5-foot-11 junior was more efficient. He hit five of his 10 shot attempts to finish the game with a team-high 16 points. Gulley added three steals and four rebounds (three on the offensive end).

By the numbers

Manual held a slight edge in rebounding (32-29), but it was on the offensive glass where the Rams did their damage. Of their 32 total rebounds, 16 were offensive, led by SCOTTIE BROWN's four. ... Waukegan got off to a slow start on offense, scoring just six points in the first quarter. In fact, the Bulldogs didn't crack double-figures until the 4:23 mark of the second quarter. During that stretch, Waukegan shot 3 of 11 from the floor and turned the ball over eight times. ... Illinois recruit JEREME RICHMOND enjoyed a solid performance in his first game at the Assembly Hall. The 6-6 sophomore scored a game-high 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting and 5 of 7 from the free throw line. Richmond also grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds and blocked five shots.

What was said

Manual coach DERRICK BOOTH on matching up with Richmond: "He was a ton to stop. Coming into the game I was expecting a 6-6 guard. He's definitely a 6-6 guard, but he put our guy in the post, and with our guards in the post it was hard to contend with. We just had to grind it out. It was hard to stop him, but we had to get some easy buckets on our end."

Gulley on his second-half turnaround: "I just kept on shooting my shots. Basically I was just running, coming off screens and shooting."

Richmond on playing on his future home floor: "It was exciting. Just because of the fact that I committed here. It was kind of hard because the floor is bigger than a high school floor so I had to adjust and get my wind right. It was kind of hard, but it was exciting. Tonight when I was out there playing on the court it felt like I was in college. Any good play I made I got kind of a reaction from the crowd and that kind of reaffirmed to me that this is home."

WHITNEY YOUNG (3-1) 50, CHAMPAIGN CENTRAL (6-2) 42

Star of the game

Julian Kenner, Whitney Young

He's not as well-known as some of his other highly thought of teammates, but the 6-foot-1 senior was steady for the Dolphins. He scored a game-high 13 points and pulled down five rebounds. Kenner was also perfect from the free throw line, nailing all four attempts.

By the numbers

Whitney Young won despite turning the ball over 24 times with just five assists. In contrast, Central turned the ball over 16 times and dished out six assists ... Neither team shot exceptionally well. The Dolphins hit 15 of 50 shots (30 percent) and connected on 2 of 16 threes (12.5). The Maroons hit on 13 of 47 attempts (27.7) and 3 of 15 (20) from deep. ... Despite an overall size advantage, Central was outrebounded 44-34. Young was impressive on the offensive glass, pulling down 18, led by ANTONIO JOHNSON's six. ... Young sent 11 players to the floor in the first quarter but scored just five points ... Young outscored Central 34-24 in the second half.

What was said

Young's MARCUS JORDAN on playing in front of big brother JEFF: "I was looking over to him to see what he was telling me. He was definitely telling me to go to the basket more. But they played such great defense that I couldn't get there. So I just worked on passing the ball."

Central coach SCOTT DAVIS on his team's play: "In the first quarter, I think defensively we did a good job, but basically the game came down to they got on a run in the third and fourth quarter where we just did not keep them off the glass. I told our kids if you want to win this game, rebound. Obviously they didn't want to do that.

More from Davis: "I said, 'You guys must like to play defense because all you're doing is letting them play offense by giving them the ball back.' "

Young coach TYRONE SLAUGHTER on using so many players: "If you look at the games we've been successful in, the ones that we won, the common denominator is in the fourth quarter, we're the better team. We're the better team because we can sit some guys on the bench. Fourth quarter they probably missed a lot of shots because their legs were not there."

UNITY 46, CPCI 35

Player of the game

Zebo Zebe, Unity

Playing his first game since donning a plastic mask designed to protect the broken nose he suffered Friday night, the 6-foot junior adapted quickly, leading the Rockets with 16 points. He packed the rest of the stat line, too: eight rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks.

By the numbers

Despite leading throughout, the Rockets allowed CPCI a quick look at a comeback in the third quarter when they were outscored 12-5. ... Part of what might have contributed to CPCI's defeat was its inability to make ots way to the line (five attempts). The more aggressive Rockets finished with 15 attempts. ... CPCI outrebounded the Rockets by a small margin (26-24), though it struggled to convert possessions into baskets.

What was said

CPCI coach KEVIN LONG on his young team: "Everybody that knows us this year knows that we're not an offensive juggernaut. We've got a lot of guys that are playing their first year of varsity basketball and we've just struggled all year with playing 32 minutes, and that's what it's going to take for us to have a chance to be successful when you're playing quality opponents."

Unity coach JARRETT BROWN on his team's defense: "I really think we played well overall, except for maybe on the defensive glass. I felt like when we did rebound we got some transition stuff going, but we weren't able to do it enough. They got 11 offensive rebounds, which is too many."

Unity player ZEBO ZEBE on playing with the facemask: "Toward the beginning of the game it was a little awkward but towards the end I got used to it, so it wasn't as bad. I couldn't really see bounce passes too well, but other than that it wasn't bad."

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