Arguably the nation’s top player in the Class of 2014, Jahlil Okafor scored 19 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked seven shots as #4 Young defeated #2 Morgan Park 60-56 in overtime in the Public League title game at Chicago State. The win gives Young its first city title since 1998.
Morgan Park’s Division-1 bound senior guards Billy Garrett (Depaul) and Kyle Davis (Dayton) as well as rising-star 6’7 junior Josh Cunningham have wreaked havoc on their competition all season. If they were able to penetrate in this game, they weren’t unable to score in the bunches they’re used to. Davis led Morgan Park (26-3) with 14pts and 6 rebounds. Garrett finished with 12 points. Cunningham had 9 points (including 2 nice dunks), 5 rebounds.
Whitney Young Junior Miles Reynolds’ three-pointer with 53 seconds to play was the biggest shot of the game. It tied the score at 51 (after Young trailed by 7 at the half), and sent the game to overtime (and set off his dad and Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the stands). Reynolds finished with 13 points (3-threes).
Young transfer from South Carolina, Junior LJ Peak contributed 15 points, 5 rebounds including some clutch hoops in OT.
In the end, it was all about Chicago’s biggest fella, Jahlil Okafor. In the biggest game of his high school career, he came up biggest and he was too much for Morgan Park to overcome on this night.
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