Chicago Simeon is used to being the favorite when they step on the basketball court.
While Chicago Curie was the preseason favorite team in the area and rival Morgan Park won their Red South conference this season, Simeon is rolling through the Chicago Public League Playoffs utilizing a balanced attack.
Host Simeon (23-2) defeated Farragut (12-10, who knocked out Uplift) 95-63 to advance to the Public Semifinals (to face Whitney Young HS).
Simeon’s starters filled the stat sheet as usual with Evan Gilyard (UTEP) scoring 20 points. Juniors Talen Horton-Tucker (16 points) and Messiah Jones (10 and 6) added scoring, energy, and rebounds.
The balance came from sophomore guard Kejuan Clements (season high 16 points) and junior reserve shooter Kenny Pittman (11 points). Madison Lowery added an emotional dunk to re-ignite the crowd and bench in the second half.
Farragut’s sophomore guard Aaron Strong had a breakout game, scoring 28 points to lead the rugged Admirals and senior Kawanise Wilkins finished with 16 and 12.
Next up for Simeon is the Final Four where they face Whitney Young Dolphins at Chicago State.
Ballislife will continue following Simeon in their quest for a City title.
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