The Public League’s final 2016-17 basketball rankings

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Whitney Young junior guard Justin Boyd celebrates one of his five 3-pointers in the Class 4A state championship game.

The year-end rankings include teams’ final records and their preseason rankings. You can find the complete final standings here.

1. Whitney Young (27-7) 5

The Dolphins defeated Simeon in overtime to win the Class 4A state championship.

2. Simeon (30-4) 2

The Wolverines finished second in Class 4A. They edged Morgan Park 68-64 in the city championship game.

3. Morgan Park (26-6) 3

The Mustangs won the Class 3A state championship.

4. Orr (23-5) 8

The Spartans won the Class 2A state championship.

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The Public League’s basketball rankings (March 6, 2017)

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Collins guard Kamal Hill, who hit a buzzer-beater in the Class 2A Collins Sectional final.

1. Simeon (26-3) 1

The No. 1-seeded Wolverines beat Marian Catholic 56-43 to win the Class 4A Eisenhower Regional title. They will play No. 5 Marist on Tuesday night in the Thornwood Sectional semifinals.

2. Morgan Park (21-6) 2

The No. 1-seeded Mustangs defeated Butler Prep 81-64 to claim the Class 3A Evergreen Park Regional championship. They will face No. 4 Brooks on Tuesday evening in the Class 3A St. Rita Sectional semifinals.

3. Curie (25-3) 3

The No. 1-seeded Condors blew out Proviso East to win the Class 4A Curie Regional championship. They will face No. 4 Oak Park-River Forest on Tuesday evening in the Class 4A Proviso East Sectional semifinals.

4. Whitney Young (22-7) 4

The Dolphins, the No. 2 seed in the Proviso East Sectional, beat Lincoln Park to win the Class 4A Whitney Young Regional title. They will play No. 3 Kenwood in the sectional semifinals on Wednesday night.

5. Orr (20-5) 5

The Spartans beat a talented DePaul Prep squad 64-54 to win the Class 2A Guerin Sectional. They will play Collins in the Joliet Central Supersectional on Tuesday evening. The winner advances to state.

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Resilient Phillips follows familiar script, prevails against Dunbar

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Phillips freshman Keyon Joiner defends vs. Dunbar.

By: Eric Van Dril   |   March 4, 2017

In many ways, Phillips’ 73-65 win over Dunbar in the Class 3A Little Phoenix Regional semifinals mirrored how many of the Wildcats’ victories have unfolded this season.

Phillips started slow. The White-Central champions initially struggled to play with the energy and urgency needed to deal with Dunbar’s swarming defense, which was effective in forcing quick decisions and created 10 turnovers in the first half.

“I don’t know why it’s like that, but it’s always like that,” Phillips junior Jayvonese Shelton said. “The first quarter is always like a warmup, especially for me. My knees — I have knee problems sometimes, so the first quarter, that’s (the time) for me to sweat. It takes me until the second quarter or the second half to get started. … But that’s just been our case all year.”

Dunbar led by five points in three different instances during the first half on Tuesday, Feb. 28. The Wildcats (12-10) looked to be on the brink of serious trouble, given the way the Mightymen were flying around on the defensive end.

But Phillips is resilient. It has been all year.

The Wildcats weathered the proverbial storm and went into halftime only trailing 29-26. And then, they did as they have done throughout this season: they adjusted, raised their energy level in the second half, shared the ball well and persevered.

“We panic in the beginning,” Phillips coach Lawrence Briggs said, “but once we settle down and figure it out, we do well. I just ask the guys to be competitive and let the score take care of itself.”

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By | March 3rd, 2017|Basketball, Dunbar, Phillips|