North Chicago putting up some big numbers
News-Sun staff report December 6, 2012 6:06PM
Updated: February 5, 2013 2:11AM
Back in December of 2008, North Chicago High School’s boys basketball team set the all-time, single-game scoring record for Lake County when it put 129 points on the board against Round Lake.
Chances are, this edition of the Warhawks — 7-0 and averaging 83 points per game — will not break that record against any of their North Suburban Conference Prairie Division opponents, as coach King Coleman and his players are focused on playing in Peoria rather than hanging 130 on a team from a town down the road.
But that said, the potential is there for a scoring explosion on Sunday when North Chicago faces Providence-St. Mel at 3 o’clock as part of a big day of basketball sponsored by Bulls star Derrick Rose.
Rose’s shootout is being held at the Kroc Center, which is about as south side as you can get — 119th Street — and it’s being played there because that’s near Simeon High, where Rose played his high school ball.
The key thing about the game is that in four wins, the 4-1 St. Mel team has averaged more than 80 points a game.
So, look for North Chicago to be involved in a run-and-gun affair on Sunday, with the first team to 100 winning.
North Chicago also is at Vernon Hills on Saturday in what should be a good game as Vernon Hills coach Matt McCarty knows exactly how to play North Chicago and beat it.
So far this year, juniors JaVairius Amos-Mays (20.5), JayQuan McCloud (19.4) and Big Kurt Hall (16.7) lead the Warhawks in scoring.
Senior Jarrod Coleman is the top rebounder (8 per game). The team would be shooting a good 71 percent from the foul line if Coleman and Emmanual January (10-of-26 combined) never got to the stripe.