Blue Devils drop pair of games
Sun-Times Media December 30, 2012 4:46PM
Aarais Austin of Warren fires a three-pointer over West Aurora’s Tyler Luna. | Patrick Gleason~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 1, 2013 6:16AM
Warren High School’s boys basketball team lost twice Saturday at the Pontiac holiday tournament to finish fourth in the 16-team event.
In the semifinals, the Devils lost 49-44 to West Aurora. In the third-place game, Warren lost 53-45 to Curie from Chicago.
Simeon beat West Aurora to win the title.
In the semifinals, Warren’s Aarias Austin scored 13 consecutive points to bring the Blue Devils back into the game early in the fourth quarter.
But West Aurora star Josh McAuley responded powerfully, scoring nine of his 20 points in the fourth to lead the Blackhawks to victory.
“I feel fortunate,” West Aurora coach Gordie Kerkman said. “I thought we were going to give it away in the fourth quarter. When a guy is on a roll like (Austin) was, you don’t know if he’s going to stop.”
Jayquan Lee did an admirable of cooling Austin off and McAuley did the rest.
The 6-7 senior’s slam with 2:45 to play changed the momentum for good and the following free throw gave the Blackhawks a 45-42 lead. He scored again a minute later to put the game out of reach.
McAuley finished with 20 points, eight rebounds and five blocks. Spencer Thomas added 14 points and five rebounds for the Blackhawks, who outrebounded Warren 29-19.
“Once we got the ball moving we had some open opportunities,” Kerkman said. “I wish we could have had more of that in the first half.”
Austin had a game-high 22 points for Warren (8-6) and James Betori added nine, shooting 3-for-7 from three.
In the evening contest, Austin had 15 points but was the only Blue Devil to score in double figures.
Curie, a powerhouse in the Chicago Public League that gave Simeon trouble in the semifinals, led 14-5 after one quarter, 27-18 at halftime and 36-25 after three quarters.
The Blue Devils shot just 14-of-36 from the field in the game, including 4-of-21 from behind the arc.
Curie was 17-of-25 from the field and 5-of-12 from behind the arc.
In the championship game, Simeon beat West Aurora 60-47. Jabari Parker had 14 points and 13 rebounds in the contest.
West Aurora (10-2) was in the game for a half, but Simeon shots lights out from the field in the second half to take total control of the contest.
Oak Park 57, Waukegan 40
The Bulldogs finished 1-2 in the Pontiac tournament as they played their three games at 9 in the morning (once) and 8 a.m. (twice).
In Saturday’s bad loss to Oak Park-River Forest, Waukegan shot just 30 percent from the field (11-of-34), including 3-of-13 from behind the arc.
Devonte Taylor had 22 points on 4-of-15 shooting to lead Waukegan in scoring.