Proviso East proves too much for OPRF boys basketball

Season comes to an end with 20 victories

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By Brad Spencer

Sports Editor

They outrebounded them 30-13, but what the OPRF boys basketball team couldn't do was stop Proviso East's offensive arsenal during Friday night's Class 4A Schaumburg Sectional championship.

The Huskies fell 67-48 in their first sectional title game since 1992, while the Pirates, last year's state runner-up, extended their win-streak to 18 games and advanced to Tuesday's Hinsdale Central Supersectional to face West Aurora.

OPRF scored just 18 points in the first half as Proviso East, led by Jevon Carter, Sterling Brown and Paris Lee, took a 14-point lead by halftime. The Huskies outscored the Pirates 14-13 in the third but didn't gain any headway.

Carter led the Pirates with 19 points, while Sterling Brown, the younger brother of Phoenix Suns point guard Shannon Brown, finished with 18 points and six rebounds. Sterling, a top five Division I prospect, will play at SMU next season under former NBA coach Larry Brown. Lee chipped in 11 points to go along with his four steals for the Pirates (28-3).

OPRF's Erick Locke led all scorers with 21 points, 16 of which came in the second half. The junior also grabbed five rebounds and pocketed six steals. TK Mattox closed out his high school hoops career as a Huskie with a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds. Virgil Allen hauled down 10 rebounds for OPRF. 

The Huskies (20-10) lose the core of their team to graduation, including their three big men in Mattox, Allen and Thomas Ross, along with defensive specialists Alex Gustafson and Jakari Cammon.

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Huskie Fan from Bolingbrook  

Posted: March 16th, 2013 10:01 AM

Congrats to OPRF for making it to the Sectional Finals. Regardless of the GPA's of Proviso's team, they whipped us on the court. If they (both teams...with the exception of the one from OPRF who played like a scared lil know who you are) carry the confidence and perseverence they displayed in that and many other games over this season, they'll succeed in life.

Proviso East Fan  

Posted: March 13th, 2013 12:26 PM

Actually Shinz, all five starters have over 3.0 gpa's, so what are you trying to say?

Chris Carrier  

Posted: March 12th, 2013 4:44 PM

I looked up the "top 5 Div I prospect Sterling Brown" and didn't find a recruiting service that had him above a three star rating (out of five). He's obviously very good, but no where near top five, which is usually one-and-done and on to the NBA.

Matt Baron from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: March 12th, 2013 11:46 AM

Great season, congrats to the Huskies!

OPRF Parent  

Posted: March 11th, 2013 4:45 PM

@Shinz, unless we are questioning the GPA of our own students and all the other teams we play (did you wonder about York too?), then your comment is snarky at best.


Posted: March 11th, 2013 9:19 AM

What is the GPA of the Proviso East team?

R. Milstein from Oak Park   

Posted: March 9th, 2013 1:45 PM

A great season. Lots to be proud of. 21 year drought to get to Sectional Final was broken!

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