By Brad Spencer
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.