Class 4A super-sectionals preview

March, 12, 2012
3/12/12
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Here’s a look at Tuesday’s Class 4A super-sectionals:

Simeon (30-1) vs. Evanston (21-10) at Chicago State at 7:30 p.m.

The story:
Evanston, a No. 5 seed, has made a nice story for itself with a run to the Chicago State super-sectional, but it’s going to need to do something really special to knock off top-ranked Simeon. Simeon has shown few weaknesses throughout the regular season and playoffs. It’s still the favorite to win its third consecutive Class 4A state championship. Evanston coach Mike Ellis is familiar with Simeon, having lost to Derrick Rose and company in the 2006 state championship when he was at Peoria Richwoods.

Players to watch: Simeon’s Steve Taylor is the state’s top senior and is headed to Marquette next season. Evanston’s Josh Irving had 23 points in his team’s sectional championship win.

Pick: Simeon

Bloom (27-3) vs. Edwardsville (24-5) at Illinois State at 7:30 p.m.

The story:
Bloom had some close calls in regional play, but opened up its sectional wins and won comfortably. Bloom has been one of the area’s top teams throughout much of the season. Edwardsville rallied from a 12-point deficit to defeat Pekin in the Collinsville sectional. It was Edwardsville’s first sectional title since 2006.

Players to watch: Bloom’s Donald Moore is one of the premier point guards in the area. Garrett Covington had 16 points in Friday’s win.

Pick: Bloom

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Scott Powers/ESPNChicago.comSterling Brown and Proviso East will take on West Aurora on Tuesday.
Proviso East (30-0) vs. West Aurora (25-5) at Hinsdale Central at 7:30 p.m.

The story:
Proviso East has clearly looked like the second best team in the state next to
Simeon all season. And the Pirates have rolled throughout the playoffs. Their guard play is what drives them and will likely give West Aurora trouble. West Aurora isn’t to be overlooked, though. Coach Gordie Kerkman has won 11 sectionals and knows how to get his team ready for big games.

Players to watch: Proviso East’s Keith Carter is the team’s top guard and is headed to Saint Louis. Juwan Starks is the school’s all-time leading scorer.

Pick: Proviso East

Warren (26-3) vs. Rockford Auburn (30-2) at Northern Illinois at 8 p.m.

The story:
This has a chance to be one of the better super-sectional games. Both teams have been dominant in their respective areas this season. Warren is led by its big men, and Auburn is carried by the play of point guard Fred Van Vleet. Both teams lost to Proviso East this season.

Players to watch: Warren’s Darius Paul can do it all at the power forward spot. Van Fleet is one of the top point guards in the state and is headed to Wichita State next season.

Pick: Warren

Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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