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.
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.
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.
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.