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Kurt Hall is a big reason North Chicago is off to a 7-0 start to the season. | Michael Schmidt~Sun-Times Media
Back in December of 2008, North Chicago’s boys basketball team set the all-time, single-game scoring record for Lake County when it put 129 points on the board against Round Lake.
Chances are, this edition of the up-tempo Warhawks — 7-0 and averaging 83 points per game — will not break that record against any of their North Suburban Conference Prairie Division opponents, as coach King Coleman and his players are focused on playing in Peoria rather than hanging 130 on a team from a town down the road.
But that said, the potential is there for a scoring explosion on Sunday when No. 4 North Chicago faces Providence-St. Mel at 3 pm as part of a big day of basketball sponsored by Bulls star Derrick Rose.
Rose’s shootout is being held at the Kroc Center, which is about as far south side as you can get — 119th Street — and it’s being played there because that’s near Simeon, where Rose played his high school ball.
The interesting stat about the matchup is that in its four wins, St. Mel (4-1) has averaged more than 80 points a game.
So, look for North Chicago to be involved in a run-and-gun affair on Sunday, with the first team to 100 the odds-on favorite.
North Chicago also is at Vernon Hills on Saturday in what should be a good game as Vernon Hills coach Matt McCarty knows exactly how to play the Warhawks and pull off the upset.
So far this year, juniors JaVairius Amos-Mays (20.5 points per game), JayQuan McCloud (19.4 ppg) and Big Kurt Hall (16.7 ppg) lead the Warhawks in scoring.
Senior Jarrod Coleman is the top rebounder (eight rebounds per game). The team would be shooting a solid 71 percent from the foul line if Coleman and Emmanual January (10-of-26 combined) never got to the stripe.