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Hales has always represented itself with distinction when going up against a Public League opponent.
But going up against No. 3 Morgan Park Sunday, the Spartans’ youth and inexperience was exposed as the Mustangs made it look easy with a 76-43 victory at the CPS Board of Education at Chicago State University.
Josh Cunningham led all scorers with 14 points and eight rebounds, but it was the outstanding play of the Mustangs trio of guards Billy Garrett, Jr., Kyle Davis and Markee Williams that controlled the game.
Garrett finished with 10 points, 10 assists and five rebounds. Davis had 10 points, seven rebounds and four steals, and Williams had six points, seven assists and five steals. Add 10 points on three high-flying dunks by Torry Johnson and the outcome was never in question.
The Mustangs took a 33-19 lead at halftime on a slam dunk by Cunningham and built a 44-21 lead midway in the third quarter on a three-point shot on the top of the key by Williams. From then on it was liberal substitution and showtime baskets.
“It was a TV game. The kids were anxious to play and show everybody what we have,” said Morgan Park coach Nick Irvin. “I said all along that we have the best three guards on one team in the state and perhaps the country. When we play together, we will be very hard to beat.”
Garrett said that he, Davis and Williams have no problems sharing the ball.
“We will get even better as the season goes along,” Garrett said. “We are all on the same page. It doesn’t matter who scores. It’s all about winning.”
Tim Robinson and Larry Kuykendoll led Hales with 12 points apiece.
“The thing that bothers me about the way we played is that we stopped competing and that’s embarrassing to us as a team and to the school,” said Hales coach Gary London.