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Young's Jahlil Okafor reaches up to slam against Powerhouse. | Patrick Gleason~For Sun-Times Media
Young senior Jahlil Okafor did not notice the signs, even though they were posted on every door to the Homan Park gymnasium where Power House plays its home games.
“No food or drink. No hats. No dunking.”
Okafor flew all over the gym, dunking 10 times and finishing with 21 points and seven rebounds. He put the show on in front of Ohio State’s entire coaching staff. Buckeyes head coach Thad Matta even brought along Jared Sullinger. Ohio State is putting the full court press on Okafor, who had Illinois coach John Groce and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski on hand to see him play Friday.
The Dolphins impressed in their first outing as the top-ranked team, knocking off Power House 103-46 Monday.
Okafor said Young isn’t taking the top ranking too seriously.
“In our minds Simeon is still number one,” Okafor said. “They are the three time state champs, so they are on top until someone takes it from them.”
Young (4-0, 3-0 Red West) jumped out to a 32-2 first quarter lead and never looked back. LJ Peak scored 18 and Miles Reynolds added 14. Paul White scored 14 and grabbed nine rebounds.
Senior Elliott Cole, one of the city's rising stars, scored 24 to lead the Panthers (3-9, 0-3).