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Morgan Park rocks Bogan, reaches semis

12/28/2012, 11:21pm CST
By Patrick Z. McGavin

In a matchup of Red-South rivals, No. 3 Morgan Park opened the third quarter with a stunning 21-0 run to cruise past Bogan 65-34 in a quarterfinal of the Proviso West Holiday tournament Friday night in Hillside.

Bogan got its wish. Morgan Park turned it into a nightmare.

In a matchup of Red-South rivals, the No. 3 Mustangs opened the third quarter with a stunning 21-0 run in cruising past Bogan 65-34 in the final quarterfinal of the Proviso West Holiday tournament Friday night in Hillside.

The Mustangs advance to their second consecutive semifinal against Stevenson Saturday night.

DePaul recruit Billy Garrett Jr. shook off a disappointing start to his tournament by scoring a game-high 21 points and adding four rebounds and two assists for the Mustangs (12-1). Bogan drew the Mustangs’ attention when several of its players talked about how they wanted to play the Morgan Park.

“We were kind of put off by that and felt a little disrespected,” Garrett Jr. said.

Bogan led by as many as five points (16-11) in the first quarter. Garrett Jr. heated up in the second quarter with two three-pointers to propel Morgan Park to a 33-29 lead at the break.

“I was disappointed with my play yesterday [against Proviso West] and I wanted to come out and show what I could do,” he said. “This was not a normal Red-South game. This is one of the best Christmas tournaments in the country and people pay good money to see us, so we wanted to put on a show.”

Senior guard Kyle Davis contributed 16 points, three steals and two blocks for the Mustangs. Garrett Jr. and Davis engineered the stunning 29-2 Morgan Park advantage in the third quarter.

Bogan sophomore star Luwane Pipkins entered the game the hottest player in the tournament. He torched St. Joseph for a tournament-high 32 points and made eight three-pointers. Stunningly, he was held scoreless. He missed all five of his attempts.

“People have to realize that Lamont Walker is the best defensive player in the state,” Morgan Park coach Nick Irvin said. “I told him before the game we had to cut off the head, and he just told me he was ready. His size and length forced [Pipkins] to try and shoot over him and he never gave him any good looks.”

Morgan Park forced 21 turnovers and enjoyed a 26-5 differential in points generated off turnovers. Star 6-7 junior Josh Cunningham added 10 points for the Mustangs.

Juwan Henry scored 12 points for the Bengals (8-4).

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