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The last time Simeon coach Rob Smith was in the Perspectives-Calumet gym he was the starting point guard on Simeon’s nationally ranked team. That game ended in an upset loss to Calumet. Twenty-three years later Smith is the coach of the nationally-ranked Wolverines, but the results were more favorable for No. 2 Simeon this time around, as it earned a 68-39 Red-South victory on Wednesday.
After Perspectives-Calumet trailed by four at the end of the first quarter, the Wolverines (10-2, 4-0) used a 16-0 run to pull away to a 33-13 lead with 2:44 remaining in the second quarter.
Jabari Parker led all scorers with 26 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks. Reggie Norris (11 points) was the only other player in double figures for Simeon.
Parker said he is rounding back into shape, after being slowed by a nagging ankle injury. “If I am out there playing, it’s no excuses,” Parker said. “I feel I am getting pretty close to where I need to be. I just have to keep working.’’
Smith gave a lot of credit to the bench players led by Norris and Saieed Ivy. “The bench came in and gave us a big boost,” Smith said. “We are trying to get them more involved because we know that we will need them down the stretch.”
“You have to respect when a team gives you everything that they have and plays to the best of their ability no matter what the score is. That’s the way the game should be played.”
Derrick Green scored 15 points and Brandon Taylor added five to pace the Warriors (8-6, 1-2).