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Louis Adams is one of those voluble, classic old-school Public League coaches who is heard as much as seen.
The Orr coach was much more subdued, though happy to be able to watch his players in person Sunday, as the No. 10 Spartans ran past St. Ignatius 42-25 in the Ronald "Chops" Billinger Jr. Memorial Showcase at Young.
Adams was released after spending four days in the hospital after he had a stent inserted into his heart to help alleviate complications with a clogged artery that caused severe chest pains.
Adams said he intends to return to the sideline when the Spartans meet No. 3 Young Friday in a game that determines the champion of the Red-West. After being released from the hospital Saturday, Adams went to Chicago State to scout Young against Simeon.
The coach's son, also named Louis Adams, scored a team-high eight points as Orr (17-2) methodically built a six-point halftime lead. Adams Jr. scored all of his points in the first three quarters as the Spartans broke free late in the third.
"It has been difficult," he said of his father's illness, "but it was definitely better knowing he was out there on the sideline today and able to watch us play. He wants [us] to play hard and play good defense and that's what we did out there today."
Senior St. Ignatius guard Lester Larry (eight points) scored five consecutive points during the third quarter to pull the Wolfpack (14-7) within three points. Senior Orr point guard Jamal
McDowell scored on consecutive baskets for a 10-point Orr advantage.
Star 6-7 junior Tyquone Greer added eight points and seven rebounds for the Spartans, and Brandon Clemons had seven points. His steal and layup sparked a 12-1 Spartan run to open the fourth quarter as St. Ignatius went more than seven minutes of the fourth quarter without scoring from the field.
"This is the kind of team we're going to see in the state playoffs," the elder Adams said. "They're good, disciplined and great kids and they really run their offense well.
"We want to be ready against these kind of teams later in the year, for the city and state playoffs.''