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Morgan Park's Billy Garrett Jr. faces tight defense from Bogan's Luwane Pipkins. | Patrick Gleason~For Sun-Times Media
Bogan doesn’t have the talent to match up with Red-South rivals Simeon and Morgan Park, but there are two reasons that Mustangs coach Nick Irvin and Simeon Robert Smith worry so much about playing in the small gym on Pulaski.
The first is Bengals sophomore Luwane Pipkins, a special talent. The second is the atmosphere Bogan coach Arthur Goodwin has created. His teams play harder than almost any school in the city. The crowd at Bogan the past few seasons has followed suit. They are loud and passionate, willing the team’s play a level or two above where its talent level is.
That second factor wasn’t on hand Friday. No students attended the game. According to a source there was a threat of violence made on Instagram, which led Bogan to close the game to students. Parents and adults were in attendance.
“They tried to get it loud in the second half with the noisemakers,” Morgan Park guard Kyle Davis said. “But it wasn’t too loud in there.”
The No. 2 Mustangs dominated the first seven minutes of play, holding No. 20 Bogan to just two field goals. The early defensive effort put the Bengals in a hole they could never climb out of and Morgan Park rolled to an 89-68 win.
Davis scored 21 points and handed out six assists, Billy Garrett Jr. and Josh Cunningham each added 15 and freshman Charlie Moore came off the bench to score 13 for the Mustangs (22-2, 8-1).
Moore, one of the state’s top freshmen, played one of his best games of the season, toning down his flash and focusing on setting the table for others. He had three pretty assists in limited minutes.
Pipkins scored 24 points, including six NBA-length three-pointers.
“He’s phenomenal,” Irvin said.
Antoine Boyd added 12 points and five rebounds and Juwan Henry scored 11 for Bogan (14-8, 7-2).
Davis’ standout game was a stark contrast to his performance last month against Simeon, when he didn’t show his usual aggressive style. Turns out there was a reason why. Davis had a strained abdominal muscle.
“When we play Simeon again we are going to come out and be aggressive,” Davis said. “We had them scared. Jabari [Parker] had free throws to win the game and he missed both of them. Then I went and watched them play Young and he missed the dunk to seal that. He’s kind of nervous.”