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Orr’s roster is loaded with Division I talent: Tyquone Greer, Marlon Jones and Louis Adams Jr. have college coaches trailing them all over the Midwest.
They all chipped in Sunday at Chicago State in the Public League quarterfinals against Farragut, but the 49-42 win came thanks to the heady and timely play of senior point guard Jamal McDowell and junior guard Demetrius Dortch.
Dortch scored 11 consecutive points to open the fourth, turning a tie game into a 42-33 lead for the Spartans (23-2). Two of those baskets came on assists from McDowell, who also assisted Jones on the basket that tied the score at the end of the third quarter.
“When [McDowell] has the ball, you know you have to try to get open or head to the basket,” Dortch said. “He’s going to find you. He’s so unselfish, all about putting the team first.”
Dortch finished with 13 points. Jones a 6-7 junior, had a tremendous all around game with 13 points, nine rebounds and four blocks.
“Dortch is a scorer,” McDowell said. “He isn’t as known as some guys on the team, but he can score when we need him to.”
Dortch also flashed some high-level athleticism, flushing a dunk for a three-point play and scoring on an incredibly difficult rebound and basket, showcasing some serious wingspan.
“That one even surprised me,” Dortch said. “I had to go way up and back to grab it with one hand. I didn’t think I was going to get it back in.”
Greer has been struggling with an injured ankle. He didn’t start the game, but logged plenty of minutes, finishing with six points and five rebounds. McDowell scored seven, with six assists and five rebounds.
“We need Tyquone back soon,” McDowell said. “He did the best he could out there today, but we are going to need him at full strength on Wednesday.”
Sire Carroll, a 6-7 junior, led Farragut (11-9) with nine points and seven rebounds. Sophomore Ernest Johnson contributed seven points and eight rebounds and sophomore Joshua Adams added nine points and five rebounds.
“I hate playing in the morning,” McDowell said. “We just aren’t awake yet. I was sure Farragut was going to come out and give us a challenge and they did.”
Orr will play the winner of the Young-Foreman game in the semifinals Wednesday at Chicago State.