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Playoffs begin milestone rush for teams

02/25/2013, 6:15pm CST
By Tina Akouris takouris@suntimes.com

Plainfield North and Plainfield central are among a group of teams toppling some statistical milestones.

The regular season is over and regional play began on Monday. And with that comes a bevy of statistical milestones for a couple of teams.

Plainfield North may only be a .500 team at the end of the regular season, but the Tigers ended the regular campaign having won eight of their last nine. And their assist to turnover ratio is close to two to one.

“A ratio like that is hard to do in a short high school game,” coach Nick DiForti said. “This shows how much trust our players now have in each other.”

Among the milestones have been sophomore Trevor Stumpe scoring a career-best 37 points against Plainfield Central last week. Stumpe also is shooting 47 percent from the field. Senior guard Marcus Fair is also close to getting 300 career assists.

Over at Providence, the Celtics — another .500 team that is better than their record indicates — are aiming for back-to-back regional championships which hasn’t been done at Providence in 14 years, not since the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons. The Celtics also boast a player averaging a double-double in Catholic League play in sophomore forward Miles Boykin. The two-sport star — Boykin also plays football — averages 13.1 points and 11.1 rebounds per game.

Kudos to you, kid
Homewood-Flossmoor did a number at Joliet Central Friday night, beating the Steelmen 78-51. The Vikings’ defense held Joliet’s leading scorer, Jalen Heath, to only seven points but that freed up Jonah Coble to knock down a game-high 26 points.

The Vikings personnel were impressed with Coble.

“The kid can shoot the basketball,” Vikings coach Jim McLaughlin said. “We know him, but he didn’t play against us the first time because he had some (disciplinary) problems. Last year he scored on us real well and we’ve seen him on tape, so we knew that if he hits a shot that he becomes a very streaky shooter and he got rolling pretty well there.

“We were up by 22 at one point (in the first half) and then he knocked down two threes and we were only up by 16 at the half. We knew we had to give him extra attention on the defensive side.”

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