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Apparently Simeon senior Donte Ingram has some doubters, even on his own team.
The Loyola recruit was the hero for the No. 9 Wolverines against No. 8 Morgan Park at Brooks on Wednesday.
He sparked a second quarter comeback and then changed the tenor of the game with a drive to the basket, punctuated by a tomahawk slam that tied the score late in the fourth quarter.
“It was nasty,” Simeon junior DJ Williams said. “I always kid around with Donte and say he can’t jump but he proved me wrong today.’’
Ingram finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds in Simeon’s 80-72 double-overtime.
“I was just trying to do whatever I could to pull out a win,” Ingram said.
It was an ugly game for both teams. The Wolverines lost starters Zack Norvell (elbow) and Ed Morrow (eye) to injury in the third quarter. The 40 minutes of play featured 64 turnovers (34 by Simeon, 30 by Morgan Park). The Mustangs shot 12-for-39 from the free throw line, while the Wolverines were 24-for-41.
“I thought we would be really good right now,” Simeon coach Robert Smith said. “You can’t win if you are throwing the ball away all the time. Talent-wise I think we are really good. We just can’t figure out the little things. If we made free throws we could be undefeated.”
Illinois recruit DJ Williams (17 points) stepped up for the Wolverines (12-3, 5-2 Red-South) late in the game, scoring four in the fourth quarter and six in the overtimes.
“We just had to do it for our teammates,” Williams said. “We have to step up more, me and Donte. We have to help out Ed (Morrow), he’s by far been the most consistent.”
Morrow had eight points, six rebounds and three blocks in three quarters of play. Freshman Evan Gilyard scored eight and sophomore Armon Benford added seven.
“Everyone was just turning it over constantly,” Morgan Park coach Nick Irvin said. “Both coaches aren’t happy with that. We can’t win a ball game throwing it away all the time.
“Ingram stepped up big time for them, he left everything out there.”
Lamont Walker led Morgan Park (12-5, 5-3) with 18 points and six rebounds. Josh Cunningham added 13 points and 13 boards. Kain Harris finished with 12 points and Torry Johnson scored 10.
Irvin does have a solution for all the turnovers.
“I need to get Kyrie Irving,” said Irvin. “No, seriously it’s unacceptable for (Morgan Park point guard Charlie Moore) to play like that. He’s big-time. We can’t go anywhere without Charlie leading us.”