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Shootout at the Hall: Live Blog
10:35 p.m. After over 12 hours of basketball the third Shootout at the Hall is complete. The final game went to Centennial as they knocked off Sterling by double-digits. 10:01 p.m.Centennial has a 11-point lead over Sterling at the half of the last game of the day. Ohio commit James Kinny has seven points. Rayvonte Rice has 12. 9:15 p.m. Due to Paul's big effort of 17 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and four steals, Warren secured a 54-42 win over Curie. Blackshear had a off night scoring just eight points on 4-for-13 shooting. 8:25 p.m. SEND IT IN PAUL (In my best Bill Rafferty voice)! The 6-foot-3 Illinois commit woke up a relatively quiet crowd with a baseline hammer on a Curie defender. He scored eight quick points in the third quarter. 8:10 The Curie/Warren match up is a low scoring affair and the two headliners (Brandon Paul and Wayne Blackshear) have been pretty quiet. Curie is up 22-20 at half time. 7:21 p.m. The groovy sound tracks are still pumpin' out of the speakers in Assembly Hall. The current track is James Brown's Living In America. The teenagers on the court are surely vibing to it! 7:15 p.m. Peoria Manual managed to hold on. After leading for the entire game, North Lawndale took the lead with just 20 seconds to play. But Manual snatched back the lead for good with under 3 seconds left on John Taylor's floater. Manual won by a score of 71-70. 6:45 p.m. Wayne Blackshear and Curie just walked into the gym. He's currently rated No. 8 overall on Scout.com. He has a tough match up with Illinois commit Brandon Paul and Warren Township. That game is supposed to tip in 30 minutes. 6:10 p.m. We are four and a half games into the day and still going strong from our Starbucks Vanilla Latte! Manual and North Lawndale are currently at the half. Manual has a double-digit lead. 5:50 p.m. Chasson Randle rattled off Illinois, Indiana Purdue, Iowa State, Bradley, Florida, Kansas, Iowa, Wake Forest and Wisconsin as the schools showing him interest. He appears to be taking his time with his recruitment. 5:33 p.m. Waukegan recorded a 10 point win over Rock Island. Richmond recorded a double-double (18 points and 11 rebounds). Randle finished with 22, while senior forward Brandon Pullam went for 21. 4:32 p.m. Chasson Randle has it rollin' early. At half he's 5-for-6 from the field and has scored 16 points and snagged five rebounds. Despite Randle's efforts Waukegan is up 38-30. Jereme Richmond has 10 and Fairfield commit Colin Nickerson has 14. 4:07 p.m. Waukegan and Rock Island are just a quarter into the game and there's already been a handful of highlights. Jereme Richmond had a nice put back dunk, while Chasson Randle already has nine points and a big block on Richmond. 3:26 p.m. The Crane/Peoria Central game is in the books. In a close game, Crane pulled off a two-point win and was led by Head's 21 points on 9-for-16 shooting. 3:17 p.m. The freshman Antonio Drummond has really stepped up in the fourth quarter. At half time he only had two points, now he's got 11 and is a heady floor general. Head now has 18 points. Most of his buckets have come off of finishes at the rim. 2:35 p.m. Crane currently holds a four-point halftime lead over Peoria Central. Illinois commit Crandall Head is 3-for-7 from the field with seven points. Name to remember: Antonio "BoBo" Drummond. He's Peoria Central's starting lead guard and appears to have a bright future. 2:14 p.m. Peoria Central head coach Dan Ruffin is a fiery dude. He's a high energy guy that gets the most from his players. If one of his guys doesn't listen, they'll get pulled quick. Upon telling a sub to enter the game he said, "You better get something done or you're going to be right back over here. Now go check in." 1:55 p.m. Crandall Head is now on the floor warming up to some old school 70's soul music. Interesting way to get the kids hyped up for the game. Head and his Crane squad is matched up against Peoria Central. 1:36 p.m. Led by their nearly 7-foot big man Meyers Leonard, Robinson scored a 49-42 win over St. Thomas. Leonard went for 15 points, seven rebounds and seven blocks, according to Scout.com's stat keeper (me). 12:51 p.m. Meyer Leonard isn't getting a ton of touches inside, but he's still making an impact on the game. At half he's got six points, five rebounds and four blocks. Robinson is up 21-19 at half. 12:35 p.m. Bruce Weber and assistants Jay Price and Jerrance Howard strolled in just in time for the tip of Illinois commit Meyers Leonard's game. Fairfield assistant Bob Simon is also in the Hall to check out the action. 11:56 a.m. The first game of the shootout was just a tune up compared to the rest of the day. Olympia knocked off Mahomet-Seymour in the opener by a score of 68-54. Leonard and his Robinson crew will take on St. Thomas More in just a few minutes. 11:45 a.m. CST We've escaped the frigid weather outside and are nestled in at Assembly Hall for the Shootout at the Hall in Champaign (Ill.). We're pumped about the loaded field that consists of guys like Meyers Leonard, Jereme Richmond, Chasson Randle, Wayne Blackshear, Crandall Head, Brandon Paul and many more.
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