King(s) for the day
Jaguars usher RedHawks out of playoffs
Once upon a time, King was the scourge of the Chicago Public League.
Those halcyon days of basketball dominance are long gone, but the Jaguars proved last Tuesday in their own Class 4A regional that some fight remains within them. While 7-footers such as Rashard Griffith and Thomas Hamilton no longer roam the court attired in King’s colors, it didn’t matter when it came to subduing Marist.
The RedHawks, as expected, used another strong defensive performance to keep the Jaguars somewhat in check, but their own offense didn’t click with the kind of efficiency coach Gene Nolan would have preferred. Forty-one percent shooting, eight missed free throws — including the front end of four 1-and-1s — and 21 turnovers all loomed large in Marist’s eventual demise, which occurred by a gut-wrenching 47-46 final score.