Tuesday night featured two undefeated teams in the Chicago Prep Conference, Providence-St. Mel and the Chicagoland Jewish.
That’s where the similarities ended, as the Knights started and finished fast, blowing out the Tigers 83-57.
Providence-St. Mel used its size and transition game to keep Chicagland Jewish at bay. The Knights outrebounded the Tigers 47-22 making it tough to keep up with its frenetic pace.
St. Mel’s lead swelled from 17-8 after one quarter to 42-29 at the half. But it was the third quarter where the Knights broke the game open for good. Senior guard Khalil Small, who scored 10 of his team-high 22 in the third quarter, stole the ball at midcourt, banked in a lay up and was fouled with 1:39 remaining in the third quarter. His free throw completed the play, giving the Knights their biggest lead of the game, 60-41.
Providence-St. Mel (17-4, 6-0) had five players scoring in double digits in points: Small, senior forward Donald Morgan (14 points) and Tevin King (13) led the way. Junior forward Joshuan McNeal added 10 rebounds.
“They were so fast. We tried what we could do,” Chicagoland Jewish guard Jake Newlander said. “They are a good team. Give them credit, they played well.
Chicagoland Jewish (13-3, 5-1) was led by Newlander, who finished with 15 points. Younger brother, sophomore guard Josh Newlander, had 10 points for the Tigers.
“We are faster than most teams we play,” Tigers coach Marty Dello said. “They are so good, we miss a three, they are laying it up on the other end.”