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Unstoppable Tyquone Greer leads Orr to Public League quarterfinal victory

02/16/2014, 6:01pm CST
By Michael O’Brien | mobrien@suntimes.com | @michaelsobrien

Tyquone Greer scored 33 points on 13 of 17 shots and pulled down 12 rebounds to lead Orr in a 77-63 Public League quarterfinal victory over Uplift on Sunday at Chicago State.

Orr senior Tyquone Greer put on one of the season’s dominant displays in one of the city’s biggest games on Sunday.

Greer poured in 33 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the No. 7 Spartans in a 77-63 win over Uplift at Chicago State in a Public League quarterfinal.

He threw down dunks, hit mid-range jumpers and three-pointers and continually kept the Titans from making a serious run.

“I know that my team depends on me to come out and play well,” said Greer, who was 13-for-17 from the field. “If I do that the team follows and plays well.”

Greer wouldn’t say it was the top performance of the year, just that it was his best in Chicago. Orr has played in games all over the country this season.

Marlon Jones, a 6-7 senior, added 23 points and six rebounds for the Spartans (20-3). With Jones and 6-5 Greer, Orr dominated the glass, out-rebounding the Titans 37-18.

Two free throws from Jeremy Roscoe (14 points, five rebounds) brought Uplift (23-4) within seven points with 3:24 to play. Greer and Jones responded with dunks to end the threat.

“We are the biggest team,” Greer said. “We should show that advantage every game. We’ve give up a lot of second shots this season, if we can quit that we will be tough to stop.”

Uplift junior Jamaya Wyatt, a 6-5 forward, scored 16 and grabbed seven rebounds. Senior Quintin Olagbegi added 14 for the Titans (23-4).

“When Greer gets going he’s one of the best players in the state,” Orr coach Lou Adams said. “He just hasn’t always shown it this season.”

Orr will face the winner of the Young vs. Morgan Park quarterfinal in the semis at Chicago State on Wednesday.

“After the last game (against King) I was worried,” Adams said. “But we came out really motivated.”

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