The Times Illinois Boys Basketball Top 5

2011-12-08T17:00:00Z 2013-09-13T00:09:13Z The Times Illinois Boys Basketball Top 5By Times Staff nwitimes.com
December 08, 2011 5:00 pm  • 

(Last week's ranking in parentheses; games through Wednesday)

1. Bloom Twp. (1) 6-0

Chalk up another quality win for the Blazing Trojans on Tuesday as they traveled to South Holland and took down No. 5 Thornwood. A big third quarter that highlighted Bloom's ability to play tough team defense and share the ball on offense was the difference as the visitors outscored the Thunderbirds 17-2. Third-year varsity player Henry Hicks is unsung but solid.

2. Homewood-Flossmoor (2) 5-1

Following a loss to Bloom in the Chicago Heights Classic final Thanksgiving weekend, the Vikings rebounded to defeat Joliet Central and Morgan Park on consecutive days last weekend. The win over the Mustangs ranks as Homewood-Flossmoor's best one to date, and it could signal that the Vikings are ready to begin putting their substantial talent to full use.

3. Seton Academy (3) 8-0

Leo and Crane were the latest opponents to run afoul of the Sting, although the latter at least kept things interesting Tuesday night. Seton coach Brandon Thomas preferred not to read too much into his squad's latest triumph, other than the fact the Sting finally got a chance to see how they'd fare in less-than-ideal conditions. Pretty well, as it turned out.

4. Crete-Monee (4) 3-1

Welcome back, Michael Orris. The Warriors' senior point guard saw his first action of the year Saturday and proceeded to rack up 19 points, which led to a decisive victory for Crete-Monee over Tinley Park. The road will get bumpier as the season progresses, though, particularly with the Warriors having a bull's-eye on their back after last season's feats.

5. Thornwood (5) 4-3

Yes, the Thunderbirds have three losses in seven games, but they've come by a total of 19 points, and two of them were administered by the No. 1 and 2 teams in this poll. Thornwood didn't play badly against Bloom on Tuesday, but it's a veteran team that's currently relying a bit too heavily on two players -- Khapri Alston and Darell Combs -- as its primary weapons.

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