Kenny Bates' triple-double helped the Thornwood boys basketball team clinch the SouthWest Suburban Red title with a 78-50 win over Lincoln-Way North on Tuesday.
Bates had 11 points, 16 rebounds and 11 blocks for the Thunderbirds (21-4, 13-0).
Rashaad Alexander scored 23 points, while Kaliph Fagan added 14 points.
Thornridge 46, Andrew 41: Darrion Robinson's double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds led the visiting Falcons (8-17, 5-8) to a SouthWest Suburban Red win over the Thunderbolts.
Leeshaun Evans added three steals and three assists.
Homewood-Flossmoor 56, Sandburg 53: It should have been a cakewalk the way Homewood-Flossmoor's Tai Odiase was playing.
The Illinois-Chicago-bound senior scored 18 points and grabbed five rebounds in the first half against Sandburg, staking the Vikings to a 19-point lead.
The Eagles struck back in the final quarter, and H-F had to sweat out a SouthWest Conference Blue win.
It was the second triumph of the day for H-F (13-11, 8-3). In the afternoon, the IHSA ruled the Vikings could play in the Class 4A playoffs, which begin next week.
Odiase finished with 25 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and a steal, playing the better part of three quarters with a mask to protect his swollen, though not broken, nose.
"I thought it was getting in the way of my seeing the ball and getting rebounds," Odiase said of discarding the mask.
Reminded of his 10-of-15 shooting night, he said he'll wear it at the start of H-F's next game, Friday against Lincoln-Way East.
"He did an excellent job on the defensive end, especially on the glass," coach Jim McLaughlin said of Odiase.
He was the only H-F player with more than nine points.
Sandburg (9-16, 5-8) was led by Eric Straka's 14 points. -- Tim Cronin
Thornton 55, Lincoln-Way Central 44: The Wildcats improved to 18-5 overall and 11-2 in the SouthWest Suburban Red.
T.F. North hires Watson: The District 215 school board hired Richard Watson as T.F. North's football coach at Tuesday's meeting.
Watson replaces Artie Rogers, who stepped down after the 2013 season.