PEORIA, Ill. -- Twenty-four hours after missing nearly everything they shot, Brooks guards George Marshall and Mike Powell returned to their normal selves on Saturday.
The tandem combined to shoot 14 of 28 and score 39 points in No. 2 Brooks’ 66-52 win over No. 20 North Chicago in the Class 3A third-place game at Carver Arena on Saturday.
The day before the two players were 2 of 26 from the floor for eight points in the Eagles’ loss to Rock Island in the semifinals.
“I try to keep think things simple, don’t try to get philosophical about anything,” Brooks coach Bobby Locke said. “One, the ball went in the hole. I think we were as a whole were a lot more relaxed.”
Marshall agreed. He felt looser Saturday, and it showed. He was of 6 of 13 from the field and 3 of 7 from 3-point range for 19 points. He didn’t score his first point on Friday until the final two minutes.
“I felt more comfortable today, shots started falling today,” Marshall said. “We felt more relaxed.
“It was really hard to get over [yesterday.] It really bothered me and the whole team the whole yesterday. When we woke up this morning, it was still on our minds. But going into this game, we knew it would be our last game. We had to get it together and get focused.”
Powell let go off Saturday’s performance, too. He responded from his three-point game on Saturday with a 20-point one on Saturday. He was 8 of 15 from the field.
“We had to refocus,” Powell said. “We didn’t want to get fourth place. Third is better than fourth. You try to get all you can get.”
Justin Rabb (11 points) and Keith Gray (eight points, 11 rebounds) contributed for Brooks (29-4).
Junior guard Aaron Simpson scored 20 points, and Daryle Pearson had seven points and 16 rebounds for North Chicago. (17-15)