Here are a few prep hoop thoughts as the super-sectionals approach.
1. Not much drama in Class 4A: No. 1 seeds Bloom, Edwardsville, Proviso East, Rockford Auburn, Simeon and Warren all got through their sectionals with little trouble. The biggest surprises, if they can be called that, was No. 4 seed West Aurora and No. 5 seed Evanston advancing to the super-sectional round.
2. DuSable’s rise: DuSable’s run is the story of the playoffs. DuSable was 12-9 heading into the playoffs and now has won four consecutive Class 3A games, including an upset over St. Ignatius, and is about to play Hillcrest at Joliet Central for a spot at state. Chris Galbreath had 12 points to lead the way in DuSable’s 57-55 win over Dunbar in the St. Ignatius sectional championship on Friday. Malik Williams and Galbreath combined for 21 points in Tuesday’s 51-44 upset of St. Ignatius.
3. Mike Ellis is no stranger to postseason success: Evanston’s run is surprise, but then again it isn’t. Evanston coach Mike Ellis has experienced plenty of postseason success in his career. He was previously at Peoria Richwoods and coached the Knights to two state championship runner-up finishes. One of them came when Derrick Rose hit a game-winning shot to beat him in 2006. Ellis is in his second year at Evanston. The Wildkits are now 21-10 this season and will play Simeon in the Chicago State super-sectional on Tuesday.