Scouting this weekends top DuPage County basketball games
Neuqua Valley (8-0, 4-0)
at Bartlett (6-2, 3-0)
When: 7:15 p.m. Thursday.
Outlook: A quality battle between early Upstate Eight Valley leaders. Bartlett and 6-foot-4 Illinois-Chicago recruit Lance Whitaker come off a three-overtime win against Waubonsie Valley. Western Illinois-bound point guard Jabari Sandifer and the Neuqua Wildcats haven't allowed more than 46 points in the last five games.
(6-2, 2-0) at
Montini (6-1, 2-0)
When: 7 p.m. Friday.
Outlook: A man-to-man matchup between IC's Demetrius Carr and Montini's Simmie Cobbs sets the blood to boiling. Montini dispatched Suburban Christian Gold suitor St. Edward last week, but here come the Knights with Carr at 17 points a game, forward Clark Brinkman at 15 and guard Sean Sutton swishing from 3.
York (6-1, 2-0) at
Glenbard West (6-0, 2-0)
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Outlook: Stopping York doesn't only mean stopping Colorado State recruit David Cohn, averaging 21 points. The 6-7 combo of Frank Toohey and Justin Kurash must be matched by the Hilltoppers, who are polar opposites of last year. Small and quick, Keith Hayes, Corey Davis and Dikiria Washington lead the way.
Metea Valley (4-4, 3-1)
at Waubonsie Valley
When: 6 p.m. Saturday.
Outlook: Until Thursday at least — when Metea Valley visited St. Charles East and Waubonsie played at East Aurora — this District 204 and Upstate Eight Valley rivalry found these teams headed different directions. Sean Davis and Metea have won four of their last five while the Warriors have gone 2-3 over that span.
Glenbard South (9-2) at
Wheaton North (6-3)
When: 2:45 p.m. Saturday
Outlook: The streaking Raiders, winners of seven straight, get their stiffest test. Wheaton North's Mandy Traversa is averaging 17.3 points and hit six 3s on Monday. With Reilly Stewart and Chrissy Baird, Falcons have topped 70 points in three of last four games. Glenbard South's Stefi Bazigos can score, and Ivana Markovic is fearless.
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