Balling out in style


Handling Business Senior Brandon Brewer handles the ball in the Chicago Heights Classic tournament gave vs. Marian Catholic on Nov. 27.

The H-F varsity boys’ basketball team’s season is in the beginning stages with only six games being played so far, but the boys have already gotten out to a 5-1 start. Three out of their five wins was in the Chicago Heights Classic tournament.

The Chicago Heights Classic is an annual basketball tournament in which teams surrounding the Chicago Heights area come to compete for the title of best in the area. The boys placed third overall, but their wins were not in vain as they brought their momentum from their three victories with them into the rest of the season.

The boys proceeded to win two games after the tournament. One victory vs. the Stagg Chargers and the other against the St. Joseph Chargers.

In the game against St. Joseph, the Vikings spread the ball which led to points across the board. The scoring was led by senior Raphael Ogom with 21 points.

“I feel like I played well. We played well as a team, but I feel good about how I played. I was able to contribute to the win,” Ogom said.

The team hopes to keep the momentum that they have had from their three-game win streak going for a while. It may be slightly early to judge, but the team thinks they could have a good run for the sectional championship, despite them being in the hardest conference in the state.

“We are going to stay in the top 15 the entire year and we are going to win a sectional championship,” junior Chad Ready said. “I think we have the toughest sectional in the state with Marian, Simeon and Bloom. If we get out of the sectional, then we have a really good shot at winning State.”

The team is on the younger side of the spectrum with only six seniors out of the fourteen players. The remaining eight players consist of seven juniors and one sophomore, but they feel as if they still get the job done regardless.

“We’ve been rolling. We lost that game against Marian, but we didn’t let that get to us and we picked it back up,” Ogom said.

The boys have a long season ahead of them with 21 games before regionals. Their next game is tonight against the 5-1 Lincoln-Way Central Knights, an inner conference battle.