Mar 19, 2017

Morgan Park Class 3A Champion !!

Chicago's Morgan Park High School boys basketball team captured its fourth state championship Saturday after defeating Oak Park's Fenwick 69-67 in overtime to win the Class 3A title at Carver Arena.
Afterwards, in the Class 4A championship, two Chicago teams -- Whitney Young and Simeon -- faced off. Whitney Young won 60-50 in overtime.

Trailing 51-40 with five minutes to play, the Mustangs staged a 15-4 rally to force overtime, where three 3-pointers from freshman Nimari Burnett and a pair of clutch free-throws by senior Cam Irvin helped secure the program's third title in five years.

Burnett led Morgan Park with 24 points on 9-for-15 shooting, including a 6 for 10 effort on 3-pointers. Cam Irvin chipped in a dozen points for the Mustangs, with Melo Burrell adding nine points and ten rebounds.
The Mustangs (26-6) were without the services of all-state junior Ayo Dosunmu, who was injured in Friday's semifinal win over Springfield Lanphier, but received scoring contributions from eight different players to outpace the Friars.
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Morgan Park freshman Nimari Burnett might not have been a household name before Saturday's Class 3A state championship game.

The 6-foot-2 guard certainly was afterward.
AD Burnett carried Morgan Park on his shoulders, scoring a team-high 24 points to lead the Mustangs to a 69-67 overtime victory over Fenwick at Carver Arena.

It's the third 3A state title in the past five seasons for Morgan Park (26-6).

"I've been playing hard and working hard," said Burnett, who usually comes off the bench. "I felt really good. We've been working to get to this point."

Without junior guard Ayo Dosunmu, who suffered a fracture in his left foot during Friday's state semifinal, the Mustangs were in need of a scorer. Dosunmu was averaging 22 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.

Burnett ended up shooting 9-for-15 from the floor, including six 3-pointers. His biggest shot came with 24.6 seconds left in overtime when the Mustangs were clinging to a 64-62 lead.

Instead of taking additional time off the clock or forcing the Friars to foul, Burnett buried a 3-pointer from just inside the Morgan Park bench to extend the lead to 67-62.

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