Wild­cats over­power Me­te­ors

Kee­shawn Cham­bers’ dou­ble-dou­ble pow­ers Thorn­ton past T.F. North in Bob Ham­bric Shootout

Daily Southtown - - SPORTS - By Pat Dis­abato

When Kee­shawn Cham­bers is a force in the lane, Thorn­ton is ca­pa­ble of dom­i­nat­ing op­po­nents.

T.F. North found that out Satur­day at the Bob Ham­bric Shootout in Calumet City.

Cham­bers, a 6-foot-6 senior for­ward, scored 19 points and pulled down 12 re­bounds to lead Thorn­ton to an 81-57 vic­tory.

Cham­bers posted the dou­ble­dou­ble in spite of sit­ting out the sec­ond quar­ter with foul trou­ble.

He said he has a lot to prove each time he steps on the court.

“I owe my suc­cess to a lot of peo­ple,” Cham­bers said. “I want to make them proud.”

A pair of ju­nior guards, Ari Brown and De­marco Mi­nor, scored 21 and 17 points, re­spec­tively, for the Wild­cats (11-6).

Sopho­more for­ward Dar­ryl Reed led T.F. North (10-5) with 24 points and senior guard CJ Gil­bert added 11.

Cham­bers didn’t waste any time, us­ing an ar­ray of post moves to score 11 points in the first quar­ter.

“If I don’t get off to a fast start, it throws ev­ery­thing off,” he said. “So it’s im­por­tant that I bring the en­ergy and scor­ing.”

With Cham­bers dom­i­nat­ing in­side, T.F. North was forced to al­ter its de­fense. That opened up space for Thorn­ton’s perime­ter game to flour­ish.

No one took ad­van­tage of that space more than Brown, who hit five 3-point­ers, in­clud­ing four in the sec­ond half.

“My team­mates got me go­ing in the locker room,” Brown said. “They told me I had to start mak­ing shots and I did.”

Cham­bers, Brown and Mi­nor ac­counted for all 21 of the Wild­cats points in the third quar­ter.

With Thorn­ton up 63-48 en­ter­ing the fourth, Brown hit a three and a short jumper to ex­tend the lead to 20.

Thorn­ton coach Tai Streets said when his team flashes a pow­er­ful in­side/out­side game like it did Satur­day, it’s tough to beat. And it all starts with Cham­bers. “When Kee­shawn is ac­tive and fin­ishes like he was (Satur­day), he’s huge,” Streets said. “We have guys who can re­ally shoot the ball. But if we want to make any type of run and beat good teams, Kee­shawn has to be huge like that.”

How­ever, the high­light of the night ar­rived in the sec­ond quar­ter, com­pli­ments of Thorn­ton sopho­more Bran­don Hall.

The 6-4 guard brought the crowd to its feet by way of a

one-handed tom­a­hawk dunk in the lane.

Even Cham­bers, who threw down mul­ti­ple dunks, was im­pressed.

“That was some­thing,” he said.

T.F. North trailed by three in the sec­ond quar­ter be­fore fad­ing in the sec­ond half. Much of that had to do with youth, as coach Tim Bankston started four sopho­mores.

“Their phys­i­cal­ity gave us some prob­lems,” Bankston said. “We’ll take our lumps. But I know how good we’re go­ing to be.”

VIN­CENT D. JOHN­SON/DAILY SOUTH­TOWN

Thon­ton’s Kee­shawn Cham­bers (5) dunks against T.F. North on Satur­day.

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