Class 4A Bartlett sectional final
No. 4 Morton (22-5) vs. No. 6 Glenbard North (23-5)
When: 7 p.m. Friday.
Road to the sectional final: Morton beat No. 13 Glenbard West, 86-61, and No. 5 Conant, 36-24, to win the Morton regional title. The Mustangs beat York, 77-74 in triple overtime, in the sectional semifinals. Glenbard North beat No. 11 West Chicago, 51-48, and No. 14 Lake Park, 48-44, to win the Leyden regional title. The Panthers beat No. 2 Proviso East, 77-74, in the sectional semifinals.
Outlook: Both teams took different routes getting to 77 points in the semifinals, but don't be surprised if the score is similar in the final. If Glenbard North didn't slow down for potent Proviso East, the Panthers aren't going to mess with success by slowing down against Morton. From where will Glenbard North's points come? Pretty much everywhere. But even though all five starters hit double-digit scoring the other night against Proviso East, the offensive leaders are clearly Chip Flanigan, the co-DuPage Valley Conference player of the year, and perimeter ace Jeremiah Fleming. Five of Fleming's near-100 3-pointers came against the Pirates, including the game-winner with less than eight seconds left. Glenbard North may have some matchup problems with high-powered Morton and 6-foot-6 Weisner Perez, who have won 13 straight games. Lightning-quick guard Greg Carter exploded for 35 points against York. He could draw a defensive assignment from Kendall Holbert. As with the Panthers' game against Proviso East, the outcome could come down to who better handles a frenetic pace. Health is a concern for Glenbard North. Guard-forward Pasquale Fiduccia, who scored 15 points in the semis, went down late in that game with a shoulder injury but returned for the final minutes. Key reserve Eric Jones sat with an ankle injury.
Morton Glenbard North
Name Ht. Yr. Pos. Name Ht. Yr.
Greg Carter 5-10 Sr. G Justin Jackson 6-1 Sr.
Jarvis Cannon 5-10 Sr. G Kendall Holbert 6-3 Sr.
Keandre Townes 6-1 Jr. F/G Jeremiah Fleming 6-1 Sr.
Weisner Perez 6-6 Jr. F Pasquale Fiduccia 6-2 Sr.
Antario Simon 6-7 Sr. F Chip Flanigan 6-5 Sr.
Advancement: The winner advances to play the East Aurora sectional title game winner between Benet (22-7) and Geneva (25-5) in Tuesday's Hinsdale Central supersectional.
-- Kevin Schmit