Rolling Meadows' Christie earns MVP accolade
Max Christie of Rolling Meadows is the Daily Herald MVP for boys basketball this week.
Max Christie, Rolling Meadows: The Mustangs' 6-foot-5 guard exploded for 42 points, 17 rebounds, 5 blocked shots and 4 assists in his team's key 93-83 double-overtime Mid-Suburban East win over Buffalo Grove. One of the top-rated juniors in the country, Christie scored 8 of those points in the second overtime as the Mustangs climbed into a first-place tie in the East.
Cam Dougherty, Naperville Central: Dougherty scored 30 points in a 48-45 win over Naperville North. The 6-foot-6 senior wing hit 9 of 13 field goals, including 4 of 5 3-pointers. Dougherty also made 8 of 9 free throws, grabbed 5 rebounds and had the assist on Kyle Baskin's game-winning shot.
Kobe Kriese, Antioch: Talk about extra effort. The Sequoits played three games in four days, before a Saturday contest in Wisconsin, and the junior point guard never took a breather. Mind you, one of those games (vs. Richmond-Burton) took 3 overtimes and another (vs. North Chicago) required 1 OT. He played 112 minutes in the three games, scoring 19, 26 and 24 points, as the Sequoits won twice.
Jake Lenschow, Burlington Central: This 6-foot-4 forward helped the Rockets extend their winning streak to four with a pair of Fox Valley Conference wins. The senior scored 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds in a 61-58 victory at Jacobs. Three days later he made so many big plays down the stretch in a 60-55 win over Crystal Lake South that Gators coach Matt LePage said his play "was on another level." Lenschow led all scorers with 21 points.