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High school boys basketball insider: Jacobs' Ryan Phillips is athlete of the week; plus notes and what to watch

Ryan Phillips
Ryan Phillips

Athlete of the Week

Ryan Phillips, Jacobs, Sr., F

Phillips was a unanimous and repeat selection to the All-Tournament team at Jacobs’ Hinkle Holiday Classic after helping the Golden Eagles repeat as champions.

Phillips was at his best in the championship game, a 74-48 victory over Barrington. Phillips had game-highs of points (23), rebounds (eight) and assists (eight) in the win. He also had his first career dunk in the title game.

Phillips scored 14 points in the second quarter as the Eagles built a 31-18 halftime lead.

Noteworthy

Welcome to the club: McHenry’s Gavin Markgraff and Johnsburg’s Zach Toussaint both passed 1,000 points for their careers last week, doing it one day apart.

Markgraff scored 20 last Wednesday as the Warriors defeated Riverside-Brookfield, 67-56, at York’s Jack Tosh Holiday Tournament. One day later, Toussaint tossed in 32 as the Skyhawks defeated Grant, 73-71, for the Consolation B title at the Hinkle Holiday Classic.

Toussaint, a 6-foot junior, scored Johnsburg’s last 10 points in that game with three 3-pointers and a free throw, bringing them back from a 68-63 deficit.

“The last couple minutes we were just trying to find a way to put the ball through the hoop and grit it out on defense there at the end,” Toussaint said. “It’s pretty cool, but winning feels even better.”

Memorable week: Crystal Lake South’s Matt Reall and Kyle Leva hit last-second, game-winners for the Gators at the Hinkle Holiday Classic in back-to-back games. Reall’s was a 50-foot, one-handed heave as he jumped and was in the air, out of bounds, to beat Grant. Leva’s was more conventional, with a 16-foot fadeaway that defeated Streamwood.

Reall especially will always remember that moment. His shot made ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 the next day.

“We play a game at the end of practice where we shoot half-court shots,” Reall said after his amazing shot. “It went in and I couldn’t believe it. We go to the championship bracket. Just a crazy feeling, I wasn’t really expecting that. I shot and thought it had no chance, then I said, ‘that’s on target and might have enough distance.’ ”

What to Watch

Crystal Lake Central vs. McHenry

1:30 p.m. Saturday

• Central is coming off winning the title at the E.C. Nichols Tournament at Marengo. McHenry played in York’s tough 32-team holiday tournament and went 2-2.

Jacobs at Crystal Lake South

1:30 p.m. Saturday

• The Golden Eagles beat South, 54-40, in the semifinals of the Hinkle Holiday Classic last week. South can cause opponents problems with its constant zone pressure defense.

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