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High school boys basketball insider: Richmond-Burton's Jeff Jankowski is athlete of the week; notes and what to watch

Jeff Jankowski
Jeff Jankowski

Athlete of the Week

Jeff Jankowski, Richmond-Burton, Jr., F

Jankowski scored 26 points as the Rockets defeated Genoa-Kingston, 54-40, in a nonconference game Saturday.

R-B was proficient at getting inside to score on the Cogs, with Jankowski (6-foot-1) leading the way, hitting 12-of-16 field goals.

Noteworthy

Playing with pain: McHenry coach Chris Madson marveled at the efforts from 6-4 forward Patrick Breisch in Saturday’s 68-48 win against Crystal Lake Central, especially since Breisch has been dealing with a sprained ankle.

Madson also said point guard Gio Calabrese, who did not start Saturday, was playing with a bad ankle. Breisch scored 10 points and grabbed a game-high 18 rebounds while battling Central’s 6-9 Alex Timmerman.

“Pat’s been doing rehab every day,” Madson said. “I don’t know how he’s doing it, you see him limping in the locker room later. Pat’s an absolute warrior. He’s our glue guy. He’s the ignitor. His defense against Alex was unreal.”

Something positive: Central coach Rich Czeslawski wanted his team, which starts and plays mainly juniors, to look to McHenry’s senior-laden lineup as an example of how things should be done following the loss to the Warriors.

“That’s a complete team right there,” Czeslawski said. “We’re going to try (to make this a positive). We were exposed today for not doing the little things that are important, not in basketball, in life. Showing up on time, being ready, being prepared. That team (McHenry), I guarantee does it in the offseason. They were mentally and physically tougher than us. The physically tougher is an offseason problem, the mentally tougher is a maturity problem and we’re going to have to get that figured out.”

Flying high: Johnsburg (8-5) almost cracked the top five this week, although Prairie Ridge’s victory over the Skyhawks at the Hinkle Holiday Classic boosted the Wolves to the No. 5 spot.

Johnsburg has won six of eight games and won its last two at the Hinkle Holiday Classic each by two points.

What to Watch

Crystal Lake South vs. Crystal Lake Central

7 p.m. Wednesday

• South fell one game behind Jacobs for the FVC lead with Saturday’s loss, and Central has won five of its last six.

Burlington Central Martin Luther King Tournament

• The championship could come down to McHenry (9-4) and Burlington Central (10-3) if they each win their pools, which looks like a solid championship matchup.

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