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Inside Boys Basketball

Athlete of the Week

Tyler Crater

Hampshire, sr.

Crater had two big games in Fox Valley Conference Fox Division play as the Whip-Purs kept pace with Woodstock, the division’s other co-leader.

Crater scored 18 points and hit three 3-pointers in the Whips’ 49-40 victory over Johnsburg on Wednesday.

The 6-foot-3 guard-forward scored 20 points in the first half and 26 for the game Saturday as Hampshire defeated Grayslake North, 64-53, in another Fox game.

Crater is second in the area in scoring at 16.5 points a game.

Noteworthy

Old school: Jacobs will play one of its last home games, Feb. 15 against Prairie Ridge, in the old gymnasium. Retiring coach Jim Hinkle thought it would be fitting to play one last game where he started coaching the Golden Eagles 16 years ago.

Prairie Ridge coach Corky Card said it was fine with his team to play a game in the old gym, which mainly is used now for underclass games.

Last week’s Inside Boys Basketball listed another date and team for the game in the old gym.

Races taking shape: Huntley is 5-0 in FVC Valley Division games and about halfway to a third consecutive division title. Jacobs had a big week with a 76-66 double-overtime victory against Dundee-Crown and is alone in second at 3-1.

In the Fox, the top is more congested, with Hampshire and Woodstock both at 4-1 and Crystal Lake Central at 3-1.

R-B heating up: Richmond-Burton coach Brandon Creason was not concerned about his team’s slow start last month and predicted the Rockets would get much better as they progressed.

Creason was right. While the 5-13 record does not exactly shine, R-B is 3-1 in the Big Northern Conference East Division and has won three consecutive games. The Rockets did not allow more than 43 points in any of its three games last week.

This week’s top games

Hampshire at Woodstock

7 p.m. today

The FVC Fox co-leaders match up in the final game of the first round of division play with sole possession of first place on the line.

Dundee-Crown at Crystal Lake South

7 p.m. today

D-C dropped two Valley Division games last week and desperately wants to get back on track. South is trying to string some solid games together.

Crystal Lake Central at Johnsburg

7 p.m. Friday

Central still looks like the team to beat in the FVC Fox, but the Skyhawks are capable of making it a tough road trip.

– Joe Stevenson

joestevenson@shawmedia.com

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