Chicago Heights 48, Solo Pirates 41
Terrion White hit seven fourth-quarter free throws en route to a game-high 16 points and five assists to lead Chicago Heights- the original home of Small Fry Basketball- to a 48-41 title-game victory over the Windy City’s Solo Pirates in the 50th annual International championship contest on April 5.
Devin Davis added four of his six points in the final period and Kendon Capehart ripped down seven rebounds for Chicago Heights, which jumped to an initial 11-0 lead, but eventually had to battle back from behind in the second half. The Streaks had also defeated Solo in the International Bracket-Buster on Monday.
Solo was paced by Collin Wainscott (four rebounds) with four three-pointers and 14 points, while Justin White added 11 points. Ben King and Jeremiah Pickens each dished out three assists for the Pirates.
The Streaks also won International titles in 1980 and 1991, the latter under the direction of the late Joe Dee. In the case of 2018, son John Dee was at the helm of the Streaks.
Championship Game Box Score
CHICAGO HEIGHTS- Capehart 1-1-3, White (3)-8-16, Harris 2-0-4, Kvasnicka (2)-0-5, Shorter 1-1-3, Juzang 0-0-0, Swansey 2-0-4, Stuckey 2-0-4, Turner 1-1-3, Ellis 0-0-0, Davis 2-2-6, Johnson 0-0-0. Totals: 16-13-48.
SOLO PIRATES- King 1-2-4, Brockett 1-1-3, Cardenas 0-0-0, Shields 0-0-0, Johnson 0-0-0, Clark 0-0-0, Pickens 1-1-3, Wainscott (5)-0-14, Bell 3-0-6, White (4)-0-11, Harrison 0-0-0, Picken 0-0-0. Totals: 15-4-41.
Free throws: Chicago Heights 13 of 23, .565; Solo Pirates 4 of 15, .267. Three-point goals: Chicago Heights 3 (White 2, Kvasnicka); Solo Pirates 7 (Wainscott 4, White 3). Fouls: Chicago Heights 14, Solo Pirates 18. Fouled out: Capehart, Pickens, Bell.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS- 11 7 13 17 – 48
SOLO PIRATES- 1 17 11 12 – 41
Third Place Game
Highwood 35, Kenosha 27
The Heat got the best of an all-Midwest defensive struggle to win its sixth third-place contest. Brandon Rieger led Highwood with eight points and Jacob Cohn chipped in seven points. The Heat gained a 13-9 scoring advantage in the final quarter to seal the win. Kenosha got a pair of three-pointers from Eric Kenesie, who topped the effort with 10 points.
Homewood 36, St. Thomas, VI 33
Mason Ross and Kaymen Robertson combined to hit eight fourth-quarter free throws, as the Vikings held off a comeback effort to win their fifth consolation crown. Justin Nichols led the Vikings with 12 points and Ross added 10, as Homewood rebounded from a 20-11 halftime deficit. For the Jaguars, Vern Frett and Elijah Peltier each clicked for eight points.