Saturday, November 27, 2021

2021 All-Tip-Off Classic Teams

First Team
Macaleab Rich East St. Louis
Christian Jones East St. Louis
Damari Wheeler-Thomas Elgin Larkin
Fernando Perez Jr. Elgin Larkin
Terrion Langston Chicago Bogan
Second Team
C.J. Johnson Chicago Clark
Demarion Brown East St. Louis
Jaybari Moore Chicago Bogan
Jemere Jefferson Rockford East
Bryson Hodge Rockford Guilford

All-Time Tip-Off Classic stats, standings and leaders!

All-Time Tip-Off Classic Career Scoring
Player School Years G Points
Damari Wheeler-Thomas Larkin 2018-21 14 218
Chris Burnell Rck. East 2015-18 16 211
Jalen Shaw Larkin 2015-17 13 200
Terry Ford Auburn/Jeff. 2015-17 12 179
Fernando Perez Jr. Larkin 2019-21 10 161
Sha'Den Clanton Guilford/East 2016-18 12 161
Anthony Lynch Larkin 2016-17 9 156
Scott Gowan Rck. East 2014-17 15 156
Pierre Black Larkin 2016-18 13 139
Yahmir Muhammad Auburn 2015-17 12 133
Christian Negron Larkin 2014-15 8 132
Tyler Knuth Rck. Guilford 2017-19 12 126
MyQuion Garrett Rck. Jefferson 2016-17 8 120
Sincere Parker Rck. East 2018 4 115
Quillin Dixon Rck. Jefferson 2016-17 8 111
Latrell Graham Rck. Jefferson 2018-19 8 104
Jordan Howard Hwd. McArthur 2017-19 12 103
Austin Revolinski Belvidere 2014-16 12 102
Trevor Ward Hwd. McArthur 2017-19 12 102
Caleb Miller Chi. Perspectives 2018-19 7 102
Kijuan Burns Freeport 2017-18 8 100

Single Game Tip-Off Scoring Record
Player School Pts. Opponent Year
C.J. Johnson Chi. Clark 35 Guilford 2021
Sincere Parker Rck. East 33 Marina 2018
Damari Wheeler-Thomas Larkin 32 Auburn 2021
Terry Ford Jefferson 32 St. Rita 2017
Macalaeb Rich E. St. Louis 31 Harlem 2021
Christian Jones E. St. Louis 31 East 2021
Sincere Parker Rck. East 31 Pike 2018
Latrell Graham Jefferson 31 Larkin 2018
Chris Galvan J'ville Parker 31 Freeport 2017
Jalen Shaw Larkin 31 Guilford 2016
Jakob Alamudun Hnt. Beach Marina 30 East 2018

All-Time 205 Tip-Off Classic Records
School Years Wins Losses Titles
Rockford Auburn 7 18 10 2014
Elgin Larkin 7 15 16
Rockford Jefferson 5 14 6
Rockford East 7 14 14 2018
Indianapolis Pike 5 10 2
Rockford Guilford 6 10 14
Chicago Bogan 2 8 1 2019
Chicago Hyde Park 4 8 2 2015
Hollywood McArthur 4 7 9
Proviso West 2 6 3 2016
Belvidere 4 6 10
Chicago Whitney Young 1 5 0 2017
Machesney Park Harlem 2 5 4
East St. Louis 1 4 0 2021
Chicago St. Rita 1 4 1
Madison LaFollette 3 4 2
Chicago Perspectives 4 4 12
Milwaukee Bay View 2 3 1
Chicago Farragut 1 3 1
Freeport 4 3 13
Chicago Clark 1 2 0
South Elgin 1 2 2
Huntington Beach Marina 1 2 2
Chicago Dunbar 1 1 3
Janesville Parker 3 1 5
Milwaukee Vincent 1 0 2
Madison West 1 0 2
Chicago DRW College Prep 1 0 3
Chicago Julian 1 0 4
Chicago Providence St. Mel 1 0 4
North Chicago 3 0 10

205 Tip-Off Classic leading scorers

Player School G Points Avg.
Damari Wheeler-Thomas Larkin 5 120 24.0
Bryson Hodge Guilford 4 84 21.0
Macaleab Rich East St. Louis 4 83 20.8
Fernando Perez Jr. Larkin 5 90 18.0
Nasir Young North Chicago 4 72 18.0
Christian Jones East St. Louis 4 72 18.0
C.J. Johnson Clark 2 35 17.5
Terrion Langston Bogan 4 63 15.8
Mikell Jones Clark 2 27 13.5
Jacob Blakley Larkin 5 65 13.0
Jaybari Moore Bogan 4 51 12.8
Lathan Lewis Harlem 5 63 12.6
Robert Chaney Auburn 4 50 12.5
Dontrell Dixon Bogan 4 50 12.5
Demarion Brown East St. Louis 4 50 12.5
Deandre Young Harlem 5 62 12.4
Suliman Agiste Clark 2 24 12.0
Darrion Mason Perspectives 4 45 11.3
Dane Dailing Harlem 5 56 11.2
Malachi Johnson Guilford 3 31 10.3
Randy Johnson Jefferson 4 41 10.3
Brennan Horton-Lee Auburn 4 40 10.0
Alex Wilson Harlem 5 50 10.0
Nigel Posley Jefferson 4 40 10.0

205 Tip-Off Classic final standings

School W L PF PA
East St. Louis 4 0 289 220
Chicago Clark 2 0 128 82
Elgin Larkin 4 1 355 300
Chicago Bogan 3 1 304 223
Rockford East 3 1 248 187
Rockford Jefferson 3 1 211 171
Rockford Auburn 2 2 230 193
Machesney Park Harlem 2 3 322 338
Rockford Guilford 1 3 267 267
Winnebago 0 1 70 71
DRW College Prep 0 3 61 261
Chicago Perspectives 0 4 176 232
North Chicago 0 4 163 279

East denies Larkin 205 Tip-Off Classic title

ROCKFORD - The East E-Rabs registered the most impressive win for a NIC-10 team at this week's 205 Tip-Off Classic and denied Elgin Larkin, the event's most loyal visitor, its first Classic title.

Jemere Jefferson scored 12 of his 17 points in the second half as the E-Rabs rallied to beat Larkin, 59-56, handing the Royals their first loss of the season.

The result meant Larkin, which has played in every Tip-Off Classic since it was started in 2014, finished the week-long event at 4-1. It also means the tournament trophy will go to this year's splashy newcomer, East St. Louis, which went 4-0. 

It was a redemption game for Jefferson. The senior guard, who was special mention All-NIC-10 for the Jefferson J-Hawks last season, started the Tip-Off Classic strong with 16 points against North Chicago on Friday morning. But he was held scoreless by East St. Louis Friday night.

The game was back-and-forth throughout. The E-Rabs scored eight of the first 10 points only to see the Royals roll to a 28-22 lead at halftime. The Royals pushed the lead to seven, 35-28, but the E-Rabs went on a 13-2 run to grab a 41-37 lead.

Larkin opened the fourth quarter by scoring the first five points to jump back in front and the teams traded the lead several times. Larkin suffered a major blow with 2:04 to play. East was leading 55-52 when Damari Wheeler-Thomas, who set the all-time career Tip-Off Classic scoring record during the game, committed his fifth foul on what initially looked like a steal and breakaway layup.

Without Wheeler-Thomas, who finished the game with 18 points, East was able to hold off the Royals despite making two out of six free throws in the final two minutes.

East's defense throughout was solid. Although Wheeler-Thomas got 18, he came into the game averaging 25.5. The E-Rabs also slowed down Fernando Perez Jr., who averaged 20.5 points in his first four Tip-Off games but managed just nine against East. Jordan Blakley, a sophomore, scored 12 points for the Royals and Armani Ivy had 10.

East got solid contributions from junior forward Matthews Hoarde, who came off the bench to score 11 points. Rashard Young had nine points and NeSean Hardaway had eight, including hitting all four of his free throws in the fourth quarter.

The E-Rabs went 3-1 in the Tip-Off Classic. They are the defending NIC-10 champions, but they have an entirely new starting five. They begin defense of the conference title on Wednesday when they host Jefferson. East travels to Boylan Catholic High School on Friday.

Rockford East 59, Elgin Larkin 56
Elgin Larkin
Player 2s 3s FT FTA Pts
Perez 3 1 0 0 9
Sharpe 0 0 0 0 0
Harvey 0 0 0 0 0
Stubbs 1 0 1 2 3
Wheeler-Thomas 3 3 3 4 18
Colen-York 0 0 0 0 0
Jakob Blakley 1 3 1 2 12
James Blakley 0 0 0 0 0
Maxie 2 0 0 0 4
Ivy 4 0 2 2 10
Totals 14 7 7 10 56
Rockford East
Player 2s 3s FT FTA Pts
Crawford 1 0 0 1 2
Bates 3 0 1 2 7
Young 3 1 0 0 9
Hardaway 1 0 6 8 8
Jefferson 5 1 4 7 17
Jones-Sullivan 0 0 0 0 0
Kyles 1 1 0 0 5
Harris 0 0 0 0 0
Hoarde 5 0 1 3 11
Totals 19 3 12 21 59
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Larkin 5 23 11 17 56
East 8 14 19 18 59

Jefferson beats Perspectives to finish 3-1

ROCKFORD - The Jefferson J-Hawks edged Chicago Perspectives, 43-40, to finish a strong first week for a program with an entirely new starting lineup.

Last year's J-Hawks finished 10-2 in the NIC-10 and 10-4 overall in the coronavirus-shortened season. But all of Jefferson's starters either graduated or transferred.

Jefferson finished the 205 Tip-Off Classic with a 3-1 mark. The J-Hawks open NIC-10 play Wednesday at East High School and then host Rockton Hononegah on Friday.

Perspectives finished the 205 Tip-Off Classic 0-4. The Wolves are 1-4 on the season and don't play again until Dec. 2 when they travel to Chicago Lindblom.

East St. Louis completes perfect Tip-Off run

ROCKFORD - The East St. Louis Fliers jumped out to a 20-12 first-quarter lead and were never challenged as they completed a 4-0 week in Rockford.

Christian Jones led the Fliers with 19 points and Macaleab Rich added 17 as East St. Louis won 78-60 over Guilford at Jefferson High School.

Senior guard Bryson Hodge scored 27 points for the Vikings and was perhaps the most surprising player in the Classic. Hodge had 29 points earlier in the week against Elgin Larkin.

The Fliers are waiting to see if Elgin Larkin beats Rockford East to see if they are declared 205 Tip-Off Classic champions. The Royals would be 5-0 if they beat the E-Rabs.

East St. Louis 78, Rockford Guilford 60
East St. Louis
Player 2s 3s FT FTA Pts
McCline 0 2 0 0 6
Jones 4 3 2 2 19
Canslor 1 1 0 0 5
Johnson 2 0 2 2 6
Falconer 0 0 1 2 1
Bess 0 3 0 0 9
Rich 5 0 7 7 17
Hawkins 0 1 0 0 3
Brown 5 0 2 2 12
Totals 17 10 14 15 78
Rockford Guilford
Player 2s 3s FT FTA Pts
Smith 1 1 3 3 8
Hodge 10 1 4 4 27
Dolby 2 1 4 4 11
Johnson 2 2 0 0 10
Gary 1 0 0 0 2
Bolden 0 0 2 6 2
Totals 16 5 13 17 60
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
East St. Louis 20 16 19 23 78
Guilford 12 8 18 22 60