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St Edward's Davontae Elam (right) steals the ball from Montini's Jack Brady on Wednesday in Aurora. | Donnell Collins ~ For Sun-Times Media
St. Edward got a firsthand look at the Suburban Christian Conference’s newest star Wednesday.
Simmie Cobbs made an immediate impact in his athletic debut at Montini, helping the Broncos cool off the Green Wave with a 52-39 victory at Aurora Christian’s Burney Wilkie Classic.
Cobbs posted 16 points, 10 rebounds and three assists as Montini (2-0) halted St. Edward’s five-game winning streak to start the season. Cobbs, a 6-foot-4 junior, transferred from Oak Park-River Forest during the summer but missed his new school’s entire state championship football season as well as its first basketball game before finally being deemed eligible by the Illinois High School Association.
“(Cobbs) made some threes and I thought he kind of dominated inside a little bit,” St. Edward coach P.J. White said. “I don’t think we played terrible against him, but we didn’t respond on the offensive end.”
Logan Goss also had 16 points for the Broncos, who looked particularly sharp on defense. St. Edward (5-1) committed 20 turnovers and made only 15 of 42 shot attempts (35.7 percent) against Montini’s half-court pressure.
The Broncos blew things open in the third quarter when they outscored the Green Wave 12-4 to turn a nine-point halftime lead into a 39-22 advantage. St. Edward came no closer than nine points the rest of the way.
“We talked before the game about getting after loose balls so we could get easy buckets,” Cobbs said. “We did a good job on defense and got a lot of fast-break opportunities.”
Sophomore Nick Duffy led the Green Wave with 13 points and seven rebounds. Davontae Elam added eight points off the bench.
“I thought (Montini’s) foot speed was a little bit better than ours on both ends of the floor, but those are all things we can correct,” White said.
Matt Brachmann and Patrick Mooney also made their basketball debuts for Montini after helping the Broncos claim the Class 5A state football championship last Saturday. Both players came off the bench, with Brachmann contributing eight points and six rebounds.
“I’m very proud of our team,” Montini coach Brian Opoka said. “We’re a work in progress, and I guarantee that compared to other teams in the state, we’re clearly behind in terms of how many practices we’ve had. (The football team’s success) effects our whole school community.”
MONTINI 52, ST. EDWARD 39
Goss 6 2-2 16, Cobbs 7 0-0 16, Brachmann 3 2-4 8, McGillicuddy 2 0-0 5, Orr 1 1-2 3, Williams 1 0-0 2, Mooney 1 0-0 2. Totals 21 5-8 52.
St. Edward (5-1)
Duffy 5 2-2 13,
Montini 15 12 12 13 -- 52
St. Edward 6 12 4 17 -- 39
Three-point goals – Montini (5): Goss 2, Cobbs 2, McGillicuddy. SE (1): Duffy. Fouled out – None.