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Even with Jabari Parker sitting the game out with an injury and Kendrick Nunn and Quron Davis serving one game suspensions, Simeon was able to overpower host Carver on its way to a 75-37 Red-South victory.
Point guard Jaylon Tate scored 14 points and handed out seven assists to anchor the No. 2 Wolverines (3-1, 1-0). Sophomore Edward Morrow, Jr. took advantage of his extra minutes recording 17 points and four blocks in Parker’s absence.
Simeon coach Robert Smith was unhappy with his team’s effort in the first half despite being up 34-17 at halftime and let them know it.
“He (Smith) told us he didn’t care who we were playing but if we didn’t start playing Simeon basketball the way we were taught to play we all could grab some bench,” Tate said.
The Wolverines responded with a 19-2 run to start the third quarter.
“We didn’t have anything for them,” Carver coach Kevin Brown said. “You just want your players to compete to the best of their ability and you can live with the results.”
Henry Tiggs led the Challengers (0-2, 2-6) with 13 points and D.J. Williams added 11 for Simeon.
Nunn and Davis were suspended for their part in leaving their shoes on the court in a demonstration following last year’s Class 4A state title game.
On hand to watch the Wolverines was Florida coach Billy Donovan, who was in town to have a home visit with Parker.
Parker, who struggled in his last two starts, is eyeing to comeback for the Pontiac Holiday Tournament beginning Dec. 27, but is not ruling out an earlier return.
“I wasn’t myself in these last two games. I am working to get back in shape and I want to be ready,” Parker said. “I am working out twice a day and I’ll be back in shape very soon.”