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Simeon against Morgan Park, the battle of Vincennes, ended up being too much of a real-life battle, with a fight breaking out at the end of Wednesday’s game at Chicago State University between a couple players from both teams.
The melee was cleared up quickly by Chicago Public Schools security, which did a good job of keeping a dangerous situation from escalating into something much worse.
Outside in the parking lot, a 17-year-old male was shot in the back about 20 minutes after the game ended, according to a Chicago Police source. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in serious condition. He died late Wednesday night, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said.
Both teams declined to talk to the media after the game — won 53-51 by No. 2 Simeon — focusing instead on keeping tensions from flaring up again.
There is a long history of unfortunate incidents during Simeon-Morgan Park games.
Derrick Rose’s Simeon squad was attacked by a group of about 30 people on the way to the bus after a Morgan Park game in 2006. This football season the Simeon-Morgan Park game was suspended after shots were reportedly fired at Gately Stadium.
Simeon coach Robert Smith was irate after the game, yelling “that’s how badly they want to beat us” at a group of Chicago Public League officials.
But the Wolverines did not get beat. Simeon (13-2, 6-0) controlled the tempo of the game and led most of the way. A late charge from the Mustangs made things interesting.
Billy Garrett Jr. drained a three with 35 seconds to play to pull Morgan Park within 50-49. DJ Williams dunked the ball on Simeon’s next possession to put Simeon back up by three.
On the next possession, Morgan Park coach Nick Irvin called a timeout. But the Mustangs had none left and were assessed a technical foul.
Jabari Parker missed the two technical free throws, but Williams made one of two on the next Simeon possession to seal the win.
Parker finished with 13 points and eight rebounds. Russell Woods scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Garrett Jr. led No. 3 Morgan Park (16-2, 3-1 Red South) with 23 points.