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De La Salle's Marcus White drops in a shot on a breakaway from Proviso East. | Patrick Gleason~For Sun-Times Media
De La Salle’s Alvin Ellis has had a phenomenal senior season, developing into one of the state’s true star players. Saturday in the City-Suburban Showdown at House of Hope in Chicago, he staged a high-level battle with Proviso East’s Sterling Brown, an SMU recruit.
“[Brown] is a good player,” Ellis said. “We had a lot of chances guarding one another to take it at each other back and forth.”
The Pirates built a number of substantial leads throughout the game, but the Meteors came back every time. A basket from Ellis with 3:32 to play pulled De La Salle within three points.
Proviso East responded with another run to take control and grab a 66-56 win.
Ellis finished with 16 points and four assists. Brown scored 12 and Illinois State-bound guard Paris Lee led Proviso East (24-3) with 18 points and seven steals.
“I put in so much work over the summer,” Ellis said. “Every day I was in the gym and on the court. It definitely paid off this season.”
Justin Earls scored 13 and grabbed 15 rebounds and sophomore Brandon Hutton scored 14 for De La Salle (16-7).
“The future is really bright for [Hutton],” Ellis said. “If he keeps working hard and listens to the coaches he’s going to be a great player.”
Jevon Carter scored 15 points and Branden Jenkins came off the bench to score six and grab 14 rebounds for Proviso East.
“It was hard for us to compete with them without Marcus White totally healthy.” Ellis said. “They have a lot of guys that can do a lot of things and we are a young team.”