Friday, January 18th
Jefferson (4-3) at Boylan (4-3)
Jefferson started the season with one of the toughest schedules in the conference, falling to Auburn, East and Jefferson. They’ve won their last four games, however, and are suddenly even with Boylan in the NIC-10 standings. The J-Hawks have gotten to 4-3 with strong shooting from seniors Jared Mayes and Equavion Monroe, as well as sophomores M.L. Moore and Antoine Pittman.
Jefferson has also been dominant behind the perimeter, draining nine 3-pointers in their games against Freeport and Harlem, and ten against Guilford. In their last four games, Boylan has fallen to each of the top three teams in the conference. With Ben Grygiel still out, the Titans have been relying heavily on Brock Stull on both sides of the ball. If Jefferson can take advantage of a Titans offense that hasn’t quite been firing on all cylinders, the J-Hawks can make a jump in the standings this weekend.
Belvidere (6-1) at East (5-1) – Game of the Week
The Belvidere Bucs and the East E-Rabs are sitting at the top of the conference this week, each with just one conference loss. Belvidere’s loss to Guilford (1-5) in the first week of December is starting to make even less sense as the two teams continue to separate in the standings, and is undoubtedly sticking out to the Bucs as one they would like back.
Belvidere has been one of the deepest teams in the NIC-10. When opponents have tried to eliminate weapons like Josh Hauser, they have Kane Steger and Maurice Jackson at the ready. East, who still gets most of their production from Austin Young and Isaiah Box, has also gotten solid performances from senior Devion Smith, who averages over 12 points per game. Look for this matchup to come down not only to defense, but who steps up after beyond the teams’ top performers.
Also on Friday, January 18th
Harlem (2-5) at Guilford (1-5)
Auburn (5-2) at Belvidere North (2-5)
Thursday, January 17th
Hononegah 63 - Freeport 45
By Liz Rudolph
ESPN1380 Prep Reporter
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