Interesting games in the Southwestern Conference on Friday night. With just a handful of games left on the schedule, the conference race is getting tight. Here’s a look at Friday’s games on tap.
Belleville West (12-10) at East St. Louis (17-9)
Belleville West had an impressive week last week beating O’Fallon and Springfield Southeast on the road. Junior Tommie Williams continues to lead the Maroons with big contributions from Seniors Greg Wells and Keli’I Price.
East St. Louis has won 3 of 4 with their only loss coming by 2 points to Trinity Catholic. The Flyers are rounding into playoff form lead by Seniors LaShawn Johnson, JaShawn Anderson, Armond Williams and Jabril Olivaria. Super Freshmen, McCaleab Rich, is a highlight film waiting to happen.
Collinsville (24-2) at Alton (10-11)
Collinsville looks to bounce back after a tough loss to Chicago Simeon at the Bank of O’Fallon Shootout. Senior Ray’Sean Taylor continues to scorch the nets, averaging 24.5 ppg. Senior Cawhan Smith continues to wreak havoc on area guards. Collinsville also gets strong efforts from Seniors Keydrian Jones and Lorent Dzelandini. Junior Nathan Hall provides inside and outside scoring for the Kahoks.
Alton has been scuffling of late, but even through a rough stretch, they still provide a scary threat to opponents. With 4 guys nearly scoring double digits, the Redbirds can score from a variety of ways — led by Seniors Moory
Woods, Andrew Jones and Ky’Lun Rivers.
O’Fallon (21-5) at Belleville East (17-9)
Belleville East is on a three-game winning streak led by Junior Ethyn Brown, Sophomore Braxton Stacker and Freshmen Jordan Pickett. Since being inserted in the starting lineup, Junior Bryson Ivy has provided
another scoring threat, while Senior Eric Wade continues to be dominant on the glass.
O’Fallon sporting big wins over Collinsville and Chaminade are staking claim they are a contender to finish first in the SWC. Junior Shaun Riley II and Sophomore Caleb Burton are providing a great inside and outside threat. Sophomore Dawson Algee continues to be dominant on the boards and allows the Panthers to really get up and down the floor.