10 a.m. — Clinton vs. West Carroll
2:45 p.m. — Davenport Assumption vs. Bowman Academy
11:30 a.m. — Milledgeville vs. LaMoille
1 p.m. — Clinton vs. Forreston
4:15 p.m. — Chicago Heights Bloom Township vs. Cedar Rapids Kennedy
5:45 p.m. — Bettendorf vs. Bowman Academy
7:30 p.m. — West Carroll vs. Chicago Carver Military Academy
By Jeff Bersch
Herald Assistant Sports Editor
For basketball junkies, it will be a day to sit back, relax and enjoy.
Manny’s Pizza Shootout, in its third year and put on by West Carroll High School, is set for Saturday with a seven-game schedule.
The host Thunder will have both their boys and girls teams playing, while Clinton also will send its teams.
Clinton’s girls open the tournament at 10 a.m. against West Carroll, while the Clinton boys face Forreston (Ill.) at 1 p.m.
All seven games will be played at West Carroll Middle School in Mount Carroll, Ill. Tickets are $6 and good for all games.
“We’ve been able to bring in teams from three or four states,” said Paul Tobin, athletic director at West Carroll. “We try to keep some local teams with quality programs that will draw good crowds. Then we want to bring in some teams from around Chicago or that area.
“There’s a lot of good athletes, good teams and good matchups.”
The shootout this season will feature teams from three states — Illinois, Iowa and Indiana — with five boys and two girls games.
Clinton’s boys team is 9-2 and cracked the Class 4A rankings this week, tied with Cedar Falls at No. 9.
The River Kings face a Forreston team that is 9-5 and has some height, including 6-foot-9 Kody Michael and 6-6 Jordan Bagley. Forreston, located about 15 miles south of Freeport, is a school of about 300 kids with a solid basketball tradition.
The 1 p.m. game for Clinton will come quickly after playing tonight at Burlington. It will be the only time this season, other than the River City Classic the Kings — or Queens — play back-to-back nights.
“Physically, it should be a test to see how we respond,” Clinton boys coach Bob Walker said. “I think that’s a pretty tough test for a high school team.”
Clinton’s girls are home Friday against Burlington and turn around for a 10 a.m. game. Both the Queens and West Carroll’s girls team have struggled of late. Clinton has lost three in a row.
The other girls game in the shootout features Davenport Assumption, ranked No. 4 in Class 3A, against Bowman Academy, which is out of Gary, Ind.
Bowman also will have its boys at the shootout, playing in perhaps the marquee matchup. The Eagles will face Bettendorf, ranked No. 7 in Class 4A in Iowa.
Bowman is ranked No. 1 in Class A in Indiana and has a win this season against Peoria Manual, the No. 1 team in Class 2A in Illinois. Bowman also is No. 3 in all of Indiana, according to MaxPreps.com.
The Eagles also bring perhaps the top player to the event. DeJuan Marrero, a 6-5 forward, is one of the top sophomores in the country. According to national recruiting services, including ESPN and Rivals, Marrero will have his choice between schools such as Ohio State, Indiana, Purdue, Cincinnati, Illinois Michigan and Kentucky.
Bowman also has a senior guard, Tyrae Robinson, who according to those same recruiting services, is choosing between Valparaiso, Indiana State and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.
Other boys matchups include Milledgeville against LaMoille, Cedar Rapids Kennedy vs. Chicago Heights Bloom Township and host West Carroll against Chicago Carver Military Academy in the shootout’s final game.
“We added a seventh game this year and brought back teams like Milledgeville and Bettendorf and Bowman,” Tobin said. “If you love basketball, this is a great day to be in attendance.”
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