Local high schools and universities are entering the second half of their basketball seasons with challenging and thrilling games ahead. While these games are fun, they are also important as they will determine chances to enter the playoffs beginning in early February and going into March..
The week starts off Tuesday, January 16th with Joliet Central playing Bolingbrook. The Bolingbrook Raiders are currently ranked number 9 by the Chicago Sun Times. Bolingbrook currently has 12 wins and 2 losses. However, starting point guard, Kaleb Thornton, is out with a finger injury. On the other hand, Joliet Central is ranked number 23 by the Chicago Sun Times. The Steelmen are balanced and tough on defense. The Steelmen currently have 14 wins and 2 losses. This big nonconference matchup will be at Joliet Central January 16 at 6:30pm.
Wednesday, January 17 brings a big college conference rival matchup between the University of St. Francis and St. Xavier University. Both the University of St. Francis men’s and women’s team are hosting their rival at the Pat Sullivan Center beginning at 5pm. The women’s team is entering the half way point of the season with 12 wins and 6 losses while the men’s team has 8 wins and 11 losses. Saint Xavier women's basketball climbed to the top spot in the first NAIA Coaches' Poll of the regular season, ranking Number One.
Thursday, January 18 brings the women Steelmen and Tigers together for a conference matchup. The Steelmen host the Tigers at 6:30pm. Both teams are in a rebuild process but showing success.
Also on January 18, the Lewis University girls’ basketball team is hosting Rockhurst at 5:30pm. The Flyers are currently 13 and 4. The Flyers have six five straight games. The Rockhurst Hawks are 7 and 8 in the season. Following the women’s game, the men’s Flyers will be playing Rockhurst as well. The men’s Flyers are currently 7 and 10.
To close off the exciting week, Joliet Central boys’ basketball will host Joliet West on Friday, January 19 at 6:30pm. Joliet West has 7 wins and 9 losses. The Tigers entered the season with little varsity experience, losing key players from last season. The Tigers are quick and bring defensive intensity. Joliet Central is successfully entering the second half of their season playing well. Conference rival games bring the best out of everyone and the city.
Good luck to our very own local teams! If you cannot attend these games, they will be streamed online through the school’s athletic sites.