Simeon knocks off the Chargers 74-66...
Just before the second half of the Simeon-St. Joseph game began Saturday at Northwestern’s Welsh-Ryan arena, St. Joseph forward Evan Turner turned around and told the media sitting courtside exactly what he thought of Simeon guard Derrick Rose’s ability.
It wasn’t complimentary.
Turner followed his words up with an impressive second half performance, but it wasn’t enough as the top-rated Wolverines beat the Chargers 74-66 in front of 7,689.
“I was better than [Rose],” Turner said. “With me guarding him he didn’t do much. He knows that and I know that.”
Turner scored 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. During one stretch of the second half, he scored 20 consecutive points for the Chargers.
But Rose was dominant throughout the game. He nailed four three pointers in the first quarter, helping Simeon jump out to a 16-4 lead. Rose finished with 29 points, seven assists and four steals.
“We both know who is better,” Rose said. “He’s just doing this to get a little bit of publicity. We’ll see who does more on the next level.”
An assist from Rose to Flowers, who had 23 points and 14 rebounds, put Simeon ahead 53-38 with 2:56 to play in the third quarter.
“I kinda started out bad missing shots and the Simeon kids got into it calling me overrated,” Turner said.
Turner scored on a layup and was fouled with 3:50 to play in the game. Before shooting the free throw,
Turner turned around and said something to Rose. An official approached Turner at the line and defused the incident.
“They called a lot of soft fouls on us when he had the ball,” Rose said. “It wasn’t like he did anything that impressive.”
Kevin Johnson had 12 points and nine rebounds for Simeon (22-2) and Bryant Orange added eight points and five rebounds.
“[Rose] was awesome,” St. Joseph coach Gene Pingatore said. “The book on him going in was the he wasn’t going to be an outside shooter. Then in the first quarter he killed us. Putting [Turner] on him helped a lot. It took away his outside shot.”
Garrett Leffelman scored 10 for the Chargers (20-4) and Demetri McCamey added nine points.
There is a possibility of a second Rose vs. Turner showdown. Simeon and St. Joseph could meet in a supersectional game.
“I don’t think it’s personal [between Rose and Turner],” Pingatore said. “It’s more respect. They both thrive on competition.”