By Michael O'Brien

A summer basketball special: Young vs. Simeon

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The Public League heavyweights battled Friday night at Loyola...

Young won 55-39 behind the spectacular play of rising junior Marcus Jordan, who finished with 17 points.

Jordan was nearly unstoppable driving to the basket and showed a nice mid-range jumper. In my mind, he's easily the best junior in the state. If he continues to play like he did tonight, it won't be long until he's discussed among the best in the state, regardless of class. He didn't show any traces of the sprained ankle he suffered last week.

The Dolphins played without Anthony Johnson, Ahmad Starks and Chris Colvin, but were still able to avenge last week's loss to to the Wolverines. Johnson, Starks and Colvin were playing at a NIKE event.

Simeon coach Robert Smith pulled his team off the court with just under two minutes to play. He was protesting an intentional foul call.

Both Simeon and Young are depending on untested big men next season. Both played well. Steve Walker was noticeably more capable, confident and slim since I last saw him play for Thornwood. Stan Brown was very active for the Dolphins. He even threw down a nice dunk.

According to Young guard A.J. Rompza, Jordan has blended in with Dolphins very quickly.

"People keep saying there won't be enough balls to go around for all of us," Rompza said. "It hasn't been like that at all. We all do different things well. This is the best team I've ever played on, as far as sharing the ball, and it's a lot of fun."

Simeon beat Glenbrook South and New Trier in tournament play to advance to the final four.

Simeon guard Josh Anderson, the son of former Illini and NBA star Nick Anderson, was on fire against the Trevians. He drained seven threes in the game.

Young beat Johnsburg and held off a spirited Glenbard West squad to advance to the semis.

Richards beat Von Steuben in the other semifinal game.

Other teams in attendance: Buffalo Grove, Lake Forest, Marian Catholic, Lincoln Park, Proviso West, Thornton, Hillcrest and Libertyville.

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