Shamrock Hoops Roundup
Greg Swiderski ’72
College coaches are starting to take notice of 6-foot 5 senior Timaris Brown.
And why not. Brown has been a steady force in helping the Shamrocks to a 7-3 start going into the York Holiday Tournament.
Brown, who missed the Shamrocks 47-33 win over Notre Dame with a minor knee injury was full throttle in St. Pat’s win Tuesday night over Lakes High School from Lake Villa.
Brown was impressive scoring 19 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Brown was 9 of 11 from the field.
“I give a lot of credit to my teammates and my mom,” said Brown. “They have helped me. They all give me the confidence to become a better player.”
Lakes coach Chris Snyder was impressed with Brown’s play.
“He’s one of the better players we’ve seen this year,” said Snyder. “He’s able to hurt you on the perimeter and the inside. He’s a high level player and has a good skill set.”
St. Patrick coach Mike Bailey, now in his 28th year at the helm has seen Brown grow as a player since coming to St. Pat’s.
“He’s showing a strong demeanor and leadership,” said Bailey. “He’s left hand dominant but he’s become stronger with his right hand. He’s become more sure of himself and his jump shot has become more consistent.”
Brown’s improvement over the summer came with off season workouts and knowing what he needed to do on the court.
“I shot the ball about 100 times a day,” said Brown. “I worked on the little things that can make me a better player. I worked on boxing out players so I can grab the offensive rebounds. Working on my footwork helps my positioning. I also worked on beating the defensive player with my dribble towards the basket.”
After the loss to Yorkville Christian at the Ridgewood Shootout the Shamrocks traveled to LaGrange Park to take on the Nazareth Roadrunners.
In a nip and tuck game the Shamrocks came up short 44-40 in East Suburban Catholic play. Junior Andrew Ayeni led the way for St. Pat’s with 13 points. Senior Sergio Rivera added 9 points.
The next day, the ‘Rocks took on neighborhood rival Fenwick at Loyola in the Catholic League/ESCC yearly challenge.
St. Pat’s broke out to a 20-8 first quarter lead and led 39-20 at halftime before beating the Friars 59-50.
Timaris Brown led the Shamrock attack with 19 points. Ayeni scored 10 points. Elijah Breland and Rivera each had 8 points.
At Notre Dame the following Friday, the Shamrocks again had a quick start in hitting 5 of their first 7 three point attempts leading 17-7 after the first quarter.
Brandon Adorno and Nico Soriano each scored 9 points. Rivera had 8 points.
The Shamrocks pressure defense was the key in forcing 18 turnovers. Notre Dame scored only one basket in the games final 4:20.
“That first quarter start gave our kids confidence,” coach Mike Bailey told Michael O’Brien of the Chicago Sun-Times. “We gave up a lot of size to Notre Dame, but the key was our defense.”
Tuesday night in a non-conference game against Lakes High School the Shamrocks were dominant from the start.
Bryant Handley scored 7 of his 11 points in the first quarter. Adorno scored 6 as did Brown.
St. Patrick led 24-7 after the first quarter and 47-15 at halftime.
Adorno finished with 9 points, Rivera added 7 points as did Ayeni. Twelve different players scored for the Shamrocks in the 74-37 win over the (5-8) Eagles.
Tonight, St. Patrick travels to Elmhurst for the annual Jack Tosh Holiday Tournament.
The Shamrocks drew the Minooka Indians in the first round game at 6 pm. Should the ‘Rocks win they will face one of the best teams in the state in Glenbard West Tuesday evening.