Lions winning streak at 12!
Their first conference championship since 2010 was the highlight of a regular season that ended with a 75-44 trimming of Marmion Academy for the Leo Lions on Friday, Feb. 16, at Leo.
Now, on to the state tournament.
The Lions ran the table in the Catholic League White Division, finishing a perfect 8-0 with the Marmion win to secure their first Catholic League division title since 2010. They went 19-5 overall, earning the No. 8 spot in the Chicago Sun-Times’ area prep rankings. And they’ll take a 12-game winning streak into the Class 2-A state tournament, which begins with regional play at Chicago’s Marshall High School on Tuesday, Feb. 20.
Leo, top-seeded in the regional, will face the winner of Monday’s first-round game between Public League charter schools CCIS Ellison and Noble Street DRW Trading at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Host school Marshall and C. Tech Academy Charter are the other regional participants, meeting in a first-round game at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21. The winners of the Tuesday and Wednesday games will meet for the regional title on Friday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m., with that winner moving on to the Class 2-A Sectional at Chicago Collins Academy beginning Tuesday, Feb. 27.
Senior Night festivities were among the highlights of the Marmion game, and senior Malcolm Bell was appropriately impressive, hitting five three-pointers and scoring 21 points for the Lions. Junior teammate Fred Cleveland continued his push for Catholic League MVP by scoring 22 points, including eight in a two-minute span of the first quarter when Leo broke open the game by racing out to a 25-10 lead.
Brothers DaChaun and Kendale Anderson combined for 18 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks. Sophomore Jadon Williams provided eight points and a game-high 11 rebounds, while senior Daronte Jiles earned a Senior Night start and contributed solid play over meaningful minutes.
The Lions are now 63-22 in two-plus seasons under Coach Shawn Frison.
Dan McGrath ’68, President
Leo High School