November 21 Rayville, LA

Washington Community H. S.
115 Bondurant Street
Washington, Ill

Tip Off: 5 pm Final score: 88-66 L
November 22 Christian Brothers of St Louis

Washington Community H. S.
115 Bondurant Street
Washington, Ill

Tip Off: 3 pm Final score: 78-66 W
November 23 Cy-Fair Learning Center/Cypress, TX

Washington Community H. S.
115 Bondurant Street
Washington, Ill

Tip Off: noon Final score: OT 62-57 W
November 24 Urbana

Washington Community H. S.
115 Bondurant Street
Washington, Ill

Tip Off: 7pm Final score: 73-61 W
November 30 Loyola Academy

1100 Laramie Ave, Wilmette

Tip Off: 7pm Final score: 54-48 W
December 4 Leo vs. St. Joseph Tip Off: 7 pm Final score: 76-58 W
December 7 De La Salle

3439 S Wabash Ave

Tip Off: 7 pm Final score: 75-59 W
December 9 Bloomington

(Team Rose Shootout)
Mt Carmel High School
6410 S Dante
Chicago

Tip Off: 1:30 Final score: 65-64 W
Next Game
December 14 Leo vs. St. Ignatius Tip Off: 7 pm
December 18 University High

1350 E 59th St
Chicago

Tip Off: 6 pm
December 21 DePaul Prep

3633 N. California

Tip Off: 7:30 pm
December 26 Proviso West Holiday Invitational

4701 Harrison St, Hillside

January 5 Fenwick

505 Washington Blvd
Oak Park, Ill

Tip Off: 7:30 pm
January 11 Leo vs. St Laurence

ALUMNI NIGHT

Tip Off: 7:30 pm
January 13 Maine South

Bob Hambric Shootout
TF North
755 Pulaski Rd
Calumet City, Ill

Tip Off: 2:30
January 18 Leo vs. St Francis de Sales Tip Off: 7:30 pm
January 21 Crete Monee

MLK Shootout
4250 Rt 71
Oswego, Ill

Tip Off: 1:45 pm
January 25 Marmion

1000 Butterfield Rd
Aurora, Ill

Tip Off: 7:30 pm
January 26 Brother Rice

99th and Pulaski
Chicago

Tip Off: 5 pm
January 29 Leo vs. Bulls Academy Tip Off: 7 pm
February 1 Mt Carmel

6410 S Dante

Tip Off: 7:30 pm
February 2 Leo vs. Perspectives Tip Off: 7 pm
February 5 Leo vs. Montini Catholic Tip Off: 7:30 pm
February 8 Leo vs. St Rita Tip Off: 7:30 pm
February 12 Providence St Mel

119 S Central Park

Tip Off: 7:30 pm
February 15 Leo vs. Providence Catholic Tip Off: 7:30 pm
February 19

Tuesday-Friday
IHSA Class 2-A Regionals

Tip Off: TBA
February 26

Tuesday-Friday
IHSA Class 2-A Sectionals

Tip Off: TBA
March 5

IHSA Class 2-A Supersectionals

Tip Off: TBA
March 7

Thursday-Saturday
IHSA Class 2-A State Tourney
Peoria

Tip Off: TBA

Four games in 11 days is a challenge for any team, even a high school team.

Not so the Leo Lions. And never mind the opposition.

Bloomington, the No. 3-ranked team in the Associated Press’ first Class 4-A state poll, was Leo’s opponent in the Team Rose Shootout at Mt. Carmel on Sunday, Dec. 9, wrapping up a stretch that had seen the Lions face Loyola (road), St. Joe’s (home) and De La Salle (road) since Nov. 30.

And the Purple Raiders didn’t fare any better than the Ramblers, Chargers or Meteors had.

Leo trailed by seven (61-54) with just under three minutes remaining, but took a 63-61 lead when backup guard Rod-Shad Woods nailed a three-pointer to cap a 9-0 run. Bloomington pulled even on two free throws by All-Stater Chris Payton, then took a 64-63 lead when Payton split two free throws after a highly questionable foul call on a rebound.

Leo inbounded with nine seconds left. Fred Cleveland beat the Bloomington press and fed Kendale Anderson underneath. As the defense collapsed around Kendale Anderson, he slipped a pass to his brother DaChaun, who banked in the game-winning layup. Leo, 65-64.

“This was a great win,” Coach Jamal Thompson said after Leo raised its record to 7-1 with its seventh straight win. ”We were down most of the game, but we kept grinding and never stopped fighting. It’s what you have to do. I’m really proud of our guys.”

Bloomington’s Payton was the most spectacular player on the floor, embellishing his 21 points with five athletic dunks. But DaChaun Anderson was the most dominant, scoring a game-high 24 points and taking down 15 rebounds. And Fred Cleveland was the most versatile with 20 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three steals.

It could be argued, though, that Woods’ go-ahead three-pointer was the biggest bucket of the game.

“He stepped up,” Thompson said. “We’ve been telling the guys that you have to be ready in case your number is called, and Rod-Shad was ready today. He hit the big shot, and his defense in the third quarter helped us turn the game around.”

Leo is off until Friday, Dec. 14, when it will face St. Ignatius (6-3, 2-1) in a Catholic League game at Leo. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.