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
December 14 Leo vs. St. Ignatius Tip Off: 7 pm Final score: 63-49 W
December 18 University High

1350 E 59th St
Chicago

Tip Off: 6 pm Final score: 66-52 W
December 21 DePaul Prep

3633 N. California

Tip Off: 7 pm Final score: 61-58 OT L
December 26 Proviso West Tourney/CICS Longwood

4701 Harrison St, Hillside

Tip Off: 9:30 am Final score: 83-50 W
December 27 Proviso West Tourney/Uplift

4701 Harrison St, Hillside

Tip Off: 4 pm Final score: 69-59 W
December 28 Proviso West Tourney/Bogan

4701 Harrison St, Hillside

Tip Off: 5:30 pm Final score: 60-54 L
December 29 Proviso West Tourney/Fenwick

4701 Harrison St, Hillside

Tip Off: 5:30 Final score: 78-72 W
January 5 Leo vs. Fenwick Tip Off: 7 pm Final score: 75-56 W
January 11 Leo vs. St Laurence

ALUMNI NIGHT

Tip Off: 7 pm Final score: 81-64 L
January 13 Maine South

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

Tip Off: 2:30 Final score: 58-43 L
January 18 Leo vs. St Francis de Sales Tip Off: 7 pm Final score: 113-42 W
January 21 Crete Monee

MLK Shootout
4250 Rt 71
Oswego, Ill

Tip Off: 1:45 pm Final score: 69-30 W
January 25 Marmion

1000 Butterfield Rd
Aurora, Ill

Tip Off: 7 pm Final score: 71-65 W
January 26 Brother Rice

99th and Pulaski
Chicago

Tip Off: 5 pm Final score: 69-66 L
January 29 Leo vs. Bulls Academy

GAME CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER CONCERNS

February 1 Mt Carmel

6410 S Dante

Tip Off: 7 pm Final score: 87-67 W
February 2 Perspectives

8131 S. May

Tip Off: 5:30 pm Final score: 97-64 W
February 5 Leo vs. Montini Catholic

GAME POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER CONCERNS

February 8 Leo vs. St Rita Tip Off: 7 pm Final score: 71-54 L
February 9 Leo vs. Montini Tip Off: 5 pm Final score: 79-56 W
February 12 Providence St Mel

119 S Central Park

Tip Off: 7 pm Final score: 61-59 L
February 15 Leo vs. Providence Catholic

SENIOR NIGHT

Tip Off: 7 pm Final score: 70-63 W
February 19 Nobel Street Baker

IHSA Class 2-A Regionals
UCCS Woodlawn
6429 S. University Ave.

Tip Off: 7 p.m. Final score: 100-48 W
February 22 ACE/Amandla

IHSA Class 2-A Regional Title Game
UCCS Woodlawn
6429 S. University Ave. Chicago

Tip Off: 7 p.m. Final score: 85-56 W
February 26 Marshall

IHSA Class 2-A Sectionals
Marshall High School
3250 W. Adams St.

Tip Off: 6 p.m. Final score: 77-53 W
March 1 Dunbar

IHSA Class 2-A Sectionals
Marshall High School
3250 W. Adams St.

Tip Off: 7 p.m. Final score: 79-48 W
March 5 Orr

IHSA Class 2-A Supersectionals
Joliet Central High School
201 E. Jefferson St., Joliet

Tip Off: 7 p.m. Final score: 73-55 L

A basketball season that could have easily gone off the rails turned out to be a dramatically successful one for the Leo Lions. They earned IHSA Regional and Sectional titles at the Class 2-A level before losing to Public League powerhouse Orr in the Joliet Supersectional, one game short of the state tournament.

Finishing 24-9 overall, the Lions reached the 20-victory mark for the third time in four seasons and earned a Lion’s share of individual honors along the way.

Leo had high hopes for this season, with four starters returning from a 20-6 team that rolled through the Catholic League White Division undefeated. Four games into it, a coaching change resulted in the appointment of Jamal Thompson, Class of 2000, whose familiarity with the Lions was limited to the handful of times he saw them play last season.

“But they welcomed me with open arms,” Thompson said. “They allowed me to coach them.”

Thompson retained assistant coach Fred Cleveland and leaned on him for his defensive expertise, as well as his knowledge of Catholic League competition. The players responded to Thompson’s positive attitude and all-for-one style of play. The CCL was stronger top to bottom and more balanced this season, so there was no undefeated run through the White Division­—with a 10-5 conference record, the Lions finished third behind St. Rita (13-2) and Providence-St. Mel (11-4). A third-place finish at the prestigious Proviso West Holiday Classic was another highlight.

And when the postseason rolled around, the Lions were ready for it. They stormed through their 2-A Regional at Woodlawn, dispatching Noble Street Baker and ACE Amandla with ease. The Marshall Sectional was a more formidable challenge, but the Lions responded with no-sweat victories over Public League icons Marshall and Dunbar.

Beating Marshall on its own floor was especially sweet, as it was the Commandos who put an end to Leo’s dream season last year with an upset victory in the Regional title game at Marshall.

Orr, though, was another story. The Spartans had a little too much size, depth and firepower for the Lions, taking early command with a 9-0 flurry and responding with another quick burst each time Leo made a move. The final was 73-55.

Still, the chaos of November had evolved into something truly memorable as February turned into March. And with two starters returning and more talent arriving at the lower levels, there might be more where that came from.

“I’m really proud of our guys, especially the seniors,” Thompson said. “They showed the younger guys what it takes to be great. We had a really good year, and we’re just getting started.”

HONORS ROLL IN: Guard Fred Cleveland finished his junior season as one of the most decorated basketball players in Leo history. He retained many of the accolades as a senior … and he had company.

Fellow senior DaChaun Anderson joined Fred on the Associated Press Class 2-A All-State team. DaChaun was first team and Fred was honorable mention on the Chicago Sun-Times All-Area team, while DaChuan made second team and Fred was fourth team on the Sun Times All-City team.

Fred repeated as a first-team member of the All-Chicago Catholic League squad, while younger brother Kendale Anderson joined DaChaun on the All-White Division first team.

With Cleveland, fellow senior Myles Thomas and the Anderson brothers in the starting lineup, Leo was 44-15 over the last two seasons, with conference, regional and sectional titles. More important, the players excelled in the classroom as well as on the court and never failed to conduct themselves like the champions they are.

Leo High School is very proud of its basketball program.