Thornwood Class 4A Sectional: Verge Comes Up Big In The Clutch To Propel Thornton

By Roy & Harv Schmidt

March 8, 2017

11:00 P.M. CST

Make no mistake about it--Alonzo Verge Jr. is the type of player that can make or break a team.  But either way, it was inevitable that the 6'4 2017 point guard from Thornton High School would be the one who would decide the result of tonight's Class 4A sectional semifinal versus Brother Rice at Thornwood.

Verge simply seems to have multiple personalities on the court and you never know if you're going to get the good Verge or the bad Verge.  In this game it was a mix of both, but one thing is certain: Verge ended up being huge when his team needed him the most.

With about 12 seconds remaining in the game, Verge stripped Brother Rice's Mike Shepski of the ball and went coast-to-coast for a layup to ice the game for Thornton, as the Wildcats would end up with a 64-58 victory.  Thornton advances to the 4A sectional final on Friday night where Chicago Public League powerhouse Simeon will be waiting.

While Verge had impressive moments, his overall performance was far from fantastic.  He finished with 24 points, but only shot 10-26, including 0-9 on three point attempts and five air balls.  Nevertheless, at the end of the night Verge nearly wound up with a triple-double, as he also recorded six assists to go along with 11 rebounds, which is a clear indication of just how talented he is.

Verge also received ample support from 6'7 2018 wing forward Orlando Allen, who had 23 points and 12 rebounds.  Allen was a sparkplug early, running the court and finishing virtually everything in sight.  He was proven to be one of the more undervalued front court players in Illinois from the 2018 class, currently holding only one D1 scholarship offer.

6'0 2017 guard Mike Shepski was spectacular for Brother Rice, scoring 25 points including four 3-pointers.  Many of the shots he converted were against the grain and the Bemidji State recruit also demonstrated adequate ball handling skills.

The game also featured two of the best young head coaches in the Illinois high school basketball ranks in Thornton's Tai Streets and Brother Rice's Bobby Frasor.  Both have continued to do outstanding jobs and have bright futures ahead of them. 

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