Posted Online: Jan. 24, 2013, 7:16 pm
Alleman (6-12, 1-4 WB6) at Rock Island (14-4, 3-2 WB6)
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By Marc Nesseler, email@example.com
Tonight: The intracity battle takes place at 7:30 at Rock Island Fieldhouse, following the sophomore game at 6.
Saturday: Both teams take part in the first Quad City-Wheaton Shootout, at Wharton Field House, with Alleman facing Wheaton St. Francis at 4:30 p.m. and Rock Island taking on Wheaton North at 6 p.m.
Follow on Twitter: Tonight, follow @ASandoval_DA. On Saturday, @ness_da will have the Alleman game as well as the Moline vs. Wheaton Warrenville South game at 7:30 p.m., and for updates on the Rock Island game, go to @DanMak57.
Alleman: G: Adam Hoogerwerf, 5-11, Sr. (10.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg), Kevin O'Keefe, 6-0, Jr. (7.8, 4.1), Jeremy Keim, 6-1, Jr. (0.8, 0.4) & Joe Boland, 6-0, Sr. (0.3, 2.2); C: Alec Diab, 6-7 Jr. (3.7, 4.6).
Rock Island: G: C.J. Carr, 5-6, Jr. (13.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg), Trey Sigel, 6-1, Jr. (9.6, 2.9) & Brian Richardson, 6-0, Sr. (11.9, 3.0); F: Rob Johnson, 6-2, Sr. (5.4, 4.3) & Keenan Shorter, 6-3, Jr. (9.1, 4.0).
Why watch: With Rock Island among the state-ranked and Alleman missing 60 percent of its usual starting lineup, is the outcome a forgone conclusion? RI coach Thom Sigel says you only need to look to last year to know you can't overlook anyone. "Our guys know Alleman will come out and compete; they beat us last year the second time around," he said. "We have to be ready to go." … Still, the Pioneers are without starters Dan Cutkomp (8.2 ppg) for a fourth straight game with a foot stress fracture, John Tracey (8.2 ppg) for a third straight game with shin splints, and now Joey Mihm (6.6 ppg) who has been out with the flu much of this week. That is going to put heavy pressure to score on Hoogerwerf and O'Keeffe, as well as Diab, the tallest on the court by four inches, in the middle. … Not only that, but Alleman coach Pat Rangel has been battling the flu bug for three days. … The Rocks just got Raahsaan Brown (10.7 ppg) back from injury last week after missing a couple of games, however he's still not 100 percent, Sigel says. That's because Brown tweaked his ankle again this week in practice. … In their first matchup this season, the Rocks won 74-39 at Carver Center. RI's Trey Sigel had 25 points with 6-of-9 3s; Sam Pirmann (2.4 ppg) and O'Keeffe topped Alleman with nine points each.
Alleman coach Rangel: "We have to play smart and patient basketball. If we can do that, we'll be OK. Rock Island is obviously a great team that will be angry coming off of a loss (at Quincy last Friday)."
RI coach Sigel: "We have been trying to keep our guys focused on the only thing we can do now — try to win out. We know we need help to get a conference title, but we can only control ourselves at this point."
About Saturday's opponents: Sigel on Wheaton North: "They have a 6-10 center who has signed with Stetson. They have physical guards and some decent size." … Rangel on St. Francis: "They play very tough defense; they play the passing lanes. They are a very disciplined team; we've seen a lot of those throughout this season."