For anyone who didn't make the trip to Nevada to see Simeon's domination in the desert Saturday, the Wolverines reprised their well-oiled show at home Tuesday.
Duke recruit Jabari Parker had 22 points and 14 rebounds and Illinois recruit Kendrick Nunn added 20 points and six steals as No. 2 seed Simeon kicked off the Chicago Public League tournament with a 93-32 first-round victory over No. 31 seed Urban Prep West.
It was the second rout in four days for the Wolverines (20-2), who walked away from a trip to Coronado (Nev.) with a 47-point victory. Simeon led by 30 points at halftime of each game, and every player on Simeon's bench scored Tuesday.
The Wolverines play Harlan, a 66-56 winner over Von Steuben, in the second round Thursday.
"All the rankings and records are out the door, so we have to come out hard against whoever it is," said Simeon guard Jaylon Tate, an Illinois recruit who had 16 points and six assists. "Any given night anybody can win and anybody can lose. We have to come out there and play like it's the championship every game."
Simeon pressed into the third quarter and held West to eight second-half points. Simeon coach Robert Smith said former King coach Sonny Cox used an anecdote from his coaching days before the game to remind him that upsets can happen.
"That was my motivation to tell these guys you have to play every game like it's your last game at this point," Smith said. "Right now, we're just 1-0."
Simeon welcomed back Smith and junior guard Donte Ingram to the court Tuesday. Smith returned from a four-game suspension by Chicago Public Schools for his role in a postgame altercation between Simeon and Morgan Park. Ingram was ruled eligible by the Illinois High School Association after sitting out because of residency issues.
Player of the game: Jabari Parker, Simeon, 22 points, 14 rebounds.
Key performers: Simeon — Kendrick Nunn, 20 points, 6 steals; Jaylon Tate, 16 points, 6 assists; Urban Prep West — John Ashford, 8 points, 9 rebounds; Jaquan Johnson, 8 points.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun