The streak is alive, but No. 51 didn’t come easily.

King, No. 1 in the Tribune rankings, appeared to be coasting to another easy victory after it ran off 21 straight points in the second quarter en route to an 83-77 Public League Red-Central victory over Robeson Friday. The 21-point spurt gave the Jaguars (19-0, 6-0) a 52-30 lead.

But Robeson (11-8, 4-2) regrouped and eventually cut King’s lead to just four (70-66) with less than four minutes to play. King went on another spurt, this one 8-0, to regain a comfortable advantage and hang on.

“Robeson played harder,” King coach Landon Cox said. “The bottom line is we have a `W’ in the standings and they have an `L.’ We played one quarter (the second). After that we went home. Luckily, we got out of it with a win.”

Eddie Washington led four Jaguars in double figures with 25 points.

Joliet 63, Hubbard 44: Gary Bell pumped in 35 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to pace No. 2 Joliet in a non-conference game. Joliet (19-0) broke open a tight game by outscoring Hubbard (12-6) 18-8 in the third quarter.

Mt. Carmel 85, St. Laurence 64: After leading by just one after the first quarter, No. 4 Mt. Carmel exploded in the second with an 18-0 spurt and the runaway victory.

Antoine Walker and Donovan McNabb each had 20 points to lead Mt. Carmel (17-2, 8-1).

Rich South 57, Bradley 44: No. 6 Rich South scored the game’s first 11 points and led 22-5 after the first quarter to coast in the SICA South. Ed Hampton and Tai Streets paced Rich South (18-1, 5-1) with 15 points each.

“We finally put four good quarters together,” Rich South coach Roger Bohnenstiehl said. “We came out strong.”

Schaumburg 67, Conant 62 (OT): Schaumburg outscored No. 7 Conant (15-2, 5-1) 8-3 in overtime to pull off the upset in the Mid-Suburban League South. Jack Michaels led Schaumburg (11-7, 4-2) with 20 points.

“The difference in the game was the way we played defense,” said Schaumburg coach Bob Williams.

St. Martin 58, Loyola 57: Tyron Tiplett hit three free throws with :12 left to cap off a 9-1 St. Martin run and give the eighth-ranked Silver Eagles (17-3, 7-2 in the Catholic League) the victory. Jerry Gee scored five of his game-high 27 points during the run. “A team without any character at all, with a minute and a half left, just packs their bags and leaves,” said St. Martin coach Mike Manderino. “I think we showed some character down the stretch.”

Simeon 87, South Shore 45: Kevin Turner scored 29 points and Bryant Notree added 21 as No. 9 Simeon outscored South Shore 24-7 in the second quarter and pulled away for the win.

St. Ignatius 76, St. Francis de Sales 70: A 20-8 run to open the second half gave No. 11 St. Ignatius the lead and free throw shooting down the stretch preserved the win for the Wolfpack (16-3, 7-1). Innis Glover had 19 points to lead St. Ignatius. Larry Moore had game-high honors for St. Francis (7-11, 1-7) with 28 points.

Brother Rice 63, De La Salle 59: De La Salle mounted a furious rally, pulling to within 59-57 with 40 seconds left, but came up short against No. 12 Brother Rice. Jim Sexton led Brother Rice (14-4, 5-3 in the Catholic League) with 23 points, two coming on free throws in the final seconds to put the game away.

West Aurora 60, Lake Park 55: West Aurora upset No. 13 Lake Park, ending the Lancer’s 15-game winning streak.

Proviso West 53, Elgin 47: No. 14 Proviso West (15-2) outscored Elgin 19-9 in the fourth quarter en route to the non-conference victory. “We had to turn up the defense in the second half and execute our plays well,” Proviso West coach Mark Schneider said. Telly Lowery and Dwayne Vaughan popped in 11 points each to pace the winners.

T.F. North 70, Hillcrest 65: Pat McCreight’s 25 points led T.F. North to the upset over No. 15 Hillcrest.

Naperville Central 69, Glenbard South 38: Aaron Penbroke scored 19 points to lead No. 17 Naperville Central (16-2, 9-0) in the Du Page Valley Conference. Naperville jumped out to 24-10 after the opening quarter and cruised the rest of the way.

Thornton 68, Thornridge 66 (OT): James Johnson’s layup with :02 left in overtime won it for Thornton over No. 18 Thornridge. Johnson led the Wildcats with 21 points.

Naperville North 61, Wheaton North 51: No. 20 Naperville North (15-2, 7-2) couldn’t shake Wheaton North until it went on a 14-4 spurt in the last four minutes for the Du Page Valley Conference victory. Sean Jones led Naperville North with 23 points, including seven of the 14.

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