1992-93 Guilford Boys Basketball

 

(3-3-17)  It was David versus Goliath in the 1993 Class AA Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Boys Basketball Championship Game.

Meet David, Rockford (Illinois) Guilford, led by one of the youngest coaches in the State,  Mike Miller (mid 20’s), a team that did not win their conference (NIC 9) losing four games (12-4) and dropping a season ending game to Rockford Boylan (79-68) that would have given them the title. The Vikings were not rated in the final AP Basketball polls.

Meet Goliath,  Chicago King, hadn’t lost in over 6o games, Coached by a legend Landon ‘Sonny’ Cox. King was led by two seven-footers (7-0) Rashard Griffith and (7-4) Thomas Hamilton, a team most college coaches could have won with at any level. The Jaguars were considered by many experts to have been the #1 team in the country at the time, they ended the season #1 in the AP Poll in Illinois.

Both teams state tournament runs were completely different, Guilford won their three state tourney games by a combined total of just 17 points. King won their three earlier games by a combined total of  84 points, with the closest being a quarter-final win over Chicago Westinghouse 77-52.

There was not a ‘happy ending’ for the Vikings in the title game, but they gave the Jaguars a run for their money, until the fourth quarter.  At the end of the third quarter King held on to a seven-point lead 47-40, in the fourth King would outscore Guilford 32-2 to pick up the win (79-42) and the State title.

It may have not had the ‘Hoosier’ Happy ending, but it was a season to remember for Rockford Guilford. For King, Goliath finally beat David.

1992-93 Guilford Season

IHSA STATE TOURNAMENT BOX SCORES

Super-Sectionals

  • Rockford Guilford 55 LaSalle-Peru 48
  • Chicago King 77 Chicago Westinghouse 52

Quarterfinals

  • Rockford Guilford 48 Edwardsville 40
  • Chicago King 82 Maywood Proviso East 54

Semifinals

  • Rockford Guilford 60 Palatine Fremd 58
  • Chicago King 69 Danville  38

Final

  • Chicago King 79 Rockford Guilford 42

1993 IHSA Boys Basketball Class AA Championship Game: Chicago King vs. Rockford Guilford

 

Chicago King 79, Rockford Guilford 42
Final Game at Champaign [UI, Assembly Hall]
Saturday, March 20, 1993

 CHICAGO (KING)
Player                  FG-FGA  3P-3PA  FT-FTA Pts PF  R  A  B  S
Lamont Adams             0   0   0   0   0   0   0  0  0  0  0  0
Larry Allaway            1   2   0   0   0   0   2  2  0  1  0  2
Jerrad Billingsley       6  11   0   0   2   4  14  1  4  1  1  3
Rashard Griffith         3   5   0   0   5   5  11  3 10  3  2  0
Thomas Hamilton          7  14   0   0   2   3  16  1 10  3  2  0
Michael Hermon           1   7   0   0   0   0   2  3  3  1  0  2
Harold Mapp              0   1   0   1   0   0   0  0  0  0  0  0
Ronald Minter            2   6   1   4   0   0   5  1  5  3  0  2
Alexander Morris         1   1   0   0   0   0   2  0  0  0  0  0
Leonard Myles            1   1   0   0   0   0   2  1  0  0  0  1
Toporis Nash             0   0   0   0   0   0   0  0  2  0  0  0
Antone Simmons           0   1   0   0   0   0   0  0  0  0  0  0
DeWarren Stewart         7  15   2   6   3   4  19  0  4  0  0  2
Eddie Washington         2   6   0   0   0   0   4  2  5  1  0  2
Jermaine Williams        0   1   0   0   2   2   2  0  1  0  0  0
TEAM                                                   1
TOTAL                   31  71   3  11  14  18  79 14 45 13  5 14

ROCKFORD (GUILFORD)
Player                  FG-FGA  3P-3PA  FT-FTA Pts PF  R  A  B  S
Wayne Bailey             0   1   0   0   0   0   0  0  1  0  0  0
Rob Buss                 0   1   0   0   0   0   0  0  0  0  0  0
Tony Fletcher            4   9   0   0   6   8  14  4  3  1  0  0
Hank Haime               0   0   0   0   0   0   0  0  0  0  0  0
Chuck Hanserd            0   0   0   0   0   0   0  1  3  2  0  0
Ben Holmstrom            3   8   0   2   0   0   6  3  4  0  1  0
Dan Kroger               2   5   2   5   1   2   7  0  3  1  0  0
Ernie McConnell          0   2   0   0   0   0   0  0  1  0  0  0
Eric Porchia             0   0   0   0   0   0   0  0  0  0  0  0
Dan Rahn                 0   1   0   0   0   0   0  1  0  0  0  0
Kevin Rennert            0   5   0   1   0   0   0  1  5  0  0  1
Johnny Rucker            6  19   0   4   0   0  12  2  7  4  1  2
Andy Saunders            0   1   0   1   0   0   0  0  1  0  0  0
Jeremy Sherman           0   1   0   0   0   0   0  0  0  0  0  0
Brian Thiede             1   3   1   2   0   0   3  1  1  1  0  0
TEAM                                                   5
TOTAL                   16  56   3  15   7  10  42 13 34  9  2  3

Chicago (King)            15 18 (33) 14 32 (46) --   79
Rockford (Guilford)       13 13 (26) 14  2 (16) --   42

State Finalists

School                 Coach                    W-L Enroll
1 Chicago King         Landon "Sonny" Cox      32-0 1,051
2 Rockford Guilford    Mike Miller             27-7 1,627

All-Tournament Team

Player & School                              Ht.    Yr.  
Keon Clark, Danville (H.S.)                  6-11   Jr.    
Rashard Griffith, Chicago (King)             7-1    Jr.    
Thomas Hamilton, Chicago (King)              7-0    Jr.    
Ben Holmstrom, Rockford (Guilford)           6-8    So.    
DeWarren Stewart, Chicago (King)             6-0    Jr.    

Top Scorers

Player and School                               G  FG  3P  FT Pts
Rashard Griffith, Chicago (King)                4  27   0  16  70
Thomas Hamilton, Chicago (King)                 4  28   0   7  63
DeWarren Stewart, Chicago (King)                4  22   7  10  61
Ben Holmstrom, Rockford (Guilford)              4  24   0  12  60
Mike Mangan, Palatine (Fremd)                   4  23   0  10  56
DeMarko Wright, Danville (H.S.)                 4  21   1  10  53
Johnny Rucker, Rockford (Guilford)              4  22   0   7  51
Keon Clark, Danville (H.S.)                     4  22   0   5  49
Steve McGrath, Palatine (Fremd)                 4  19   0   8  46
Tony Fletcher, Rockford (Guilford)              4  17   0  11  45
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