Peoria Central, West Aurora Battle Highlights Richwoods Shootout

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Peoria Central vs West Aurora Highlights Richwoods Shootout

Brian Stinnette
June 16, 2003

Shaun Livingston vs Justin Cerasoli. Shaun Pruitt vs DeAndre Miranda. Jaeh Thomas vs Brandon Lee. The highly anticipated war between Peoria Central and West Aurora did not disappoint as Shaun Livingston led a late charge to lead Central to victory in the semis of the Peoria Richwoods Shootout.

The head-to-head battle between Shaun Livingston and Justin Cerasoli, the top two point guards in the state, may have been the highlight of the entire tournament.

The two went after each other with several one-on-one ballhandling exchanges. Livingston led all scorers with 20 points. Livingston dropped three’s, drove the lane, hit pull-up jumpers and of course set his teammates up jaw-dropping passes. He even attempted to put an exclamation point on Central’s win with a one-handed tomahawk jam over Cerasoli near the end of the game. The dunk missed, but got the attention of everyone in the gym.

Shaun Pruitt and DeAndre Miranda muscled each other inside all night. Pruitt won the battle with 18 points. However, Miranda continues to improve and appears to be getting bigger and stronger.

Brandon Lee and Jaeh Thomas both played like warriors in their head-to-head battle. Thomas looked like the “Old Jaeh”, as he looked to score often, and continually attacked the basket. Meanwhile Lee was an absolute menace in transition finishing most of his drives with a bucket and a foul.