Curie prep team falls in playoffs hours after coach, team reinstated

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In it’s first game since a Chicago Public Schools investigation rescinded Curie’s Public League title and 24 regular-season wins, the Condors could not even beat a fellow Public League team as it lost 88-85 to DuSable in a stunning Class 4A regional semifinal Tuesday.

Curie, which entered the tournament officially 0-25 yet the No. 1 seed in the Marist Sectional, played without brothers Joseph and Joshua Stamps, who were rumored to have been among the ineligible students identified in a CPS investigation. Star power forward Cliff Alexander fouled out in the fourth quarter, and Curie could not overcome a hot DuSable team in overtime.

The loss marks the end of a tumultuous two weeks for Curie. The Condors arrived late to the Public League title game after word of the potential use of ineligible players surfaced just hours before its championship tilt with Young. Curie prevailed in four overtimes but forfeited the win – along with all of its other victories — within a matter of days. Coach Mike Oliver was suspended, then reinstated after rallies by Curie followers and a review with CPS officials.

Curie’s loss of the Stamps brothers appeared to clear a championship path for Young, but many expected the Condors to put up a fight well into the state tournament. Instead, Alexander’s fifth foul will be his last high school basketball memory, and he’ll next take the floor for the Kansas Jayhawks in the fall.


-Chicago Tribune reporting

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