The reigning Illinois’ Mr. Basketball, EJ Liddell didn’t miss a beat Tuesday as Belleville West opened play at the Washington Tournament of Champions.
Picking up where he left off a year ago when he helped lead West to the Class 4A state title, Liddell recorded a double-double with 39 points and 12 rebounds as the Maroons soared past the Urbana Tigers 81-57 at Washington High School.
Liddell, who officially signed his national letter of intent to Ohio State University on Monday, added six blocked shots in the victory.
West won’t have much time to enjoy its first win of the season. The Maroons (1-0) face Lakewood, South Carolina at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday. The Maroons then close out play in their four-team pool on Friday against Mobile (Ala.) Le Flore High School at 6:15 p.m.
The tournament concludes on Saturday. The Maroons placed second in the tournament a year ago.