Juniors Sean O'Mara and Nick Czarnowski are set to clash in the second game of the 16th annual National Guard High School Hoops Showdown at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois on Saturday.
Benet comes into the game at 17-3 with some hard fought wins against Curie and Niles Notre Dame. Naperville Central enters the game at 11-6.
Sean O'Mara spent the early portion of the season adjusting from a deep run in the IHSA state football playoffs. But now that he's back in basketball form, he has Benet rolling.
O'Mara is a very heady player who has a full arsenal of post moves and holds his ground in the paint. He rebounds well, has a jump hook over both shoulders, and moves effectively without the ball getting position.
Czarnowski, on the other hand, will provide a challenge to O'Mara in the post. While not the most athletic post out there, he's a big body who will fight on the block and uses his body to position himself well for rebounds and score close to the basket.
O'Mara already held his ground against a stiff test in Cliff Alexander earlier this season, but this game could present a different type of challenge for O'Mara and Benet.
Still, I think Benet has the edge in this one due to the supporting cast for the Flyers including Pat McInerney and Jack Euritt.
The game tips at 6:30 PM on Saturday.