Why Brinkman was selected:
Brinkman scored 24 points in a 65-63 overtime victory against Winnebago in a Class 2A sectional semifinal Tuesday.
IC Catholic senior guard Clark Brinkman led the Knights to a big playoff victory Tuesday. Brinkman scored a team-high 24 points and IC survived the game after a two-hour trip to Bureau Valley. The Knights head back there tonight for the sectional final. Brinkman, the Oak Trust Credit Union Athlete of the Week, talked with Suburban Life sports reporter Dan Santaromita about the team's playoff run.
Has the success of the IC girls volleyball team, which won state, and the girls basketball team had any impact on your team?
Definitely, all season. Seeing what the volleyball team did, going into our season we wanted to match what they did. Our girls just went down state for basketball, too, so that also motivated us. We want to always do as well as or better than them. We've already gone as far as any IC team for boys. The volleyball and basketball teams really helped us strive to get here.
You beat Aurora Christian in the regional final after losing to them in that game last year and also late in the regular season. Were you fired up to get revenge?
We played them the week before [the regional]. We didn't have one of our best games, but we knew we could win that regional game and come out winners. Playing AC at their home is kind of a big deal for anyone. Football, basketball we've always had a big rivalry for them.
What's the mood like with the team ahead of the sectional final?
We've had a lot of rivalry games with AC, York, all those teams, but right now this sectional final game is going to be the biggest game of the season so far. It's a chance to write our names down in school history. No other IC team has won a sectional final.