By Clyde Travis
Freshman Luwane Pipkins came off the bench to score 12 points and spark Bogan to a 71-41 victory over Taft in the Public League quarterfinal at Chicago State on Sunday.
The Eagles jumped out to a brief 13-10 first quarter lead, but Bogan responded with a 10-0 spurt to close out the quarter leading 20-13.
Pipkins entred the game in the second quarter and drained three consecutive three-pointers. A three-point play by Martell Brewer helped the Bengals pull away to a 32-13 lead with 1:58 remaining in the second quarter.
Bogan (23-2) took a 39-20 lead on a tipped dunk by Devonte Smith with 4:18 remaining in the third quarter. The Bengals then went into their version of the four corner spread as they took turns breaking down the Eagles defense for back door layups and drives to the basket.
Bogan coach Arthur Goodwin said that he felt their quickness was a big advantage.
We knew they couldnt keep up with us in the open court and we wanted to keep forcing the tempo, Goodwin said. The freshman came in and gave up some real good minutes and opened the game up with the long ball.
Pipkins said it felt good to contribute. It is all about team play and my number was called today, said Pipkins. I am glad the coach had that kind of confidence in me in a big game like this. Pipkins shared scoring honors with Kendall Wesley with 12 points each. Brewer had 11 points and nine rebounds.
Joshua Doss scored 18 points and Tim Reamer added 10 for Taft (19-7).
Those three pointers really allowed them to dictate the style of game that was played," Taft coach Bret Nashibayashi said. "They are a very good team and when they can get you to play at their tempo, its trouble.
Carlos Rodon highlighted a big night for several young White Sox players on Friday.
Rodon tied an American League record with seven consecutive strikeouts to start a contest in a 7-3 White Sox victory over the Minnesota Twins in front 19,007 at U.S. Cellular Field.
Shortstop Tim Anderson finished a double short of the cycle and catcher Omar Narvaez hit the first home run of his career in support of Rodon, who struck out 10.
Rodon capped off an excellent second half of his season with his second straight double-digit strikeout performance. He whiffed 11 in Sunday’s dominating win at Cleveland, including the last three batters he faced.
When he struck out the first seven on Friday, he tied a club and AL mark set by White Sox hurler Joe Cowley on May 28, 1986 in a loss at the Texas Rangers. Rodon’s 10 straight strikeouts between the two games matched the most by a major league pitcher since Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Eric Gagne did the same in 2003.
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Rodon was slowed down by a 31-pitch sixth inning as he allowed three runs (two earned). He yielded three hits, walked three and struck out 10 to improve to 7-3 with a 3.45 ERA since the All-Star break. The left-hander struck out 77 batters in 73 innings from July 31st through the end of the season.
Anderson had a chance in the eighth inning to complete the cycle. Needing only a double after he tripled and homered in his first two at-bats, Anderson grounded out and finished 3-for-5.
He tripled off the glove of Byron Buxton in the first inning and scored on Melky Cabrera’s RBI double.
Anderson blasted a two-run homer in the third inning to give the White Sox a 4-0 lead and Jose Abreu drove in his 99th run with a double to put the White Sox up by five.
Narvaez led off the fourth inning with a solo homer off Pat Dean to give the White Sox a six-run cushion. Narvaez’s drive traveled 377 feet.