Friars pull off shocker; upset No. 3 De La Salle

Friars pull off shocker; upset No. 3 De La Salle

Friday, Jan. 7, 2011
11:57 PM

By Patrick McGavin

Dylan Barnett always believed. We were probably the only ones who thought we were capable of winning, he said.

The Fenwick senior guard created off the dribble and assisted Tim Gancer on a layup with 15 seconds remaining as the host Friars stunned No. 3 De La Salle 49-48 Friday night in Oak Park.

We were trying to run something off a screen or get something going to the basket and I saw Tim underneath and I just passed him the ball, Barnett said. We were confident that we could play with them. You saw that tonight, the way we shared the ball, nobody scored a lot, just everybody had 10 or 12.

Gancer and Sam Ainsworth both scored 11 points to lead the Friars (7-5, 3-1). Barnett scored four of his 10 points in the fourth quarter.

De La Salle had two final chances but missed twice, including a layup, with less than two seconds remaining, as Fenwick's student body rushed the floor in celebration after handing the Meteors their first loss of the season.

I thought this would be the kind of game where I said, Wed competed for 31 minutes and 45 seconds, but the kids fought through it and held together, Fenwick coach John Quinn said.

The Meteors missed their first 11 shots and did not score from the field until Demarcus Richardson scored on a drive with a minute to play in the first quarter. Star forward Mike Shaw scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half.

We were never in sync offensively, and at the end we played like we were trying not to lose, De La Salle coach Tom White said. They put everybody below the free-throw line and they dared us to shoot.

Despite its offensive struggles, De La Salle (12-1, 3-1 Catholic League) led by as many as six twice in the second half. Shaw drilled two three-pointers en route to an eight-point third quarter.

Barnett, who missed the Proviso West Tournament with a sprained ankle, drilled two jumpers at the start of the fourth quarter to wipe out a 40-36 De La Salle advantage. The Friars took their first lead of the fourth quarter, 47-46, on two free throws by Ainsworth with 1:56 remaining.

Sophomore Jaylon Tate (eight points) scored off a steal to give De La Salle its final lead at 48-47 with 44 seconds remaining. Sophomore forward Alex Foster added 10 points, seven rebounds and two blocks. Sophomore Alvin Ellis contributed nine points.

Bulls' Taj Gibson a late scratch with ankle injury vs. Mavericks

Bulls' Taj Gibson a late scratch with ankle injury vs. Mavericks

Just when you think the Bulls are back at full strength for one of the few times this season and able to hit the reset button halfway through the year, someone goes down with an injury.

Taj Gibson will miss Tuesday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks with a left ankle injury that he apparently suffered Sunday night in the Bulls’ win against Memphis.

This comes on the day Nikola Mirotic has recovered from his strep throat and apparently the flu bug that made its way through the locker room has finally run its course.

Paul Zipser, the Bulls’ rookie second-round pick, will start in Gibson’s place. Zipser has played in 12 games so far, starting in two of them.

"It's something that kind of popped up,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. “I don't know exactly the time. He did have a little bit of soreness in the game. Again, it's not to the point where you're saying this is something that holds him out a while.”

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Gibson did have ankle surgery on his left ankle in June 2015, but he’s been an iron man this year, starting every game to this point and averaging 12 points with 7.3 rebounds.

Hoiberg said he’s not sure if Gibson will need an MRI or if this injury is somehow related to the ankle surgery that cost Gibson several months in the 2015 offseason.

It seems Hoiberg will start off with Zipser and then use Mirotic and Bobby Portis as reserves against the Mavericks team that gave the Bulls a 25-point whipping in Dallas on Dec. 3, their second-worst loss of the year.

“Again, we hope to sit him tonight, have a couple days off to rest and get him back in the lineup in the next one,” Hoiberg said. “We felt it was best to hold him out tonight."

Janarion Grant will return to Rutgers for fifth season in 2017


Janarion Grant will return to Rutgers for fifth season in 2017

One of the most explosive players in the Big Ten will be back for the 2017 season.

Rutgers announced Tuesday that do-it-all man Janarion Grant will be back on the field for the Scarlet Knights this fall. Grant suffered a leg injury in the team's fourth game of the season and missed the last eight games of the campaign.

"Fifth year, here I come! I'm excited about what I have been able to accomplish so far, but I look forward to getting out there and competing with my teammates again," Grant said in the announcement. "I thank coach (Chris) Ash and the staff as well as my family for their support through this process. Let's make this season special. Go Knights!"

Grant is tied for the all-time NCAA lead in kick-return touchdowns with eight. He's got five kickoff-return touchdowns and three punt-return touchdowns.

This past season, Grant got off to a lightning-quick start, scoring six total touchdowns. In just four games, he totaled 210 receiving yards, 195 kickoff-return yards and a kickoff-return touchdown, 138 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns, 21 passing yards and a passing touchdown and 112 punt-return yards and a punt-return touchdown.

Grant is Rutgers' all-time leader in kickoff-return yards with 2,606, and he ranks fourth in program history in all-purpose yards with 4,251.

The Knights were offensively challenged in Ash's first season as head coach, dead last in the conference with an average of 15.7 points per game and 283.2 yards per game. Former Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill was hired earlier this offseason as the team's new offensive coordinator.