Hillcrest claims third place in Class 3A

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Hillcrest claims third place in Class 3A

By Clyde Travis
YourSeason.com

Peoria All the jitters that Hillcrest felt against Peoria Central in Fridays Class 3A semifinal disappeared against Springfield Lanphier Saturday.

The Hawks played loose and went on to defeat the Lions 72-67 to capture third place Saturday at Carver Arena.

Our girls lost the same way we did in their opening semifinal game, but they fought back to bring home the third-place trophy," Hillcrest senior Jalen Loving said, "and we wanted to do the same thing."

Hillcrest had things going its way early, racing out to a 24-8 lead in the second quarter and 33-20 halftime lead.

The Hawks continued their aggressive play in the third quarter and carried a 53-42 lead into the final period. But the Lions would not go quietly despite being down by 17 in the final period.

Lanphier clawed back and trimmed the lead to 67-62 with 1:18 to play. But a basket by Loving and two free throws by Jayone Troutman, sealed the win for the Hawks.

Loving had a game-high 13 rebounds to go along with his 15 points.

We had our pity party at dinner last night and they got it out of their system and realized that there was more basketball to be played, Hillcrest coach Don Houston said. We were in the Final Four of the state and we have a lot of things to look forward to in the future.

Brent Buchanan and Troutman each added 15 points for Hillcrest, and Javon Morning was the fourth player in double figures with 12.

Larry Austin led Lanphier with 16 points. TJ Davis scored 15 points and Everett Clemons had 14.

Lions coach Chuck Shanklin said it was Hillcrests length and athleticism that caused problems.

They are tall, long and they are quick," Shanklin said. "Our pressure did not get to them and they were able to pass over anything we were trying to do.

"Our hats go off to them. They are a great team. I am proud of my teams effort and what we accomplished this season."

Jerry Reinsdorf, Frank Thomas congratulate Tim Raines on Baseball Hall of Fame election

Jerry Reinsdorf, Frank Thomas congratulate Tim Raines on Baseball Hall of Fame election

Tim Raines became the 39th former member of the White Sox to be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday.

White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf released a statement congratulating Raines on his election.

“On behalf of the entire White Sox organization and our fans, I want to sincerely congratulate Tim on today’s election to the Hall of the Fame, the highest and greatest honor bestowed upon a baseball player,” said Jerry Reinsdorf, chairman of the Chicago White Sox. “He played a crucial role on the 1993 division championship team, was a key member of the 2005 World Series-winning coaching staff and provided Sox fans with great memories that will not be forgotten.”

[SHOP: Gear up, White Sox fans!]

Frank Thomas, who played with Raines from 1991-95, had high praise for his former teammate.

“Rock was one of my favorite teammates ever,” said Hall-of-Famer and White Sox legend Frank Thomas. “He made the game fun night-to-night and was a great leader in the clubhouse. His humor and hustle always brought the team closer. I’m so glad this has finally happened for one of my favorite people ever.”

Thomas also went on Twitter to express his excitement for Raines heading to Cooperstown.

Bulls Talk Podcast: What went wrong for the Bulls against the Mavericks?

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In the latest edition of the Bulls Talk Podcast, Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill and Justin O'Neil assess what went wrong for the Bulls in their Tuesday-night loss to the Mavericks and wonder why the Bulls struggle against good teams but win against the league's top teams.

Also, the guys discuss whether the Bulls are over reliant on isolation plays for Jimmy Butler and Dwayne Wade in the fourth quarter. And, Robin Lopez says he might start taking 3-pointers. What does Kendall think about the new era of the stretch five?

Plus, Kendall shares which NBA city was the biggest road party scene, and the guys discuss the possible comeback of Ben Gordon.