Hornets hot start no problem for Proviso East

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Hornets hot start no problem for Proviso East

Friday, Feb. 4, 2011
Posted 10:48 p.m.
By George M. Wilcox
YourSeason.com

For a team that was unable to practice all week, Proviso East looked like it was playing in slow motion for the first quarter.But the No. 13 Pirates found a way to rally behind leading scorer Keith Carter's game-high 22 points and reserve guard Michael Nicholas scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half as Proviso East won 75-67 Friday night at Hinsdale South in the West Suburban Gold.Hinsdale South (14-8, 5-4) made its first 10 shots from the floor in the first quarter to take a 27-14 lead. The Pirates (16-3, 7-1), which won for the ninth time in their last 10 games, chipped away and eventually tied the game at 32 at halftime."We hadn't practiced all week (because of the blizzard)," Nicholas said. "Somehow we picked it up in the second quarter."Carter and Tino Vazquez (11 points) each outscored Hinsdale South's entire team in the second quarter. Carter had eight points, Vazquez added six and the Hornets had five points. Andy Nkansah (10 points) scored both of Hinsdale South's baskets in the second quarter."We had a great start, but we were too content to trade jump shots with them," Hinsdale South coach Vince Doran said. "You have to fight like crazy and not allow them too many easy baskets."The Hornets led 23-7 in turnovers. Brock Benson (12 rebounds) and leading scorer Phil George scored 20 points each for Hinsdale South while Joe Petrak added 11 points on 3-of-5 shooting beyond the three-point arc."I think the second quarter hurt us," Benson said. "Besides that, I think we played pretty well. We all played at 100 percent. It was a learning experience. I think we can keep this going for the rest of the season."George scored 11 points in the first quarter and made his first three three-point attempts to start the game, but did not score in the third quarter when Proviso outscored Hinsdale 21-16. Hinsdale South entered the game with five wins in its last six games.Proviso East won the previous meeting 66-45 on Dec. 17 in Maywood. The Pirates host district rival Proviso West at 2:30 p.m. Saturday."It was a good game, but we're looking forward to Proviso West," Nicholas said. "We don't want to overlook anybody."

Fast Break Morning Update: Cubs visit White House; Blackhawks, Bulls in action tonight

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Here are some of the top Chicago sports stories from Monday:

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The state of the Bulls after the first half of the season

The state of the Bulls after the first half of the season

Who are the Bulls? The team that beat Cleveland and Toronto or lost to Dallas, Minnesota and Milwaukee?

That's the question Bulls fans are currently asking and the one Bulls Insider Vincent Goodwill posed in the video above.

The Bulls have had impressive wins and shocking losses, but neither of those should be surprising at this point. The Bulls are, as Goodwill put it, consistently inconsistent.

The first half of the season has proven that Dwyane Wade still has some memorable moments left to give and Jimmy Butler continues to approach superstardom. On the downside, the drama surrounding Rajon Rondo has meant the 'three alphas' that were hyped up in the preseason haven't been the dynamic trio some Bulls fans had hoped.

Coach Fred Hoiberg doesn't have the shooters his system needs, but can he still rally the troops and get something out of Rondo?

Watch the video to see Goodwill's look back on the Bulls' first half and what could be ahead.