Orr beats Farragut in Public League Playoffs

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Orr beats Farragut in Public League Playoffs

By Patrick McGavin
YourSeason.com
DeVante Jones practices the shot all the time. We practice shooting, and we try to get a thousand shots up every day, the Orr senior guard said.Jones drilled a game-breaking three-pointer from the left wing with just over three minutes remaining that powered the host No. 9 Spartans past No. 22 Farragut 54-43 in a second-round Public League Playoff showdown Friday afternoon.Seconds after Farragut star Rashaun Stimage missed the front end of a one and one, Jones caught the ball on the break and fired in the 20-footer for a 48-43 Orr lead. In the third quarter, he hit a three-pointer from an identical location.Orr scored the games final eight points.I had a lot of faith and desire that the shot was going to go in, Jones said. Jones and senior guard Deshawn King combined for five three-pointers in the second half that erased a 27-24 Farragut halftime lead.Jones and King scored 13 points apiece for the Spartans (18-3), who advance against in Sundays quarterfinals against the winner of the ForemanLane game at Chicago State.With Jamal McDowell, the Orr guards also shut down Farraguts own perimeter attack. Senior Farragut guard John Carter hit three three-pointers and scored 13 points n the first half as the Admirals led by as many as eight points (27-19) in the first half.Carter was held scoreless and Farragut guard Lavell Boyd was limited to just five points. We take a lot of pride and competition in our defense, Jones said. We play the right defense, getting into our stances and getting the right position.We feel like we can shut down any backcourt in the state.With the Spartans up 39-37 to start the fourth quarter, King converted a rare four-point play. During an odd stretch, both teams combined to miss 12 consecutive free throws. Farragut went 0 of 10 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter. It shot just 1 of 12 for the game. Orr was finished 10 of 21. After committing just seven turnovers through the first three quarters, Farragut turned it over five times in the final quarter.Senior Deonte Terrell, who scored 10 points, scored on a drive and was fouled with 3:21 that cut the Orr lead to 45-43. The Admirals never scored again. The repeated missed free throws and inability to score meant the Admirals could never apply their press. Thats the craziest thing Ive ever seen, Farragut coach William Nelson said. If we make our free throws, we win the game. Orr missed a lot of free throws, too, but they made some. Everybody missed.Stimage nearly recorded a triple-double by scoring 13 points, blocking 11 shots and grabbing nine rebounds. His counterpart, Orr 6-7 junior Marquise Pryor, scored eight of his 12 points in the second half. He added 10 rebounds.The Orr guards were the story. Orr never had a name in basketball before, and were trying to change that, King said.

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Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks battle Bruins tonight on CSN

Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks battle Bruins tonight on CSN

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Five Things to Watch:

1. Scott Darling gets the nod.

Joel Quenneville is giving a struggling Corey Crawford a breather tonight, electing to go with Darling in the final game of the father's road trip. Darling is 11-4-2 with a 2.34 goals against average, .924 save percentage and one shutout in 20 games this season. His numbers aren't as great on the road, where he is 4-2-1 with a 2.83 GAA and .901 save percentage compared to a 7-2-1 record with a 1.98 GAA and .928 save percentage at home, but he fared well against Boston last season. The Lemont native stopped 42 of 46 shots, good for a .913 save percentage, in a 6-4 win at the United Center last April.

2. The Panarin-Anisimov-Kane line.

The Blackhawks' trio of Artem Anisimov, Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin had a rare zero points in Tuesday's 6-4 win over Colorado, but don't expect to see that again. In fact, it could be the opposite. In their last meeting against the Bruins, a 6-4 win on April 3 during the 2015-16 season, they combined for 11 points (five goals, six assists), highlighted by a Kane hat trick that put him at 100 points on the season for the first time in his career. 

3. How the rookies build off a monsterous game.

In arguably the most well-rounded victory of the season Tuesday in Colorado, the Blackhawks had three rookies that had multi-point efforts. Vinnie Hinostroza had two goals, including the game winner. Tanner Kero had two goals and one assist, while Nick Schmaltz also had a goal and an assist. It was the top-six that was doing the heavy lifting earlier in the season, now the bottom-six is slowly starting to contribute on a consistent basis. The Blackhawks will be in great shape if they can confidently roll four lines that have the potential to find the back of the net on any given shift.

4. Patrice Bergeron vs. Jonathan Toews.

Two of the best two-way centers in the league will go head-to-head, and it's always a fun matchup to watch. Bergeron leads the league with 597 faceoff wins, and is ranked fifth with a 58.4 percentage at the dot while Toews ranks eighth in wins with 473 — despite missing nine games with a back injury — and sits at sixth with a 57.5 percentage. Both of the perennial Selke Trophy candidates have struggled offensively this season, with Bergeron recording only 21 points in 45 games and Toews with 22 points in 38 contests. Bergeron has been heating up as of late, though, scoring three goals and six assists in his last eight games. Bergeron also leads the league in possession numbers, with the Bruins controlling 61.9 percent of the even-strength shot attempts when he's on the ice.

5. Brad Marchand.

In September, Marchand inked an eight-year, $49 million deal and it's already paying dividends for the Bruins. He has 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in his last eight games, and 45 points total, which is by far the most on his team and tied for sixth in the NHL. He's 16 points away from tying his career high of 61 set last season, with a little less than half the year to go. He's also had great success against the Blackhawks. In his last six games against Chicago, dating back to the 2013-14 campaign, he has registered at least a point in all of them, scoring four goals and adding five assists. To make life more difficult, he's a player that enjoys getting under people's skin, so expect him to be a big factor tonight.

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