Proviso East cruises to easy victory over Hornets


Proviso East cruises to easy victory over Hornets

Friday, Dec. 17, 2010
11:30 PM

By Patrick Kelly

In the span of just one quarter Friday night, what was a tight battle between West Suburban Gold foes Proviso East and Hinsdale South turned into a lopsided contest the rest of the way.

The Pirates limited Hinsdale South to just one point in the third quarter and opened up a double-digit lead while cruising to a 66-45 victory in Maywood.

Junior Keith Carter led all scorers with 21 points, including 17 in the first-half, when Proviso traded leads with the Hornets throughout the first two periods before taking a 31-30 half-time lead.

The scoring attack was more balanced in the second-half, when all five starters scored for the Pirates (6-1, 2-0), who opened the third period on a 12-0 run.

I was feeling good and got a couple of open shots, and I was trying to get my team going early, explained Carter. We were trying to get everybody involved, because once you get everybody involved, then everybody is more in tune on defense and everything, so that is what we were trying to do in the second-half.

Trashaun Carroll added eight points and grabbed 11 boards for Proviso, and Michael Nicholas hit three fourth quarter shots, including two three-pointers to finish with eight tallies. Sophomore Sterling Brown had all seven of his points in the second-half, while fellow sophomore Paris Lee added six points.

Hinsdale South was led by Brock Bensons 18 points and nine rebounds, and the junior center hit seven-of-nine shots in the first-half. Phil George had two three-pointers and totaled 13 points for the Hornets, who had a 12-7 lead in the opening stanza.

We knew those guys were going to come out here and be ready to play, they always play us tough in this gym, said Pirates coach David Chatman. If we came out lackadaisical, we knew it was going to be a long night, and that is exactly what happened.

In the second-half, the leaders stepped up and we had a couple of guys come off the bench and do a great job. Once that happens, this team has a lot of energy and I am just excited to be a part of it right now.

The Hornets (4-4, 1-2) never recovered from their shooting woes, missing 11 straight field-goals in the second-half, and they did not hit a shot for over 12 minutes. They managed just a free-throw in the third period, and also turned the ball over 11 times after the intermission.

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Cubs 'can't imagine' what Wrigley Field atmosphere will be like for World Series

Cubs 'can't imagine' what Wrigley Field atmosphere will be like for World Series

The Cubs already know they have some of the most loyal fans in all of sports. Fans have brought their enthusiasm to Wrigley Field on game days all season long.

But the Cubs also know the energy at The Friendly Confines may reach a new level when the Cubs host the first World Series game since Oct. 10, 1945.

"It's going to be an absolute blast," said manager Joe Maddon. "Beanie's (Maddon's mom) coming in. My kids are coming. Everybody's coming in. It's going to be great. So I know that people have been waiting for this for a long time are going to savor it, and hopefully on our part we can do something to really make it even better."

Ben Zobrist is no stranger to the World Series, with 2016 being his third appearance and second consecutive. He knows what the main stage's atmosphere can be like, but for a fan base that's waited 71 years?

"I can't imagine. They're probably just as excited, if not more excited than we are to see that game played there," said Zobrist, a Eureka, Ill. native. "It's been a long time. They've been waiting patiently and they deserve to have these games played there. Hopefully we can get some Ws there for them. We know it's gonna be electric and a really fun atmosphere."

The Cubs understand what this moment means for their fans. They've also heard the narratives and they don't care.

"We are very much aware of everything that's gone on in the past, but we have to live in the present otherwise you'll never be able to get to this juncture in the season," Maddon said. "So I really am impressed whatever I've read or have heard, the respect our players have shown about every part of this entire situation, organizationally, city-wide, fanbase, all that stuff. I think our players have been outstanding in the way they've handled all that. But at the end of the day, you want to get on that field for the last out, and you want to celebrate among each other.

"I mean, we've been after this for a bit, like everybody else has. We've been after it a bit. Last year started, this year Spring Training. All season long people have been after us, and our guys are still standing. Give them a lot of credit for that. Like Manolo just pointed out, pretty young team on the field last night."

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The Cubs' batting order for Game 2 at Progressive Field featured six players age 24 or younger, which marked a postseason record. One of those men included designated hitter Kyle Schwarber, who made a surprise return in Game 1 after suffering a significant knee injury in the third game of the regular season.

Although Schwarber wasn't medically cleared by doctors to play the field for Games 3-5 at Wrigley Field, he will be available to come off the bench and pinch hit.

As if the crowd didn't have something to cheer about already, they won't have to wait long to recognize Schwarber for his return, as player introductions will take place prior to Game 3.

"It's going to be great," Schwarber said. "I remember just walking out on the line, when I first got injured, and back for the first playoff game and everything like that, they welcomed me very well. This time, you know, I'm just going to embrace the moment.

"It's going to be awesome. It's the World Series at Wrigley Field. It's going to be electric. It's going to be a fun atmosphere. So I'll definitely soak it in."

Count Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein among those excited to see how loud Wrigley will get when Schwarber runs out of the dugout after his named is called.

"I'll let it speak for itself," Epstein said. "I mean, we were here on Opening Day when he walked out with one crutch, and it was deafening. I think our fans also have a special connection with Kyle, and I'm sure they'll take advantage of the opportunity to let him know how much they appreciate him tomorrow night. Hopefully during the game, too."