Proviso West holds on to capture win over York


Proviso West holds on to capture win over York

Friday, Dec. 10, 2010
11:00 PM

By George Wilcox
Stopping York scorer Will Sullivan is unlikely for an entire game, but Proviso West succeeded by shutting down the senior guard for a half.

Sullivan scored a career-high 34 points, but 27 of them came in the second half as 13th-ranked Proviso West remained undefeated with an 84-75 victory Friday night in the West Suburban Silver.

The 6-foot-3 Sullivan surpassed his previous career high of 33 points from last season on the game's final basket, a layup with 25 seconds remaining. But Sullivan had only seven points in the first half on 2-of-5 shooting.

He had one basket in the first quarter, a layup with 5:44 remaining. Sullivan shot 13-of-21 from the floor, including four three-pointers, and made all four of his free-throw attempts.

"It was tough. If I'm not bringing the ball up, I've got to get the offense going," Sullivan said. "If it's not me (scoring), everyone else has to get their shots."

Cody Kliethermes had 11 points for visiting York on 3-of-6 shooting beyond the three-point arc.

Proviso West's Ryan Woods drew the defensive assignment against Sullivan for most of the game.

The Panthers (6-0, 2-0) used a balance attack led by Nicholas Dixon (24 points, five rebounds) and Nicholas Frazier (23 points, 10 rebounds), who each established new season highs. Tyrone McDonald added 15 points and Woods had 10.

McDonald scored Proviso West's first 12 points.The Panthers limited Sullivan to four points in the opening quarter and used a seven-point run to take a 23-18 lead to end the quarter.

"Our focus was on (Sullivan)," Dixon said. "That was our No. 1 priority. We know he's their main guy."

Sullivan's 16-foot jumper to open the fourth quarter pulled the Dukes (4-2, 1-1) to within 58-55, but the Panthers answered with a 7-0 run capped by Dixon's steal and dunk. Dixon did not miss any of his seven shot attempts in the second half after scoring six points in the first half.

"I thought I had to be aggressive," Dixon said. "Playing the point guard role, I've got to get my team involved."

Frazier did much of his damage by shooting 9-of-13 at the free throw line. He made his first eight foul shots before missing his first attempt in the fourth quarter.

"This is a great confidence booster. York can win any given night," Frazier said. "This is a great feeling because we have another big game tomorrow at East Aurora. This will get us momentum for that."

Proviso West scored its most points of the season since beating Lincoln Park 80-75 in the season opener Nov. 22. The most points York has allowed this season was 54 in wins over Morton Nov. 24 and Hinsdale Central Dec. 4.

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CLEVELAND - It doesn't take long for the 2016 Cubs to rebound.

Their American League-style lineup is just simply too talented to keep down for an extended period of time, especially with Kyle Schwarber now added back into the fold.

They Cubs hitters are so confident, they even left Progressive Field feeling good about themselves despite being shut out in Game 1 of the World Series.

The Cubs got on the board early Wednesday night, plating a run on the third batter of the game as Anthony Rizzo doubled home Kris Bryant.

"Take the momentum away. Take the crowd out of it," Bryant said. "It's nice to score first. Especially when you're the visiting team, to get out there and score within the first three batters is huge."

The early lead helped the lineup settle in and keep their foot on the gas for a 5-1 victory to take the series back to Wrigley Field tied one game apiece.

"Especially with a young lineup, I think when you see a few guys go up there and take some good quality at-bats, one happens after the other and the other guys seem to do the same thing," Ben Zobrist said. "It takes a lot of pressure off. When you see other guys having good, quality at-bats, you don't feel like you have to take pitches and you can be aggressive early on. 

"Oftentimes when you're aggressive in the zone is when you take the tough ones. We did a good job tonight laying off some good pitches. When they made mistakes in the zone, we really hit the ball hard. Even though we scored five runs, obviously we had a lot of baserunners on and we could've scored a lot more."

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Zobrist has a point.

The night after leaving nine runners on base and going 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position, the Cubs left 13 runners on base and tallied just three hits in 12 tries with runners in scoring position.

Between nine hits and eight walks, there were Cubs on base all game. Indians pitchers didn't retire Cubs hitters in order in an inning until the seventh.

The Cubs also forced the Indians to throw 196 pitches in nine innings and worked starter Trevor Bauer to 51 pitches through the first two frames.

"That was good for us," Bryant said. "We saw a lot of their bullpen, so we have a lot of information to learn from and hopefully use in the next game."

Anthony Rizzo summed up the lineup's mentality simply:

"Grind out at-bats, work the pitcher's pitch count up and get the next guy up," he said.

That "pass the baton" mentality is what drives this offense and after a brief lull in that regard in Los Angeles when they were shut out in back-to-back games in the NLCS, the Cubs leave Cleveland feeling pretty good.

"When we're able to [get pitch counts up], you can kinda feel it - our offense really feeds off of that," Zobrist said. "We believe that we're going to break through eventually."