Warren escapes with victory over Glenbrook North

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Warren escapes with victory over Glenbrook North

By Bryan Bonato
YourSeason.com

Warren outscored visiting Glenbrook North 12-0 in the final 4 minutes, 38 seconds to defeat the Spartans 41-32 on Saturday.The Blue Devils (19-2) trailed 32-29, the result of scoring 10 total points on 4-of-20 shooting during the middle two quarters.But after Glenbrook Norths Andrew McAuliffe hit two free throws to put his team up 32-29, the proverbial lid went on the Spartans basket.They were 0-for-4 from the foul line and 0-for-4 from the field as Warren cranked up the defensive intensity to win going away in Chuck Ramseys final home game after 19 years as the Blue Devils coach. I was thinking about that (last home game) a little bit (after the game), but I also was trying to figure out what we did down the stretch, he said. We finished the game well ... 12-0 against a great team with great coaching. I was happy with that.Down 32-29, JoVaughn Gaines scored on a layup in transition, and Warren took the lead for good on two free throws by Nathan Boothe (11 points, 11 rebounds) with 2:53 left.Darius Paul hit a jumper with a 1:53 left, Paul converted a three-point play with 1:05 left, Jameris Smith hit two free throws with 41 seconds left and Boothe hit a free throw with 22 seconds left.It was our last game here and I didnt want to lose, said Paul (11 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists). They had the ball for like 80 percent of the game.At the end, we started looking up to the basket and looking for guys coming off screens.For Glenbrook North (17-6), McAuliffe scored eight points. It was his third game back after suffering a leg injury.We had the free throws and we missed the free throws, Spartans coach Dave Weber said. We did what we wanted to do. We drove and they fouled us. We missed two front ends (of one-and-ones) and then we missed two more free throws. That was a big turning point in the game.Though a non-conference game in the standings, this one mattered to Warrens seniors, according to Smith.Back in fifth grade, we went into double-overtime against them, the senior guard said. We were up by four. Adam Chick (now a starting guard for Glenbrook North) hit a three-pointer, JoVaughn was called for a foul, and they ended up winning the game. Ever since then, we havent liked them.We know all those guys. Its been a good rivalry. Theyre a team we want to beat. Our school has rivalries, but for the Class of 2012, this is our rivalry.Warren will play at Lake Zurich on Tuesday night. Glenbrook North has Maine East on Friday, and then will face Waukegan in the Central Suburban League Championship Game.

Hawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks' bottom six steps up in Colorado

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Hawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks' bottom six steps up in Colorado

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle and Jamal Mayers discuss the bottom six carrying the Blackhawks to a come-from-behind win over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night.

Later, Mayers weighs in on possible targets with the NHL trade deadline just six weeks away.

Listen to the latest episode of the Hawks Talk Podcast below:

Pro Football Focus gives Bears linebacker Jerrell Freeman historical 2016 grade

Pro Football Focus gives Bears linebacker Jerrell Freeman historical 2016 grade

Bears GM Ryan Pace struck gold with his signing of Jerrell Freeman last offseason.

Freeman, who signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the Bears last March, was graded as the NFL's No. 1 inside linebacker in 2016, according to Pro Football Focus.

Freeman's 93.8 overall grade was PFF's third-highest defensive grade behind Los Angeles Rams All-Pro defensive lineman Aaron Donald (95.6) and Oakland Raiders standout edge rusher Khalil Mack (93.9). 

Here's what PFF's Mike Renner had to say about Freeman's historic 2016 season:

One of the most impressive pure statistics any player amassed this season came from Bears linebacker Jerrell Freeman. He made 40 tackles in coverage while missing only one tackle attempt. That ratio is insane, and it’s the best we’ve recorded since 2012. That’s about the only exciting stat, though, as the Bears’ front-seven desperately missed a fully-healthy Pernell McPhee for a good portion of the year.

Despite Freeman's outstanding season, he was left off of PFF's All-Pro Team for 2016. Although he was ranked ahead of Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner (91.6) and Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly (92.9), PFF likely omitted Freeman due to him missing four games with a PED suspension.

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In his first season with the Bears, the 30-year-old Freeman led the team with 110 tackles (the next highest total was Harold Jones-Quartey's 78). Freeman also finished with a team-high 7 tackles for a loss. 

Check out a snapshot below of Freeman's PFF metrics from last season:

If there's any doubt about Freeman's play falling off after serving a suspension, he put that theory to rest. Freeman's second-best game grade came in Week 17 against the Minnesota Vikings (3.5). Freeman also had a positive grade (1.4) in his first game coming off the suspension against the Washington Redskins in Week 16.

"People know me," Freeman told the media after returning from suspension. "People know who I am. People know what I'm about. I wouldn't do that on purpose. I made a mistake and that's what it is. It's not like I was going out of my way to do something (illegal). But it happened. It's my fault and I take responsibility for it."