Crete-Monee clinches Southland Conference title

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Crete-Monee clinches Southland Conference title

Friday, Feb. 25, 2011
10:25 PM

By Dale Bowman
YourSeason.com

Behind Greg Mays' 14-point first half, No. 12 Crete-Monee clinched the Southland Conference title with a 58-39 victory over Bloom Friday night in Chicago Heights.

The 6-9 senior paced the Warriors (21-3, 9-1) to a 26-19 halftime lead.

"It was just instinct that took over,'' said Mays, who finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and three blocks.

"Our last few weeks, he has been phenomenal,'' Crete coach Matt Ryndak said. "He has been active. He is finally getting back to form after three months without contact.''

The Warriors stretched the lead to double digits, 33-21, on a three-pointer by Jamee Crockett (13 points).

"We came out in the third quarter and turned it up,'' Ryndak said. "We rebounded the ball, which let us run a little bit.''

"The last seven or eight games, we have gotten behind, then have to battle back,'' Bloom coach Jasper Williams said.

And the Trojans (15-9, 7-3) did, cutting the lead to 35-33 on a jumper by Johnny Griffin. But then the Warriors held the Trojans without a field goal for the next eight minutes and pulled away.

"We kept our composure,'' Mays said.

And it helped that junior Michael Orris hit a three-pointer and two free throws as the Warriors built their lead back to 40-33 at the end of the third quarter.

"Jamee and Orris were the guys I challenged at the half,'' Ryndak said.

Crete-Monee botched three dunks on the night, two by Crockett and one by Mays.

Jeremy Roberson led Bloom with 12 points, and Dejahown Freeman added seven.

"The last eight or nine games, we haven't been playing Bloom basketball,'' Williams said.

Cubs finalize Opening Day 25-man roster

Cubs finalize Opening Day 25-man roster

Matt Szczur or Tommy La Stella on the Cubs Opening Day roster?

How about both?

Theo Epstein said Wednesday morning the Cubs plan to keep both Szczur and La Stella on the Opening Day 25-man roster with relief pitcher Brian Duensing headed to the disabled list.

Duensing, 34, has been hampered by a back issue this spring.

Szczur is out of minor-league options, meaning the Cubs would have had to either keep him on the 25-man roster or place him on waivers, which would almost assuredly mean they'd lose him to another team.

La Stella has options left and already told manager Joe Maddon this spring he would head down to the minors if asked (something La Stella was unwilling to do in August last year when he refused assignment).

The move makes the most sense for the Cubs, as the need for eight relief pitchers is not as imperative in April when the team has five off-days in the first month of the season.

Of course, the Cubs still have four days left of exhibition action, but assuming nothing else changes, here's how the Cubs roster will look Opening Night in St. Louis Sunday:

Catchers

Willson Contreras
Miguel Montero

Infielders

Anthony Rizzo
Ben Zobrist
Javy Baez
Addison Russell
Kris Bryant
Tommy La Stella

Outfielders

Jason Heyward
Albert Almora
Jon Jay
Kyle Schwarber
Matt Szczur

Starting pitchers

Jon Lester
Jake Arrieta
John Lackey
Brett Anderson
Kyle Hendricks

Relief pitchers

Mike Montgomery
Justin Grimm
Carl Edwards Jr.
Pedro Strop
Hector Rondon
Koji Uehara
Wade Davis

The Cubs figure to eventually make room for Duensing on the roster as the bullpen could use another left-handed pitcher, but those decisions often take care of themselves with either health problems or trade options, etc.

Remember, there is a 10-day disabled list this year in the MLB, so placing a guy on the DL doesn't guarantee losing him for more than two weeks anymore.

Live stream: Fire introduce Bastian Schweinsteiger on CSN+ at 3 p.m.

Live stream: Fire introduce Bastian Schweinsteiger on CSN+ at 3 p.m.

Bastian Schweinsteiger is officially a member of the Chicago Fire after he passed his medical and finalized the required paperwork for his transfer from Manchester United.

The newest member of the Fire will be introduced formally on Wednesday afternoon. 

[RELATED: Fire fans swarm O'Hare to greet Bastian Schweinsteiger]

Schweinsteiger's introductory press conference from the Fire Pitch will air on CSN+ and stream live on CSNChicago.com at 3 p.m.

CSNChicago.com will have complete reaction, video and analysis following Schweinsteiger's press conference on Wednesday.