Free-throw affair edges Farragut over Crane


Free-throw affair edges Farragut over Crane

Friday, Jan. 7, 2011
11:17 PM

By Michael O'Brien

The old clich about free throws winning basketball games has rarely been more true than it was Thursday at Crane.

Crane and Farragut shot a combined 83 free-throws, which ranks 20th all-time in the Illinois High School Association record book. It's the highest total recorded for a Public League game and the fourth-highest amount ever shot in the Chicago area.

The No. 13 Admirals shot 47 free throws and the Cougars shot 36, leading to a 74-68 win for Farragut.

"It was pretty ugly," Farragut coach William Nelson said. "I didn't realize the total was up that high. It was definitely a slow game though. And I was thinking that whoever I put in was going to wind up at the line, so I put in the better shooters."

Crane (9-2, 3-1 Red-West) used all the free throws to cut a 16-point deficit down to just two points with 53 seconds to play. But the No. 16 Cougars hard work went down the drain when they called a timeout with none left, resulting in a technical foul that led to two more Farragut free throws. The Admirals shot 9-for-10 from the line in the final minute to seal the win.

"There really wasn't any flow to the game at all," Farragut senior DJ Tolliver said. "We had the lead and knew we needed to just keep getting to the basket and they would call a foul."

Tolliver scored 14 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and had four steals. Gabe Williams led the Admirals with 19 points, Jonathan Collins added 18 and Alphonse Matthews scored 13.

Kieran Woods (25 points) and Willie Conner (20 points, nine rebounds) led the charge back for Crane. Woods scored 14 in the fourth quarter and Conner scored 12, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Admirals, who were missing 6-7 junior Rashaun Stimage. Stimage is out with a broken hand.

"We lost to Orr that first game without Stimage," Tolliver said. "We all talked about it in school today, about stepping up and finding a way to win without him. I knew I had to be more of a leader."

Crane shot 21-for-36 from the line and Farragut (11-2, 3-1) was 31 for 47.

Blown out by Iowa, Maryland stumbles to third straight loss


Blown out by Iowa, Maryland stumbles to third straight loss

It's been a tough week for the teams at the top of the Big Ten standings.

Maryland and Wisconsin both lost earlier this week, and Purdue lost on Saturday afternoon. Saturday night, the horrors continued for the Terps, who suffered their third straight defeat in a blowout 83-69 loss to the visiting Iowa Hawkeyes in College Park.

Maryland's last lead came near the midway point of the first half before Iowa sprinted away on a 22-10 run to build a double-digit lead, an advantage that grew as big as 22 in the final minutes. All in all, the Hawkeyes knocked down 16 3-pointers. The Terps weren't too far behind with 11 deep balls of their own, but they shot just 40.7 percent in the second half, unable to keep up.

The high-scoring Hawkeyes were powered by freshman Jordan Bohannon, who scored 24 points on a whopping eight made 3-pointers. Fellow freshman Tyler Cook joined him with a 20-point night, finishing with 21 points, while Peter Jok and Nicholas Baer each ended with 11.

Iowa, not completely out of the NCAA tournament realm of possibility, helped its shaky case greatly with this victory.

Maryland, meanwhile, is a lock to make the field of 68 teams, but much like the other presumed conference powers, its struggles are hitting at the most inopportune time.

The Terps have lost five of their last seven and three of their last four at home. Back-to-back home losses this week against Minnesota and Iowa have featured big days for opposing offenses. Prior to the Hawkeyes' performance Saturday, the Golden Gophers dropped 89 points on 50-percent shooting.

The woes of Maryland — plus those of Purdue and Wisconsin — set up not just an interesting final week of the regular season but an interesting Big Ten Tournament that could feature a dark horse like Minnesota entering as the favorite. A surging team like Michigan might be more capable of making a deep run than the top three seeds given their recent struggles.

The Terps will have as good a chance as any to make noise in that tournament and the one that follows throughout the month of March. Winnable games against Rutgers and Michigan State remain, but they're on a bad stretch right now, one that should only elevate the panic after Saturday's defeat.

Discomfort sidelines White Sox infielder Brett Lawrie

Discomfort sidelines White Sox infielder Brett Lawrie

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The White Sox held Brett Lawrie out Saturday after he reported discomfort in the same left leg that sidelined him for the final 2 1/2 months of 2016.

The second baseman has been a full participant the entire spring until he informed manager Rick Renteria what he was experiencing Saturday. 

"We're going to reevaluate him tomorrow and see where he's at," Renteria said. "He didn't feel quite right, and so he was in there earlier today getting treatment. We'll reevaluate tomorrow and make a determination where we're at in terms of trying to set some parameters for how we move forward."

A confusing, tricky series of injuries that Lawrie blamed on wearing orthotics limited him to 94 games last season. He hit the disabled list on July 22 and didn't discover the cause until after the season ended. But Lawrie reported to camp feeling healthy once again and has participated at 100 percent until this point, Renteria said.

"It's been good," Renteria said. "Everything has been clean. There have been no notifications anything had been amiss. He just woke up this morning and felt it. So we're going to be very cautious, take it a day at a time, reevaluate it and see where we're at."