Friars pull off shocker; upset No. 3 De La Salle

Friars pull off shocker; upset No. 3 De La Salle

Friday, Jan. 7, 2011
11:57 PM

By Patrick McGavin
YourSeason.com

Dylan Barnett always believed. We were probably the only ones who thought we were capable of winning, he said.

The Fenwick senior guard created off the dribble and assisted Tim Gancer on a layup with 15 seconds remaining as the host Friars stunned No. 3 De La Salle 49-48 Friday night in Oak Park.

We were trying to run something off a screen or get something going to the basket and I saw Tim underneath and I just passed him the ball, Barnett said. We were confident that we could play with them. You saw that tonight, the way we shared the ball, nobody scored a lot, just everybody had 10 or 12.

Gancer and Sam Ainsworth both scored 11 points to lead the Friars (7-5, 3-1). Barnett scored four of his 10 points in the fourth quarter.

De La Salle had two final chances but missed twice, including a layup, with less than two seconds remaining, as Fenwick's student body rushed the floor in celebration after handing the Meteors their first loss of the season.

I thought this would be the kind of game where I said, Wed competed for 31 minutes and 45 seconds, but the kids fought through it and held together, Fenwick coach John Quinn said.

The Meteors missed their first 11 shots and did not score from the field until Demarcus Richardson scored on a drive with a minute to play in the first quarter. Star forward Mike Shaw scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half.

We were never in sync offensively, and at the end we played like we were trying not to lose, De La Salle coach Tom White said. They put everybody below the free-throw line and they dared us to shoot.

Despite its offensive struggles, De La Salle (12-1, 3-1 Catholic League) led by as many as six twice in the second half. Shaw drilled two three-pointers en route to an eight-point third quarter.

Barnett, who missed the Proviso West Tournament with a sprained ankle, drilled two jumpers at the start of the fourth quarter to wipe out a 40-36 De La Salle advantage. The Friars took their first lead of the fourth quarter, 47-46, on two free throws by Ainsworth with 1:56 remaining.

Sophomore Jaylon Tate (eight points) scored off a steal to give De La Salle its final lead at 48-47 with 44 seconds remaining. Sophomore forward Alex Foster added 10 points, seven rebounds and two blocks. Sophomore Alvin Ellis contributed nine points.

Tyler Danish gets win in first big league start as White Sox beat Tigers in first game of doubleheader

Tyler Danish gets win in first big league start as White Sox beat Tigers in first game of doubleheader

There wasn't much offense to be had in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader on the South Side.

But the White Sox scored the only runs they needed in a 3-0 win over the visiting Detroit Tigers at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Tyler Danish picked up the win in his first big league start, turning in five shutout innings in his 2017 debut with the White Sox.

Danish allowed no runs and just three hits while striking out six in the victory. He did walk six hitters but managed to escape various jams with no damage on the scoreboard.

Three of those walks came in the first inning, but a double play and an inning-ending ground out helped Danish get out of that early challenge. Two more runners reached in the second, and after a 1-2-3 third, two reached in the fourth. But no runs scored in either of those frames. Danish's sixth walk of the day prompted a Rick Renteria mound visit in the fifth, but a lineout followed to end the inning.

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The White Sox offense, shut down much of the afternoon by Tigers starter Michael Fulmer, finally got a run across in the bottom of the fifth, giving Danish a 1-0 lead when Tim Anderson scored on Yolmer Sanchez's bases-loaded double play.

The White Sox added two more off Fulmer in the eighth when pinch-running Adam Engel scored from first on Leury Garcia's triple and Garcia scored two batters later on Jose Abreu's bloop single into center field.

But it was a strange result considering how dominant Fulmer was much of the day. The reigning American League Rookie of the Year yielded just one run and six hits in his first seven innings of work before the White Sox rallied for a pair in the eighth. Still, Fulmer recorded every out for the Tigers and threw fewer than 100 pitches in a losing effort.

Meanwhile, White Sox pitchers combined to walk nine Tigers hitters but gave up no runs. The bullpen did its job in relief of Danish, with Chris Beck, Anthony Swarzak, Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson throwing four scoreless innings in relief.

How White Sox tradition of Cuban players helped them land Luis Robert

How White Sox tradition of Cuban players helped them land Luis Robert

Before Luis Robert donned a White Sox jersey, before he signed his name on his new contract, before he even entered the room where he was to be introduced as one of the brightest stars in the White Sox rebuild, there were those who came before him.

Quite literally, Robert, the 19-year-old Cuban outfielder, was surrounded by his fellow countrymen who have worn the White Sox uniform prior. There was, of course, the legendary Minnie Minoso, former White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez, current All-Star first baseman Jose Abreu and current top prospect Yoan Moncada, banners of all four players to the sides of the table where Robert sat with general manager Rick Hahn.

Saturday was the latest step in the White Sox rebuild, the team adding Robert to their list of big-time prospects that has fans drooling over lineups and pitching staffs a few years down the road.

But Saturday was also the latest step in a franchise tradition of bringing in Cuban players, a tradition that seemed to have helped the White Sox land Robert.

"The White Sox tradition for Cuban players was something that motivated me to sign with this team," Robert said through a translator during Saturday's introductory press conference. "It's something that made me feel comfortable.

"I feel proud because those players were examples for us in Cuba. For me now to be here wearing the same uniform as them is a huge honor for me."

Comfort seemed to be the biggest factor in Robert's decision to sign with the White Sox over other bidders. Hahn explained Saturday that the team had been scouting Robert since he was just 14 years old, and when asked what the most decisive factor was in this process, Robert said the White Sox showed the most interest.

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But there was something to continuing the team's Cuban tradition. Hahn said that Robert's talent certainly meant more than simply his nation of origin, but he said that the franchise's tradition helped with its pitch to Robert, a pitch that included a video with personalized messages from Abreu and Moncada.

"It was certainly part of our identity that we presented to him to help inform him about where we were and the level of success that we’ve had with similar type players," Hahn said. "We certainly felt that having a comfortable and welcoming environment for similar type players was going to help him reach as close as he can to his ceiling. Not saying he couldn’t reach it elsewhere with different environments, but we certainly felt we had a good nurturing developmental environment for a player with his background."

Part of that environment is Abreu, who was guiding Robert around Guaranteed Rate Field before Saturday's introduction, talking with him in the dugout and on the field.

Hahn said that Abreu relishes a mentoring role and that players like Abreu and Moncada have taken the initiative to welcome Robert into the organization.

"A lot of it comes from the players themselves. We don't need to hand them a phone and make them Facetime with each other. They've already been a little proactive on their own, and I suspect that will continue over the coming years," Hahn said. "Jose, as I'm sure he'll tell you directly, takes a great deal of pride in playing that mentor type role in the organization. He's certainly done it with Yoan ever since we acquired him and has already begun doing it moving forward with Luis. And I suspect Moncada will follow suit as well.

"So it perpetuates itself, it's something we can facilitate with our coaches, any of our culturalization people as the process unfolds. Obviously we have a strong history in this regard and have had some success doing it."

Whether Robert will have a career more similar to Minoso, Ramirez, Abreu, Moncada or even the heretofore unmentioned Dayan Viciedo remains to be seen. But one advantage he does have in his development is an organization with a tradition and environment to help him succeed.

No wonder he felt comfortable.