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Late heroics lift Leo over Mount Carmel

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Late heroics lift Leo over Mount Carmel

Friday, Dec. 17, 2010
11:21 PM

By Patrick McGavin
YourSeason.com

Joshua Gilbert felt like his heart was his throat during the final dramatic seconds of Leos conference showdown at Mount Carmel.

Having fouled out with three minutes remaining, Gilbert had to watch the agonizing moments from a fixed perspective. I wanted to be out there, he said. As the final shot of the Caravan bounced off the rim as time expired, Gilbert had a moment to exhale.

The Leo senior guard scored 10 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, including eight straight as the No. 16 Lions fought back from an eight-point fourth quarter deficit to outlast Mount Carmel 65-63 Friday night.

The Caravan seized its largest advantage at 56-48 with just under four minutes remaining. After two free throws by Paul Beene (19 points), Gilbert nailed a three-pointer from the left baseline with 3:22 remaining to pull the Lions within 56-53. On the ensuing possession, Gilbert was fouled attempting a three-point shot and converted all three to force a tie.

I really wanted that four-point play, Gilbert said. After I hit the first one, that gave me a lot of confidence. I just wanted to do whatever I had to help the team win.

Leo (7-0, 3-0 Catholic East) won despite having three starters foul out. Gilberts lay up concluded his personal 8-0 run and put the Lions up 58-56. Maurice Joiner, who scored all 10 of his points in the second half, scored on a put back that provided the Lions a lead it never relinquished.

Despite missing some critical free throws, Mount Carmel (5-3, 2-1) still had several chances in the closing moments. Alex Austin (14 points) converted two key free throws to pull the Caravan within two with 29 seconds remaining. After Joiner split two free throws for a 65-62 Leo advantage with 15.9 seconds to play, Malcolm Hill-Bey (19 points) was fouled going to the basket with 6.9 left. After hitting the first shot, he missed the second free throw.

Mount Carmel star guard Tracy Abrams (11 points) missed a three-pointer, but the Caravan maintained possession on the held ball with 1.2 seconds remaining. A final shot bounced off the rim.

We had that eight-point lead, but we didnt make good decisions offensively, Mount Carmel coach Mike Flaherty. We took some shots we didnt need to take instead of forcing them to come out and guard us defensively. Give Leo credit for making the plays at the end.

The coolest Bear arrival in Bourbonnais was.... the punter?

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The coolest Bear arrival in Bourbonnais was.... the punter?

Today is basically a national holiday for football fans around the globe. It’s a fresh start, a new beginning, the start of training camp and effectively the start of the 2017 football season.

Now the Bears pre-season doesn’t start until August 10th, and the regular season begins exactly a month after that as the Monsters of the Midway take on the Atlanta Falcons at Soldier Field .

But for fans who are in desperate need of some football injected into their lives, today will suffice.

The beginning of training camp means a many things for the players. It can be the difference in getting a job or not, impressing a coach or even feeding their family. Yet on a lighter note, day 1 provides a perfect opportunity for a first impression as players show up to camp in style and in… well you can decide.

In an homage to arguably the greatest Bear ever, just a day after his birthday, WR Josh Bellamy showed up in a #34 Bears Walter Payton jersey. You have to love that. Coincidentally he is pictured with a man who hopes to be the Bears next Sweetness, 2016 Bears Offensive MVP, Jordan Howard.

Next, with possibly the most style of any arrival in Bourbonnais today, we have 6’5” 220lb machine of a punter Pat O’Donnell and Bears K Connor Barth rolling up in a McLaren with the butterfly doors. I feel like it's safe to say the Bears have started the 2017 NFL campaign with the coolest  special teams showing across the league. That’s some major  #SpecialTeamsSwag

Rounding out the notable arrivals we have our most unique one to say the least. OL Eric Kush, who the medical community unanimously declared as allergic to sleeves, showed up on a tandem bike. With whom did he show up on this tandem bike you ask? Take a look below.

Bold move by Kush, but you’ve got to respect it, he's proabably the size of 2 average people anyways so it all works out.

If you’re itching for more Bears training camp storylines take a look here, and now that the season is underway start tuning in to our BearsTalk Podcast here to stay up to date on on everything blue and orange.  

Bear down Bears fans…. We’re almost there.

30 Days to Kickoff: Maine West

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30 Days to Kickoff: Maine West

School: Maine West

Head coach: Jason Kradman

Assistant Coaches: Steve Piha, Mike Smith, Russ Swenson, Dan Wilson, Mike O'Brill, Matt Boswell, Tony Manicke, Ryan Willett, Trent Greco, Rashad Daviston, Joe Duszynski

How they fared in 2016: 4-5 (2-3 Central Suburban North Conference), missed the 2016 IHSA state playoff field

2017 Regular Season Schedule:

August 25th vs Streamwood

September 1st @ Larkin

September 8th vs Buffalo Grove

September 15th @ Wheeling

September 22nd @ Glenbrook North

September 29th vs Maine East

October 6th @ Vernon Hills

October 13th @ Highland Park

October 20th vs Deerfield

Biggest storyline: Can Maine West become playoff eligible in 2017?

Names to watch this season:  Senior TE Matt Kentgen Senior DL Walter Hutt

Biggest holes to fill: The Warriors will need to reload on both sides of the football with just 7 starters back (3 offense 4 defense) this fall. .

EDGY's Early Take: Maine West is looking to continue to take positive steps forward after just missing out on a five win season in 2016. Look for the Warriors to get the football into the hands of senior TE Matt Kentgen as much as possible and if the underclassmen can develop West could again challenge for a state playoff slot in 2017.