Parker nets 40 in Simeon's win over Perspectives

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Parker nets 40 in Simeon's win over Perspectives

By Clyde Travis
YourSeason.com

Simeon was simply too much even with a great effort from Perspectives-Calumet as the top-ranked Wolverines earned an 82-42 in a Red-South matchup Monday night.

The crowd may have anticipated a quick steam roll but Perspectives-Calumet kept it close for the first quarter with Simeon holding a 18-15 lead.

In the second quarter the Wolverines (6-0, 3-0) began to pull away building a 35-23 lead. But after halftime, Simeon began to pull away.

Kendrick Nunn threw down a big dunk to start a 22-2 run and the Wolverines never looked back.

Junior Jabari Parker led the way with a school-record 40 points to go along with his 16 rebounds and six blocks. Nunn added 11 along with Steve Taylor, Jaylon Tate and Kendall Pollard who scored seven a piece.

Simeon coach Robert Smith said the team played very unselfish basketball.

When Jabari got going, you could see they wanted him to get 50 and passed up some good shots, Smith said. We picked up the defense and just and took control of the game.

Smith also noticed how the team settled down when point guard Jaleni Neely hit the floor.

This is his second game back since his injury and he is rounding back into form.

Terrence Sardine led Perspective with 10 points.

You teach your players to compete and not quit and I feel we did more than just show up, Perspectives coach Javon Mamon said

Cubs recall Jeimer Candelario, option Dylan Floro to Triple-A

Cubs recall Jeimer Candelario, option Dylan Floro to Triple-A

With injuries piling up on the infield, the Cubs recalled Jeimer Candelario from Triple-A Iowa on Monday. 

Candelario will be immediately available as the Cubs begin a four-game set with the Washington Nationals, but he isn't slated to start in the opener. The move gives the North Siders needed depth as Addison Russell, who left Sunday's game with shoulder pain, and Ben Zobrist (wrist) remain sidelined. 

This is the 23-year-old's second stint with the big league club, hitting .143 with two RBI last month. In the minors, Candelario is a career .270 hitter with 65 homers and 402 RBI. 

To make room, the Cubs optioned Dylan Floro to Triple-A. Floro has surrendered six earned runs in 6 1/3 innings in the majors. 

Blackhawks ink Anton Forsberg, Tomas Jurco

Blackhawks ink Anton Forsberg, Tomas Jurco

When the Blackhawks traded to get Brandon Saad back, they also acquired Anton Forsberg, who they believe is ready to be their latest backup goaltender. On Monday they signed him to a two-year deal.

The Blackhawks inked two players on Monday, Forsberg, whose contract runs through the 2018-19 season, and Tomas Jurco, who agreed to a one-year contract extension.

Forsberg joins the Blackhawks having very little NHL experience – he’s played 10 career games at this level, going 1-8-0. But the Blackhawks’ previous two backup goaltenders, Antti Raanta and Scott Darling, hadn’t made an NHL appearance before joining the Blackhawks. Forsberg led the Cleveland Monsters, the Columbus Blue Jackets’ AHL-affiliate team, to a Calder Cup title in 2016; during that run he went 9-0 with a 1.34 goals-against average and .949 save percentage.

On Friday, when the Blackhawks acquired Saad and Forsberg from Columbus for Artemi Panarin and Tyler Motte, general manager Stan Bowman said the team is, “optimistic about Anton’s potential.”

“We like his profile as a goalie,” he said. “He’s a big guy, takes up a lot of net, has that mobility and makes good positional saves as well as athletic saves. A year ago, led his team to the [Calder] Cup championships, so he knows what it’s like to put a team on his back. It was the AHL but he’s had a lot of success there. He’s earned the right to be an NHL goalie.”

Jurco, acquired by the Blackhawks from Detroit in February, played 13 games with them down the regular-season stretch. Bowman said shortly after the trade that Jurco would get a chance here.

“We’ll be patient with him but we really think there’s a good fit there, looking at his skills and the style of hockey we play,” he said. “I think a lot of ways, sometimes guys need different opportunities. It doesn’t work out in every place. A fresh start will be great for Tomas.”