Pirates use big fourth quarter to edge Morton

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Pirates use big fourth quarter to edge Morton

Friday, Jan. 7, 2011
11:25 PM
By Chris Pellizzari
YourSeason.com

Proviso East (9-2, 3-0) needed a 9-0 run in the fourth quarter and a big third period from 6-6 junior center Trashuan Carroll (15 points, 12 rebounds) to hold off a scrappy No. 22 Morton team 72-63 in West Suburban Gold conference play on Friday in Maywood.

Mustangs senior guard Jeff Jarosz, who led all scorers with 23 points, hit two free throws with 7:45 left in the fourth period to give Morton (11-5, 2-1) the 42-41 lead, its first of the game.

But on the No. 9 Pirates next possession, Billy Reeves scored easily in the post. After Reeves basket, guard Keith Carter (22 points, six steals) stole a pass and took it the length of the court before being fouled on the layup attempt. Carter converted both free throw attempts.

After Reeves scored again in the paint, forward Sterling Brown (11 points) stole a pass, was immediately fouled, and made one of two free throws.

The 9-0 run was capped off when Brown skied for a rebound and threw a beautiful long pass across the court to Carter who laid it softly off the glass for two.

We turned the pressure on. We got a couple of steals and a couple of baskets, said Carter.

As important as the fourth period run was, Carrolls dominant third period was also key. After struggling with their outside shooting all game, including shooting 1-10 from beyond the arc, the Pirates finally decided to go inside to their big man.

Carroll used his broad shoulders and great leaping ability to score 10 points in the period and pull down five rebounds.

I couldnt get going in the second quarter. I talked with coach and came out more motivated, said Carroll.

His inside dominance frustrated the Mustangs, who were hoping to take advantage of Proviso Easts poor shooting performance.

Its disappointing, said Jarosz. We should have had it tonight. We let them get to us.

Honda Road Ahead: Cubs offense looks to build off showing against Clayton Kershaw

Honda Road Ahead: Cubs offense looks to build off showing against Clayton Kershaw

CSN's Kelly Crull and analyst Dave Otto discuss the upcoming matchups and Kyle Schwarber's slump in this edition of the Cubs Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland & NW Indiana Honda Dealers.

The Cubs haven't received any California love so far on their six-game road trip. 

At Dodger Stadium this weekend, the North Siders were swept away in three games that were never really close. And, now, Joe Maddon's club must regroup on the fly as they head to San Diego to open a three-game set with the Padres on Monday. 

If it's any consolation prize, the Cubs' bats did show signs of life against three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw on Sunday. They roughed him up for 11 hits and four earned runs. 

"I liked the at-bats that the Cubs had against Kershaw and the Dodgers today," Dave Otto said following the Cubs' 9-4 loss in the series finale. 

To salvage a decent road trip, the offense has to find some sort of consistent groove. The lineup was shutout twice in Los Angeles. 

Watch the video above to hear Kelly Crull and Dave Otto break down the upcoming series and the slumping order. 

 

Jon Lester vs. Clayton Kershaw doesn’t live up to expectations as Dodgers sweep Cubs

Jon Lester vs. Clayton Kershaw doesn’t live up to expectations as Dodgers sweep Cubs

LOS ANGELES – In a Cubs season that has already gone off script – or at least not followed the dynasty-in-waiting narrative – it made perfect sense that a Jon Lester vs. Clayton Kershaw matchup at Dodger Stadium would devolve into a slugfest and a bullpen battle.

Randy Newman’s voice – “I Love L.A.” – blasted from the sound system late Sunday afternoon as the Dodgers put the finishing touches on a three-game sweep of the defending World Series champs. The Cubs led for one half-inning during this entire weekend and will wake up in San Diego on Memorial Day as a 25-24 team.

This 9-4 blowout again showed that the Dodgers should be a force in October. Forget about the way forward-thinking manager Dave Roberts basically tried to MacGyver his way through last year’s National League Championship Series with three pitchers – Kershaw, lefty curveball specialist Rich Hill and star closer Kenley Jansen.

“That’s the big separator between what I saw last year and right now – how they’re pitching,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.

It didn’t matter that Kershaw got knocked out in the middle of the fifth inning after Willson Contreras, Javier Baez and Anthony Rizzo launched home runs and the Cubs generated 11 hits off the three-time Cy Young Award winner.

Kershaw still outlasted Lester, who dropped his head, stared at the grass and walked off the mound with one out and two runners on in the fourth inning. The Cubs had earlier fallen into a 6-1 deficit after Lester gave up two three-run homers to Cody Bellinger and Kike Hernandez.

In back-to-back shutouts, the Dodgers (31-20) had already beaten a Cy Young Award winner dealing with questions about his velocity and looming free agency (Jake Arrieta) and a three-time World Series champion who’s 38 years old and now has a 5.18 ERA (John Lackey).

“It’s always tougher the second time, because everybody’s gunning for you,” said Ben Zobrist, who should be back in the lineup on Monday after missing two games with a sore left wrist. “Your expectations are even higher than they were before.

“But this team is definitely equal to the task. That’s not the problem as much as we just got to get back to the fundamentals and execution of the little details in the game. And everything else kind of takes care of itself.”