Scott leads Stimage past Seton

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Scott leads Stimage past Seton

By Rusty Silber
YourSeason.com

David Scott had plenty of control on the boards and going after loose balls for Farragut on Sunday night.Scott pulled down 21 rebounds to along with four steals and scored nine points.He played a big role in leading Farragut past Seton 50-45 in the Ronald Chops Billinger Memorial Shootout at North Park University.My coach William Nelson told me to keep up with the intensity and dont let it break, Scott said. Its something we focus on, being defense.Im just a defensive player. If we need a defensive stop, then the team looks for me either for loose balls or anything to control the ball.The Admirals (12-7) also had Rashaun Stimage contribute with 19 points, six rebounds and six blocks, and Lavell Boyd score 12 points.The effort out of the boys was great, Nelson said. The start from them was pretty good. Defense was good and we had some guys we wanted to key on. We just didnt want to do too much reaching and work hard helping each other out.Seton (17-4) had its only lead at 3-2 just over a minute into the game, when Kamal Shasi dropped in a trey of his team-high 14 points.Farragut went on a 12-1 run behind Stimage who scored seven points for a 14-4 advantage,The Sting went 1-for-12 from the field in the opening quarter.We had am extremely slow start, Seton coach Brandon Thomas said. We probably shot the worst all season. Theres no excuse and weve got to make those shots especially when you play a team like Farragut.The Admirals maintained ran lead into double digits 25-15 at the break and up to 42-29 heading into the final quarter.Seton made a late push and cut the lead down to five points, but couldnt get any closer.Im disappointed that we didnt come to play, Thomas said. It was a long week and this wouldve been the icing on the cake. After a week of beating Marist and Brother Rice. This was an unacceptable performance for us.

[PHOTO] Joe Maddon, Miguel Montero patch things up over a drink

[PHOTO] Joe Maddon, Miguel Montero patch things up over a drink

Despite the Cubs ending their 108-year World Series drought, Miguel Montero made offseason headlines for all the wrong reasons when he complained about his role in the Cubs' 2017 championship campaign.

Montero criticized Maddon's communication skills, catching rotation and bullpen decision-making after the team's Grant Park celebration. Maddon brushed off the criticism, and last week at spring training Montero said he hadn't spoke with the Cubs' skipper.

That tension appears to be all but a thing of the past, as Montero posted this picture of him and his manager sharing a drink together sporting nothing but smiles.

It's safe to say Montero would describe his relationship with Maddon now as: #WeAreGood.

Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks clash with Wild tonight on CSN

Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks clash with Wild tonight on CSN

Watch as the Blackhawks take on the Minnesota Wild tonight on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live. Then stick around after the final buzzer to watch Blackhawks Postgame Live for highlights and analysis.

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Five Things to Watch:

1. Road warriors.

The Blackhawks have won six straight games away from the United Center, and are looking to make it a seventh in Minnesota tonight. They've scored the game's first goal in four of those wins, and in the other two, overcame 1-0 deficits to beat Dallas 5-3 and Edmonton 5-1, the latter of which they scored five unanswered goals.

2. Corey Crawford vs. Devan Dubnyk.

Crawford hasn't quite been the same since undergoing an emergency appendectomy on Dec. 3, but he turned in probably his best outing since then in the Blackhawks' last meeting against Minnesota on Feb. 8 when he stopped 35 of 38 shots in a 4-3 overtime win. He essentially stole two points, and prevented the Wild from picking up the extra one. Across from him tonight will be Dubnyk, who leads the league in wins (32), goals against average (1.97) and save percentage (.934).

3. Jonathan Toews on fire.

After a tough offensive drought earlier in the season that lasted longer than expected, the Blackhawks captain has six goals and 10 assists in his last 12 games, and upped his point total to 37, which now ranks fifth on the team. In the last meeting against Minnesota two weeks ago, Toews had a three-point night and scored the game winner in overtime. 

4. Mikael Granlund among league's most underrated players.

File Granlund under the category of players who don't get enough attention. He has 17 goals and 36 assists in 58 games this season, and his 53 points is tied with Jeff Carter and Artemi Panarin for 13th in the NHL's scoring race. The next highest point total on the Wild is Eric Staal with 45, an eight-point gap between him and Granlund. The 24-year-old forward registered his first career hat trick earlier this month, and also had a 12-game point streak just two weeks ago.

5. Ryan Hartman's closing in on 15 goals.

In Saturday's 3-1 loss to Edmonton, Hartman defended his teammate by fighting an Oilers defenseman that was practically twice his size. He called it a "no-brainer" to stick up for Tanner Kero and did well in the scrap, but it led to an Oilers power play and 10-minute misconduct which didn't do the Blackhawks any favors. He responded in a great way Sunday by scoring the game's first goal that helped his team win 5-1 in Buffalo. The next goal he scores will be No. 15, which would give the Blackhawks six 15-plus goal scorers on the year. They had only four a season ago.

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