Shaw shines as Meteors pull off dramatic win


Shaw shines as Meteors pull off dramatic win

Friday, Dec. 17, 2010
11:15 PM

By Michael O'Brien

De La Salle star Mike Shaw has been around long enough to know what to expect at Hales.

The hot, tiny gym hosts some of the most frantic games in the city, and the Meteors' 68-65 win Friday over the Spartans was no different.

"It was wild," Shaw said. "Everyone was running all over. We just did our best to keep our composure."

The game was played at breakneck speed, but the most crucial moment of the contest came with all ten players standing still and senior Devontae Gatewood at the free throw line. There were 16 seconds to play and De La Salle was clinging to a one-point lead.

Gatewood calmly drained both shots. Hales had a chance to tie, but two three-point attempts rimmed out before time expired.

"We have two All-Americans on the team but they trust the rest of us to do our jobs," Gatewood said. "I was confident I could knock both shots down."

Shaw finished with 22 points and three rebounds. He scored 12 in the third quarter, as the Meteors built a seven-point advantage.

Hales (5-2, 2-1 Catholic League) fought back behind eight consecutive points from Aaric Armstead and tied the game at 62 with 1:51 to play.

Shaw converted a stylish left-handed reverse layup to give the Meteors the lead for good on the next possession.

Aaric Armstead was a force throughout the game, finishing with 28 points and 10 rebounds. The 6-5 junior guard shot 11-for-15 from the field.

Seven players scored for De La Salle in the fourth quarter.

"We've got some tough guys with heart," Shaw said. "Everyone on the team came in here ready to play and win tonight. As long as we keep putting out that kind of effort we are going to be fine."

Dre Henley scored 12 and grabbed seven rebounds for De La Salle (8-0, 3-0). Sophomore Alex Foster added 11 points and five rebounds.

Aaron Armstead scored 12 points and Dominique Walls added 11 points and five rebounds. The Spartans outrebounded De La Salle 31-25, but were undone by 21 turnovers, including three in the final minute of the game.

"We have a lot of young players we are counting on," Shaw said. "But tonight they showed everyone they can compete."

Jose Quintana gets the Opening Day start for White Sox

Jose Quintana gets the Opening Day start for White Sox


GLENDALE, Ariz. — Jose Quintana has been named the Opening Day starter — for the White Sox.

While many are surprised he still hasn't been traded, few should be shocked by the news manager Rick Renteria delivered on Friday, when he announced Quintana would pitch the April 3 opener.

With Chris Sale gone to Boston, Quintana, a first-time All-Star in 2016, has been the odds-on favorite to take over as the team's ace. The only question seemed to be whether or not he'd still be in a White Sox uniform when the season began. But the club made it clear Friday that Quintana is their guy and he'll face the Detroit Tigers in the first game of 2017. The only one who seemed a little taken aback about the news is Quintana.

"I was surprised," Quintana said. "I knew I may get the ball for that day, but they didn't say nothing, so you didn't know. I just kept going and doing my workouts and all my stuff. I'm really, really happy with this opportunity. It's huge for me. I can't wait for that day to come.

"I'm excited to have this opportunity. It's a huge honor for me to have the ball for Opening Day the first time in my life. And I think it's a once-in-a-life opportunity."

Asked about the announcement earlier in the week, Renteria said he needed more time. Many speculated that it meant the White Sox were continuing to listen to offers for Quintana, who has drawn constant interest since the team began its rebuild in December.

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Quintana, who went 13-12 with a 3.20 ERA and 181 strikeouts in 208 innings last season, has looked fantastic all spring. Pitching in front of more than a dozen scouts on Thursday, Quintana made his first Cactus League appearance in a month and allowed two hits over seven scoreless innings. The left-hander also put on a brilliant performance for Colombia in the World Baseball Classic on March 10 as he retired the first 17 Team USA hitters he faced before allowing a hit.

"He's very happy about it," Renteria said. "He has obviously earned it.

"I don't know if he was surprised as much as he was elated and proud to be given the opportunity to be the Opening Day starter. It's a privilege."

Quintana's resume of consistency made him a clear-cut choice for the nod. He heads into 2017 having pitched at least 200 innings in each of the past four seasons. In that span, he's produced a 3.32 ERA and 18.1 Wins Above Replacement, according to That figure represents the seventh-highest WAR total among all big league pitchers in that span.

Even though he's viewed as the staff ace, Quintana — who potentially has four years and $36.85 million left on his current contract — said he was surprised by the news because the club hadn't yet informed him of the honor.

"It means a lot for me, especially after last year when you make the All-Star team and this year the opportunity to play in the WBC and now you have the opportunity to pitch on Opening Day," Quintana said. "That's a lot of things happening for me now and I'm happy. And really blessed. You just try to do all my things every time.

"Maybe they don't know what it means for me, but it's a big thing."

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Miami QB Brad Kaaya

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Miami QB Brad Kaaya

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of more than 100 prospects, including a scouting report and video interviews with each player.

Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami

6'4" | 214 lbs.

2016 stats:

3,532 YDS, 62.0 CMP%, 27 TD, 7 INT, 150.3 QBR


Third/Fourth round

Scouting Report:

"Groomed to be a quarterback from an early age, Kaaya flashes the mechanics and intelligence of a player who has spent hours in quarterback camps. However, he can be too mechanical and thinks too much rather than just flowing and responding to what the field offers him. Kaaya could have used another year of college, but he has the tools and intangibles to become an NFL starter. While he can work around his average arm strength, he must improve his accuracy and anticipation if he is to make a mark in the NFL." — Lance Zierlein,

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