Sobolewski leads Benet over H-F for title

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Sobolewski leads Benet over H-F for title

Friday, Dec. 31, 2010
8:08 PM

By Patrick Z. McGavin
Yourseason.com

David Sobolewski saw the crease.

I had a ball screen, I waited for the defender to drop down to guard Frank Kaminsky and made my move, the Benet senior guard said.

His layup with just under two minutes was the only basket of overtime as the No. 3 Redwings overcame a nine-point first-half deficit and beat No. 7 Homewood-Flossmoor 54-50 to capture the Proviso West Holiday Tournament championship Thursday night.

It was a war out there, said Sobolewski, the Northwestern-bound guard who scored a game-high 19 points and was named the tournament MVP.

Kaminsky, the 7-foot Wisconsin recruit playing with a nagging ankle injury, made the defensive play of the night.

Kaminsky (12 points, nine rebounds) made the other critical play of the game. With the Vikings down 52-50 after Matt Parisi (nine points) made one of two free throws with less than 15 seconds remaining, Homewood-Flossmoors Tyrone Sherman (11 points, five assists) drove to the basket and appeared to have a clear path to a layup.

Kaminsky rose and made a textbook block. Parisi collected the loose ball and was fouled. His two free throws with 11.2 seconds closed out the scoring.

Behind the early hot hand of David Fatoki (10 points, two three-pointers), the Vikings led by nine on two separate occasions in the second quarter. Receiving key contributions from sophomore Pat McInerney (seven points) and Pat Boyle (seven points), the Redwings opened the third quarter with a 13-5 run to establish their first lead since 6-5.

The two keys of the game were Frank playing, when we didnt even know if he was going to be able to go after he had treatment on his ankle, and the play of Pat Boyle, Benet coach Gene Heidkamp said.

His ball-handling against their pressure and what he did defensively, within the scheme of what we do, individually against a great player like Julian Lewis was tremendous.

H-F star forward Julian Lewis, coming off back-to-back games of 31 and 28 points, was hurt by foul trouble and scored just four points. His only basket, a three-pointer, gave the Vikings a 40-36 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

Kaminsky opened the fourth quarter with five straight points, his three-pointer marking the first of four lead changes. Defensively, H-F really hurt us in the first half, Heidkamp said.

Theyre a great team, with five guys on the floor that can score at any time. They hurt on us in the inside and got a lot of easy baskets in the first half. We really had to step it up defensively in the second half.

Antonio Bishop scored 13 points to lead the Vikings. Delvon Rencher added eight points.

No Bears move yet on CB Deiondre' Hall except maybe to safety

No Bears move yet on CB Deiondre' Hall except maybe to safety

PHOENIX – If the Bears intend to cut ties with Deiondre' Hall after the first-year cornerback become involved in an ugly police incident last weekend, they have not indicated their decision yet. They have, however, begun looking at a possible position change for Hall as they gather information on events of last Saturday night.

Hall was tasered by police in Cedar Falls, Ia., after he and a former Northern Iowa University teammate were allegedly involved in a fight at a bar. Hall was arrested and cited for disorderly conduct, public intoxication and interference. Hall allegedly spit in the officers' faces, according to an affidavit, police saying that an officer used a Taser on Hall's legs in order to get him into a squad car.

GM Ryan Pace confirmed that the team is still gathering information and said, "it's just [that] the circumstances are a little disappointing, to be honest with you. We're aware of it, it's just kind of gathering more facts as we go forward."

Pace has spoken to Hall and said that the team wanted to investigate thoroughly, "but the circumstances surrounding it are obviously disappointing."

In the meantime, the 2016 fourth-round draft choice is slated to be tried at safety when the team convenes for the start of offseason work. Hall played the position in college, and has traits that the Bears value at the safety position.

"One of Deiondre's best traits is his ball skills, his ball clock, the ability to time the pass breakup," Pace said. "He's very natural at playing safety and that's one of the reasons we drafted him, because he has the versatility to do both. That's something we're going to talk about this offseason and he could start taking some reps there in the offseason program."

Cornerback Kyle Fuller, who missed all of last season following arthroscopic knee surgery in mid-August, will stay at cornerback.

Is Addison Russell still on track for Opening Night?

Is Addison Russell still on track for Opening Night?

MESA, Ariz. – Addison Russell believes he will be ready for Opening Night. Right now, Cubs manager Joe Maddon says his All-Star shortstop starting the season on the disabled list is an option that "I'm not considering."

But Russell hasn't played in a Cactus League game since March 22 and the Cubs have only three exhibitions left before facing the St. Louis Cardinals on national TV. The new 10-day disabled list would also allow the Cubs to backdate Russell's injury (stiff back) to March 30 and create a degree of roster flexibility. 

"We're trying to start the season out on a good note and definitely in St. Louis," Russell said Tuesday. "That's kind of the goal, but if the back doesn't feel well until then, maybe that's something that we'll have to do. With the way that I'm feeling, I don't think that's necessary."

The Cubs did get Ben Zobrist (stiff neck) back into the lineup that afternoon against the San Francisco Giants at Sloan Park. Russell estimated he's around "95 percent" and hoped to play Wednesday before the Cubs leave Arizona and fly out for two exhibition games against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.      

"We're not trying to take it too quick," Russell said. "Missing a few games here in the spring is a lot better than a few games in the season. I've talked to Joe and there's no hurry back."

Five days out from what should be an electric atmosphere at Busch Stadium, Maddon said athletic trainer PJ Mainville didn't sound concerned about Russell's back issue.

"PJ felt very strongly that he's going to be fine over the next couple days," Maddon said. "From Addison's perspective, knowing baseball players who've been doing so well, you take a couple days off, you're concerned that you're going to lose it. 

"I'm certain he's going to be fine. Actually, I'm OK with him getting some rest right now. The biggest thing is: Medically, is he going to be fine? Everybody thinks that he is, so I'm not concerned."