Scratching a five-year itch

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Bulldogs strike early, take down Hillcrest

  Only five years had passed, not the clichéd seven, but that didn’t lessen the urge to scratch the itch.
  And that’s what Richards was able to do Friday night at D-Wade Court. Squaring off against perennial south suburban power Hillcrest in the South Suburban Conference opener for both schools, the Bulldogs showed that their Thanksgiving-week romp past four foes at the District 218 Tournament was no fluke.
  They did so by shaking off the negative effects of both an uninspired week of practice and the Hawks’ 7-2 start to the contest. Once Richards moved ahead in the first quarter, it stayed there the rest of the evening, albeit with occasional Hillcrest threats thrown into the mix.
  A series of free throws by returning football players Dedrick Shannon and Spencer Tears in the last half-minute finally slammed the door on the Hawks for good and sealed the deal on an 80-72 Bulldogs victory, their first over Hillcrest since January of 2009.

Red-hot in Blue

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Getaway propels Chargers

  The divisional affiliation is now Blue instead of Red, but Stagg still embraced the latter hue Friday night in Flossmoor.
  That was red as in red-hot, which described the Chargers’ shooting for stretches of their SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue opener versus Homewood-Flossmoor. Baskets on 10 consecutive field-goal attempts went a long way toward staking the visitors to a shockingly lopsided 46-28 halftime lead.
  As coach John Daniels expected, the Vikings didn’t roll over and meekly submit to Stagg after that, but the veteran leader admitted to the third quarter being “really stressful.” When H-F wrapped Tai Odiase’s slam and Dorian McGraney’s 3-pointer around a missed Chargers dunk, the gap was narrowed to four points.

A beast to East

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Eagles easily soar past Griffins

  To Lincoln-Way East, Sandburg was a beast Friday night.
  Not right away — first, the Eagles had to play through an uneven opening period. While it assumed a 16-9 lead over the Griffins during the quarter, Sandburg’s performance was also pockmarked by eight turnovers, several of which were unforced.
  The Eagles’ first three possessions of the evening, for instance, ended on a pair of travels and because of a bad pass. The session was truly one of feast or famine for the hosts.
  “Our execution was very good when we didn’t turn the ball over,” Sandburg coach Todd Allen said. “But Lincoln-Way East wasn’t pressing and we had eight turnovers in 16 possessions. I was very upset with my team when that quarter ended.”

Growth spurt

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Knights rally vs. Mustangs

  The pains associated with growth made themselves crystal clear to Chicago Christian last Tuesday.
  Specifically, it was during the third quarter of the Knights’ clash with Evergreen Park in Palos Heights that Christian’s youth wasn’t served well. An unsightly 10 turnovers, several of which led to Mustangs baskets, hampered the Knights in that period and turned a once-comfortable double-digit lead into a slight deficit.
  “We just took the proverbial shot to the gut,” Christian coach Kevin Pittman said. “Athlete-to-athlete, we don’t stack up to Evergreen, but a lot of the wounds we suffered were self-inflicted through [things like] poor decisions and poor closeouts. In our estimation, we were in control of the game before that.”


Come on now, who is he Kidd-ing?

 Desperate moments drive men into committing desperate acts.
  Certainly, this does not rank as a revelatory statement, but it’s still one that bears repeating from time to time simply because there is no foreseeable end to man’s — and occasionally woman’s — strange behavior.
  In Washington D.C., that’s referred to as everyday business as usual, but the rest of the country generally adheres to a slightly higher code of ethical conduct. Thus, the majority of us tend to be taken aback whenever somebody veers off-course.
  Purposefully doing something wrong while in full view of witnesses is really pretty dumb, but again we must consider the desperation angle. And few people are motivated by that trait more than those individuals in the sports world.