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Big third-quarter carries Pirates to win

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Big third-quarter carries Pirates to win

By Patrick Z. McGavin
YourSeason.com

Proviso East is a highlight reel waiting to unfold. Naturally, the Pirates match one of the most famous lines in movie history, Humphrey Bogarts sad reminder to Ingrid Bergman of their shared past in Casablanca: Well always have Paris.The Pirates have two.Senior guard Paris Burns scored 23 points and had six steals and junior Paris Lee scored nine points and recorded five steals as the No. 2 Pirates built a 23-point third-quarter lead before holding off a Morton rally for the 64-53 victory Friday night in Maywood.The former Pirate great who led Proviso East to the 1991 Class AA state championship, first-year coach Donnie Boyce won his 20th straight game. Morton coach Tony Martinucci has been coaching against the Pirates long enough to know you the team has a very slim margin of error.Theyre awesome, Martinucci said. That kid from Curie Burns just killed us. We missed a lot of free throws, and you just cant do that against a team that good.Junior forward Sterling Brown recorded a double-double with 11 points and 18 rebounds for the Pirates (20-0, 9-0 West Suburban Gold). Senior point guard Keith Carter contributed 10 points and five assists.Up 36-21 at the break, Proviso East built its largest advantage, 50-27, late in the third quarter. Behind 6-8 senior forward Rocco Belcaster, the Mustangs (9-11, 4-6) responded with a 12-0 run.Playing in his fifth game since returning from a hand injury he suffered just before Christmas, Belcaster scored 19 points and junior 6-4 forward Waller Perez added 17 points. Morton closed the deficit within seven points.I was very pleased with how the kids did to get back into the game, Martinucci said. We had two straight possessions where we made only one of two free throws at the line, and that killed us, he said.Senior forward David Chatman added eight points for the Mustangs.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: After 20 games, do we know the identity of this Blackhawks team?

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: After 20 games, do we know the identity of this Blackhawks team?

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast Tracey Myers and Jamal Mayers join Pat Boyle to discuss the teams wins over the Rangers and Penguins.  Have they figured some things out and what is the identity of this team after 20 games?

Jammer weighs in on Artem Anisimov’s big week and are there enough Hawks committed to net front presence?  They also discuss the surging play of the blue liners and did the Hawks fail to send a message to Evgeni Malkin, after he kneed Corey Crawford in the head?

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Did the Bears technically "win" on Sunday?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Did the Bears technically "win" on Sunday?

David Haugh (Chicago Tribune), Adam Jahns (Chicago Sun-Times) and Patrick Finley (Chicago Sun-Times) join Kap on the panel.  Kap is happy that Mitch Trubisky played ok and John Fox’s team lost again.  The panel disagrees.

Plus Leonard Floyd doesn’t have an ACL tear…. Yet. Should the Bears shut him down even if he gets good news?