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Bogan survives scare from De La Salle

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Bogan survives scare from De La Salle

By Bill Harrison
YourSeason.com
Despite a remarkable individual performance by De La Salles Alvin Ellis, Bogan was still able to sneak out of the Class 4A Mount Carmel regional title game with a 79-63 win.Ellis, a 6-foot-3 junior, finished with a career-high 42 points, including 19 in the fourth quarter when he did everything he could do to try and rally his team back.But the quickness in transition by the Bengals (26-3), and the will to finish was too much for Ellis and the Meteors (17-7) to overcome. Theyll meet Marist in a sectional semifinal.Our plan was to get the lead on them, Bogan coach Arthur Goodwin said. My kids worked hard and they deserved this win. We knew they were big, but to us big means slow.Their kid hit 42 but he left with a loss, thats all we know.The Bengals never trailed, going on a 25-11 run in the first quarter, led by eight points by Devaughn Johnson, who would finish with a team-high 23. The Meteors cut that lead to 27-23 after a 12-0 run sparked by nine points by Ellis, who didnt start because of a nagging knee injury.At the half, the Bengals still led 36-27 before an 8-0 to start the third on six points by Ellis, that pulled the Meteors within 36-35. A 17-5 run to end the third put the Bengals back in control. Despite the big fourth by Ellis, that included four of his eight three-pointers, the Meteors would get no closer than 67-61.Devonte Smith had 15 points for the Bengals while Ronnell Buckner added 12 and Donte Jackson pitched in 10.Ive been about 70 percent and tried to go out there and tough it out and get the win, said Ellis, whose previous career-high was 24. We just needed somebody to take over and I wanted to be that man.We just ended up short; well be back next year.

Three Things to Watch: Bulls-76ers

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NBC Sports Chicago

Three Things to Watch: Bulls-76ers

The Bulls square off against the Sixers tonight on NBC Sports Chicago, with coverage beginning at 6:30 with Bulls Pregame Live. Here are three things to watch as the Bulls begin the stretch run of their regular season.

1. The new rotation: Most of the Bulls’ rotation looks the same, but the addition of David Nwaba, Cristiano Felicio and Cameron Payne will have a different feel. The Bulls clearly want to get a look at these guys before the end of the regular season, meaning they’re not just going to get sporadic minutes. They’ll have to play through their mistakes, play out-matched at times and be put in uncomfortable situations. But the Bulls need to see what they have, especially in Payne, who has missed the entire season to this point with a broken foot.

2. Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons: They’re quite the 1-2 punch and have the Sixers looking at their first playoff appearance since Derrick Rose hadn’t yet torn an ACL. Yeah, that’s a long time. Embiid just finished his first All-Star appearance (starting in his second year) and Simmons is the front runner for Rookie of the Year. The Bulls will have their hands full with these two. Luckily…

3. Kris Dunn is back: The Bulls wanted to get Dunn some run before heading to All-Star Weekend to play in the Rising Stars Challenge, and he looked healthy in that thumping against the Raptors last week. The good news is John Paxson says Dunn won’t be on a minutes limit, which means he’s healthy. That, of course, is more important than how he’s playing. It’ll be fun to see him, LaVine and Markkanen play together down the stretch. Their numbers together aren’t great, but the Bulls are 2-2 with all three in the lineup, and tanking or not…it’s more fun to watch when those three are rolling. 

Blackhawks edge out Senators in shootout: 'It was really nice to get a win'

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Blackhawks edge out Senators in shootout: 'It was really nice to get a win'

It was a rare sight to see the Blackhawks in a shootout on Wednesday night.

It was just the second time this season — and first time at the United Center — that the Blackhawks made it past 3-on-3 overtime. 

The last came on Dec. 2, 2017, a 3-2 shootout loss to the Stars in Dallas. On Wednesday night, the Blackhawks were on the other end, beating the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in a seven-round shootout. Nick Schmaltz netted the game-winner.

"We'll take it," coach Joel Quenneville said. "I thought we had a decent game tonight. Overtime not so good, I liked the shootout victory, Fors made some big saves for us particularly as the game got deeper. Our third was OK, I thought our first two were way better, and overtime we gave up some high quality, some bells were rings for a bit there. But it was nice to see the shootout win."

Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist, recording another multi-point game, his 16th of the season.

"I mean we need every point we can get at this point," Kane said. "There's still belief in this locker room. Obviously we need to go on quite a run and have a big record here down the stretch. But take it a game at a time and nice to get two points."

Anton Forsberg was a big reason the Blackhawks even recorded those two points. The 25-year-old netminder stopped 34 of 36 shots and made a handful of big saves down the stretch.

"It was really nice to get a win for sure," Forsberg said. "I would love to have a lot more wins, but right now just gotta look forward and get as many wins as possible."

Added Quenneville: "I think it was good for him to win a game the way he did. Lot of shots were on the line, as we progressed, got deeper, hitting the point first was big for him and for us and then finding a way to get the extra one was a good win."