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Brooks earns respect, capture City Title

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Brooks earns respect, capture City Title

Friday, Feb. 18, 2011
10:20 p.m.

By Michael O'Brien
YourSeason.com

On the back of Brooks' warm-up shirts is the phrase "Respect is taken."

The Eagles took their respect over the past three weeks, knocking off North Lawndale, Bogan, Farragut and Curie on the way to the Public League championship game. Then Friday at Chicago State Brooks put the finishing touches on the magical run, beating Young 67-54 in the title.

The senior backcourt led the way for Brooks. George Marshall scored 23 and dished out four assists. Mike Powell scored 15 and grabbed five rebounds.

Marshall, Powell and big-men twins Keith Gray (seven points, nine rebounds) and Kevin Gray (five points) are four-year starters for the Eagles. Chris Head coached Brooks for the past three years. Bobby Locke left Evanston in August to take the Brooks job.

"They were a very tight team when I took over," Locke said. "I didn't yell at them for the first month of practice."

Brooks (22-3) jumped out to a 14-7 lead. Young closed to within one point on a Sam Thompson dunk to open the third quarter, but the Eagles responded with a 15-3 run. The Dolphins never threatened again.

"We started out with a lot of momentum and got that lead," Brooks senior Xavier Wells said. "After that we knew we just had to keep it up."

Wells hit two three-pointers to start the fourth quarter and finished with 13 points.

"George, coach and I sat down at the beginning of the season and had a meeting to make sure we were all on the same page," Powell said. "It's great to play with George. We're double trouble."

Thompson led Young (17-10) with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Kwai Pearson scored 14 points and Derrick Randolph added 12. The Dolphins seemed out of sync from the opening tip, never able to capture the magic they played with in their upset of top-ranked Simeon in the semifinals on Wednesday.

Young beat Bogan 46-44 to win the sophomore title. Freshman Paul White led the Dolphins (31-2) with 15 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore Keith Langston added nine points and five rebounds. Sophomore Juwan Henry led Bogan (30-1) with 14 points.

Cubs Talk Podcast: 2017 season obituary and previewing an interesting winter for Cubs

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Cubs Talk Podcast: 2017 season obituary and previewing an interesting winter for Cubs

In the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, Kelly Crull, Patrick Mooney and Tony Andracki close the book on the 2017 season following Theo Epstein’s press conference, looking back at what will go down as the craziest calendar year in Cubs history from last November through the team’s loss in the NLCS this October.

Moving forward, where do guys like Kyle Schwarber, Albert Almora Jr., Justin Wilson and Mike Montgomery fit? Will the Cubs re-sign Wade Davis or go after another proven closer? And how worried should fans be about the offense that completely disappeared in the postseason?

Take a listen below:

Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks visit Niklas Hjalmarsson, Coyotes

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Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks visit Niklas Hjalmarsson, Coyotes

Here are Three Things to Watch when the Blackhawks take on the Arizona Coyotes Saturday night on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

1. Niklas Hjalmarsson's new home.

Brace yourselves, Chicago. It's going to be a weird site seeing Hjalmarsson in a different sweater other than the Blackhawks, where he spent his first 10 NHL seasons and won three Stanley Cups.

Now he serves as an alternate captain and blue-line anchor for the Coyotes, who are the only team still seeking its first win of the season. You know they'll be hungry to snap that skid, especially when there's extra motivation for a player on their team facing a bunch of old friends.

2. Connor Murphy returns to Arizona, too.

The man Hjalmarsson was traded for will also be returning to a place he called home for four years. Murphy's role with the Coyotes increased every year before he was dealt to the Blackhawks as part of a shake-up for both teams, so you know he's going to play with something to prove.

Murphy is a physical defenseman, and has laid several notable big hits this season. His former teammates surely know it, and may want to keep their heads up.

3. Patrick Kane 2.0?

Ever since he was drafted with the No. 7 overall pick in 2016, Clayton Keller has drawn comparisons to Kane. They're both undersized, offensive playmakers, possess supreme stick-handling abilities and are American-born players.

Keller got a brief taste of NHL action last year, but he's secured a full-time spot with the Coyotes this season and has been arguably their best player so far.

The 19-year-old forward paces all rookies with five goals and ranks second with seven points, and leads the Coyotes in both categories. Expect to see his name as a finalist for the Calder Trophy for the league's top rookie at the end of the season.