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Burns' career-night paces Proviso East

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Burns' career-night paces Proviso East

By George M. Wilcox
YourSeason.com

Plenty has been written about Proviso Easts four starters entering this season, but senior guard Paris Burns, the Pirates fifth starter, proved Friday he can be a factor as well this season.Burns scored a season-high 30 points as No. 3 Proviso East beat host Hinsdale South 74-58 Friday night in the West Suburban Gold.Burns, a transfer from Curie, had 19 points at halftime and 13 points in the first quarter. He scored the games first seven points as the Pirates (7-0, 2-0) jumped out to a 11-2 lead. In the second quarter, Proviso East scored 12 consecutive points to take a 37-16 lead.Playing with Keith Carter and Sterling Brown, we are right on the money, Burns said. Everything is clicking. Thats one thing about the Pirates. We play as a team. Were family.Several of Burns points were scored on steals turned into length-of-the-court drives.It was the quietest 30 Ive ever seen, first-year Proviso East coach Donnie Boyce said.Brown added 13 points for Proviso East while Michael Nicholas added 10 points off the bench.The Pirates had little trouble after opening a 23-9 lead to end the first quarter.For Hinsdale South (3-5, 1-2), center Brock Benson, scored 25 points and had six rebounds before fouling out with 5:21 remaining in the game. Jerry Stoltz scored 12 points, including three three-pointers.This game was a learning experience, Benson said. Weve got to play defense and play it all the time.

Just as we all predicted, two rookies stole the show in L.A.

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Just as we all predicted, two rookies stole the show in L.A.

There's not often hype surrounding a game between two of the NBA's worst teams, but Tuesday's Bulls-Lakers matchup was intriguing to many because it offered a chance to see a pair of top rookies compete. 

Oh, but you didn't think we meant Lonzo Ball and Lauri Markkanen, did you?

Nah, it was two different, less-touted first-year players that ended up stealing the spotlight at the Staples Center. 

Kyle Kuzma and Antonio Blakeney may not be household names, but they sure played like they were in the Bulls' 103-94 loss. 

Kuzma, the Lakers rook drafted 27th overall, has been a spark for Luke Walton's squad all season long. Boasting a terrific scoring arsenal, the Utah product carried the load for the Lakers' offense in the first half, dropping 18 points on 6-for-9 shooting. He finished the game as L.A.'s leading scorer with 22 in 40 minutes. But if you still need a more in-depth scouting report on Kuzma, just let Lonzo break it down:  

More importantly for Bulls fans, though, was the play of their undrafted guard who's signed to a two-way deal. 

Blakeney, the unofficial Summer League MVP, came off the bench on Tuesday and immediately left his mark on the game. The 21-year-old out of LSU posted 15 in the first half, finishing through contact as well as connecting on outside jumpers. 

Blakeney's shooting isn't reliable quite yet, but his energy has clearly influenced Hoiberg's rotation. The guard went from playing one NBA minute in the Bulls' first 11 games to playing 75 in the last four. Given that his two-way deal allows him to only spend 45 days with the team, it'll be fascinating to see how creative Gar Forman and John Paxson will get with his contract if this type of production continues. 

In a season that's obviously going to have its share of rough moments, an offseason flyer hitting is a huge plus for the rebuild. 

As for the recognized rookies, Lonzo's shooting woes persisted and Markkanen had maybe his worst offensive performance of his young Bulls career. Combined, they finished 7-for-30 with 21 points. Not ideal. 

White Sox Talk Podcast: Class A manager Justin Jirschele, youngest manager in professional baseball

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Class A manager Justin Jirschele, youngest manager in professional baseball

27-year-old Justin Jirschele made quite an impression in his first season as manager of the White Sox Class-A affiliate in Kannapolis. He helped lead the Intimidators to the South Atlantic League championship, and was named White Sox Minor League Coach of the Year. Jirschele came on the podcast to speak with Chuck Garfien about how he went from playing minor league baseball with the White Sox to coaching in their system. He talks about how growing up with a dad who was coaching minor league baseball helped mold him as a manager who is wise beyond his years. Jirschele also gives a report on some of the top White Sox prospects he managed last season such as Jake Burger, Alec Hansen, Dane Dunning and Miker Adolfo.