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Benet advances after thriling two OT victory

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Benet advances after thriling two OT victory

Friday, March 4, 2011
10:52 p.m.

By Blake Baumgartner
YourSeason.com

The postseason can be an uneasy time for seniors knowing that all that youve worked for over the course of four years can be over in just 32 minutes.

On Friday night in Naperville, 40 minutes were needed to decide a classic between three senior warriors.

By the end of 40 thrilling minutes of basketball, Benets two seniors, point guard David Sobolewski and center Frank Kaminsky, sparked the top-ranked Redwings to a 43-42, double-overtime victory over host Naperville North in a Class 4A regional Final.

Dealing with Naperville North trying to slow the games pace down, the Redwings survived despite struggling from the field for the majority of the night. Benet shot 12 of 40 and only made three three-pointers (two by Sobolewski).

Sobolewski led all scorers with 19 points while Kaminsky added 10 points and eight rebounds for Benet (29-0).

With them running their junk defenses early on, I just tried to do the best I could, get in the lane, hit my open shots, Sobolewski said. I saw a couple of seams and I exploited them. I tried to do a little bit early and as we went on, we ultimately won the game on the defensive end.

The efforts of Sobolewski and Kaminsky was nearly matched by the performance of Naperville North senior center Matt LaCosse, who didnt play when the Huskies lost 62-41 to Benet on Dec. 7. Before fouling out in the second overtime, LaCosse hit game-tying three-pointers at the end of regulation and at the end of the first overtime.

We just had a great game plan. We were like hey, theyre high school kids, too, said LaCosse, who led Naperville North (16-12) with 12 points. No different, so we just decided to be calm. Get our easy shot, if we had to waste time, we had to waste time. We wanted to get uncontested shots and thats what we looked for. It was successful.

Anthony Miller is hyped about Nick Foles' knowledge of Bears' offense

Anthony Miller is hyped about Nick Foles' knowledge of Bears' offense

One of the main reasons the Bears targeted Nick Foles in an offseason that was overflowing with quality quarterbacks to challenge Mitch Trubisky for Chicago's starting job is his familiarity with Matt Nagy's offense. The Bears knew what they were getting when they traded a fourth-round pick to the Jaguars for the former Super Bowl MVP, and in the current COVID-19 reality, that knowledge of who Foles is as a quarterback is more valuable than the team could've ever imagined.

So is Foles' comfort with the playbook. 

Unlike traditional offseasons when players have a chance to acclimate themselves with their new city, teammates, coaching staff, and offensive system, the novel coronavirus has thrust the Bears' quarterback competition into a shotgun four-week run that Foles is oddly equipped to handle. He's already made a positive early impression on wide receiver Anthony Miller.

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“You can definitely tell that Nick has been playing this game for a long time, and he knows this offense very well," Miller said Friday during a Zoom call with reporters. "He’s very detailed in practice, you can catch him in the back of an offensive play going through his progressions and he’s not even in, so that’s just the type of player he is, and I can’t wait to see him live action to see what he really can do.”

It feels like the Trubisky vs. Foles showdown has been underway since March, but the reality is it's just getting started. Padded practices begin next week and will give Chicago's coaches and players their first real opportunity to evaluate which quarterback gives the team the best chance to win.

According to Miller, the starting gig is up for grabs.

“This is going to be an interesting competition to see and the best man is going to get the job.”

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Cubs' Javier Báez flashes arm strength, throws out Brewers' Manny Piña

Cubs' Javier Báez flashes arm strength, throws out Brewers' Manny Piña

There's no such thing as growing tired of watching Cubs shortstop Javier Báez work his magic defensively.

For his latest trick, El Mago threw out Brewers catcher Manny Piña on a ground ball from shallow left field. As in, he was a good 10 feet from the edge of the infield dirt. Check it out:

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Cubs 2020 first-round pick Ed Howard broke down the play as it happened during an interview with MLB Network.

"He just has fun with it, man. He's so smooth, he makes it look so easy," Howard said. "That's just Javy doing what Javy does, right there, honestly. You can't teach that, you just gotta do it."

We all know Báez has an absolute cannon for an arm. We've seen it time and time again. And yet, for as easy as he makes these throws look, each time we're left with our jaws dropped.

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