Big third-quarter carries Pirates to win


Big third-quarter carries Pirates to win

By Patrick Z. McGavin

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.

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 10th, 11th homers in 1998

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 10th, 11th homers in 1998

It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.

Sosa is heating up, but even a red-hot Sosa doesn't automatically equal wins for the Cubs.

Slammin' Sammy notched his first multi-homer game in 1998 in a 9-5 loss to Kevin Millwood and the Atlanta Braves. Sosa drove in 4 of the Cubs' 5 runs on a solo shot in the 4th inning and a three-run shot in the 8th. 

Sosa tallied 830 feet of homers in the game, with his first blast going 410 feet and the second shot measured at 420 feet.

The big game bumped Sosa's overall season slash line to .337/.411/.551 (.962 OPS) with 11 homers and 35 RBI.

Fun fact: Mickey Morandini hit second for the Cubs in this game and went 4-for-4, but somehow only scored one run despite hitting just in front of Sosa all game. That's because Morandini was caught stealing to end the 3rd inning, leaving Sosa to lead off the 4th inning with a solo blast.

Steve Kerr told a Michael Jordan Bulls story to give advice to Kevin Durant

Steve Kerr told a Michael Jordan Bulls story to give advice to Kevin Durant

Anyone who lived through the Michael Jordan Bulls remembers those games when he was putting up tons of points, but the Bulls were still struggling overall.

Steve Kerr referenced one of those games to give advice to Kevin Durant during Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. The TNT broadcast caught the conversation and aired it late in the third quarter.

"When MJ was with the Bulls, we had a playoff game," Kerr began the story. "He kept trying to score and he was scoring, but we weren't getting anything going. Phil Jackson said 'Who's open?' He said, 'John Paxson.'"

Paxson famously hit the game-winning shot in Game 6 of the 1993 NBA Finals to clinch the series. Kerr, who later hit his own championship-winning shot on an assist from Jordan in 1997, was trying to get to get his teammates involved.

"I want to trust your teammates early," Kerr said. "What you're doing is you're getting to the rim and then you're trying to hit him. I want you to trust the first guy and then move. Still attack, still look to score, but trust these guys, OK?"

Watch the video above to see the interaction.

Durant scored 29 points in Game 5 to lead the Warriors, but Houston took a 3-2 series lead with a 98-94 win.