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Bloom tops Crete-Monee in a tight one

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Bloom tops Crete-Monee in a tight one

By Matthew Bruce
YourSeason.com

Crete-Monee guard Michael Orris could be seen clapping early in the fourth quarter Friday, trying to get his team fired up for a much-needed surge.

The rally cry propelled the Warriors to a 10-2 run but was not quite enough for them to overcome a 13-point deficit.

No. 11 Bloom outlasted No. 16 Crete-Monee for a 43-38 victory in the Southland Conference crossover at Bloom Trail.

It was a very big game, Bloom coach Jasper Williams said. The kids had a chip on their shoulder from when Crete beat us three times last year. Its a big win for these kids.

A capacity crowd of about 2,500 fans was on hand to see the rivals duel for the second time this season.

Johnny Griffin (14 points, five rebounds) made a midcourt steal and raced to the hoop for a breakaway dunk to open the second for the Blazing Trojans. That sparked a 14-2 run capped by Lejavius Johnsons three-point play midway through the period, putting Bloom up 25-10.

The Warriors responded by reeling off seven of the last nine points of the half to close the gap to 10 points at the break.

Bloom (15-2, 3-1) headed into the final period up 35-22.

Thats when Orris came alive. The 6-foot-2 senior swished a trey and converted a steal into a layup on the other end to start the Warriors run.

Marvie Keith (15 points) knocked down a pair of long-range shots in the final minute to give Crete-Monee (11-4, 3-1) a chance. His off-balance, desperation three-pointer with four seconds left cut Blooms lead to 41-38. But Johnson knocked down a pair of free throws to seal the victory for Bloom.

Hawks Talk Podcast: Thoughts on Corey Crawford's season debut

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Hawks Talk Podcast: Thoughts on Corey Crawford's season debut

In the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle, Jamal Mayers and Charlie Roumeliotis recap Corey Crawford’s season debut after missing nearly 10 months with a concussion.

Mayers talks about the Kitty system that Niklas Hjalmarsson and Vinnie Hinostroza probably dealt with in their returns to Chicago.

The guys also discuss what’s next for Crawford, the upcoming matchup against Artemi Panarin and the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Blackhawks’ biggest areas for improvement.

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The Daily Line Podcast: How will Khalil Mack's injury affect the Bears-Pats spread?

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The Daily Line Podcast: How will Khalil Mack's injury affect the Bears-Pats spread?

On this week’s Daily Line podcast, VSIN’s Sam Panayotovich joins Ryan McGuffey and Paul Aspan to take us inside the scene in Vegas as last week’s Bears-Dolphins line jumped from Bears -3.5 to Bears -7 on the news that Brock Osweiler would replace Ryan Tannehill (3:00). We look ahead to the Patriots (-2.5) at the Bears, discuss what kind of impact Khalil Mack’s injury could have on this week’s spread (6:30) and Sam gives us his best bets of the week (7:30). Joe Ostrowski of the Early Odds podcast also joins the show to discuss the how to get the best of the number (14:00) and whether home underdogs will stay hot. Plus, the guys make their picks for week 7 (18:00) and a quick thought on the Bulls over under. (32:00)

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