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Defense keys Downers South upset over Pirates


Defense keys Downers South upset over Pirates

Friday, Jan. 21, 2011
10:43 PM

By Steve Tucker

To prepare for No. 4 Proviso East, Downers South coach Jay Baum used seven players on defense in practice against five on offense.

The visiting Mustangs jumped ahead early and never looked back in a 60-48 victory over Proviso East in a West Suburban Gold showdown Friday night in Maywood.

No. 18 Downers South (15-3, 4-1) started with a 10-0 sport ignited by back-to-back three pointers from Danielius Jurgutis and Jamall Millison. After baskets by Millison and Kevin Honn and a Proviso timeout, a Trashaun Carroll basket got the Pirates on the board.

Defensive pressure sets our tempo, Millison said. Since they are always an up-and-down team, we wanted to slow it down and play our game. I was surprised the way the game started, but not really. In the locker room everyone on the team was focused.

Proviso East (12-3, 4-1) got within 16-13 on a Michael Nicholas three-pointer, but Jerron Wilbut answered with a trey for the Mustangs to end the first quarter.

It was all about momentum, Wilbut said. And we knew we had to handle their pressure defense. This shows that we have a lot of depth, a lot of leadership and a bench.

Downers South used a 7-0 run capped by a two and a three from Wilbut to go up 29-16 with 3:49 to play in the half. The Pirates got back in the game with an 8-0 spurt before the Mustangs closed the half by making 2-of-4 from the line for a 31-24 lead.

In the second half, the Mustangs answered every run and built the lead to 13. Wilbut led the Mustangs with 15 points, Millison scored 12, Honn 10 and Ziggy Riauka nine.

We came in playing to win and not playing not to lose, Downers South coach Jay Baum said. For us, the defense has to be there every night and these kids have to play together. like they did.

Keith Carter and Nicholas each scored 16 for the Pirates.

We couldnt get a good shot and we never got a good run, Proviso East coach David Chatman said. We were out hustled and we were out worked. They got the lead and we never could overcome it. All I can say is that we have to learn from our mistakes.

Podcast: Dylan Cease raves about the White Sox farm system


Podcast: Dylan Cease raves about the White Sox farm system

Coming to you from Washington DC, we speak with Dylan Cease who competed in the MLB Futures Game along with his Birmingham Barons teammate Luis Basabe. 

Cease talks about the White Sox loaded farm system, what players have impressed him the most, where he gets his composure on the mound and more. 

Check out the entire podcast here:

Fernando Tatis Jr. is the prospect who got away: White Sox fans, read this at your own risk

Fernando Tatis Jr. is the prospect who got away: White Sox fans, read this at your own risk

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fernando Tatis, Jr. is one of the brightest future stars in the game. MLB Pipeline ranks him as the No. 3 prospect in all of baseball, one spot behind Eloy Jimenez.

He’s a five-tool shortstop slashing .289/.359/.509 at Double-A San Antonio with 15 home runs, 42 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in 85 games. He’s bilingual, charismatic, the kind of guy who could be a face of a franchise.

And two years ago, he was property of the White Sox.

That was until they traded Tatis, who was only 17 at the time, to the Padres for James Shields. Tatis had yet to play a single game in the White Sox farm system, so it was tough to predict his future. However, speaking with Tatis before he competed in the MLB Futures Game on Sunday, the trade was definitely a shock to him.

“I was surprised. It was weird. For a kid that young to get traded, I had never heard of it. When they told me that, I couldn’t believe it. I was like, ‘What’s going on?’” Tatis said in an interview with NBC Sports Chicago.

No front office is going to bat 1.000, and when it comes to Tatis, this is a trade the White Sox would love to have back.

But first, more perspective.

In June of 2016, six months before the White Sox started their rebuild, they were 29-26, a game and a half out of first place. With Chris Sale, Jose Quintana and a healthy Carlos Rodon anchoring their rotation, they felt that with the addition of Shields, they could compete for the division.

Unfortunately, perception didn’t meet reality. Shields struggled on the mound with the White Sox in 2016 and 2017. His numbers have improved considerably, and he could return the White Sox another prospect if he’s dealt before the trade deadline. However, it’s unlikely they’ll receive a player with the potential that Tatis has right now.

“(The trade) was about getting a good starter so they could get to the playoffs. I understood. I know this game is a business,” Tatis said.

Before the trade occurred, Tatis looked into his future and saw a day when he’d be the White Sox starting shortstop.

“Yeah, that was my goal when (White Sox director of international scouting) Marco Paddy signed me,” Tatis said. “We talked about it when I started and that was the goal.”

His goal now is to make it to the major leagues with the Padres.

“I’m pretty close. I want to keep working. When they decide to call me up, I’ll be ready.”

As for his former team, he’s impressed with the talent the White Sox have assembled.

“They’re building something special. They have really good prospects. I wish the best for them.”

You can’t help but wonder what the rebuild would look like if Tatis was along for the ride. He’s the one who got away.