Thursday Sept. 9, 2010
Posted: 9:30 p.m.
By Kevin Czerwinski
Chris Archer had been spectacular all season, first for Daytona and then Tennessee. So, it wasnt a surprise that he was on the mound for the Smokies Thursday night as they opened the Southern League playoffs against West Tenn.
What was shocking, however, was what the Diamond Jaxx were able to do to Archer and Tennessee. West Tenn roughed up the opposing ace and pulled off a stunning 8-3 victory at Smokies Park. Archer lasted only three-plus innings, giving up a season-high eight runs on eight hits, two of which were homers.
West Tennessee went up 8-0, finishing off Archer with a six-run fourth inning. Nate Tenbrinks three-run homer was the big blow in the inning.
While Tennessee answered with three runs in the bottom of the fourth and collected 11 hits overall, the game was never close. Russ Canzler had a homer and two RBIs while Blake Lalli had a pair of hits and two walks.
Jacksonville bested Mobile in the other series opener.
WHITE SOXGreat Falls Rookie
The Voyagers closed out the regular season with a victory on Thursday, 5-2, at Billings. The victory was the sixth in a row for Great Falls and 15th in its last 17 games. The Voyagers will open the Pioneer League playoffs Friday night at Helena.
Ryan Hammes RBI double in the sixth inning broke a 2-2. Jeff Tezak padded the lead with a two-run homer in the ninth as Stephen Hiff pitched four scoreless innings of relief to earn the win.
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A report via Sporting News writer Sean Deveney surfaced early on Tuesday morning, stating that the Bulls possibly have interest in free agent big man Jahlil Okafor.
According to sources, Okafor, the No. 3 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, worked out for four teams last Wednesday in Las Vegas, and remains hopeful of signing with a team ahead of training camp next fall.
The Pacers were listed along with the Bulls as teams that could be looking at Okafor, though neither team was at his summer workouts in Las Vegas.
From a public relations standpoint, the Bulls could sell the idea of having a roster with multiple IHSA champions. It would be a feel-good story, with Okafor and Parker joining a young and developing core. But from an on-court perspective, the move makes little sense.
Chicago has a clogged frontcourt rotation that includes Lauri Markkanen, Bobby Portis, Robin Lopez, Cristiano Felicio and No. 7 overall pick Wendell Carter Jr. And while Parker is likely going to play the majority of his minutes on the wing, he will see time at the four and possibly five as well in spot minutes. Okafor has proven to be a capable low-post scorer and little else at this stage in his career.
Okafor has averaged 12.9 points per game and 5.3 rebounds per game, but has only played 131 games over three seasons. He struggled to get minutes last year with the Sixers or the Brooklyn Nets (12.6 minutes per game in 2017-18). His continued poor defense and lack of rebounding prowess were the main reasons why.
He had a 59.3 true shooting percentage in his 26 games with the Nets, as well as 18.2 points per 36 minutes. But his defensive rating of 110 points given up per 100 possessions would do little to help a Bulls team that currently lacks established defensive centers sans Lopez. Even on a minimum contract, an Okafor signing would likely signal a forthcoming trade from the Bulls. In today’s NBA, Having four centers on your roster would be ridiculous, no matter how good the narrative is.
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