Friars pull off shocker; upset No. 3 De La Salle

Friars pull off shocker; upset No. 3 De La Salle

Friday, Jan. 7, 2011
11:57 PM

By Patrick McGavin

Dylan Barnett always believed. We were probably the only ones who thought we were capable of winning, he said.

The Fenwick senior guard created off the dribble and assisted Tim Gancer on a layup with 15 seconds remaining as the host Friars stunned No. 3 De La Salle 49-48 Friday night in Oak Park.

We were trying to run something off a screen or get something going to the basket and I saw Tim underneath and I just passed him the ball, Barnett said. We were confident that we could play with them. You saw that tonight, the way we shared the ball, nobody scored a lot, just everybody had 10 or 12.

Gancer and Sam Ainsworth both scored 11 points to lead the Friars (7-5, 3-1). Barnett scored four of his 10 points in the fourth quarter.

De La Salle had two final chances but missed twice, including a layup, with less than two seconds remaining, as Fenwick's student body rushed the floor in celebration after handing the Meteors their first loss of the season.

I thought this would be the kind of game where I said, Wed competed for 31 minutes and 45 seconds, but the kids fought through it and held together, Fenwick coach John Quinn said.

The Meteors missed their first 11 shots and did not score from the field until Demarcus Richardson scored on a drive with a minute to play in the first quarter. Star forward Mike Shaw scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half.

We were never in sync offensively, and at the end we played like we were trying not to lose, De La Salle coach Tom White said. They put everybody below the free-throw line and they dared us to shoot.

Despite its offensive struggles, De La Salle (12-1, 3-1 Catholic League) led by as many as six twice in the second half. Shaw drilled two three-pointers en route to an eight-point third quarter.

Barnett, who missed the Proviso West Tournament with a sprained ankle, drilled two jumpers at the start of the fourth quarter to wipe out a 40-36 De La Salle advantage. The Friars took their first lead of the fourth quarter, 47-46, on two free throws by Ainsworth with 1:56 remaining.

Sophomore Jaylon Tate (eight points) scored off a steal to give De La Salle its final lead at 48-47 with 44 seconds remaining. Sophomore forward Alex Foster added 10 points, seven rebounds and two blocks. Sophomore Alvin Ellis contributed nine points.

Is Matt Forte pushing for a coaching job with the Bears?

Is Matt Forte pushing for a coaching job with the Bears?

Is former Bears star Matt Forte going to be the team’s new running backs coach?

For now, that’s Charles London’s job, who was hired to head coach Matt Nagy’s staff earlier this year.

But on Tuesday night, Forte tweeted that he would like a coaching spot with Chicago sometime in the near future.

Serving as evidence, the now-retired running back responded to a tweet from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, which announced the Broncos’ hiring of former linebacker Demarcus Ware as a “pass-rush consultant on a part-time basis.” Forte tweeted at the Bears, saying that he is “available” to take on a similar role to Ware’s new Denver gig.

Forte’s tweet was relatively cryptic, and he never specified exactly what type of job he would want with the Bears. After finishing up a storied career this past season and solidifying his name as a Bears legend, Forte has proven that he could easily coach young running backs or even wide receivers at some point.

But isn’t this all just a joke?

Forte silenced the doubters by tweeting “I wasn’t joking” as a response to an article saying that his desire for a new occupation with the Bears was simply a gag. The former workhorse was also intrigued by a fan’s tweet asking “Coach Forte??”

The mere thought of having Forte back in Chicago with the Bears’ coaching staff sent fans on Twitter into a frenzy. In April, Forte came back to Halas Hall to ink his name on a one-day contract, successfully allowing him to retire as a Bear. Now, Forte wants a lengthier stay in the Windy City.

Ware’s role with Denver is not extensive by any means and, according to Schefter, he will work a pretty scattered schedule with Broncos players. What Forte’s role would look like with the Bears is completely unknown if his plan to coach becomes a reality.

Forte has the running back credentials to take on a coaching position. In eight seasons with the Bears, Forte racked up a combined 8,602 rushing yards, second to only the great Walter Payton. Forte’s 4,116 receiving yards as a running back, 12,718 yards from scrimmage, 24 games with 100 rushing yards and 25 games with at least 150 yards from scrimmage also ranks second behind Payton.

Maybe this will be a new development in Chicago’s offseason plans, but there is no real talk of bringing one of the team’s all-time leading rushers back to the team as of right now.

Last month, NBC Sports Chicago announced Forte will be joining the network as a Bears game day studio analyst for the upcoming 2018 NFL season. And we're not joking about that.

Brandon Morrow lands on DL after hurting back while taking his pants off

Brandon Morrow lands on DL after hurting back while taking his pants off

Remember that one time Sammy Sosa threw out his back while sneezing? Well, Brandon Morrow may have topped that on the Cubs all-time list of wacky injuries.

The 33-year-old closer was placed on the 10-day disabled list prior to Wednesday's game after hurting his back while taking his pants off upon returning from the team's road trip to St. Louis. It's being labeled as "lower back tightness."

"It's frustrating any time you can't get out there, and especially when you can't go because of something stupid like taking your pants off," Morrow told reporters on Tuesday.

And that's put the Cubs pitching staff in a tough spot for the rest of the week, given Wednesday's series finale against the Dodgers is the third game in a little more than 24 hours for the Cubs.

"I don't want to downplay anything," Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said. "Obviously he had back spams, he had the same thing in spring training. We'll start treating it the same way we did in spring training; I think he was out about a week to 10 days. If things go as we hope, I think it'd be the kind of thing where he'd probably be able to be throwing before the 10 days is up.

"But we felt like it wasn't going to be something where he was ready this weekend and if he's not going to be ready all weekend, we can already backdate it three days so it made sense to put him on the DL."

Morrow is tied for fifth in the National League with 16 saves and owns a 1.59 ERA is 26 relief appearances this season. Justin Hancock, who served as the 26th man during Tuesday's doubleheader, stayed with the team as a result.