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Hope avoids letdown against Carver

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Hope avoids letdown against Carver

By Clyde Travis
YourSeason.com

A Hope Academy victory over Marshall last week opened lots of eyes. The No. 24 Eagles avoided a letdown with an 81-77 victory over Carver at the MLK Dream Classic Saturday at Young.Alex Houston led the way with 36 points and 13 rebounds for Hope Academy (16-2), which established itself from the start as it raced to an 18-6 lead in the first quarter.Carver (4-13) regrouped and rallied to tie the game 46-46 at halftime, but fell behind 65-58 by the end of the third quarter.The Challengers closed the gap to 68-66 on a three-point play by Javon Jacobs with 4:42 remaining in the fourth quarter.The Eagles regained control with three consecutive Alex Houston baskets that pushed the lead to 76-68 with 2:08 remaining in the game.Carver could get no closer that four points the remainder of the game.Hope Academy coach Mike Edwards said his team needs to learn to put teams away. It was an up-and-down game, Edwards said. We would go out to a lead and make some costly mistakes to let them back in it.We have the type of team that can play up-tempo or at a slower pace. Playing this type of competition only makes us a better team.Colin Blaydes scored 14 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked four shots, and Terrence Johnson added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Eagles.We just want to people not to underestimate us and know we can play, Johnson said.

Podcast: Cubs pass the first test in midst of crucial stretch

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Scott Changnon

Podcast: Cubs pass the first test in midst of crucial stretch

On the latest CubsTalk Podcast Scott Changnon and Tony Andracki discuss the state of the Cubs offense, the value of Javy Baez and Addison Russell and what it means now that the starting rotation looks to be finding its form.

With 17 games in 17 days (most of which come against contending teams), the Cubs started things off right with a series victory in St. Louis.

Listen to the entire podcast here:

NHL Draft Profile: D Quinn Hughes

NHL Draft Profile: D Quinn Hughes

From June 17-21, Charlie Roumeliotis will profile two prospects per day — 10 total (five forwards, five defensemen) — leading up to the NHL Draft.​

Quinn Hughes

Position: Defenseman
Height: 5-foot-10
Weight: 170 pounds
Shoots: Left

Scouting report:

"He's got the puck skills, is a good skater, and is a guy with some high-end offensive talent. He wants to get right in there and play where it's hard and where you get rewarded. When he gets that puck on his stick, he wants to bury it."

NHL player comparable: Torey Krug/Kris Letang

Fit for Blackhawks:

It's no secret the Blackhawks are looking to restock their pipeline with some high-end defensemen. Henri Jokiharju and Ian Mitchell are on the way. But the former isn't a lock to be a full-time NHLer this season and the latter will continue playing in college for the 2018-19 season.

Hughes, who shined at Michigan and the IIHF World Championship with Team USA, would have the best chance of the three to crack the Blackhawks lineup first. The problem is, he likely won't be available at No. 8, so if Hughes is the guy they're locked in on, they'd need to trade up to grab him. 

If they did that, Hughes would give the Blackhawks a third blue line prospect they can get excited about. He's a left-handed shot, which evens out the balance in the system, and he would become a prime candidate to eventually replace Duncan Keith as the team's No. 1 defenseman.