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Leo tops St. Francis for Catholic League win

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Leo tops St. Francis for Catholic League win

Friday, Dec. 10, 2010
11:08 PM

By Clyde Travis
YourSeason.com

Sometimes your best is not good enough. To put it simply, Leo (6-0) just had too much talent for St. Francis de Sales (1-5) to cope with as the Lions remained undefeated with a 60-40 victory in the Catholic League.

The Lions couldnt pull away in the first quarter and led 16-13 on a basket by Joshua Gilbert. But they got off to a good start in the second quarter with a 10-2 spurt and opened up to a 26-16 lead with 4:55 remaining in the third quarter on a jumper by Paul Beene.

It was all down hill from there for the visitors as the Lions finished out the quarter 39-17.

Maurice Joiner notched a double-double with 15 points and 15 rebounds along with three blocks and three assists. Beene finished with 14 points and Sean Moore Jr. added 11 points.

Joe Pearson led St. Francis with 11 points and Eric Washington scored 10 points.

Rebounding was the key for Leo as they out-rebounded the Pioneers 42-26.

Despite going down in a losing effort, St. Francis coach Kevin Wolfe said he was encouraged by his teams effort. Leo is a well-coached, very talented team. I was pleased with the way we competed with them in the first quarter. After we got into foul trouble and had to go to our bench they just had too much talent for us to compete.

Leo coach Noah Cannon said he liked what he saw. This was our home opener and I wanted to see how we would respond to our crowd. We got some great senior leadership from Maurice and Paul.

Cannon also said the game was dedicated to Lloyd Fuller, who has driven the bus for Leo for the past 35 years. Hes not doing too well right now, hes in our Hall of Fame and a big part of the Leo family. The kids all love him. Hes a very special person.

Would Wendell Carter Jr. be picked higher if the NBA Draft was today?

Would Wendell Carter Jr. be picked higher if the NBA Draft was today?

According to Bleacher Report, Wendell Carter Jr. would be taken fourth overall by the Memphis Grizzlies if the NBA were to redraft this year’s class based off of Summer League performances.

It may sound like a crazy concept (and it is), but Carter Jr. averaged the second most points, 14.6, through five July games in Las Vegas. He also averaged 9.4 rebounds and shot 55 percent from the field while averaging 28.8 minutes in his glamorous first-stint with Chicago. Those numbers are even more striking if you consider Carter Jr.’s 42.9 percent shooting from behind the three-point line.

Carter Jr., the real seventh overall pick of this year’s NBA Draft, looked like the all-around player the Bulls were hoping to get this offseason. He made his blocking abilities as a center known from the moment he stepped on the court in Summer League.

In their re-draft, Bleacher Report had Chicago using the No. 7 pick on the New York Knicks’ Mitchell Robinson, who was actually taken 36th overall in last month’s Draft.

Robinson, a center, averaged 13 points and 24.8 minutes per game over five Summer League contests. He was the best rebounder on his team with an average of 10.2 in the five games that the Knicks played.

The 20-year-old took the second most shots on the Knicks and had the highest field goal percentage at 67 percent, but Robinson did not have any three-point attempts.  What made his recent production seem even more surprising was the fact that the 7'1'' big man did not play a single minute of college basketball.

But would Robinson fit in the Bulls’ system?

Chicago has taken on an offense-first mentality, so Robinson would not be as great of a fit in the Bulls lineup as Carter Jr., but he would still be an impact player. He can be compared to the Bulls’ current center Robin Lopez, who averaged a similar amount of points per game (11.8 points in 26.4 minutes) last season as Robinson’s Summer League average (13 points in 24.8 minutes). And like Lopez, Robinson will likely be most effective around the basket and in the pick-and-roll.

Robinson would also have to learn the defensive concepts that a veteran like Lopez has mastered over his 10-year career.

Next season, the Bulls will have an exciting scoring trio of Jabari Parker, Lauri Markkanen and Carter Jr. in the frontcourt. And the fact that Carter Jr. is getting so much love in the national spotlight is yet another reason for Bulls fans to be excited about this upcoming season.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: What else can the Blackhawks do this summer?

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: What else can the Blackhawks do this summer?

On the latest edition of the Hawks Talk Podcast, Charlie Roumeliotis is joined by Scott Powers of The Athletic to discuss Stan Bowman's comments following the Marian Hossa trade and debate whether they're finished making moves this summer.

They also provide their thoughts on the Blackhawks' top prospects and which players have caught their attention as development camp winds down.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below: