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Marshall plays hero, leads Brooks over Farragut

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Marshall plays hero, leads Brooks over Farragut

Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011
11:27 p.m.

By Michael O'Brien
Yourseason.com

George Marshalls name has been bandied about the city for four years. A four-year starter for Brooks and a Wisconsin recruit, the 6-foot senior never lived up to his early hype.

Until Sunday.

Marshall scored 12 points in the fourth quarter and drained the game-winning jumper with six seconds to play as the Eagles rallied to beat Farragut 56-54 in the Public League quarterfinals at Chicago State.

It means a lot, Marshall said. We had so many chances to make our mark the last four years and didnt pull it out.

Marshall didnt score until the fourth quarter. Farragut committed a rash of turnovers in the second half, surrendering a 15-point lead. It seemed to energize Marshall, who started attacking the basket and getting to the free-throw line.

Brooks coach Bobby Locke, who took over this season for Chris Head, was pleased that Marshall was the player who hit the big shot.

I didnt realize how much he had been through until I got here this year, Locke said. He deserved that moment.

Marshall missed the majority of his junior season with injuries and had a broken hand earlier this season. He returned just in time for the Public League playoffs.

I was a little winded earlier in the game, Marshall said. But at the end I knew I had to pull everything I had out of me.

Keith Gray, a 6-6 senior, led Brooks (20-3) with 21 points and five rebounds. Michael Powell added nine points and Kevin Gray scored seven and grabbed 13 rebounds.

Farragut only managed one field goal in the final nine minutes of the game.

Thats been a trend with us, Marshall said. The first half our defense has been so-so, but weve really picked up the intensity in the third and fourth quarter.

Gabriel Williams, who missed a possible game-winning three at the buzzer, led the Admirals (19-4) with 26 points. Rashaun Stimage, who fouled out midway through the fourth quarter, added nine points and Jonathan Collins scored four and grabbed 10 rebounds.

The Eagles held Farragut star DJ Tolliver to just five points and nine rebounds.

Brooks will face Curie in the semifinals on Wednesday at DePaul.

Young will play Simeon (23-0) in the other semifinal. The Wolverines beat Mather (20-5) 66-44. Jabari Parker led the way with 22 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Ahman Fells added 11 points.

Dallas Keuchel frustrated with White Sox' effort in loss to Tigers

Dallas Keuchel frustrated with White Sox' effort in loss to Tigers

Dallas Keuchel took his teammates to task after Monday’s uninspiring 5-1 loss at the hands of the Detroit Tigers.

The White Sox arrived in Detroit in the wee hours Monday morning after losing a hard-fought, extra innings, rain-delayed game vs. the Indians on Sunday, and Keuchel says the team let that carry over into Monday’s game.

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“I would’ve liked to see the team play better tonight,” Keuchel said. “We just came out flat, and I feel like we stayed flat the whole game.

“We’ve got some guys coming out and taking professional at-bats, being professional on the mound, and doing what it takes to win, and we’ve got some guys kinda going through the motions. So, we need to clean a lot of things up.

“If we wanna be in this thing at the end of the season, we’re going to have to start that now. When you have enough talent to potentially win every game it’s very frustrating when you have games like this and it just seems like we were out of it from the get go... Today was one of the first games I've seen subpar play from everybody."

While that is obviously not the assessment fans want to hear from one of the top free agents the White Sox brought in this season, it’s that leadership that the team coveted so much from Keuchel in the first place. Leading is easy during a hot streak, but it’s more important during losing skids. Keuchel seems to understand that’s what the White Sox need as they try to transition from rebuilding team to playoff contenders.

“There’s going to be a lot of learning curves for this team, just because of the process that this team has been under for the last two or three years, and this is one of them. We faced a challenge tonight and hopefully we can come out tomorrow and strap it up and play some White Sox baseball.”

Tuesday’s expected return of Tim Anderson, whose energy has been noticeably missing since he suffered a groin strain on July 31, should help the team regain that spark. As one of the Sox’ most consistent hitters he should also help the sluggish offense, which has only mustered 11 runs over the last six games.

“We have a great opportunity these next couple of games to get some wins and keep moving the wagons forward,” Keuchel said. “As frustrating as it is tonight, we could very well easily come out tomorrow and play like we’re supposed to and then win the series on Wednesday.”


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Cubs' Javier Báez, wife Irmarie are expecting a second child

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Cubs shortstop Javier Báez made a big announcement on Monday: he and his wife, Irmarie, are expecting a second child. 

Báez revealed the news in an adorable social media post with the help of his 2-year-old son, Adrian.

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Congrats to the Báez family!

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