By Michael O'Brien
It certainly wasnt pretty, but Orr survived the Public League quarterfinals Sunday at Chicago State, outlasting Foreman 62-60 in overtime.
"This was the worst weve played," Orr coach Lou Adams said. "We were terrible today. We outscored them but they outplayed us."
Neither team scored a field goal in the overtime, so it came down to free throw shooting. Orr was 3-for-4 and Foreman was 1-for-4. The Hornets didnt score a field goal in the final eight minutes of the game.
Marquise Pryor, Devante Jones and Deshawn King each scored 12 for the Spartans (19-3).
Orr jumped out to a 26-13 lead, but Foreman closed the first half with a 9-0 run and led by three at the break. Neither team led by more than four in the second half.
"I think we were worried about Simeon or Marshall (in the next round)," said Pryor. "We came together at the end and got focused as a team."
Karon Linton led Foreman (17-4) with 19 points, Terrance Overton scored 14 and Clarence Boyce had 13.
Carl White had a chance to tie the game for Foreman, but missed a jumper just before the buzzer.
"A lot of our shots were just going in and out," Foreman coach Terry Head said. "We dont have a really deep bench. Im proud of these guys, they play hard."
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Is this the offseason that Cubs executive Jason McLeod finally becomes an MLB general manager?
According to Bruce Levine, the Giants are reportedly interested in McLeod, the Cubs senior vice president of scouting and player development, for their vacant general manager position.
McLeod joined the Cubs' front office in 2011 alongside Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. Before the Cubs, he spent six years in the Red Sox front office and two in the Padres' (with Hoyer, who was San Diego's general manager from 2010-2011).
Of course, the Giants' reported interest in McLeod doesn't necessarily mean that he will interview for the job. However, it's worth noting that McLeod interviewed for the Twins' general manager job in 2016; he also withdrew his name from consideration for the Padres' general manager job in 2014.
In addition to the Giants, McLeod's name has been linked to the Mets' general manager vacancy. This is more speculation, but the point is that it seems to be only a matter of time before McLeod is hired as general manager elsewhere.
For what it's worth, though, McLeod is under contract through 2021 and has previously said that he is grateful to be with the Cubs.
“I’m exceptionally grateful,” McLeod said. “All of us are. Look at where we are at this moment in time with this team," McLeod said in 2016. "I can’t imagine a better environment, a better culture to work at in baseball.
"We’ve been together a long time. We’re friends. We’re good. We embrace the fact that we are good. And we challenge ourselves to be even better.”