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Richardson helps De La Salle top St. Joseph

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Richardson helps De La Salle top St. Joseph

By Ken Ryan
Yourseason.com

De La Salle junior Demarcus Richardson knows that he has a number of teammates that are going to grab most of the headlines this season.

Hes perfectly fine with that.

I know everybody is going to talk to about our big guys (Alex Foster) and (Gavin Schilling) and Alvin (Ellis), so I just have to wait for my opportunity and take advantage of it when I get my chance, Richardson said. It just feels great to help our team any way I can.

Richardson turned in an attention-worthy performance Friday to help De La Salle knock off St. Joseph 62-52 in a Catholic North contest in Westchester.

The 5-foot-8 guard scored a game-high 18 points and added five steals to spark the victory.

Demarcus just doesnt get tired, White said. Hes the Energizer Bunny out there. Hes a good floor general and can shoot the ball. We have enough horses, but we need a floor general. We say he drives our car, but he was driving a Lamborghini today.

Richardsons effort was timely considering Ellis picked up his second foul two minutes into the contest.

Richardson, who has drawn a lot of interest from Marquette, scored 10 of his points in the second quarter to help the Meteors (6-1, 1-1 in Catholic North) take a 25-21 lead at halftime.

He then scored five points during De La Salles 14-4 run to start the third quarter that increased its lead to 39-25.

I just wanted to come out aggressive, Richardson said. Alvin (Ellis) was in foul trouble so I knew I had to step up my game to help us get the win. St. Joes is a hard place to play. The crowd was giving it to us and our coach just told us to come out and play our hardest. Thats what we came out to do and we got the W.

St. Joseph (3-3, 1-1) staged an impressive comeback, scoring the final seven points of the third quarter and using a 9-5 spurt to start the fourth quarter and pull within 48-46 with 4:50 remaining.

De La Salle, which shot 56 percent from the field (26-for-46), scored the next six points and pulled away down the stretch.

The Meteors also received key contributions from Foster (14 points, 11 rebounds, 3 blocks), Ellis (15 points) and Schilling (13 points, 2 blocks), while St. Joseph was led by Paul Turner (16 points), A.J. Patty (9 points, 8 rebounds) and Karrien Simmons (10 points, 4 rebounds).

We had a heck of a week, White said. We played the No. 9 team (St. Rita) and then played Farragut, which was No. 12 and then St. Joes was a top-15 team at the beginning of the year. We were battle tested and we werent going to give this game away on their court when we had control.

Loyola's March Madness hero Donte Ingram will play with Bulls' Summer League team

Loyola's March Madness hero Donte Ingram will play with Bulls' Summer League team

Donte Ingram's 2018 keeps getting better and better.

The March Madness hero, who buried a game-winning 3-pointer in the first round of Loyola's win over Miami, will play on the Bulls' Summer League team.

Ingram, a Simeon Academy graduate, had himself an incredible senior season with the Ramblers, who advanced all the way to the Final Four as a No. 11 seed.

In five NCAA Tournament games Ingram averaged 7.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists for the Ramblers. He also had 18 points in the MVC Conference Championship Game to secure the Ramblers' March Madness berth.

He'll join first-round draft picks Wendell Carter Jr. and Chandler Hutchison on the Las Vegas Summer League team, which will begin play early next month.

Avisail Garcia is back from his lengthy DL stay just in time to prove he's a part of White Sox long-term future

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Avisail Garcia is back from his lengthy DL stay just in time to prove he's a part of White Sox long-term future

For the first time in two months, Avisail Garcia is back in the White Sox lineup.

Garcia’s return from his lengthy stay on the disabled list was a refreshing sight for a team that came into the season believing he’d be one of its biggest bats. After all, Garcia was excellent in 2017, an All-Star campaign for him that saw him with some of the best hitting statistics in the American League.

But even with those good numbers, there were plenty of questions about where Garcia stood in the rebuilding White Sox long-term future. After a long wait for that breakout season, was it going to be the new normal or a one-hit wonder? He’s got just two more seasons of team control left, and there are a ton of outfield prospects developing behind him in the minor leagues.

His admittedly slow start this year didn’t help clarify anything: He returned to action with a .233/.250/.315 slash line, a far cry from the .330/.380/.506 line he finished with last season.

So now he’s back, and the “prove it” season resumes. He’s got time left to show the White Sox he can fend off challenges from the likes of Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert, Blake Rutherford, Luis Alexander Basabe, Micker Adolfo and all the rest. Getting back on the field is the first step in doing that.

“Be healthy and play hard like I’ve been playing all my career,” Garcia said Friday. “Just trying stay healthy, do my routine and do my best to help my team win.

“My knee is good. My hamstring is good. I have no pain in my body right now. I feel great, great and focused and trying to compete every single day.”

The injury — injuries, it turns out — certainly didn’t help. After the hamstring strain he suffered turned out to be a tad more significant than originally believed, he suffered a separate knee injury during his recovery that kept him on the shelf a while longer.

But Garcia showed that maybe his bat is ready to come back to life during his rehab at Triple-A Charlotte. He slashed an eye-popping .360/.429/.840 with three home runs, three doubles and nine RBIs in just seven games.

No one’s expecting that kind of production now that he’s back at the major league level. But plenty of fans and observers are expecting a lot who is still young enough to warrant consideration for a spot on the White Sox next contending team. He’s got the advantage of already playing at the big league level to show off for all the decision makers.

But there’s no doubt that it’s a stacked group behind him. Jimenez, the third-ranked prospect in baseball, was just promoted to Triple-A. A trio of high-performing outfielders — Basabe, Alex Call and Joel Booker — just got bumped up to Double-A. And perhaps the most exciting group of all — Robert, Rutherford, Adolfo and Luis Gonzalez — are all playing together at Class A Winston-Salem.

That’s an awful lot of young, inexpensive depth to contend with in the discussion for how the White Sox should align their outfield of the future. But Garcia can still stay in that discussion by doing one thing: hitting. His quest to turn his season around starts now.