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Smith's 37 lift Bogan over Brooks

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Smith's 37 lift Bogan over Brooks

By Chris Pellizzari
YourSeason.com

Once Bogan got going Friday, it looked every bit like a team that has won six in a row.

The were, in a word, scary, as the 101-60 Red-South final showed. Devonte Smiths 37-point performance must have also been a little frightening for visiting Brooks.

No. 7 Bogan (16-1, 6-0) trailed Brooks 16-15 heading into the second period. Then the Bengals showed their fans how quickly they could up big numbers by scoring 29 second-period points, including nine from Luwane Pipkins (21 points).

With 5:17 left in the first half and the Bengals nursing a 22-19 lead, Ronnel Buckner buried a three from the right elbow and the route was on. Donte Jackson, who scored six points in the second period, then scored off a turnover.

On Bogans next possession, DeVaughn Johnson (14 points, 12 rebounds) grabbed two offensive rebounds before being fouled. He hit two free throws to a cap a 6-0 run.

We just hit a couple threes and started feeling good, Pipkins said of the second period. We made a couple baskets and got going. Sometimes you just need to see the ball go through the net.

But the Bengals were just getting warmed up. Pipkins buried two mid-range jumpers in transition and Kendall Wesley stole a pass and took it coast to coast for a lay-up.

On Bogans next possession, Wesley slashed through the paint and delivered a perfect pass to Buckner to complete an 8-0 run and give the Bengals a 42-25 lead.

After the second period, we knew we had them. We knew they werent coming back, said Pipkins.

Smith scored 31 of his 37 in the second half, but his hustle and his two dunks were still impressive.

We fill unbeatable. Scoring 101 points in a game boosts your confidence to 200 percent, said Smith.

Xavier Cunningham led the Eagles (6-12, 2-4) with 20 points. William Gates Jr. finished with 16 points for Brooks.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: If Cubs somehow miss the playoffs will Joe Maddon's seat start heating up?

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USA TODAY

SportsTalk Live Podcast: If Cubs somehow miss the playoffs will Joe Maddon's seat start heating up?

David Haugh (Chicago Tribune), Nick Friedell (ESPN.com) and Patrick Finley (Chicago Sun-Times) join David Kaplan on the panel.

The guys discuss Welington Castillo’s 80-game PED suspension, the Cubs struggles and if Joe Maddon could be on the hot seat if the Cubs somehow miss the playoffs in 2018.

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

Ever wonder what a Portillo's soccer jersey would look like?

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Ever wonder what a Portillo's soccer jersey would look like?

Portillo's has become a staple in the Chicagoland area due to its popular hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches and now, its soccer jerseys.

OK, maybe one of these does not belong with the others. Regardless, Twitter user @JTHazzard created mock-up soccer jerseys mashing MLS teams and restaurants based in that team's city, and the Portillo's jersey is sweet. 

From the Portillo's logo taking center-stage to the picnic blanket pattern to the discrete Chicago Fire logo, this jersey is absolutely brilliant. The only change this writer would make is including the logo below instead.

Valspar is the current sponsor featured on the Fire's uniforms. If the team ever needs a new sponsor, though, Portillo's would be an excellent replacement.