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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.

2019 NHL Draft Profile: C Jack Hughes

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NBC Sports

2019 NHL Draft Profile: C Jack Hughes

From June 10-20, Charlie Roumeliotis will profile one top prospect per day — 11 total — leading up to the 2019 NHL Draft as the Blackhawks prepare to pick third overall.

Jack Hughes

Position: Center
Height: 5-foot-11
Weight: 170 pounds
Shoots: Left

Scouting report from NHL.com draft expert Adam Kimelman:

The most talented player in the draft should be the first one selected. The 18-year-old has a package of skating, passing, vision and hockey sense that's reminiscent of Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane."

NHL player comparable: Connor McDavid/Patrick Kane

Fit for Blackhawks:

Listen, we know. Hughes isn't going to be on the board at No. 3. But let's dream just for one minute because when the Blackhawks jumped into the top-three on lottery night, the thought crept into everyone's minds.

Hughes is one of the most talented players to ever come out of the United States National Development Program, and is the most pro-ready out of any prospect in this year's draft. He could step onto an NHL team tomorrow and play in a top-six role seamlessly. 

Stylistically, Hughes' game is reminiscent of McDavid and Kane: A playmaker, goal scorer, smooth skater, unreal vision, high hockey IQ. He is the complete package. And just wait until he adds some muscle to his frame under the care of an NHL organization.

If the Blackhawks landed the No. 1 overall pick, their center depth for the next 7-8 years could've consisted of Hughes, Dylan Strome and Jonathan Toews. Alright, now back to reality. 

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Cubs split Crosstown and Adbert Alzolay is called up

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Cubs split Crosstown and Adbert Alzolay is called up

Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki check in from Wrigley Field after the Cubs split the first leg of the Crosstown Classic with the White Sox.

Kelly and Tony discuss the breaking news of top pitching prospect Adbert Alzolay's promotion to the big leagues and what his role could be with the Cubs (2:15), and assess where the Cubs stand as they continue their long homestand, including the recent offensive downturn and Yu Darvish taking a step forward (7:30).

Cubs Talk Podcast

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