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St. Joseph scores upset over No. 16 St. Rita

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St. Joseph scores upset over No. 16 St. Rita

By Dan Ruane
YourSeason.com
Reggie Johnson had his orders from his coach. Play smart and the rest of the team will follow.Johnson executed those orders brilliantly in helping St. Joseph upset St. Rita 61-54 in a Catholic League North battle in Westchester. The win avenged a 60-44 loss to the Mustangs in mid-December.(Gene Pingatore) talked to me about taking leadership, Johnson said. I took ownership of this game and played smart. I was leading by example.In the first game, St. Rita guard Tony Hicks scored 24 points and the Mustangs (14-9, 8-2) cruised to an easy victory. This time around, the senior guard had Johnson in his grill at every turn. Hicks was held to 12 points and fouled out of the game late in the fourth quarter.I was impressed by the fact that Reggie shut down Hicks, Pingatore said. He made him work to get the ball and we told him dont help out on anyone else stay with Hicks.Rita trailed for most of the game until the Mustangs started forcing turnovers in the fourth quarter to take a brief lead at 48-47 on DeAires Blackwells three point play midway through the quarter.Johnson responded to that by driving to the basket on consecutive drives only to be fouled and knock down all four free throws. Johnson was a perfect 9-for-9 from the line and the Chargers (16-8, 7-3) went 20-for-23 from the line for the game. Johnson was the leading scorer with 21 points.The free throws were huge for us, Johnson said. We werent a good team at the beginning of the year but we keep improving with every game.St. Joseph took its initial lead in the second quarter when it opened up a 22-12 lead. A. J. Patty was a force on defense during that run with four blocked shots forcing the Mustangs to shoot from the outside. Patty, who is 6-8, finished the game with 15 rebounds and five blocked shots.Cullen Foulks led the Mustangs with 13 points and Victor Law came off the bench to score eight points in the second half.Paul Turner registered 11 points for the Chargers who are now 12-3 since the Christmas tournament.

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

The changing of the guard continues for the Cubs this offseason. 

After the team hired a new hitting coach yesterday, it was reported today that they're losing a front office member: 

Rehman, who has been with the Cubs in the same position for the last seven years, will reportedly head up the Rangers' analytics department. According to the Chicago Tribune, Rehman's role was " evaluating existing systems, and recognizing and applying solutions in an effort to create competitive advantages for the organization." 

All reports indicate that he'll be doing similar analytic-based work with the Rangers. 

On this day in 2005: White Sox pitchers put the CG in Chicago

On this day in 2005: White Sox pitchers put the CG in Chicago

Mark Buehrle. Jon Garland. Freddy García. José Contreras.

The 2005 White Sox had four consecutive complete games to finish off the 2005 ALCS — Contreras took his turn in Game 5 against the Angels 13 years ago Tuesday. How special was that run of starting pitching to finish that series? Consider the following six statements:

— No team has had more than two complete games in a single postseason, let alone a postseason series, since.

— There has been a grand total of four complete games in 188 postseason games (through Monday) since the beginning of 2016.

— Those 2005 White Sox remain the only team with four complete games in a single LCS (which went to a best-of-seven format in 1985).

— They are the only team since the 1968 Tigers (in the World Series) with at least four complete games in any postseason series.

— They are the only team since the 1956 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete games in a series. (The Yankees had five in a row: Games 3 through 7.)

— They are the only team since the 1928 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete-game wins in a series (Games 1 through 4).

Take a moment to look back and appreciate what Don Cooper’s troops were able to accomplish in that series. The way the game is played nowadays, we will never see it again.