St. Rita rallies to beat De La Salle


St. Rita rallies to beat De La Salle

By Michael O'Brien

It was a raucous affair, with two impassioned coaches and a pair of ranked teams. In the end, the game submitted to the raw will of St. Rita senior Tony Hicks.Hicks scored 31 points and corralled the final rebound to seal No. 8 St. Ritas 66-64 double-overtime win at No. 6 De La Salle on Friday.De La Salle (0-1, 0-1 Catholic North) led 27-13 with 5:50 to play in the second quarter and the game seemed headed to a blowout. St. Rita (1-0, 1-0) was without two injured starters, 6-6 senior AJ Avery and 6-2 Dominique Matthews.I feel like a lot of teams cant defend our speed, Hicks said. So I never thought we were out of it.Hicks refused to quit. His four-point play with 5:40 to play in the second quarter swung the momentum back to the Mustangs. Then, two quarters and one overtime later, his drive and basket with 1:56 to play in the second overtime provided the winning margin.It was good to get a win, Hicks said. I just knew I had to put everything I had into the game. There was a lot happening all over and I just tried to take charge.Highly-touted freshman Charles Matthews lived up to his billing. He scored eight points and grabbed eight rebounds, but more importantly, showed the poise of a much older player.He is going to be a big-time player, Hicks said. Like really good. Mr. Basketball good.St. Rita senior Mike Foody was a force in the paint. At 6-3, he was much smaller than the Meteors 6-9 Gavin Schilling and 6-7 Alex Foster, but he gave them all they could handle.Foody is tough, Hicks said. He gets in a lot of peoples heads. A lot of people are scared to play him.Foody fouled out in regulation. Schilling (nine points, 10 rebounds) fouled out in the first overtime. Foster (14 points, nine rebounds) fouled out in the second overtime.With those two players out, St. Rita was able to focus on Alvin Ellis (24 points, 12 rebounds) in the second overtime and the Meteors were unable to score.

Kris Dunn out 4-6 weeks with knee sprain

Kris Dunn out 4-6 weeks with knee sprain

The Bulls season has gotten off to a rocky start, losing their first three games of the campaign. Part of that can be attributed to injuries to star Lauri Markkanen, and things just got a whole lot worse.

Point guard Kris Dunn will miss the next four to six weeks with a knee sprain.

Dunn played in his first game against the Mavericks on Monday night after missing the first two games for the birth of his son. Dunn scored nine points with seven assists and four rebounds.

Cam Payne has been filled in for Dunn in the first two games and will be tabbed to do so for the next month or so

Power Rankings Roundup: People are pretty apathetic about losing to the Patriots

Power Rankings Roundup: People are pretty apathetic about losing to the Patriots

While the notion of a "good loss" is more coachspeak than anything of real substance, it looks like NFL media agree. 

After a close loss to the Patriots -- about three feet close, to be exact -- Power Rankings makers aren't blaming the Bears too much. In fact, shoutout to our mothership, Big NBC Sports, for actually *raising* the Bears in their latest rankings. Thanks guys! 

Here's what they're saying: 

Ours: #17, down 4 -
You can do worse than barely losing to the Patriots, but what on earth has happened to Chicago's defense?

NBCSports: #10, up 1 - 
Bears went toe-to-toe with the Patriots and made it to the later rounds before taking one on the chin. No shame in that.

NFL.com: #11, N/A - 
The opportunities were there for the Bears, who took it to the Patriots in the first half Sunday. The second half was a different story, as Chicago was stuck in catch-up mode.

Washington Post: #16, down 1 - 
The Bears came up a yard shy of a tying TD on the Hail Mary against the Patriots. This was a far less egregious loss than falling to Brock Osweiler and the Dolphins a week earlier. But it was still a loss.

ESPN: #13, down 1 - 
Need more from: RB Jordan Howard. Howard is averaging only 3.46 yards per rush, which ranks 41st out of 47 qualifying running backs. Bears running backs as a whole rank 30th with 1.45 yards after contact per rush, and Mitchell Trubisky has led the team in rushing in two of the past three games.

Sports Illustrated: #18, N/A - 
The Bears were 3-1 before starting a four-game tour of the AFC East. They need to take care of business against the Jets and Bills to keep pace in a tough NFC North.

Sporting News: #16, down 1 - 
Mitchell Trubisky and the offense have become a fun, unpredictable and mostly explosive roller-coaster ride, but the defense is showing it has plenty of leaks behind Khalil Mack.

FanSided: #17, down 2 - 
Mitchell Trubisky and those special teams were a disaster on Sunday.

Bleacher Report: #15, N/A - 
The problem is the Bears also have five tough divisional games remaining, including two with the Vikings. A date with the Rams also looms. However, if the Bears take care of business in the first four games mentioned, they will need to go just 3-3 in their remaining six matchups to go 10-6 and (presumably) make the playoffs.