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Stingy defense sends Rock Island to 3A Final

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Stingy defense sends Rock Island to 3A Final

Friday, March 18, 2011
Posted: 10:28 p.m.
By Michael O'Brien
YourSeason.com

PEORIA Every time Brooks guards George Marshall and Mike Powell elevated for jump shots on Friday they looked confident and poised, and for good reason all season long the vast majority of those jumpers had gone in. Not this time. Marshall and Powell were absolutely broke for four quarters as the Eagles fell to Rock Island 55-36 in the Class 3A state semifinals at Carver Arena.It was the worst shooting game we had all year, Brooks coach Bobby Locke said. I think we were awestruck that the ball wasnt going in the hole. I think it carried over to our defense.Brooks shot 13-for-50 from the field. Marshall shot 1-for-12, he missed the first 11 shots. His first basket was a three-pointer with five seconds left in the game. Powell was 1-for-14, he made a layup in the third quarter.The Eagles were not on the court warming up for the usual 15 minutes before tip-off. There was a snafu with the clock in the locker room.We didnt have time to warm up, Powell said. We ended up going out with like eight minutes left. When the game started I tried to get warm out there but it wouldnt go for me.Brooks managed only one free throw in the first quarter and trailed 12-1. Keith Gray (12 points, 12 rebounds) turned things on in the second quarter but the Eagles trailed 23-11 a the half.In a nutshell, the first quarter killed us, Locke said. We couldnt overcome that.The Eagles did hold Stanford recruit Chasson Randle in check. He shot 5-for-15 from the field and finished with 12 points and seven rebounds. Rocks guard Devon Jones didnt score, but he guarded Marshall for the majority of the game.Jones had a huge hand in us winning this, Rock Island coach Thom Sigel said. He shut down George Marshall.Marshall finished with five points and Powell had three. Justin Raabcontributed nine points and Kevin Gray had seven points and five rebounds for Brooks (28-4).I dont know that we even hoped we would contain Marshall and Powell like that, Sigel said.Denzel McCauley, a 6-8 junior, led Rock Island (29-3) with 14 points and nine rebounds. Romal Davis scored nine and Keith Keesy added eight points and six reboundswhile playing with a broken nose.Im proud of the fact that we put it together and got here, Locke said. We bonded really quickly and I hate that it ended so fast.Rock Island will play the winner of the North Chicago vs. Centraliasemifinal for the class 3A state championship Saturday at 2 p.m.It means the world, Randle said. This is amazing just to be sitting here talking about playing in the championship game.

Oilers defenseman Caleb Jones "unfit to play" first two days of Phase 3

Oilers defenseman Caleb Jones "unfit to play" first two days of Phase 3

Just like on Day 1 of the Oilers' Phase 3 training camp leading up to their play-in series against the Blackhawks, Edmonton defenseman Caleb Jones didn't participate in practice and was deemed "unfit to play" on Day 2 Tuesday.

Under the NHL's Return To Play protocol, teams will not be giving specifics on the status of players who are unavailable to skate.

Related: Corey Crawford misses Day1 of training camp, deemed "unfit" to play by Blackhawks

Jones, 23, has played in 60 games with the Oilers over the past two seasons. Mike Green, another Edmonton defenseman, opted out of the NHL's Return To Play program and will not participate in camp or the league's 24-team playoffs.

The Hawks will play the Oilers in a best-of-five qualifying round in Edmonton starting Aug. 1.

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NBA insider reveals most popular item requested by players in Disney bubble

NBA insider reveals most popular item requested by players in Disney bubble

Many NBA players are big time gamers. 

Gordon Hayward is famously obsessed with “Starcraft.” Dwight Howard loves “Call of Duty” so much he appeared in a commercial for the franchise in 2011. Zach LaVine often streams “Call of Duty: Warzone” on his Twitch account. And, seriously, just look at Meyers Leonard’s bubble setup:

 

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Incidentally enough, it turns out the biggest request by players inside the Disney bubble so far is gaming-related. According to NBA writer Keith Smith, who was also 20 years an employee of Disney, the most popular request by players during their first week at the campus was gaming chairs. And it makes sense. No one wants to sit in a normal hotel room chair for four hours when gaming — that includes the top athletes in the world.

“I heard the big delivery in the last two days was gaming chairs, because they don’t want the hotel chairs,” Smith told Jason Goff on the latest episode of the Bulls Talk Podcast. “They’re asking for all sorts of stuff.”

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Also on the show, Smith discussed what life is like inside the bubble for players and team personnel — from extracurricular activities, to food, to security and more. Smith was the first national writer to speculate about Disney as an option for the league to restart its season in an article for Yahoo! Sports back in April, and has been all over the story since.

Smith also shared why he’s optimistic the league will be able to finish despite the sharp rise in COVID-19 cases recently in Florida.

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