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Three-ball lifts New Trier past Fenwick

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Three-ball lifts New Trier past Fenwick

By Patrick McGavin
YourSeason.com

David Bragiel was almost embarrassed by the question. I dont normally shoot like this, the New Trier senior guard said. It is pretty hard to improve on perfection.Bragiel hit four three-pointers and made all five of his shots in scoring 18 points and distributing a team-leading seven assists to lead the No. 13 Trevians over Fenwick 62-47 in a first-round Proviso West Holiday tournament matchup Tuesday in Hillside.New Trier advances to play Homewood-Flossmoor in Wednesdays quarterfinals.Bragiels initial two three-pointers helped New Trier (10-1) climb out of an early 5-0 deficit after Fenwick forward Luke Lattner opened the game with a jumper in the lane and a three-pointer from the left baseline. Following his lead, New Triers 6-7 star forward Connor Boehm took control. Boehm scored New Triers next eight points on an impressive variety of inside moves as New Trier led 14-7 after the first period. The outside-in tandem proved difficult for Fenwick (3-6) to match up against. Thats how its been the whole year, he said, because teams focus two or three guys to try and stop Connor and it leaves a lot of space for myself and the other shooters.The good thing is we have three or four guys that can make the shots.Boehm finished with 17 points and seven rebounds.New Trier (8 of 19 on three-pointers) outscored the Friars 24-9 from distance. Austin Angel (nine points) and Bragiel hit consecutive three-pointers as the Trevians seized a 30-21 lead at the break.The game turned late in the third quarter. Behind Samuel Ainsworth (12 points) and sophomore Scott Lindsey (10 points), the Friars mounted a 9-1 run to pull within 39-34. Bragiel broke a trap and found Angel unattended on the right baseline. Angel buried the three-pointers and followed that moments later with a three-point play.New Trier coach Scott Fricke thought his team was sluggish after a nearly two-week lay off. You have to give Fenwick a lot of credit, he said. They are long and active and forced a lot of turnovers in the first half. He also acknowledged the teams perimeter skills transcends the occasional lapse or mistake. We have a multitude of shooters, he said.New Trier also unveiled another dangerous weapon in 6-5 junior forward Steven Cook. He scored six of his 16 points in the second quarter. He also added a game-high 10 rebounds. Cook struggled with his shot early but became increasingly comfortable as the game wore on. This was my time really playing in the tournament and I think I was a little nervous because I wanted to do well, he said. As the game wore I got more comfortable.

White Sox Talk Podcast: The 10th anniversary of Mark Buehrle's perfect game

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White Sox Talk Podcast: The 10th anniversary of Mark Buehrle's perfect game

Chuck Garfien and Steve Stone take a look back at Mark Buehrle's perfect game. How did Buehrle do it? How did Dewayne Wise make that catch?

Plus, Buehrle and A.J. Pierzynski talk about how Buehrle actually told Pierzynski before taking that field that day that he would throw a perfect game and more.

Listen to the entire podcast here or in the embedded player below.

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Road struggles continue for Cubs in late-game implosion against Giants

Road struggles continue for Cubs in late-game implosion against Giants

It’s no secret that the Cubs have had their fair share of struggles on the road this season. Entering Monday’s game the Giants – the first of a nine-game road trip -- the Cubs held an 18-27 road record, 21st in all of baseball.

Things took a turn for the worse in that department on Monday night.

Clinging to a 4-2 lead in the eighth inning, the Cubs called upon reliever Pedro Strop to shut down the Giants 3-4-5 hitters. Strop, who entered action with a 4.62 ERA in 29 appearances (5.40 in July), surrendered three runs on four hits – including three doubles. The end result was the Giants taking a 5-4 lead, ultimately the game’s final score.

While Strop’s outing will get the most face time due to it occurring in a high-leverage spot, the truth of the matter is that the Cubs struggled for much of Monday’s game. After taking an early 3-0 lead, they couldn’t pull away from the Giants, watching San Francisco slowly close the gap and cut the deficit to 3-2 in the fifth inning.

The Giants actually came close to tying the game at 3-3 in the seventh inning, though Steve Cishek was able to work out of a first and second, one out jam to keep the Cubs ahead. Plus, before consecutive two out singles in the eighth inning – one being an RBI from Anthony Rizzo to give the Cubs an insurance run, the Cubs offense went through a 1-for-15 drought that began with two outs in the third inning.

At the same time, Strop struggling again is quite concerning. The 34-year-old has been the team's most reliable reliever for the past five seasons, posting sub-3.00 ERAs in each campaign from 2014-18. However, he's in the midst of a forgettable month, allowing seven runs on 11 hits in 7 2/3 innings. Strop also surrendered a game-tying home run in the eighth inning Friday against the Padres, though the Cubs were able to bounce back and win. 

Between their road woes and Strop's rough July, Monday's game did nothing to alleviate concerns over two unsettling Cubs trends. If there's one positive to take away from the game, it's that the Cubs were six outs away from picking up their third road win in seven tries this month.

Moral victories count for little when a team is in a heated pennant race, though, especially since the Cardinals took down the Pirates Monday to cut the Cubs' lead in the NL Central to 1.5 games. The Cubs have to find a way to get better on the road, and they have to find a way to get Strop back on track. Fortunately for the Cubs, there's still time to do both, as Strop pointed out postgame.

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