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Highland Park boys basketball trailed by as much as 10 to Niles North but David Sachs, who was held scoreless in the first half, tallied 11 fourth-quarter points (nine in the final 3:34) and the Giants took down Niles North to force a three-way tie atop the CSL North. For Sachs, his domination down the stretch was a breakthrough moment for him and his team. Sam Brief reports from Skokie in this HP Sports Brief.
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The Giants trailed, 20-19, at halftime but won, 62-37, against CSL North rival Maine West. The Giants (5-2, 1-1 CSL North) bounced back from their emotional home loss to Deerfield last week. Sam Brief reports from Highland Park in this week’s HP Sports Brief. Feel free to send any feedback using the “Contact Me” page on the lefthand column. You can also find me on Twitter and on Facebook. Also be sure to check out my YouTube channel.
Grace Quirk scored 20 points in her return from a 6-game absence but a 10-0 Deerfield run in the fourth quarter shut down the Giants’ attempt to grab their first win of the season. Sam Brief reports from Deerfield in this edition of the HP Sports Brief. Feel free to send any feedback using the “Contact Me” page on the lefthand column. You can also find me on Twitter and on Facebook. Also be sure to check out my YouTube channel.
A 12-0 Deerfield run to start the second half sparked by junior Jordan Baum catapulted the Warriors to victory over the Giants in the first CSL North game for both teams. The Giants drop to 4-2 overall with the loss. Sam Brief reports from Highland Park. Feel free to send any feedback using the “Contact Me” page on the lefthand column. You can also find me on Twitter and on Facebook. Also be sure to check out my YouTube channel.
In its home opener, the Highland Park boys basketball team routed Niles West, 69-32, to improve to 4-1 on the season. PG David Sachs scored 12 with 10 assists and 5 steals while SG Luke Norcia scored 18 on 80% shooting. The Giants are geared up for their next matchup against archrival Deerfield on Saturday night. Sam Brief reports from Highland Park in this week’s HP Sports Brief. Feel free to send any feedback using the “Contact Me” page on the lefthand column. You can also find me on Twitter and on Facebook. Also be sure to check out my YouTube channel.
In the Lake Zurich IHSA Sectional Semifinal game, Fremd utilized a 19-3 run in the second quarter and a 12-0 run in the fourth to put away Highland Park, 47-26. HP’s David Sachs scored 13 points and Fremd’s Ben Carlson also notched 13, coming on 75% shooting. They finish the season at 22-8 and the future is bright. HP will see four starters return next year.
Here’s my HP Sports Brief for the week of March 19th. Feel free to send any feedback using the “Contact Me” page on the lefthand column. You can also find me on Twitter and on Facebook.
In Friday’s Class 4A Regional Championship game, the Giants beat Lake Forest (Illinois’ 19th-ranked team), 48-39. David Sachs led the way with 16 points and Lake Forest’s bell-cow, Evan Boudreaux, was kept quiet all night. They never trailed in the game. This is Highland Park’s first Regional Championship since 2008. They take on Fremd in the Sectional Semifinal on Wednesday. Sam Brief reports. Feel free to send any feedback using the “Contact Me” page on the lefthand column. You can also find me on Twitter and on Facebook.
For a team that has posted a measly record of 126-268 (.320 pct.) over the course of its past five seasons, including a putrid 12-70 season in 2009-10,
Last season was a major disappointment for the Nets, as they managed a meager 22-44 record, leaving the team with major questions going into a new era in Brooklyn.
predicting even a decent season in 2012-13 would be preposterous, but this upcoming NBA season, the newly named Brooklyn Nets have all the pieces in place to exceed decency and surmount even our wildest expectations.
Just 37 days ago, when NBA teams began negotiations with free agents, the Nets faced a potential unloading of their current depth-lacking lineup, which would have put them in complete crisis. Star point guard Deron Williams was an unrestricted free agent, and rumors were strong that he might have been headed to Dallas. Center Brook Lopez, forward Kris Humphries and veteran forward Gerald Wallace were all free agents as well, and losing one of those pieces would have been a colossal blow to the Nets’ roster. Instead, things went in the opposite direction for the Nets, as they re-signed Williams to a five-year deal, Lopez to a four-year deal, Humphries to a two-year deal and Wallace to a four-year deal. In addition to these essential signings, the Nets delivered a knockout punch to the rest of the NBA by sending Jordan Farmar, Johan Petro, Anthony Morrow, Jordan Williams and DeShawn Stevenson to the Hawks in exchange for six-time all-star guard, Joe Johnson. This move put the Nets in prime position with a strong starting lineup including Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries and Brook Lopez. In addition to this durable starting five, a Nets’ bench that
Bringing back Williams and trading for Johnson were two moves that gave the Nets the star power necessary to flourish in the NBA.
faces numerous depth concerns now possesses C.J. Watson, who the Nets signed this offseason to a two-year deal after he cleared waivers, and MarShon Brooks, the young, energetic guard with boatloads of potential.
Even with a remodeled lineup that leads to a renewed sense of hope for the Nets, there are still some nay-sayers out there, saying that their lack of depth will catch up to them or that Williams and Johnson won’t mesh in the Brooklyn backcourt. While both of these are legitimate concerns for the Nets going forward, the positives certainly outweigh the negatives for this upcoming season.
In the past few weeks, the Nets’ dynamic combination of Williams, Johnson, Lopez and Wallace has been dubbed the ‘Core Four.’ The ‘Core Four’ is a very balanced group both offensively and defensively, as they have a top five point guard, a top 10 shooting guard, a top 10 center, and a reliable defender in Wallace. Compared to the Heat’s ‘Big 3, the ‘Core Four’ is much more balanced, as the ‘Big 3′ does not include a point guard or a center, and they still won the NBA Finals last season. The Nets’ balanced and star-studded ‘Core Four’ has the ability to push the Nets into the Eastern Conference’s elite class this upcoming season.
The entire Nets’ roster contains every trait that a winning NBA team needs: Dynamic scoring (Williams, Johnson), rebounding (Humphries, Lopez),
Hello Brooklyn! The Nets’ new, savvy look and improved sense of swagger is another aspect of the organization that can give the team the confidence it needs to contend.
defense (Wallace, Lopez, Watson), passing (Williams, Watson), outside shooting (Williams, Watson, Johnson, Brooks), and interior offense/defense (Lopez, Humphries). While the Nets seem like a choppy, inconsistent team, they clearly have all the pieces in place to succeed in the Eastern Conference and beyond.
It has all turned around this offseason for the Nets, as on paper, this is a team that can thrive against even the NBA’s best, erase its atrocious reputation in the NBA, and maybe hang up a banner or two during the process. Now, all they have to do is make it happen.
By Sam Brief
Agree? Disagree? Leave a comment, I would love to know if you think the Nets’ offseason successes will be enough to boost them into the upper echelon of the Eastern Conference!
146 days after the 2011-12 College Basketball season tipped off, just two teams are left standing – the Kansas Jayhawks and the Kentucky Wildcats. The story lines in this game are amazing – both teams have a Player of the Year candidate (Kansas’ Thomas Robinson and Kentucky’s Anthony Davis), both are historic powerhouses (29 combined Final Four appearances), and they faced-off earlier in the season (Kentucky 75, Kansas 65). Which team will come out on top tomorrow? Will it be the Jayhawks or the Wildcats? Which players will play big roles? What are some intriguing matchups to watch? It’s time to find out…
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