Friday, February 11, 2011
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Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Chargers' senior Dan Ahern doesn't let his relative lack of size stop him from taking the ball to the basket.
At first glance, Dan Ahern doesn't look like your typical basketball player. The Stagg senior guard stands 5-9 and plays on a team where everybody else measures at least 6-0. But Ahern stands tall where it matters most--on the court. "All my life I've been smaller than everyone, you just get used to it," he said. "You just have to deal with it. You've got guys like (Darius) Draper, who is 6-5, to help you out, bring out the ball and get all the rebounds. I just shoot the threes in overtime and hopefully hit them, like today." Ahern scored 13 points and snared two rebounds in Stagg's 49-47 overtime victory over Andrew on Tuesday night. But that wasn't out of the ordinary for him. He averages 16 points and is the Chargers' second-leading …
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Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Stagg 49, Andrew 47. Stagg didn't back to down to Andrew's constant pressure.
The Hot Read: Can you say nail-biter? The District 230 rivals forced Tuesday night's boys basketball matchup into overtime and kept the fans on their feet before Stagg pulled out a 49-47 victory. The Chargers used defensive pressure on the Thunderbolts to come up with a nine steals. Andrew led Stagg 21-16 at halftime, but Stagg fought its way back. A three-pointer in OT from Dan Ahern gave the Chargers the momentum they needed to fend of the T-Bolts. Patch's MVP: Stagg's Darius Draper (16 points, 13 rebounds). Draper sank a three-pointer in the third quarter to tie the game 27-27. Key Stats: Andrew was able to maintain control for long stretches due to the fact it outrebounded Stagg 28-23. But free throw shooting was the difference. The T-…
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Chargers attack the basket against Queen of Peace's defensive pressure and make 25 free throws in 73-57 girls basketball victory.
The Stagg girls basketball team didn't know anything about Queen of Peace's style of play. Queen of Peace didn't know if its style would work. The Pride implemented a run-and-gun, full-pressure system of play for the first time of the season. The style of play first gained national exposure in the late-1980s and early-1990s when Loyola Marymount advanced to the Elite Eight in the NCAA tournament in 1990. But Loyola Marymount had a big-time player in the late Hank Gathers, a score-from-anywhere force named Bo Kimble and a three-point threat in Jeff Fryer. Queen of Peace had a roster of 12 players, all learning as they went on Saturday. Stagg (5-13) found itself constantly pressured throughout the game, but also had plenty of open looks and …
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Spartans overcome foul trouble and use an 8-0 run at the end of third quarter to knock off Knights.
The undersized Oak Lawn girls basketball team expected a difficult task in trying to outrebound Chicago Christian on Tuesday night. The Spartans didn't anticipate having to do so with a few of their top players spending significant time on the bench due to foul trouble. Still, the Spartans used their quickness to force 22 turnovers and fared far better at the free throw line than the Knights did, taking control late in the third quarter to win 47-38 in a non-conference contest. "We've had a lot of close games but don't seem to be able to stay in them to finish them," Chicago Christian coach Linda Stuursma said. "In the second half, (Oak Lawn) came out wanting it more. They wanted to win it more and it showed." Chicago Christian (4-12) …
Bengals snap three-game losing streak with a 51-41 victory over Chargers on Tuesday night.
The Bengals are back. Oak Forest was able to bounce back from its three-game losing streak with a victory over Stagg on Tuesday night. Oak Forest defeated Stagg 51-41 behind the play of junior guard Katie Swanson and senior guard Colleen Emmett. Swason said the Bengals were ready to put the skid behind them and start the new year fresh. "We didn't want to look at film," Swanson said. "We wanted to move on from that (the losses) and not go back (to) that." Swanson and Emmett came up big for Bengals (10-5). Swanson scored a game-high 19 points. Emmett chipped in 15 points and five rebounds. "We talked about not letting up," Swanson said. "I know we weren't letting up this game. Someone just had to step up, so me and Colleen thought we should…
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Darius Draper scores 25 to rally Chargers in consolation title game at Lemont Christmas Classic.
It was only a matter of time before Darius Draper got it going from beyond the 3-point arc. The thing was, he ended up doing it when Stagg needed it most on Thursday against Chicago Christian. Trailing Chicago Christian 35-28 with 5:35 remaining in the third quarter, Draper drained three 3-pointers during a 13-0 run by the Chargers to help them beat the Eagles 59-53 in the consolation championship game at Lemont Christmas Classic. "As a shooter, you have to have the confidence that every shot you take is going to go in," Draper said. "They had their run, but then we had our own." Draper had struggled with his shooing during the tournament, making just 11-of-33 attempts from the field coming into Thursday. Against the Eagles, he made 5-of-…
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Sophomore guard JeTaun Rouse scores 23 points as Marist rolls to a 52-35 girls basketball victory over Homewood-Flossmoor.
JeTaun Rouse and the Marist RedHawks brought their 'A' game on Wednesday night, as they claimed third place in the Hillcrest Holiday Tournament with a 52-35 girls basketball victory over Homewood-Flossmoor. Marist coach Mary Pat Connolly said she wasn't allowing her players much room for error. "We were a little bit more composed," Connolly said. "We had a little shorter lease on players. We were trying to control our turnovers, and we were trying to refine everything that went wrong (Tuesday)." The RedHawks bounced back from a loss to Morgan Park to raise their record to 11-4 overall and 3-1 in the tournament. "The girls did a a great job of crashing the boards," Connolly said. "The girls did a good job of keeping things under control and…
Knights force 31 turnovers to win small school consolation championship in Lemont Christmas Classic.
Chicago Christian set the trap, and Evergreen Park got tangled in it. The Knights' trapping defense forced 31 Evergreen turnovers Wednesday afternoon, as Chicago Christian claimed a 52-36 victory in the small school consolation championship game at the Lemont Christmas Classic. The game was a rematch of a Nov. 30 contest, which Chicago Christian won 55-39. "I thought defensively we set a pretty nice tone today," Chicago Christian coach Kevin Pittman Sr. said "When we're playing that thing well, teams aren't looking to attack the basket a whole bunch, but just trying to complete passes, and when they're doing that 30 feet away from the basket, not many teams can hurt you from there." Evergreen Park (5-13) has had its problems scoring points…