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Cardinals confident they’ll be just as competitive w/out Pujols


January 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Albert Pujols is long gone, and the St. Louis Cardinals seem just fine about defending their World Series title without him. Their fans, too. General manager John Mozeliak got a favorable reception at the team’s annual Winter Warmup this weekend when he revisited the negotiations. Chairman Bill DeWitt is bullish about the moves made with the Pujols money. Outfielder Matt Holliday pointed out Sunday he’s played more seasons without Pujols as a teammate than with him, and that every year it’s different.

Lance Berkman joked that his initial reaction when he learned Pujols had signed was unrelated to the loss of a three-time NL MVP. It was that he would be playing first base. DeWitt had no regrets about the failed talks, saying the team had offered as much as it could.

Rayburn’s 14 leads No. 17 Purdue women past Iowa


January 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) – Brittany Rayburn scored 14 points and came up with a key block late to help No. 17 Purdue defeat Iowa 57-55 on Sunday.  Rayburn made two free throws with 17.5 seconds left, then blocked Kelly Krei’s potential game-winning 3-pointer on the other end. Rayburn followed up a performance in which she tied an NCAA record with 12 3-pointers in a win over Minnesota on Jan. 12th.  Courtney Moses added 10 points for the Boilermakers (15-3, 5-0 Big Ten), who won their eighth straight. Purdue has allowed 63 or fewer and held each opponent under 38 percent shooting during the streak.  The Boilermakers had 24 offensive rebounds to make up for 30 percent shooting. Morgan Johnson scored 16 points, despite hurting her left ankle during the first half and struggling with it throughout the game. Jaime Printy scored 15 points and Krei added 10 for the Hawkeyes (10-8, 2-3).

Iowa Defeats No. 13 Michigan 75-59


January 14th, 2012 by Jim Field

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Every time Michigan threatened to erase Iowa’s lead, Matt Gatens and the Hawkeyes had an answer.

The senior guard hit three 3-pointers in the second half, including one as part of a decisive 10-0 run and another to put the game out of reach, and finished with 19 points as the Hawkeyes beat No. 13 Michigan 75-59 on Saturday.

“He had a great game and he does a lot of great things for them,” Michigan Coach John Beilein said of Gatens.

Roy Devyn Marble added 13 points, six rebounds and four assists for Iowa (11-8, 3-3 Big Ten), which snapped an ugly two-game losing streak and picked up its first conference home win.

Iowa went on a 10-0 run in the second half to build a 53-37 lead and it was never really close again. The spurt included a 3-pointer by Gatens and a dunk by forward Melsahn Basabe — both on assists from backup point guard Bryce Cartwright, who finished with five to go along with four points and two steals.

Gatens’ final 3-pointer came after Zach McCabe dived to the court to corral a loose ball at midcourt and stop a potential Michigan fast break. Cartwright found him open in the right corner with a cross-court pass, and Gatens drilled it, giving Iowa a 63-48 lead with less than 5 minutes left.

“Even earlier when he was missing he was taking great looks. They all looked like they were going to go in. Then he got hot,” Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery said of Gatens, who was 4 of 7 from behind the arc, 5 of 5 from the free throw line and had three steals.

Gatens said he kept shooting after he missed a few open looks in the first half.

“I’ve always been told, ‘Shoot to get hot, shoot to stay hot,” Gatens said.

Freshman point guard Trey Burke led Michigan (14-4, 4-2) with 19 points despite playing only 7 minutes in the first half after picking up two fouls. Zack Novak added 14 points and eight rebounds and kept the game close with four 3-pointers. But leading scorer Tim Hardaway Jr. struggled throughout, shooting 2 of 13 from the field and missing all 8 of 3-point attempts.

“We took a couple of hope 3s and a couple of hope passes,” said Beilein, who also bemoaned his players’ failure to hit some wide-open looks. “We couldn’t string anything together.”

With the loss, the Wolverines fell out of a tie for second place in the Big Ten and failed to pick up their first conference road win.

Reserve forward Aaron White added 12 points and McCabe had 11 for Iowa after scoring the game’s first six.

McCaffery said he was pleased Iowa outrebounded the Wolverines 39-30, had 18 assists on 25 baskets and only eight turnovers.

The Hawkeyes finished the first half on an 11-5 run to take a 33-23 lead. The run included two big plays by Marble: an acrobatic left-handed layup as part of a three-point play, and a fadeaway jumper from the right wing that beat the buzzer and brought the crowd at Carver Hawkeye Arena to its feet.

Michigan struggled in the first half with poor shooting, including making just 3 of 16 3-point shots attempts, and had eight turnovers. In the second half, the Wolverines cut Iowa’s lead to 43-37 before Basabe’s finger roll in the lane started Iowa’s decisive 10-0 run.

The victory helps Iowa get past two ugly blowouts that dampened fan enthusiasm, which had been the highest in years after the team achieved consecutive Big Ten road wins for the first time since 2007.

No. 5 Ohio State pummeled Iowa 76-47 in front of a near sellout crowd at Carver Hawkeye Arena a week ago. No. 6 Michigan State beat Iowa 95-61 in a game that saw McCaffery slam a folding chair to the court as he berated his players.

No. 10 Kansas Needs Big Second Half to Get Past Cyclones


January 14th, 2012 by Chris Parks

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Tyshawn Taylor has been a lightning rod during his career at Kansas. He makes big shots and is beloved; he makes careless turnovers and is loathed. He was feeling nothing but love on Saturday. The senior guard scored 22 of his career-high 28 points after halftime, leading the No. 10 Jayhawks on a game-changing run that resulted in an 82-73 victory over Iowa State. 

“Tyshawn is a little different. When you guys tell him he’s really good, that’s when I probably tell him he’s taking too many shots,” coach Bill Self said. “He is a scrutinized player, but he’s also the point guard at Kansas, and that goes with the territory.” Too often Taylor hasn’t lived up to those who came before him, guys like Kirk Hinrich and Mario Chalmers, and that’s drawn the ire of one of the most passionate fan bases in college basketball. They were squarely on his side against the Cyclones, though. Taylor hit three 3-pointers and dished out six assists, leading the Jayhawks (14-3, 4-0 Big 12) on a 17-2 run midway through the second half. It was part of a larger 30-9 burst by the defending conference champions that carried them to their seventh consecutive victory.  “I felt the love, man. I felt the love. The Fieldhouse was going crazy, the bench was going crazy. It was a good feeling,” Taylor said. “I made some shots that counted.”

Jeff Withey added 13 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocked shots, and Thomas Robinson 11 points and 14 rebounds for his 12th double-double of the season. Elijah Johnson also had 12 points.

The Jayhawks, who haven’t lost to Iowa State since February 2005, will carry plenty of momentum into a marquee showdown Monday night with undefeated and fourth-ranked Baylor, which romped to a 106-65 win over Oklahoma State earlier Saturday. “It’s going to be a good game,” Taylor said with a smile.

Royce White had 18 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Cyclones (12-5, 2-2), who played ninth-ranked Missouri down to the wire earlier in the week and gave the Jayhawks similar fits.  At least, for most of the game. Chris Allen added 17 points, Melvin Ejim had 12 and Scott Christopherson 10 for the Cyclones, who shot 9 of 28 (32 percent) from the 3-point line and just 16 of 25 (64 percent) from the foul line. “It’s frustrating, but you look at the positives and say: If Missouri is No. 9 and Kansas is No. 10, then we might be 11, 12,” White said. “That’s the positive that we’re going to take from it.”

The Cyclones stuck to their scouting report at the start. White hit his first 3-point attempt of the season, and Ejim added another 3 moments later as a team known for the long ball built a 17-7 lead over the first 5 minutes. Kansas went on a run of its own to close within 18-16, but the Cyclones extended the lead back to 27-18. They took their largest lead of the half at 39-28 when Christopherson hit a 3-pointer and Allen a pair of free throws with 4:43 remaining, quieting the crowd inside Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks went on a late run to get within 43-40 at the break, but Iowa State scored the first nine points of the second half as Kansas missed four consecutive free throws. “My halftime talk was good,” Self said drily. “We went in down three and came out down 12.” That’s when Taylor and the Jayhawks went on their game-turning run.  Withey started it with a basket that got the crowd stirring, and Johnson added another basket to trim the lead to 52-45 with 14:43 left. Taylor got in the act with a basket of his own, the first of three consecutive field goals that he scored for the Jayhawks. “He was amazing,” Robinson said. “He put the team on his back and he did what we expected. He played great during that stretch of us coming back. He hit some big shots for us.”

The Cyclones still led 59-53 with 11:50 remaining when Withey converted a three-point play, the start of the 17-2 run. Taylor added a 3-pointer to draw the Jayhawks even, and back-to-back baskets by Kevin Young and Withey gave them their first lead since it was 7-6 with 17:29 left in the first half. By the time Withey scored off a feed from Johnson and Taylor knocked down another basket, the Kansas lead had swelled to 70-61 and Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg was begging for a timeout. It managed to settle the Cyclones a bit. They closed within 72-70 with 6:35 remaining on consecutive baskets by Ejim, but Young and Taylor answered and Iowa State never threatened again. “We talked a lot about that the last two days. If you come into this building and have that kind of drought, and you let it bother you and effect you, it’s hard to win,” said Hoiberg, who had some of his best — and worst — games as a player at Iowa State against the Jayhawks. “I’ve been seeing those runs in here for years,” he said. “It’s a very tough place to play.”

HSBB: Atlantic at Red Oak Girls 01-13-2012

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January 14th, 2012 by Chris Parks

Jim Field and Chris Parks have the call of the game played Friday, January 13th.


HSBB: Atlantic Girls @ Red Oak 1-13-2012

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January 14th, 2012 by admin

Jim Field and Chris Parks with the call of the action as Red Oak beat Atlantic 55-51.


23rd Ranked Creighton defeats Illinois State Friday


January 14th, 2012 by admin

Doug McDermott scored 20 points to help No. 23 Creighton escape Illinois State with an 87-78 win Friday night.

The Bluejays were clinging to a three-point lead with 24 seconds left when Illinois State freshman Johnny Hill committed a hard foul and was given two technicals. Fans then littered the court with debris, causing a third tech to be called on the Redbirds (11-6, 3-3 Missouri Valley Conference).

Hill made two big 3-pointers in the final five minutes. His second one cut Creighton’s lead to 77-75 with 59.8 seconds left.

Ethan Wragge made two 3-pointers shortly after halftime to help the Bluejays (15-2, 5-1) get out to a 64-46 lead.

(updated 11:20-p.m.) Area High School Basketball Scores from Fri., 01-13-12


January 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Anita CAM 74, Grand Junction East Greene 43
Atlantic 68, Red Oak 24
Bishop Neumann, Neb. 62, Council Bluffs St. Albert 32
Carroll 58, Bondurant Farrar 54
Clarinda 62, Harlan 61
Clarinda Academy 50, Stanton 37
Council Bluffs Jefferson 69, East Mills 67, 3OT
Dunlap Boyer Valley 66, Woodbine 46
Exira-EHK 69, Ankeny Christian Academy 46
Glenwood 60, Council Bluffs Lewis Central 53
Greenfield Nodaway Valley 66, Interstate 35, Truro 40
Griswold 60, Missouri Valley 53
Guthrie Center 64, Madrid 28
Iowa Christian 60, Adair-Casey 49
Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 71, Creston 66
Lawton-Bronson 76, Charter Oak-Ute 45
Martensdale-St. Marys 56, Bedford 45
Mount Ayr 74, Leon Central Decatur 43
Nishnabotna 68, College Springs South Page 56
Oakland Riverside 66, Neola Tri-Center 54
Ogden 58, Panora Panorama 46
Onawa West Monona 63, Westside Ar-We-Va 48
Orient-Macksburg 61, Walnut 37
Pleasantville 52, Corning 46
Treynor 66, Audubon 32
Underwood 62, Avoca AHST 37
Van Meter 65, West Central Valley, Stuart 40
Whiting 70, Mondamin West Harrison 66, OT
Red Oak 55, Atlantic 51
Audubon 45, Treynor 44
Bedford 56, Martensdale-St. Marys 38
Bishop Neumann, Neb. 58, Council Bluffs St. Albert 39
Corning 58, Pleasantville 55
Council Bluffs Lewis Central 46, Glenwood 43
Denison-Schleswig 58, Shenandoah 41
Dunlap Boyer Valley 50, Woodbine 43
Greenfield Nodaway Valley 39, Interstate 35, Truro 24
Guthrie Center 48, Madrid 39
Harlan 55, Clarinda 45
IKM-Manning 96, Logan-Magnolia 22
Iowa Christian 47, Adair-Casey 39
Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 61, Creston 47
Lawton-Bronson 93, Charter Oak-Ute 25
Missouri Valley 56, Griswold 20
Neola Tri-Center 60, Oakland Riverside 42
Orient-Macksburg 51, Walnut 35
Panora Panorama 90, Ogden 18
Tabor Fremont-Mills 50, Sidney 32
Underwood 55, Avoca AHST 52
Villisca 57, Essex 37
West Central Valley, Stuart 48, Van Meter 29
Westside Ar-We-Va 79, Onawa West Monona 45
Whiting 47, Mondamin West Harrison 40

Northern Iowa squeezes past Missouri State 61-60


January 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Chip Rank hit the game-winning layup with 2 seconds left as Northern Iowa edged Missouri State 61-60 on Friday night. Anthony James had team-leading totals of 23 points and eight rebounds for the Panthers (13-5, 3-3 Missouri Valley). Caleb Patterson scored 24 points and Kyle Weems hit double figures for the 17th consecutive game with 16 points for the Bears (11-7, 4-2). On the final play, Rank took a pass from Jake Koch in the lane and went up to score through a maze of bodies. Missouri State’s Michael Bizoukas threw up an 80-footer at the buzzer as his coach, Paul Lusk, screamed for a timeout. The officials huddled after the buzzer, but no timeout was granted. Neither team ever led by more than six points. The score was tied nine times, and the lead changed hands 19 times. Neither team scored a single point off a fast break.

Simons, hot-shooting Drake down Evansville 69-60


January 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Ben Simons scored 17 points and Drake shot 61.4 percent to beat Evansville 69-60 on Friday night. Aaron Hawley had 11 points for the Bulldogs (10-7, 3-3 Missouri Valley), who won their second in a row and notched their first road victory of the season. Ryan Sawvell scored 14 points to pace the Purple Aces (7-9, 2-4), whose losing streak stretched to four. Denver Holmes added 12 points and Ned Cox 10. The Bulldogs, who made 27 of 44 shots, started the game with a 6-0 run and expanded the lead to 30-13 with 8:47 left in the first half after back-to-back baskets by Kraidon Woods. Evansville scored the last eight points of the first half and trailed 39-32 at the break but never took the lead. The Purple Aces were outrebounded 38-21 but committed only 10 turnovers while forcing 22.