Weekday Morning Sports Report – Tuesday 2/19/19

NHL – National Hockey League
Last Night
Chicago Blackhawks 8, Ottawa Senators 7

Blackhawks 8, Ottawa Senators 7 – DeBrincat has 5 points, Blackhawks hold off Senators 8-7
Alex DeBrincat had the best game of his career, and the Chicago Blackhawks needed all of his production.  DeBrincat had three goals and two assists, and the Blackhawks held on to beat the Ottawa Senators 8-7 on Monday night for their ninth win in 11 games.  The five points for the 21-year-old set a career high, and his fourth NHL hat trick gave him 32 goals in his second season.  DeBrincat continues to thrive on a line with Dylan Strome, his former juniors teammate. He has six goals and six assists in his last six games and points in 11 of his last 12. Patrick Kane scored his 36th goal and added two assists to extend his point streak to 18 games — with 14 goals and 26 assists during the stretch— the longest by a player in the NHL this season. Strome also had a goal and two assists in his fourth three-point game since joining the Blackhawks on Nov. 25, and Brandon Saad, Gustav Forsling and Jonathan Toews also scored to help Chicago move a point behind Minnesota for the second wild card in the Western Conference.  Colin White had two goals and an assist, Thomas Chabot scored twice, and Mark Stone, Bobby Ryan and Rudolfs Balcers also had goals for NHL-worst Ottawa, which lost for the eighth time in its last 11.

NCAAMBB – Men’s College Basketball
Tonight
Toledo at Eastern Michigan, 7:00 p.m.
Kent State at Central Michigan, 7:00 p.m.

NCAAMBB – No. 10 MSU expects to be without Ward for weeks
Michigan State forward Nick Ward had surgery on his broken left hand and is expected to be out of for at least a few weeks.  Ward said he was injured when his hand made contact with an opponent’s elbow in a 62-44 win over Ohio State on Sunday.  Ward is the team’s second-leading scorer at 15.1 points a game and third-leading rebounder at 6.7 per game. The 6-foot-9 junior returned to school after putting his name in the NBA draft last year.  Shooting guard Joshua Langford , the team’s third-leading scorer, had season-ending surgery on his left foot this month.  The 10th-ranked Spartans (21-5, 12-3 Big Ten) host Rutgers on Wednesday and play at No. 7 Michigan on Sunday, starting the week sharing first place in the Big Ten with the Wolverines.  Sophomore Xavier Tillman, who averages 7.3 points and 8.9 rebounds, will likely start in Ward’s place in the post.  Freshmen forwards Thomas Kithier and Marcus Bingham, both of whom score a little more than one point per game, will also have chances to play larger roles without Ward in the lineup.

NCAAMBB – Duke reclaims No. 1 in AP Top 25
Tennessee’s loss on Saturday was Duke’s gain as the Blue Devils reclaimed the No. 1 ranking in The Associated Press men’s basketball poll. The Blue Devils received 58 of 64 first-place votes to move to the top of the poll for the third time this season. Tennessee’s four-week reign atop the poll ended with an 86-69 loss at Kentucky. Second-ranked Gonzaga is followed by Virginia, Kentucky and the Volunteers. Nevada, Michigan, North Carolina, Houston and Michigan State rounded out the top 10. LSU made the week’s biggest jump, climbing six spots to No. 13 after last week’s win at Kentucky.
 
NCAAMBB – Olson suffers stroke
Former Arizona basketball coach Lute Olson has been hospitalized after suffering a minor stroke over the weekend. Banner University Medical Center said in a news release on Monday the 84-year-old Hall of Famer is in good condition but will need some rehabilitation once he is released from the hospital. Doctors said five days after Olson’s retirement in 2008 that the coach had suffered a previously undiagnosed stroke earlier that year.

NCAAWBB – Women’s College Basketball
Last Night
(5) Notre Dame 95, (9) NC State 72
Northern Illinois 77, Western Michigan 64

(5) Notre Dame 95, (9) NC State 72 – Ogunbowale, Notre Dame beats NC State 95-72
Arike Ogunbowale scored 22 points and Notre Dame took over with 12 unanswered points in a dominating third quarter to beat N.C. State 95-72 on Monday night.  Leading just 41-36 at halftime, Notre Dame (24-3, 11-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) soon got rolling at a fast-paced clip to build a lead that steadily grew into a lopsided margin.  When the quarter was over, Notre Dame had scored 34 points — an unsustainable 136-point pace — and made 14 of 21 shots (.667). That included 15 fast-break points, the last coming when Marina Mabrey found Jackie Young for a transition layup to beat the horn and give Notre Dame a 75-59 lead entering the final quarter.  Freshman Elissa Cunane scored a season-high 28 points for the Wolfpack (22-3, 9-3), who shot just 39 percent after halftime.

Northern Illinois 77, Western Michigan 64 – Huskies down Broncos 77-64
Northern Illinois had 4 players in double figures as the Huskies beat Western Michigan 77-64.  Errin Hodges led Northern Illinois with 17 points, Gabby Nikitinaite had 16, Myia Stakes scored 15, and Ally May had 14 in the win.  Deja Wimby led all scorers with 21 points for the Broncos who fall to 8-15,  Kamrin Reed added 15 for Western.

NCAAWBB – Rice women ranked for first time in school history
Buoyed by the second-longest winning streak in the country, Rice has entered The Associated Press women’s basketball poll for the first time in school history.  The Owls have won 15 straight games and are ranked 25th in Monday’s poll. Baylor remained the top team in the country, garnering 26 of the 28 first-place votes from the national media panel. Oregon moved up to second, getting the other two No. 1 ballots. UConn was third, while Louisville slipped to fourth after losing to Miami on Sunday. The Hurricanes made the biggest jump, moving up six spots to 14th. Notre Dame was fifth. Mississippi State, Stanford, Maryland, North Carolina State and Iowa rounded out the top 10. Drake joined the rankings at No. 24, while Rutgers and Michigan State fell out.

MLB – Cabrera’s return takes next step
Miguel Cabrera hit against a pitcher Monday for the first time since rupturing a tendon in his left biceps on June 12. The 35-year-old hit, fielded, threw and ran the bases during the Detroit Tigers’ first full-squad workout of spring training. Cabrera strained a hamstring last year and then had the arm injury that required season-ending surgery. He was limited to 38 games.

MLB – Bochy to retire after this season
This will be Bruce Bochy 25th season as a major league manager, and it will be his last. The San Francisco Giants skipper has announced that he will retire after this season, saying he informed the ballclub on Monday. He says it’s time for him to step down, adding that “It’s been an unbelievable ride.” Bochy turns 64 on April 16 and is entering his 13th season with the Giants. He led the team to World Series titles in 2010, 2012 and 2014 among his four postseason berths.  Bochy also led the Padres to the 1998 World Series and is 74 victories away from 2,000 for his career. He intends to stay in baseball in another role that has yet to be determined.

ECHL – ECHL Hockey
Yesterday
Kalamazoo Wings 5, Brampton Beast 4 – OT

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Boys Basketball
Benton Harbor 69, Grand Rapids Homeschool 45

  • Carlos Johnson recorded a double double with 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead Benton Harbor over Grand Rapids Homeschool Angels 69-45.  Chris Conway added 10 points. 

Berrien Springs 62, Gobles 59
River Valley 60, Lawrence 24
Holland Calvary 52, Watervliet 45
Otsego 63, Battle Creek Pennfield 53
Sturgis 49, Edwardsburg 40
Centreville 64, Decatur 62
Coldwater 90, Three Rivers 62
Constantine 69, Vicksburg 59
Kalamazoo Christian 73, Parchment 46
Kalamazoo Hackett 90, Kalamazoo Phoenix 46

Girls Basketball
St. Joseph 40, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 30

  • St. Joseph held Loy Norrix without a basket in the second half as the Lady Bears went on to beat Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 40-30.  Symone King had 15 points in the win for St. Joe while Alex Malone added 11 points.  Cyhahir Lewis had 18 points for Norrix, 15 in the first half.

Michigan Lutheran 47, Lawrence 34

  • Michigan Lutheran had three players in double figures, led by Clarisse Reckline’s 12 points off the bench as the Titans beat Lawrence 47-34.  Mara Rugen and Abby Harris each had 11 points.  Dalia Lopez scored a game high 21 points in the loss for Lawrence. 

South Haven 46, Watervliet 30

  • Connie Phillips scored 12 points and had 10 rebounds helping South Haven to a 46-30 win over Watervliet. 

Berrien Springs 53, New Buffalo 27
Bridgman 37, Lake Michigan Catholic 27
Edwardsburg 61, Niles 27
Centreville 65, Decatur 20
Brandywine 63, Vicksburg 32

Otsego 53, Battle Creek Pennfield 47
Coldwater 70, Three Rivers 33
Holland West Ottawa 55, Gull Lake 27
Fennville 54, Galesburg-Augusta 47
Delton-Kellogg 64, Saugatuck 45

Tonight
Boys Basketball
St. Joseph at Berrien Springs, 7:15 p.m.  106.1 & 1400 WSJM Sports
Portage Central at Lakeshore, 7:15 p.m.
Bridgman at Lake Michigan Catholic, 7:30 p.m.
Michigan Lutheran at Countryside, 6:30 p.m.
Niles at Battle Creek Lakeview, 6:30 p.m.
South Haven at Watervliet, 7:15 p.m.     Superhits 103.7 Cosy-FM
Buchanan at New Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Kalamazoo Loy Norrix at Mattawan, 7:15 p.m.
Portage Northern at Gull Lake, 7:15 p.m.
Gobles at Allegan, 7:15 p.m.
Comstock at Vicksburg, 7:15 p.m.
Covert at Howardsville Christian, 7:00 p.m.
Cassopolis at Centreville, 7:30 p.m.
Decatur at Eau Claire, 6:00 p.m.
Bloomingdale at Hartford, 7:30 p.m.
Marcellus at Mendon, 7:30 p.m.
Bangor at White Pigeon, 7:30 p.m.
Schoolcraft at Constantine, 7:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Christian at Galesburg-Augusta, 7:15 p.m.
Lawton at Kalamazoo Hackett, 7:00 p.m.
Wyoming Potters House at Martin, 7:00 p.m.
North Muskegon at Saugatuck, 7:00 p.m.
Fennville at Wyoming Tri-Unity, 7:00 p.m.

Girls Basketball
Edwardsburg at St. Joseph, 7:00 p.m.
Portage Central at Lakeshore, 5:45 p.m.
Parchment at Michigan Lutheran, 7:00 p.m.
Buchanan at Benton Harbor, 6:00 p.m.
Mattawan at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix, 7:15 p.m.
Battle Creek Lakeview at Niles, 7:15 p.m.
Gull Lake at Portage Northern, 7:15 p.m.
Coloma at South Haven, 7:00 p.m.
Otsego at Comstock, 7:30 p.m.
Allegan at Gobles, 7:15 p.m.
White Pigeon at Bangor, 6:00 p.m.
Hartford at Bloomingdale, 7:30 p.m.
Centreville at Cassopolis, 7:30 p.m.
Eau Claire at Decatur, 6:00 p.m.
Marcellus at Mendon, 6:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Hackett at Lawton, 7:00 p.m.
North Muskegon at Saugatuck, 5:30 p.m.
Constantine at Schoolcraft, 7:00 p.m.
Martin at Wyoming Potters House, 6:00 p.m.
Fennville at Wyoming Tri-Unity, 5:30 p.m.

MHSAA – High School AP Rankings
Boys
Division 1
1. Detroit U-D Jesuit (5)           (17-2)  75
2. Clarkston                             (15-2)  70
3. Canton                                  (17-1)  54
4. Muskegon                              (15-3)  49
5. Saginaw                                (14-3)  45
(tie) Mount Pleasant                  (16-0)  45
7. Flint Carman-Ainsworth         (14-3)  44
8. Detroit King                          (15-3)  36
9. Roseville                              (15-3)  30
10. Detroit Cass Tech                (14-5)  26
Others receiving 12 or more votes: Detroit Catholic Central (13-4) 25, Mattawan (15-0) 23, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern (18-0) 18, Ann Arbor Pioneer (15-2) 18, Okemos (17-1) 17, Ypsilanti Lincoln (14-3) 16.

Division 2
1. Benton Harbor (2)              (17-1) 72
2. Williamston (2)                     (17-1)  67
3. New Haven (1)                       (18-1)  66
4. River Rouge                           (15-2)  64
5. Bridgeport                            (18-0)  56
6. Otsego                                (18-0) 50
7. Pontiac                                 (17-1)  45
8. G.R. Catholic Central             (14-2)  35
(tie) Harper Woods Chandler      (16-0)  35
10. Fremont                              (16-1)  19
Others receiving 12 or more votes: Hudsonville Unity Christian (16-2) 17, Alma (13-2) 16, Ovid-Elsie (15-1) 15, Holland Christian (14-4) 12.

Division 3
1. Flint Beecher (4)                   (17-2)  73
2. Pewamo-Westphalia               (17-0)  66
3. Iron Mountain (1)                  (17-0)  64
4. Maple City Glen Lake              (16-2)  61
5. Hanover-Horton                    (16-1)  55
6. Unionville-Sebewaing             (15-0)  46
7. Sanford-Meridian                  (16-1)  41
8. Detroit Pershing                   (16-2)  36
9. Petersburg Summerfield         (16-1)  25
10. North Muskegon                  (16-1)  23
Others receiving votes: Oscoda (17-0) 22, Detroit Edison PSA Early College of Excellence (12-6) 18, Wyoming The Potter’s House (16-1) 17, Quincy (15-2) 15.

Division 4
1. Brimley (5)                            (18-0)  75
2. Bellevue                               (16-0)  69
3. Southfield Christian              (14-6)  65
4. Howardsville Christian     (16-1) 58
5. Martin                                 (13-2) 53
6. Wyoming Tri-unity Christian   (14-3)  51
7. Pellston                               (16-2)  40
8. Pittsford                              (16-2)  39
9. Athens                                  (14-3)  22
10. Adrian Lenawee Christian     (13-3)  21
Others receiving votes: Frankfort-Elberta (14-4) 20, Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy (16-1) 18, Munising (12-3) 17.

Girls
Division 1
1. East Lansing (4)                    (17-0)  74
2. Southfield A & T (1)              (15-1)  71
3. Saginaw Heritage                  (15-2)  62
4. Bloomfield Hills Marian         (15-1)  59
5. Midland Dow                         (14-1)  56
6. Wayne Memorial                     (15-2)  49
7. DeWitt                                 (15-1)  47
8. Walled Lake Western             (16-1)  33
(tie) Grosse Pointe North          (15-2)  33
10. Grand Haven                        (14-2)  27
Others receiving 12 or more votes: Muskegon (12-4) 25, Hartland (15-2) 19.

Division 2
1. Detroit Edison (5)                 (15-1)  75
2. Chelsea                                (17-0)  69
3. Edwardsburg                      (15-0) 63
4. Hamilton                               (16-0)  60
5. Stanton Central Montcalm     (16-0)  54
6. Kingsley                                (15-2)  48
7. Williamston                          (12-3)  41
8. Corunna                                (15-2)  36
9. Harper Woods Chandler Park  (15-4)  27
10. Freeland                             (14-2)  22
Others receiving 12 or more votes: Jackson Northwest (11-4) 20, Portland (11-3) 17, Muskegon Oakridge (15-2) 16, Whitehall (12-2) 14.

Division 3
1. Pewamo-Westphalia (5)          (13-1)  75
2. Kent City                               (14-2)  70
3. Hemlock                                (15-0)  60
4. Michigan Center                    (14-1)  59
5. Brandywine                         (13-2) 53
6. Gobles                                 (14-0) 48
7. Maple City Glen Lake              (15-2)  40
8. Adrian Madison                     (15-0)  38
9. Flint Hamady                          (12-2)  34
10. Grass Lake                          (14-1)  31
Others receiving 12 or more votes: Centreville (15-0) 26, Reese (14-2) 19, Houghton Lake (14-0) 15, Muskegon Western Michigan Christian (13-2) 12.

Division 4
1. Adrian Lenawee Christian (4) (15-1)  74
2. St. Ignace LaSalle (1)               (16-0)  71
3. Bellevue                               (14-0)  64
4. Kingston                               (15-1)  60
5. Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart     (11-3)  45
6. Athens                                  (14-2)  44
7. Morrice                                (12-3)  42
(tie) Gaylord St. Mary               (12-2)  42
9. Michigan Lutheran             (11-2) 33
10. Ewen-Trout Creek               (11-2)  27
Others receiving 12 or more votes: Baraga (14-2) 23, Battle Creek Calhoun Christian School (13-1) 20.

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