Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 11:52pm Dickinson wins playoff rematch over St. E By Sean Greene
VIDEO: Highlights and Reaction to Dickinson's victory
Darrell Smith scored 21 points to lead four Dickinson players in double-figures in a 77-62 road victory over St. Elizabeth Wednesday night.
St. Elizabeth looked on its way to repeating last year's 1st round DIAA tournament victory over the Rams when Sheldon Sorrell's three-pointer put the Vikings up 16-8 in the final minute of the opening quarter.
An 11-3 run followed for Dickinson, tying the game at 19 moments after a Trayvon McCready 3.
The teams traded leads up to 25-25, before Darrell Smith put the Rams up for good with his second straight basket in the paint following an assist by a Dickinson guard.
Dickinson led 30-26 at half time, and worked the lead up to 17 before St. Elizabeth went on a run in the 4th quarter.
Money hit a three-pointer on one possession, and then hit all 3 free-throws after being fouled on the next as the deficit suddenly shrunk to 64-58, but the hosts could never get the lead down to a single possession.
Smith's 21 points were backed up by 15 points from Bryair Joyner, 12 from Hyland, and 10 from Johnson as the Rams improved to 3-0 on the young season.
Money's 21 and Mike Piekarski's 16 weren't enough to keep St. Elizabeth from falling to 1-2. You can hear the Vikings' game with Concord Friday night on 1150AM WDEL, WDEL.com and the WDEL Mobile App at 7:05pm.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 11:58pm Wolves rally from 19 down to beat 76ers By Jon Krawczynski/AP
Kevin Love had 26 points, 15 rebounds and five assists and the Minnesota Timberwolves rallied from a 19-point deficit to beat the slumping Philadelphia 76ers 106-99 on Wednesday night.
Ricky Rubio had 21 points, seven assists and five rebounds, Nikola Pekovic added 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Robbie Hummel hit a couple of big shots for the Wolves in the fourth quarter to key the comeback.
Spencer Hawes had 20 points and six rebounds for the Sixers, who led 39-20 after a tremendous first quarter and still held a 13-point advantage at halftime. But they turned the ball over 26 times and shot 14 free throws to Minnesota's 29.
Hummel scored all 10 of his points in the fourth, including a 3-pointer that started the deciding 13-3 run.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 11:58pm Blackhawks use big 2nd period to beat Flyers By Jay Cohen/AP
Duncan Keith and Andrew Shaw scored in a 39-second span at the start of Chicago's five-goal second period Wednesday night, sparking the Blackhawks to a 7-2 victory over Ray Emery and the Philadelphia Flyers.
Patrick Sharp had a goal and two assists for Chicago, which has won three in a row after a three-game losing streak. Michal Handzus scored a short-handed goal in the second and Marian Hossa had three assists, helping rookie goaltender Antti Raanta win his second consecutive start in place of injured Corey Crawford.
The seven goals set a season high for the Blackhawks (23-6-5), who have scored 19 times during their winning streak and lead the NHL with 129 goals.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 11:58pm Eagles' defense bends, doesn't break By Rob Maaddi/AP
All those yards the Philadelphia Eagles give up on defense aren't translating into points for the opponents.
The numbers say the Eagles have the NFL's 3rd-worst defense in total yards, allowing 398.1 per game. Only Minnesota (401.2) and Dallas (426.8) give up more. But points determine the winner and the Eagles are keeping teams out of the end zone.
Since Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos scored 52 against Philadelphia in Week 4 - 38 of those came against the defense, 14 against special teams - the Eagles haven't allowed more than 21 points nine straight games. That's the longest streak in the league and the longest for the team since an 18-game stretch in 2001, including playoffs.
Overall, the Eagles have held opponents to 21 points or less in 11 of 13 games this year, which is tied with Carolina for most this season.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 11:58pm Ravens S Elam on Calvin Johnson: 'He's pretty old' By David Ginsburg/AP
Ravens safety Matt Elam has plenty of words to describe wide receiver Calvin Johnson, the main object of focus for Baltimore's defensive backfield Monday night in Detroit.
Those words include "big, fast, athletic, unstoppable, freak."
Curiously, Elam went in another direction when asked how best to cover the 28-year-old Johnson, who's amassed a club-record 9,184 yards receiving and 67 touchdowns in less than seven years.
Elam said, "He's pretty old, so I don't know how physical he'll be. He's a big guy, but he's older."
Johnson is 28 and Elam, a rookie, is 22. The misinformed 5-foot-10 rookie can only hope he doesn't have to tackle the 6-foot-5 Johnson in the open field Monday night in a game both Baltimore (7-6) and Detroit (7-6) desperately need to win.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 11:58pm Navy QB Reynolds to make another run at Army By Associated Press
In just two seasons at the Naval Academy, Keenan Reynolds has already earned a reputation for exuding confidence and poise in pressure-filled situations.
The quarterback first displayed this quality as a freshman, when he came off the bench late in the second half to rally Navy past Air Force.
That, however, didn't help calm Reynolds' nerves before his first Army-Navy game last December.
"Oh yeah, I was very anxious coming out and being in that atmosphere," Reynolds recalled. "I'd never played in an NFL stadium before and it was packed and wild. It was definitely a different feeling, but once I got a couple drives under my belt I realized it was just a game and settled down."
On Saturday, Reynolds will face Army for the second time. The focus, of course, is to lead the Midshipmen to a victory over their most bitter rival and claim the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy, awarded annually to the team with the best record in games involving the three major service academies.
But Reynolds can also put his name in the NCAA record book - again. He has 26 rushing touchdowns, one short of the single-season mark for a quarterback, shared by former Navy quarterback Ricky Dobbs and former Kansas State standout Collin Klein (2011). Reynolds passed Tim Tebow on the list with his unprecedented seven-touchdown performance at San Jose State on Nov. 22.
"It's definitely a blessing to be mentioned in the same breath with Ricky Dobbs and Collin Klein and the other guys on the list," Reynolds said. "It's kind of a surreal feeling, you could say. Coming into the game, I'm not really concerned about the record. If I break it, I break it. If I don't, I don't. I'm just worried about getting the W."
Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo calls the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Reynolds "as good a quarterback as I've been around in option football." That's saying something, considering Niumatalolo was at Navy during the record-setting careers of Chris McCoy (1995-97) and Dobbs (2008-2010).
"Chris McCoy and Ricky Dobbs are the best quarterbacks I've been around and Keenan's right there with them," Niumatalolo said. "Some guys don't want to say stuff like that about a sophomore, but I'm just calling a spade a spade. The kid is one heck of a quarterback. He has proven it over and over again."
Reynolds was exceptional as a plebe, rushing for 649 yards and 10 touchdowns while passing for 898 yards and nine scores despite not starting four games. There has been no sophomore slump for the Tennessee native, who enters Saturday's game with 1,124 rushing yards and 1,028 passing yards. He is only the fourth quarterback in school history to surpass 1,000 yards on the ground and through the air, joining Dobbs (2009), Craig Candeto (2003) and McCoy (1997).
"Keenan has been really consistent and played some good football," Navy offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper said. "He's a smart football player who understands the game and just knows how to play."
Jasper, who coaches the Navy quarterbacks, is most pleased that Reynolds has become so adept at reading the defense at the line of scrimmage and changing plays.
"Keenan has done a lot of good things in terms of checking us into the right play. That's a real credit to him," Jasper said. "The kid studies hard and understands what we're trying to accomplish."
Reynolds is a big reason why Navy owns a 7-4 record. Never satisfied, Niumatalolo is challenging the young quarterback to add to his growing legacy.
"At this place, you're remembered for Air Force and Army. Keenan recognizes that he's got the biggest game of the season coming up," Niumatalolo said. "The barometer of a Navy quarterback is how you play in those two games. So his story isn't over yet. Let's hope this next chapter is a good one. I think it will be."
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