March 6, 2015

Top seeded Northwest Missouri State wins their quarterfinal match at the MIAA men’s tournament. Lindenwood gets knocked out

photo/TheMIAA.com

photo/TheMIAA.com

Northwest Missouri held Washburn to .350 shooting from the field in a 71-61 victory in the quarterfinal round of the MIAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

For the Bearcats Justin Pitts led the way scoring a game high 25 points while Zach Schneider added 15 points. Grant Cozad and Matt Wallace each finished with 12 points. On the glass Cozad led with seven boards while Wallace and Conner Crooker each added six rebounds.

For the Ichabods Algie Key led the way scoring 16 points on the afternoon. Christian Ulsaker added 11 points and Kevin House finished with 10 points and four assists. On the glass Alex North led the way with seven rebounds, six of which came on the defensive end.

Fifth seeded Pittsburg State used .519 shooting to knock of fourth seeded Lindenwood 74-55 in the quarterfinal round of the MIAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

For the Gorillas Devon Branch led the way scoring 15 points while Dakota Jones and Trevor Gregory each had 13 points. Lamine Deing added 11 points on the afternoon and Javis Flynn had six rebounds and five assists. On the glass Josiah Gustafson led the way pulling down a team best eight rebounds.

For the Lions Cory Arentsen led the way with a double-double scoring 20 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Chanse Creekmur was also in double figures scoring 10 points on the afternoon. Darris Smith led the way for the team by dishing out five assists.

Pittsburg State will face #1 Northwest Missouri at 12 noon on March 7 from Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City.

Martinez impressive in first audition for a spot in the Cardinals rotation. Tosses two innings with three striketouts

Miami's Giancarlo Stanton. (photo/MLB.com)

Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton. (photo/MLB.com)

Carlos Martinez was dominant in two perfect innings, and Matt Adams delivered a two-run single in the first to lead the Cardinals to a 4-1 win over the Marlins on Thursday at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, FL.  Martinez threw 29 pitches, with 22 for strikes, while striking out three.

Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton played four innings in right field, and in two at-bats, flew out twice.  It was the two-time All-Star’s first game since he was struck in the face by a pitch at Milwaukee on Sept. 11.  He was also wearing his protective face mask.

Marco Gonzales will get his first opportunity to audition for a rotation job on Friday when he starts against the visiting Astros at Roger Dean Stadium.

Royals open up Cactus League play with a bang, hitting back-to-back-to-back home runs in the first inning

Eric Hosmer is greeted at home plate after hitting a first inning home run.

Eric Hosmer is greeted at home plate after hitting a first inning home run.

The Royals scored six runs in the top of the first inning off Rangers starter Colby Lewis on their way to a 13-2 win on Wednesday in the Cactus League opener for both teams at Surprise Stadium.  Eric Hosmer, Kendrys Morales and Alex Rios went back-to-back-to-back off Lewis in the first.

Alcides Escobar led off with a walk, and singles by Jarrod Dyson and Lorenzo Cain gave the Royals a 1-0 lead, before three straight bombs.

Royals rookie starter Aaron Brooks, part of K.C.’s rotation depth, allowed one run in two innings. The run came on a home run by former Cardianl Ryan Ludwick.

Class 2 and 3 MSHSAA basketball scores from 3/4/15

Boys
Class 2 Sectionals
Scott County Central/Thayer (ppd to 3/5)
Valle Catholic/Crystal City (ppd to 3/5)
Hartville/Gainesville (ppd to 3/5)
Crane/Pierce City (ppd to 3/5)
Canton 68, Scotland County 53
Salisbury 50, Linn 29
Sacred Heart 54, Rich Hill 49
Mid-Buchanan 60, Wellington-Napoleon 49

Class 3 Sectionals
Central (New Madrid Co.)/Charleston (ppd to 3/5)
Central (Park Hills)/Maplewood-Richmond Hts. (ppd to 3/5)
Blair Oaks/Licking (ppd to 3/5)
Strafford/Mt. Vernon (ppd to 3/5)
College Prep 56, Duchesne 54 (ot)
Father Tolton Regional Catholic 55, Bowling Green 38
Barstow 85, Boonville 52
Lafayette County 58, Bishop LeBlond 40

Girls
Class 2 Sectional
Chaffee/Neelyville (ppd to 3/5)
Viburnum/Clopton (ppd to 3/5
Plato/Gainesville (ppd to 3/5)
Crane/Pierce City (ppd to 3/5)
Northeast (Cairo) 58, Scotland County 26
Tipton 47, Sweet Springs 37
Skyline 66, Jasper 47
Santa Fe 54, Penney 44

Class 3 Sectional
Twin Rivers/Saxony Lutheran (ppd to 3/5)
Central (Park Hills)/Whitfield (ppd to 3/5
St. James/Licking (ppd to 3/5)
Buffalo/Stockton (ppd to 3/5)
Cardinal Ritter 67, Duchesne 51
Southern Boone 61, Macon 48
Boonville 68, O’Hara 24
Chillicothe 45, St. Pius X (Kansas City) 40

Anderson shows guts and class by addressing Mizzou Arena crowd after disappointing season (VIDEO)

Kim Anderson thanks the crowd for their support following the Auburn win (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

Kim Anderson thanks the crowd for their support following the Auburn win (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

Immediately after the Tigers 63-61 win over Auburn, the fans at Mizzou Arena were asked to wait around for head coach Kim Anderson who had to give a postgame interview on the SEC Network.  Once finished, Anderson grabbed the house mic and addressed those that remained.

“I know it’s not the year you wanted, it’s not the year I wanted, not the year anybody wanted,” Anderson said to the crowd.

I asked him after the game why he felt it was important to express his gratitude to the fans.

The victory was just the Tigers third in SEC play in what has turned out to be a disappointing first year for Anderson.  It’s real easy for a coach to address the home crowd after a 25 win season or league championship.  It’s another to stand before them, no matter how sparse, to thank them.