Sports Digest: South Suburban College men's hoops will play in NJCAA Region IV finals

2014-03-02T22:00:00Z 2014-03-03T17:19:12Z Sports Digest: South Suburban College men's hoops will play in NJCAA Region IV finals nwitimes.com
March 02, 2014 10:00 pm

College basketball

SSC TOPS OAKTON FOR FINALS BERTH: South Suburban College used a second-half push to top Oakton Community College 71-61 in the NJCAA Region IV regional semifinals.

The win advances the Bulldogs (27-5) to Saturday's final against Triton.

Guard Antonio Levy led SSC with 20 points and was 7 of 8 from the free-throw line.

Jalen Brown, Anthony Strickland and Korbin McClain each scored 11 for SSC, which trailed 33-30 at halftime.

FIVE PEREGRINES ON WOMEN'S ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM: Tom Megyesi and freshman Cassidy Deno headlined Purdue University Calumet’s five individuals recognized by the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. The Peregrines led all CCAC teams with four representatives on the all-conference team along with a pair of specialty award winners.

Megyesi was named the CCAC’s Coach of the Year, after guiding Purdue Calumet to a 24-6 overall record and the program’s first CCAC regular-season and tournament titles in the same year since 1995-96.

Deno was a runaway selection for the conference’s Freshman of the Year award, after leading all CCAC freshmen in nearly every major statistical category. The 5-foot-11 guard scored 15.6 points per game and will head into the NAIA Tournament five 3-point field goals shy of the program’s single-season record with 83. She was also named to the All-CCAC Second Team along with Brooklyn Short.

Kami Graber and Tierra Turner were named Honorable Mention All-CCAC.

PUC MEN NAMED TO ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM: Purdue University Calumet men's basketball players Noah Allen and Kaspars Brencans were named to the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference all-conference teams.

Both Allen and Brencans garnered Honorable Mention All-CCAC accolades.

Allen finished the year as the NAIA D-II leader in steals, with a school-record 3.2 per game and 96 steals total.

Brencans led the Peregrines in scoring with 15.5 points per game.

Pro baseball

MOUSTAKAS HITS 2 HOMERS, ROYALS BEAT CUBS: Mike Moustakas homered twice, Eric Hosmer added three hits and the Kansas City Royals beat the Cubs 5-3 on Sunday.

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro left after the first inning with a slight strain of his right hamstring. He hurt himself trying to steal a base after he was hit by a pitch.

Moustakas hit a drive off Cubs starter Edwin Jackson leading off the second inning and a two-run shot off Carlos Villanueva in the third.

Hosmer doubled twice, and Lorenzo Cain had two hits for the Royals. Kansas City starter Wade Davis gave up one hit in two scoreless innings.

Javier Baez and Justin Ruggiano each had two hits for Chicago.

The game at Cubs Park drew a Cactus League-record crowd of 14,680.

WHITE SOX TOP TEXAS WITH 5-RUN NINTH: Neftali Feliz and Joakim Soria, the leading candidates to replace Joe Nathan as the Texas closer, had contrasting results in the Rangers' 9-7 loss to the White Sox on Sunday.

Feliz and Soria are former AL All-Star closers. They both pitched sparingly last year while rebounding from elbow surgery.

Feliz surrendered three hits, including a two-run homer to Tyler Flowers in the sixth.

Soria worked a flawless fifth, throwing nine strikes in 16 pitches.

Adrian Beltre drove in two runs with two singles as the Rangers took a 4-1 lead. Beltre, Prince Fielder, Jurickson Profar and Brent Lillibridge combined to go 8 for 8 with four RBIs in the first two innings.

Adrian Nieto, a Rule 5 draft pick, and Jared Mitchell delivered two-run singles in Chicago's five-run ninth off three relievers.

Sled dog racing

IDITAROD RACE UNDERWAY IN ALASKA: A New Zealander was the first musher en route to the town of Nome when the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race began Sunday.

Curt Perano and 68 other mushers began the world's most famous sled-dog race by crossing frozen Willow Lake about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Anchorage.

It was a staggered start, meaning one musher left every two minutes. The order was drawn at a musher's banquet Thursday night in Anchorage.

The finish line is on Front Street in Nome, which runs parallel to the Bering Sea coast. Standing between the mushers and the finish line are about 1,000 miles of unforgiving Alaska terrain, including two mountain ranges, untamed wilderness, the mighty Yukon River and the wind-whipped Bering Sea coast.

Among those in the field are Mitch Seavey, last year's champion, and his son, Dallas Seavey, the 2012 winner.

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