5 Things For March 19th; Pewamo-Westphalia Advances To Semis On Wild Ending
1. Pewamo-Westphalia was down and out. Trailing by four points with about 15 seconds to go, Kyle Nurenberg launched a miracle three-pointer with two players on him. He banked it in. Then, after Flint Beecher threw the inbound pass into the corner, P-W trapped. Nick Spitzley tipped the pass out of the corner, and found himself with the ball and a clear path to the hoop. He hit the go-ahead layup with five seconds remaining, and The Pirates held on for a shocking 42-41 win.
It was one of the best finishes to a game I have ever witnessed. They will play Muskegon Heights Public School Academy Thursday at one o'clock. They are 20-3 and were ranked #8 in Class C in the final regular season AP poll.
2. The Wings got a massive win over Toronto last night, but lost another key member of their team. Ansar Khan of Mlive.com reports that Jonathon Ericsson will miss two to three weeks with a broken finger. That makes it six straight games that the Wings have lost a player to injury, and none of them will be back in the immediate future. Still, they remain firmly in the mix for a playoff spot. Here is a link to the updated standings on nhl.com.
3. The first two play-in games of the NCAA tournament were last night. TJ Warren scored 25 points as NC State beat Xavier by 15. NC State will play fifth-seeded St. Louis. Albany beat Mount St. Mary's to move on to play Florida.
There are two more games tonight, including Iowa and Tennessee. Fran McCafferty has quite the difficult situation on his hands, as cbssports.com reports.
4. The Pistons are about to embark on a tough west coast road trip. It begins tonight against the Denver Nuggets, who are playing much better ball lately. They have won three of their last four games including wins at Miami and against the Clippers.
Detroit will then play at Phoenix, at the Clippers, and at the Jazz. This may be the stretch that officially pushes the Pistons out of playoff contention.
5. Bruce Pearl is making his return to college basketball. He landed a 6-year deal with Auburn. Espn.com has a nice piece laying out all the dynamics of Pearl's signing.
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