It was a tense Tuesday in Tiger-town.
Twenty-four hours removed from a 1-run Region 2-AA loss at New Wilmington, Sharon High’s baseball team could not afford another setback, otherwise its postseason aspirations were alleviated.
Conversely, region pacesetting Sharpsville could have secured the crown with a win, and the Blue Devils dashed to an early 3-0 lead.
But with a springtime storm spawning, the Tigers tallied twice in the 3rd, then posted a 3-run 4th frame en route to a 5-4 win at Johnny Pepe Field.
“We can’t afford another loss. If (the District 10 committee) takes three teams, hopefully, we’re the third team,” Tigers’ taskmaster Mike Tomko mused.
Entering the day, Sharon (8-4, 9-7) was stalemated with Wilmington and West Middlesex for the runner-up berth behind Sharpsville (10-2, 12-4). Sharon’s season concludes with games against Reynolds and Middlesex.
“We’ve still got a long way to go ... we’ve got our work cut out for us,” Tomko admitted.
The Tigers had taken a 5-4 lead through 4, but the Blue Devils seemed bent on an outburst in the 6th.
Ross Llewellyn drew a leadoff walk from Sharon starter Cody Frazier, who then plunked Jake Bulick with a 1-2 pitch. Reliever Daniel Vanderslice enticed Bryan Stafford to fly out to right, with Llewellyn advancing to 3rd. Mitchell Fyffe drew a 1-out walk, loading the bases.
Sharpsville seemed secured of at least the tying and perhaps potential go-ahead runs with prolific Greg Popatak poised at the plate. In Sharpsville’s 2-run 1st frame, Popatak pounded the 1st pitch he saw from Frazier over the right-center field fence. Subsequently, he singled and walked.
Essentially, Sharon’s season was on the line, and the Tigers’ minimal margin for error meant a miracle was mandatory.
On Vanderslice’s 2-0 pitch, the lefthanded-hitting Popatak sliced a shot down the 3rd-base line. It was speared on one hop by 3rd baseman Vinnie Shaffer, who stepped on the bag for a force out, then threw across to 1st baseman Mike Songer to complete the inning-ending twin-killing.
“ ... That’s their big hitter. Boy, what a great out,” Tomko gushed.
“(Popatak) hit the ball hard. Outside fastball, and he went with it. But Shaffer ... he’s a heckava player,” praised gracious Sharpsville skipper Mike Sikorski.
Steady rain already had started, but no electricity, so play was not interruped.
In Sharpsville’s 7th Vanderslice surrendered Tyler Wansack’s 1-out single, which was sandwiched by a pair of fine running catches by Sharon center fielder Justin Stefanowicz. Vanderslice saved the win for Frazier by getting mound counterpart Taylor Lenzi to lift a fly to right.
Lenzi-led Sharpsville was sitting on a 3-0 lead, before the Tigers tallied. Shaffer’s 1-out double was sandwiched by walks to Frazier and Nick Carlo (intentional). Songer singled for 1 run, then Stefanowicz scored Shaffer with a sac fly.
Bryan Stafford’s 2-out RBI-triple to right-center staked Sharpsville to a 4-2 lead in the 4th frame, but the Tigers tallied a trio in their half, aided by a pair of Blue Devils’ errors.
Shaffer slammed his 2nd double, a 2-run bases-loaded shot to left center, though Josh Nichols was nabbed at the plate. But Carlo clutched up with the eventual game-winner on a 2-out single in the hole, scoring Shaffer.
“ ... I think it’s a different outcome if we field the ball ... you can’t win ballgames, tight ballgames, doing that,” Sikorski said.
Lenzi lasted the distance. His 89-pitch outing (61 strikes) included 4 walks and 7 hits allowed, and he fanned 4.
The Blue Devils have to defeat West Middlesex and/or Mercer to claim the crown.
“All in all it’s been a good season,” Sikorski summarized. “We’ve just gotta move on and learn from this. We know we’ve got a target on our back, but I think it drives you, and it’s a good thing to have, for sure.”
“(Monday) night we lost a one-run game, and (the Tigers) were licking their wounds (Monday) night and thoughout the day in school (Tuesday),” Tomko related, emphasizing, “but they bounced back.”
Notes: Stafford had a stellar game. In addition to 2 hits, a run scored and ribbie, defensively he gunned down 2 Tigers base-stealers in the 2nd stanza. He was on the receiving end of cutoff man Fyffe’s relay throw from center fielder Wansack, which nailed Nichols. ... Wansack whacked 2 hits and drove in a run with a sac fly. ... Frazier, in 5-plus frames (92 pitches, 54 strikes), whiffed 3, walked 4 and hit a batter. — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.
ä Reynolds 8, West Middlesex 3 — At West Middlesex, the Lady Raiders (6-2, 7-6) beat the Ms. Reds to force a 3-way tie for 1st place in Region 1-A play with WM and Sharpsville.
Hailey Gearhart pitched 5ìinnings for Reynolds. She fanned 4, walked 4 and gave up the 3 runs on 6 hits. Paige Baker, who had missed 2èweeks with a sprained MCL, made her return to the field and closed it out with 15 pitches. Offensively for Reynolds, Baker had 3 singles, Kristen Shearer doubled and singled and Autumn Babcock ripped a pair of doubles.
Jordyn Allen went the distance on the mound for WM. She struck out 3, issued 2 walks and gave up 10 hits. Jade Kroesen tripled and singled for the Ms. Reds, and Aly Andrusky doubled.
ä Sharon 4, Lakeview 1 — At Stoneboro, the Lady Tigers scored 3 runs in the top of the 7th inning to earn the victory over the Lady Sailors.
Gabby Gadola went the distance for Sharon. She struck out 7 batters, issued no walks and gave up 7 hits. Offensively, Gadola doubled, Aubriana Dellibovi had 2 singles and an RBI, Mallory Torr drove in a run with a sacrifice and Kristina Jacoway stole 3 bases.
Kala Mahen pitched all 7 frames for Lakeview. She fanned 11, walked 3 and surrendered 6 hits. Mahen and Katie Watts had 2 singles each and Katie McClelland drove in a run.
Sharon skipper Mike Bochert said his Lady Tigers (4-3, 8-6) are in contention for a Region 2-AA playoff berth with 4 games remaining.
ä Hickory 6, Conneaut Area 4 (9 inn.) — At Hermitage, the host Lady Hornets were knotted at 4, before Mikhaila Layshock launched a game-winning, 2-run, walkoff home run.
Chelsea Marriott (5 innings, 6 hits, 4 runs, 3 walks, 8 strikeouts) and Lauren Kizak (4 innings, 1 hit, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts) collaborated on the moujnd work for Hickory (6-2, 9-2). Kizak collected the win.
In her 4-for-4 plate performance, Layshock hammered a pair of homers, while Courtney Maniscalco connected for another.
S.Blair suffered the setback. In 8ì innings she yielded 11 hits and 6 earned runs on 6 walks, though she fanned 4. Also, K.Laird laced a 2-run single and J.Krider doubled.
ä Wilmington 9, Laurel 4 — At Lawrence County, Kayleigh Shenker, with relief from Abby Sotter, secured success for the Lady Greyhounds (13-2) in the non-league affair.
Alanna Elliott ended with a 3-run home run and 2 singles for Wilmington, while Courtney Cohen, Alexis Donati, Cassidy Marett and Aryn Boyer banged 2 hits apiece.
Shenker surrendered 6 hits and a walk while whiffing 2 in 4 frames. Sotter saved the win with 3 innings of relief.
ä Meadville 4, Grove City 3 — At Meadville, the host Lady Bulldogs’ A.Rhoades outdueled Grove City’s Maddie Elberty.
Rhoades recorded 10 strikeouts, walked 4 and scattered 8 hits, while Elberty ended up permitting 3 hits, 3 walks and striking out 6 in 4ê innings. In relief, Belle Chiodo checked the Dawgs on 2 hits.
Nottingham knocked a home run and single for MASH.
For Grove City (4-12), Cassie Feather and Grace Dadzaa each stroked 2 hitrs and Micaela King tallied twice and pilfered a pair of bases.
ä Sharpsville 17, Farrell 3; Sharpsville 16, Farrell 2 — At Sharpsville, the Blue Darlings improved to 9-5 with the doubleheader sweep. No game stats were reported. Sharpsville plays at West Middlesex Thursday.
GIRLS TRACK & FIELD
ä West Middlesex 84, Mercer 65; Mercer 114, Commodore Perry 30 — At the County Seat, the visiting Ms. Reds (6-1, 7-1) rolled, led by dual-winners Kristen White (800, 1600) and Rachel DeMaria (shot put, discus).
For Mercer, Courtney Young (100, sprint- and mile-relay legs) and Mindy Brown (200, 400, 4x4 relay leg) led the Lady M’s, along with Janette Berger (high, intermediate hurdles, sprint- and mile-relay legs).
DeMaria established a school standard (40-11 1/4), elicpsing Susie Bowser (40-6, 1995), according to Middlesex mentor Bob Morris.
Grinnell garnered a sweep of the 800 and 3200 runs for Commodore Perry.
ä Wilmington 91, Lakeview 59 — At Stoneboro, the visiting Lady Greyhounds garnered their 2nd straight Region 1-A championship, according to veteran mentor J.R. McFarland.
For Wilmington (7-0), Allison Baldwin (400, 800) and Rikki Brumbaugh (1600, 3200, 4x4 relay), as well as Julie Falvo (shot, disc) led the visitors, as did Hannah Drake (4x4, 4x8 relays, triple jump).
Marla Holland (200, sprint-relay leg) led Lakeview.
BOYS TRACK & FIELD
ä West Middlesex 100, Mercer 50; Mercer 108.5, Commodore Perry 31.5 — Clay Allen made the County Seat his personal playground, sweeping the 100- and 200-meter dashes, long jump, and anchoring the Big Reds’ winning sprint-relay foursome. Also, Luke Patten pole-vaulted and triple-jumped his way to a pair of wins, and was part of a winning relay, and Isaac Williams went for a win in the 3200 and as part of the distance-relay foursome.
West Middlesex mentor Ed Pikna pointed out it was the 5th consecutive Region 1-A title posted by his program, which is 7-0 this season.
He also cited seniors — Allen, Patten, Sebastian Grasso, Austin Mirizio, Aaron Fitzgerald, Trevor Harrison and Jeremy Jancso — who never lost a Region 1-A race during their 4-year tenure.
“We’ve been so blessed with the seniors we have and the leadership theyv’e provided,” Pikna praised. “It’s been a great ride, and I’m just super proud. We’re looking for big things over the next few weeks.”
Kevin Reno raced to wins in the 400- and 800-meter runs for Mercer. Also, J.Moon swept all 3 throws against Commodore Perry, while Bequeath bested the field in the 200, high jump, and as part of the mile-relay.
Nate White went for wins in the 1600- and 3200-meter runs for Commodore Perry.
ä Lakeview 108, Wilmington 37; Lakeview 123, Farrell 27 — At Stoneboro, the host Sailors coasted, led by Zach VanDusen (100, long and triple jumps) and Blake Reddick (200, 400, 4x4 relay), as well as thrower Hunter Armstrong (shot, disc) and distance aces Devon Workman (1600, 4x4 relay leg) and Billy Kinsey (4x8, 4x4 relays).
Sixth-year Sailors’ skipper Ryan Herold reported Lakeview ended 9-1 in duals.
For Farrell, 1st-place finishes were won by Brandon Gavins (11.5) and the sprint-relay foursome of Dewayne Burns, Guledge, Jackson and Gavins (47.1), and shot-putter Derrick Carter (38-9).
ä Greenville 97, Reynolds 53 — At Greenville, Matt Hecking and Nick Scovil were triple-event winners for the Trojans (9-2).
Hecking and Scovil ran on the 1st-place 400 relay team while Hecking copped the 400 and ran the opening leg on the winning 3200 relay squad and Scovil took 1st in the 100 and 200.
Clayton Stoyer (swept hurdles) and Cory Woods (long, triple jumps) led the way for the Raiders.
GIRLS TRACK & FIELD
WEST MIDDLESEX 84, MERCER 65
3200 relay — West Middlesex (Wimer, Aubel, Nitsche, Alsdorf), 11:44; 100 hurdles — Berger (M), 15.1; 100 — C.Young (M), 12.7; 1600 — White (WM), 5:50.3; 400 — Brown (M), 1:03.3; 400 relay — Mercer (C.Young, Stanton, McKinney, Berger), 52.5; 300 hurdles — Berger (M), 46.5; 800 — White (WM), 2:27.3; 200 — Brown (M), 28.4; 3200 — Tyillian (WM), 12:23.6; 1600 relay — Mercer (Brown, C.Young, N.Young, Berger), 4:15; Shot put — DeMaria (WM), 40-11 1/4; Discus — DeMaria (WM), 115-1è;Javelin — Lucich (WM), 109-5; Long jump — Swartzbeck (M), 15-2è; Triple jump — Pratt (WM), 31-2; High jump — Brandes (M), 4-8; Pole vault — Platt (M), 8-6.
MERCER 114, COMM. PERRY 30
3200 relay — Commodore Perry (no names submitted), 11:56; 100 hurdles — Berger (M), 15.1; 100 — C.Young (M), 12.7; 1600 — Oaks (CP), 6:30.8; 400 — Brown (M), 1:03.3; 400 relay — Mercer (C.Young, Stanton, McKinney, Berger), 52.5; 300 hurdles — Berger (M), 46.5; 800 — Grinnell (CP), 2:42.5; 200 — Brown (M), 28.4; 3200 — Grinnell (CP), 13:11.4; 1600 relay — Mercer (Brown, C.Young, N.Young, Berger), 4:15; Shot put — Brest (M), 32-2è; Discus — A.Conner (M), 80-4; Javelin — A.Conner (M), 79-1è; Long jump — Swartzbeck (M), 15-2è; Triple jump — Evans (M), 25-1 1/4; High jump — Brandes (M), 4-8; Pole vault — Platt (M), 8-6.
WILMINGTON 91, LAKEVIEW 59
3200 relay — Wilmington (Robb, Behm, Baldwin, Drake), 11:55.7; 100 hurdles — Ray (L), 17.5; 100 — Reed (L), 13.3; 1600 — Brumbaugh (W), 5:50.4; 400 — Baldwin (W), 1:02.1; 400 relay — Lakeview (King, Reed, McConnell, Holland), 55.8; 300 hurdles — Winters (W), 50.3; 800 — Baldwin (W), 2:25.6; 200 — Holland (L), 27.2; 3200 — Brumbaugh (W), 13:34.9; 1600 relay — Wilmington (Brumbaugh, Winters, Drake, Baldwin), 4:22.6; Shot put — Falvo (W), 35-1 1/4; Discus — Falvo (W), 124-1; Javelin — Winters (W), no distance reported; Long jump — Sikora (W), 15-3; Triple jump — Drake (W), 34-11 1/4; High jump — King (L), 5-4; Pole vault — Ryan (L), 8-6.
BOYS TRACK & FIELD
WEST MIDDLESEX 100, MERCER 50
3200 relay — West Middlesex (Fitzgerald, Long, Dale, Williams), 9:51; 110 hurdles — Davis (M), 14.9; 100 — Allen (WM), 10.9; 1600 — Canon (WM), 4:59.7; 400 — Reno (M), 52.5; 400 relay — West Middlesex (Trippy, Jancso, Patten, Allen), 4.7; 300 hurdles — Hoffman (M), 43.1; 800 — Reno (M), 2:06.5; 200 — Allen (WM), 22.4; 3200 — Williams (WM), 10:36; 1600 relay — Mercer (Bequeath, Hoffman, Breese, Reno), 3:47.3; Shot put — Moon (M), 37-3è; Discus — Harrison (WM), 148-6 1/4; Javelin — Lucich (WM), 130-2; Long jump — Allen (WM), 20-1 1/4; Triple jump — Patten (WM), 42-0 3/4; High jump — Jancso (WM), 5-10; Pole vault — Patten (WM), 13-6.
MERCER 108.5, C. PERRY 31.5
3200 relay — Commodore Perry (no names submitted), 9:13; 110 hurdles — Davis (M), 14.9; 100 — Eddy (CP), 12.1; 1600 — White (CP) 4:55; 400 — Reno (M), 52.5; 400 relay — Mercer (Breese, Haines, Davis, Hoffman), 47.3; 300 hurdles — Hoffman (M), 43.1; 800 — Reno (M), 2:06.5; 200 — Bequeath (M), 25.2; 3200 — White (CP), 10:53.9; 1600 relay — Mercer (Bequeath, Hoffman, Breese, Reno), 3:47.3; Shot put — J.Moon (M), 37-3è; Discus — J.Moon (M), 99-3 1/4; Javelin — J.Moon (M), 117-8; Long jump — Kaster (M), 17-3 3/4; Triple jump — Kaster (M), 34-11 1/4; High jump — Bequeath (M), 5-4; Pole vault — not contested.
LAKEVIEW 108, WILMINGTON 37
3200 relay — Lakeview (Workman, Stankovich, Richael, Kinsey), 9:02; 110 hurdles — Stringer (L), 17.8; 100 — VanDusen (L), 12.0; 1600 — Workman (L), 4:56.8; 400 — Reddick (L), 54.0; 400 relay — not reported.; 300 hurdles — Slav. Pontius (W), 46.4; 800 — Kinsey (L), 2:04.5; 200 — Reddick (L), 23.5; 3200 — Miller (L), 11:29.4; 1600 relay — Lakeview (Stankovich, Reddick, Workman, Kinsey), 3:37.8; Shot put — Armstrong (L), 37-7; Discus — Armstrong (L), 140-0; Javelin — Sterling (L), 160-8; Long jump — VanDusen (L), 18-6è; Triple jump — VanDusen (L), 38-10; High jump — Stef. Pontius (W), 5-10; Pole vault — Ryan (L), 8-6.
GREENVILLE 97, REYNOLDS 53
3200 relay — Greenville (Hecking, Herrick, Coburn, Foley), 9:16.1; 110 hurdles — Stoyer (R), 16.4; 100 — Scovil (G), 11.8; 1600 — Tumpak (R), 4:58.2; 400 — Hecking (G), 55.0; 400 relay — Greenville (Eells, VanAken, Scovil, Stainbrook), 46.8; 300 hurdles — Stoyer (R), 41.3; 800 — Coburn (G), 2:12.8; 200 — Scovil (G), 23.8; 3200 — Foley (G), 11:09.8; 1600 relay — Greenville (Riffe, Hecking, Sulick, Gearhart), 3:42; Shot put — Weaver (G), 46-3; Discus — Moffett (R), 126-4; Javelin — Fisher (G), 129-0; Long jump — Woods (R), 18-11; Triple jump — Woods (R), 40-5; High jump — VanAken (G), 6-0; Pole vault — Gongloff (R), 11-0.
It was a tense Tuesday in Tiger-town.
Brookfield boys win season-opener against Py Valley
It was a typical season-opener: Too many turnovers, some questionable shot selection, and careless personal fouls. But for Brookfield High boys’ bench boss Bill Kovach, “ ... always happy with a win.”
The Warriors were 7-for-10 from the free-throw line during the 4th frame, and held off Pymatuning Valley, 59-48, Tuesday night.
Hornets advance to semis with win over Central
DuBOIS, PA. — Some people could say the “third time is a charm.” For the Hickory High Hornets it was much more than that. In fact, it was glorious.
After losing in the first round of the PIAA Class AA playoffs the last two years, the Hornets finally nailed down a victory with a 37-27 triumph over the Central Dragons from Martinsburg.
Lakeview falls to Clarion Area in PIAA quarterfinals
SLIPPERY ROCK — In the scholastic athletic arena, “mercy rule” — while not politically correct in hyper-sensitive 2013 society — is a relatively accepted term.
Clarion High’s football had mercy-ruled all 13 prior opponents this season. And the Bobcats seemed bent on continuing their commanding conquests during Saturday’s PIAA Class A quarterfinal-round meeting with Lakeview.
Hickory focused on winning PIAA opener
The calendar reminds us that Thanksgiving arrives a little later than usual this year. But as holiday traditions go, this one has been pretty productive for Hickory High head football coach Bill Brest.
“My wife always has me put up our Christmas tree on the Friday after Thanksgiving ... and the next day, we’ve won. So I’ll be more than happy to help my wife put up the tree this Friday,” Brest related.
During the past 2 years Hickory has won District 10 titles on Thanksgiving weekend. But this year the Hornets harvested their 3rd consecutive crown last week, jettisoning Girard (21-10). Now Hickory (11-1) has a 1 p.m. date in DuBois Saturday against surprising Central-Martinsburg (11-2) in the PIAA Class AA quarterfinals.
Smart move by PIAA to schedule games early this weekend
Congratulations to the PIAA for making a good move that helps teams and fans of high school sports.
Wow, I haven’t been able to say that often enough!
But many of the high school football games this coming weekend will be played in the afternoon which is a real plus for traveling on possibly snow-blown highways at this time of the year.
Hornets 3-peat as D-10 champs with win vs. Girard
EDINBORO — When legendary coach Vince Lombardi said “the only good thing that comes from losing is the desire never to lose again,” he could very well have been referencing the future for Coach Bill Brest and his Hickory Hornets.
Since Hickory lost to Sharon, 14-6, in the 2010 District 10 finals in Brest’s first year at the helm of the team, the D-10 Class AA title game has belonged to Hickory. And Saturday afternoon at Edinboro University’s Sox Harrison Stadium, it was no different as the Hornets topped Girard, 21-10 for a third straight crown.
Sailors beat Devils to capture 1st District 10 title
NEW WILMINGTON — Lakeview may have a long way to go to equal Sharpsville’s success in the sport of football, but the Sailors jump-started the process Friday night.
With Blake Reddick roaring into the record book, the Sailors shut out Sharpsville, 27-0, in the District 10 Class A championship game at Greyhounds Stadium.
Hornets seek 3-peat Saturday vs. Girard
Bill Brest ... buffer?
Hickory High’s head football coach has broad shoulders and that’s necessary, because he’s taking on all distractions as his Hornets prepare for Saturday’s District 10 Class AA championship game.
Hickory (10-1) will attempt to hoist the D-10 trophy for a 3rd consecutive season when the Hornets journey to Girard’s backyard — Edinboro University’s Sox Harrison Stadium — to meet the Yellow Jackets at 1 p.m.
Hickory rolls past Northwestern in D-10 semifinals
SLIPPERY ROCK — They say that “Familiarity breeds contempt.” You can bet the Northwestern Wildcats are feeling a bit of the latter for the Hickory Hornets!
For a third straight season Hickory eliminated the northerners from the District 10 Class AA playoffs, this time by a 52-14 score in the semifinals Saturday night at Slippery Rock University’s Thompson-Mihalik Stadium.
Greenville falls to Girard in D-10 semifinals
ERIE — District 10 was destined for a Class AA championship game between reigning 2-time titlist Hickory and Greenville.
But no one informed the Girard High football team of the plans.
“ … This is pretty cool … I’m pretty fired up about it,” admitted 4th-year Yellow Jackets’ head coach Jim Funk after Girard jolted Greenville, 16-14.
SPORTVIEW: Season fate could be decided today for Browns, Steelers
IT MAKES NO sense to say that one game determines the rest of the season. That’s why I’ll simply say: Today’s one game determines the rest of the season.
Since when did my predictions make sense anyhow?
The Cleveland Browns’ visit to Cincinnati today will go a long way to deciding if the Browns have a shot at making the playoffs — and even winning the AFC North title — or if they should start planning for the NFL draft.
GCC tops Thiel in OT to win Mercer County Cup
The Grove City and Thiel College football teams closed out their seasons on Saturday with a thrilling game at Alumni Stadium in Green-ville as Grove City posted a 50-44 overtime win in the 30th annual Mercer County Cup Game.
Quarterback Brian Pell scored on a 13-yard run for the Wolverines (3-5, 5-5) to give GCC the win in OT.
Devils beat WM; will play for 3rd straight D-10 title
Two-time defending District 10 Class A champion Sharpsville is returning to the D-10 title game for a third straight year and Coach Paul Piccirilli has a simple explanation for the team’s success:
“We believe. Kids in Sharpsville believe.”
A lot of people are believing as well after watching the Blue Devils dismantle West Middlesex, 40-3, Friday night at Hickory High Hornets Stadium.
Spence, Sailors roll past Mercer, 52-21
NEW WILMINGTON — Pat McClearn lived Lakeview High football program’s previous gridiron glory days. Unfortunately for him on Friday night he was on the business end of the current Sailors’ resurgence.
McClearn and his Mercer High Mustangs were eliminated by Lakeview from the District 10 Class A semifinals, 52-21.
Long gone basketball league leaves a costly legacy
If you want to mark yourself as a graying old-timer, bring up the American Basketball Association – the professional league that featured large Afros, slam dunk contests, three-point baskets and a red, white and blue basketball.
Oh, yes, it also had a great collection of players - perhaps the best on the globe - who brought athleticism, skill and excitement to a game that had become somewhat stodgy in the more established National Basketball Association.
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