Monday, June 10, 2013

Midday Recap: You can't spell Miami Heat without "TEAM"

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LeBron James didn't have a triple-double, and it didn't matter.

A fine team effort sends Miami to San Antonio with the series tied, bouncing back from their Game 1 loss with a 103-84 win over the Spurs.  Scoring 17 points on 7/17 was James, while Mario Chalmers contributed with 19 points on 6/12 shooting.  Chris Bosh had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. In addition to the fine offensive team effort, the Miami Heat molded a fine defensive effort as the team collaborated for 6 blocks, including the one pictured above as LeBron James rejects a Tiago Splitter dunk attempt for one of his three blocks.  James also had three steals.

The defense threw Tim Duncan was off his game, shooting 3/13 as the veteran forward put forth only 9 points.  Danny Green was untouchable as he was perfect from beyond the arch as 5 threes helped score him 17 points for the game.

Game 3 is Tuesday night, in San Antonio.  TV Coverage: ABC (Locally 10ABC WTEN - 9PM)

L: Fort Ann Girls Softball Champions - Dan Little for the Albany Times Union.  
R: Fort Ann Boys Baseball Champions - Jeff Miller for the Glens Falls Post-Star.

Congratulations needs to be said here as the Fort Ann Cardinals won two state titles over the weekend.  The Girls claimed the Class D State Championship here in Queensbury on Saturday with a 5-2 win over Afton, the state's number one ranked team.  It was the school's third state softball title. Meanwhile, down in Binghamton, Joe Foran and George Lehoisky are two-time champions as the boys came away Class D state champs with their 14-0 win over Hancock.  The two won the title as Freshmen back in 2010.

Over at NYSEG Stadium in Binghamton, the Queensbury Spartans season came to an end in the Class A State Semifinals, falling to Bayport-Blue Point 4-0.  P.J. Weeks nailed a two-out two-run single to widen Bayport-Blue Point's lead in the bottom 6th.  Bayport-Blue Point would go on to beat Williamsville South later in the afternoon to claim the Class A state championship.

North Country Sports Radio would like to congratulate all our local champions and state tournament participants on a fantastic season.  We look forward to when fall sports kicks off this September!

Ike Davis is heading to the desert.  The first baseman declined to speak with reporters after the Mets lost their second consecutive extra-inning game to the Miami Marlins, 8-4, one day after the Mets and Marlins played a 6 1/2 hour affair that went 20-innings before the Marlins came away victorious.

Davis was 0 for 3 with a strikeout, and following the game, it was learned that he, Mike Baxter and Robert Carson were sent packing by Sandy Alderson as he demoted all three to their Triple-A team in Las Vegas.

Daniel Murphy capped a three run third inning with his long ball, which gave Jonathan Niese a 4-1 lead to work with at that point.  But the 6th and 8th innings brought the Marlins back, as Ed Lucas and Derek Dietrich scored on a Marcell Ozuna double, aided by a fielding error by Juan Lagares.  Then in the 8th inning Derek Dietrich brought himself home with his 5th homer of the season off Scott Rice.

Bobby Parnell and Robert Carson both had trouble in the 10th inning, as Adeiny Hechavarria reached on a Murphy error, as Logan Morrison scored.  Then a Greg Dobbs pinch-hit sac-fly brought Justin Ruggiano home.  Hechavarria came home thanks to Miguel Olivo's 4th of the season.

A 1-2-3 bottom 10th brought the Marlins their 18th win of the season, the 8th against the New York Mets.

The Mets are off today as they prepare for three against the Cardinals.

Chris Stewart became the hero Sunday afternoon as the New York Yankees won 2-1 against the Seattle Mariners.  Stewart's hit in the 9th brought home Ichiro Suzuki, who earlier walked to lead-off the away 9th.  Stewart helped David Robertson earn his 4th win of the season in relief of David Phelps.

Phelps allowed 3 hits, walked 3 and struck out 6 as he went 6 innings against the Mariners.  Felix Hernandez pitching 7 innings for the Mariners, striking out 7 and surrendering 5 hits during that span.  Yoervis Medina, who pitched the 9th, was credited with the loss.

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