Cavs put down the Bulls, Glenville vs. Hilliard Davidson Preview, Good luck to Chagrin Falls, Great Season for Maple Heights

Good Mornings Sports Fans!

The Cleveland Cavaliers continued their winning ways last night by taking down the Chicago Bulls, 101-87. The Cavaliers proved to be a much more improved team then when the two franchises met at Quicken Loans Arena earlier this season. Lebron James finished the game with 23 points, six rebounds and 11 assists. Mo Williams and Daniel “Boobie” Gibson both finished the game with 15 points to help the Cavaliers put the Bulls away. Williams seems to have found his touch within the starting lineup again and “Boobie” has been an impressive force off the Cavaliers bench.

Earlier this season, this matchup was tough for the Cavaliers as they had difficulty keeping up with the Bulls and eventually lost the game in the fourth quarter. After several adjustments and more time to play with one another, the Cavaliers are starting to feel more comfortable with one another on the floor and making the plays happen. Jamario Moon has started to become key player on this Cavaliers team and “Boobie” has become an offensive threat whenever he comes off the bench.

This game was not only filled with highlights of alley-oops, three points and pick rolls but also with….a confrontation! After LeBron James started dancing on the bench after a Jamario Moon dunk in the fourth quarter, the Bulls bench, especially Joakim Noah, took notice. LeBron continued his dancing exhibition later on when at the free throw line prompting Noah to yell from the bench. LeBron eventually walked over towards Noah, who was still on the bench, and received a technical foul for doing so. No one was ejected but the Cavaliers could learn something from the incident.

LeBron is often very loose and relaxed when the Cavaliers are winning but Noah later stated that he thought James was “rubbing it in.” Anyone who has seen LeBron play knows how jovial the St. Vincent St Mary’s graduate can be but the incident did lead to a technical foul. The Cavaliers were up by a considerable margin at that point but similar incidents later on down the line might cost the Cavaliers a game. LeBron can dance all he wants but picking the wrong time to do so might cost the team later on.

Moving from the Cavaliers to Ohio High School State Championship football, for the first time in school history, the Glenville Tarblooders will have an opportunity to compete for a state championship when they take on Hilliard Davidson tonight at Fawcett Stadium. Glenville is the first inner city Cleveland school to compete for a state championship and they will have their hands full against Hillard Davidson.

Taking a look at Glenville, the Tarblooders have speed, size, agility and can put together drives in a short amount of time. Glenville quarterback Cardale Jones communications well with his receivers and is not afraid to throw the ball deep. His receivers are among the fastest in Northeast Ohio and can catch almost any pass thrown their direction. Latwan Anderson is a threat on both sides of the football and if he gets a hold of a interception of fumble, there is a good chance he will be finding his way to the endzone in a short amount of time.

While Glenville has the tools to win a state championship, what can hurt them is their lack of consistent and mistake-free play. The Tarblooders have shown to get sloppy on special teams and those mistakes can lead to great opportunities for the opposition. In the Regional Final game, Solon definitely found out that good opportunities from Glenville’s special teams mistakes could keep them in the ball game. The Tarblooders defense can get worn down if challenged enough and that plus their special teams mistakes almost cost them their game against Solon.

Looking at Hilliard Davidson, this team is well coached and has played some of state’s best teams to get to the state title game. Among the teams Hilliard Davidson has defeated are Dublin Coffman, who always has lots of depth, Cincinnati Elder, one of the top teams in the state every season, and Westerville South, who is coached by one of Columbus’s best high school football coaches. This team is no stranger to tough competition and has proven to being able to play with the best. Davidson has been a defensive threat by only allowing 9.2 points per game this season.

Davidson is no stranger to playing and upsetting teams from the Northeast Ohio area. In 2006, the Wildcats defeated Mentor on a two-point conversion play to win a state championship. Davidson was relentless in that ball game and was determined to win. They challenged Mentor late in the ball game and they will do the same against Glenville tonight if they have to.

Another Northeast Ohio area team playing for a state title today is Chagrin Falls. This is the first time Chagrin Falls has competed for a state title in football and they deserve nothing but good luck wishes against Kettering Archbishop Alter at 11 am on Saturday.

After a long and incredible season, Maple Heights hopes of a State Championship ended last night with a 42-12 loss to Winton Woods. Maple Heights overcame many obstacles to get to the title game but they have nothing to be ashamed of for losing. Not many students in Ohio get the opportunity to play in a State Championship game in any sport and the Maple Heights players will remember the incredible season they had. Those players got to be apart of something that not many other Maple Heights football players had a chance to experience in the past and deserve a pat on the back for a great season.

Before I end my post for today, I want to encourage everyone to visit my friend Britni’s blog at the following address:

http://britnitozzi.blogspot.com/

Britni is a great friend of mine who is doing a mission trip to Africa right after Christmas. The purpose of her going down there is to help others and give back. Being a person who enjoys giving back, I think what she is doing is incredible and deserves a lot of support. If you have a moment, please visit her blog for more information.

While I am on the topic, if there is anyone out there who you feel deserves to be recognized for being a hero in their community, please let me know. Giving back is something that not many people do and I want to help recognize those who do give back. I personally would not be where I am at now in life if it weren’t for some incredible people along the way and I enjoy giving back and recognizing those who do the same.

That’s it for now. Keep it real.

Jeff

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~ by jeffrsabo on December 5, 2009.

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