Sports: Pistons, Red Wings Crushed
The Pistons lost to the Pacers, 115-98. The Pacers swept the four-game season series and moved two games in front of Detroit in the playoff chase. Indiana scored the first eight points and still led by eight at halftime. Tobias Harris had 22 points and Stanley Johnson had a season-high 17 for the Pistons. The Pistons battled back and took their only lead, 63-62 with 7:37 left in the third quarter. But Paul George then scored eight points during a 25-8 quarter-closing run to put the game away. Aron Baynes suffered a sprained right ankle in the game and is questionable for tonight’s game at the Palace against the Cleveland Cavaliers
The Red Wings lost 6-1 in Boston. David Krejci scored twice during a four-goal first period. Brad Marchand had his team-leading 31st and 32nd goals. Niklas Kronwall had his first goal of the season for Detroit. The Red Wings finished a five-game trip 1-3-1. Detroit starting goalie Jared Coreau was pulled after giving up three goals during a 2:25 span in what's likely his last game with the team before he's shipped back to the minors. They return home to play at home against the Blackhawks on Friday.
The Tigers were off Wednesday, and play the Mets in Port St. Lucie today. Anibal Sanchez is scheduled to start for Detroit. His earned run average so far is 23.63.
WMU’s Women’s team beat CMU, 67-63. They play Northern Illinois Friday at 11am.
Western Michigan plays Ball State today at 2:30 in the second round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament.
Toledo will play Ohio. EMU takes on top seeded Akron. Kent State plays Buffalo. The Semi Finals are Friday and the MAC Championship game is Saturday night.
Michigan plays Illinois at noon. They almost didn’t make it to Washington D.C. for the game, as their chartered jet attempted to take off in high winds, but slid off the runway at Willow Run Airport. The plane sustained some damage but the team, the band, and all on board were safely evacuated. The winner plays top seeded Purdue at noon on Friday.
MSU plays Penn State at 1:30pm on 95.3 WBCK. If the Spartans win that game, they’ll play 4th seeded Minnesota on Friday at 1:30pm.
Boys Basketball – District Semifinals
Class A @ Coldwater - Lakeview 73, Gull Lake 60. Cooper Grosteffon with 16.
Class A @ Coldwater - Battle Creek Central 52, Coldwater 45. Demetrius Craig with 14.
Class B @ Parchment - Harper Creek 52, Marshall 40. Dominic Gibson had 16. Harper Creek leading scorer Jeremiah Davis was injured just before the half and did not return.
Class B @ Parchment - Pennfield 75, Comstock 49. Deveaire Todd with 23.
Class B @ Eaton Rapids - Olivet 70, Stockbridge 57
Class C @ Jonesville - Quincy 68, Homer 51
Class C @ Jonesville - Union City 43, Bronson 41. Larson Kever with 19.
Class D @ St. Philip - Martin 57, St. Philip 43
Class D @ St. Philip - Bellevue 62, Kalamazoo Phoenix 32. Wyatt Waterbury and Carson Betts with 14.
Class D @ Climax-Scotts - Marshall Academy 55, Athens 50
Class D @ Climax-Scotts - Climax-Scotts 70, Coldwater Pansophia 27
Girls Basketball – Regional games Thursday
Class B @ Three Rivers –Marshall vs. Otsego 7pm
Class C @ Homer –Bronson vs. Schoolcraft 7pm
Class D @ Vicksburg- St. Philip vs. St. Joseph Lake Michigan Lutheran , 7pm
With tackle Riley Reiff and guard Larry Warford poised to reach the open market, the Detroit Lions are retooling their offensive line. Reports say the Lions have agreed in principle with former Ravens right tackle Ricky Wagner. The prospective deal is expected to eclipse $9 million annually, establishing a new market for right tackles.
The Detroit Lions have tendered contracts to three plyers. Defensive ends Kerry Hyder and Brandon Copeland and wide receiver TJ Jones are exclusive rights free agents, who have less than three years of experience and are unable to negotiate with other teams. Hyder had a team-high eight sacks last season, emerging as a surprising standout.