The Jackson Polar Bears are coming off a win against Green on Friday and will have a couple of solid Federal League matchups against Hoover and Lake.
Tim Debevec, the head coach of the Polar Bears' boys basketball team joined the Sam Bourquin Show Monday to talk about his squad and the grind that is the Federal League.
"We're playing well right now ,we have to play better defense, you can't give up 60 like we did against Green, but we scored 81, so we're doing well offensively."
On Tuesday, the Polar Bears will take on the Hoover Vikings, led by coach Todd Blackledge. Debevec says he knows his team will have its hands full with Hoover.
"They have Eli (Blackledge,coach's son), and they have a good group of shooters to go along with him."
The tip between Jackson and Hoover is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Coach Tim says you have to be ready to battle in the Federal League week in and week out.
"It's kind of bunched up there at the top, it's a great league, and we'll be ready to go tomorrow night."
Now that David Blatt is out and Tyronn Lue is in, the Cavaliers are at a crossroads.
Brendan Bowers who covers the Cavaliers for SLAM Magazine joined the Sam Bourquin Show Monday to talk about the road ahead for the Wine and Gold.
"I think they're very much in flux," Bowers said. "The tranisitions on the court will be very difficult to make, and the fact that Lue said the Cavs were out of shape, they're just not in shape to play an uptempo brand of basketball."
The Cavaliers sustained a humbling loss to the Chicago Bulls over the weekend, and will face the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight on 1590 WAKR.
There have been rumors circulating that the Cavaliers aren't done making moves and that one of the Big Three will be traded.
Brendan says that one of those players, Kevin Love, just hasn't found his stride in Cleveland.
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Shock waves throughout Northeast Ohio Friday afternoon as David Blatt was fired by the Cleveland Cavaliers at the midway point of the season.
Greg Swartz from Bleacher Report joined Brad Russell in the Average Sports Show to talk about the move.
Greg said he was shocked by the timing by Cavs GM David Griffin,"You thought things were going good,they beat a good Clippers team at home, and they fired a coach with a high winning percentage that got his team to the Finals," Swartz said. "It's a surprising move." Greg also said this decision will increase the pressure not only on LeBron James to deliver , but also new coach Tyronn Lue as well.
The Archbishop Hoban Knights boys' basketball team has been off and rolling in the new year, but there will be plenty of challenges moving forward.
TK Griffith, the head coach of the Knights joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about how his 12-1 Knights are doing.
"Im proud of what these guys have done, we're not very big, our tallest player is 6 foot 2 or 6 foot 3, and if we play the right way we can beat anybody," he says.
After an opening loss to Youngstown Ursuline, the Knights have reeled off 12 wins in a row, beating teams like Walsh Jesuit and Western Reserve Academy along the way.
The Knights will take on Notre Dame Cathedral Latin tonight before squaring off with Benedictine January 26.
Coach Griffith likes the balance both offensively and defensively of his team, and with six players at or near double figures, he likes the makeup of his team.
Big news reverberating throughout the basketball world as David Blatt has been fired as the coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, a surprising move to many, but not to others.
Rick Noland, who covers the Cavaliers for the Medina Gazette and the Elyria Chronicle Telegram joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the firing, saying that a team with title aspirations, this move was necessary.
"This is an NBA title season in their mind, and I think that when they put all the facts on the table, weigh the intangibles as much and as accurately as they possibly could have, they thought that this was a move that had to be made," Noland explained.
Various sources around the NBA report that assistant coach Tyronn Lue has agreed to a" multi-year" deal to coach the team moving forward.
Some are calling it a bold move, a gutsy move to fire the head coach in the middle of the season, but Noland says for a team who is on the verge of winning it all, the time is now.
The Broncos and the Patriots are getting ready to take the field in the Mile High City this coming Sunday for the AFC Championship Game, and two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks will hit the gridiron once more.
Dave Logan, the play-by-play voice of the Denver Broncos joined Sammy B on the show Thursday to talk about Peyton Manning and his matchup with Tom Brady, as well as the chess match between head coaches Gary Kubiak and Bill Belichick.
"It feels different this time around, because it's been a tough year on Peyton, it's a different offense, with a different head coach," Logan said. "Here he is in his 18th year, and now things are different for him."
The Walsh Jesuit Warriors boys' basketball team will have a tough stretch of games to close out the regular season and with a young team, their mettle will be tested.
This week, they will have a challenging slate with Benedictine on Friday and Brunswick on Sunday in the Dunk for Diabetes basketball tournament down at Walsh University in North Canton.
John Norris, the head coach of the Warriors came on the Sam Bourquin Show Thursday to talk about his team buying in, working hard, and striving to succeed in practice and on game night.
Coach Norris says his team will be ready for whatever challenges this latest stretch will bring.
"I think a lot of things build off our philosophy for our team," he said. "What do we want to do offensively, defensively, those aspects don't change, but we fit our team to our strengths."
The Warriors are led by seniors Mitch Peterson, who is committed to play basketball at Kent State University next season, as well as senior guard Joe Iacobacci. Coach Norris says both young men have earned some freedom on the court, and have continued to lead and make plays.
There will be some fantastic basketball being played on the campus of Walsh University on Sunday for the fifth annual Dunk For Diabetes basketball tournament.
Tournament founder and director Chas Wolfe joined the Sam Bourquin Show Wednesday to talk about the tournament and the special meaning behind it as well.
"This is something close to me, my dad is a diabetic, and we want to raise awareness of that," Wolfe said. "Plus I'm a college basketball scout, so I was looking to get the best high school talent from around the country in the gym, and we've got a pretty good docket this year, so I'm excited for it."
There are 6 games on tap for Sunday, with over 25 college prospects playing throughout the day. Some of the local teams that will be in action include Walsh Jesuit, Ellet, and Green.
For more information, go to www.dunk4diabetes.com
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The Dunk for Diabetes Tournament will be going on Sunday, complete with six games and three local teams participating.
One of the teams is the Ellet Orangemen and coach Mark Fisher joined the Sam Bourquin Show Wednesday to talk about their game against Warren Harding, as well as their crucial City Series Matchup with Buchtel.
Coach Fisher says that their matchup with Harding should be an exciting one for the fans and his team.
"We're going to try and put our best foot forward and be prepared for a good Warren Harding team," Fisher says. "We don't know too much about them, but we know they have some good athletes."
The Orangemen are paced by 6 foot 8 forward A.J. Gerari, and have a few more solid players who have had experience playing in big games.
The main question many Cavaliers fans are asking themselves after last night's lopsided loss to the Golden State Warriors is simple: What went wrong?
Joe Vardon covers the Wine and Gold for Cleveland.com. He joined the Sam Bourquin Show Tuesday and discussed how they need to look themselves in the mirror and get tougher against the league's top teams.
"I think there has to be some kind of pause and reflection here," Vardon said. "You can't have the payroll the Cavaliers has and turn in stinkers like that."
Golden State defeated the Cavs 132-98 last night at the Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland.
The Warriors shot over 50 percent from beyond the arc and over 50 percent from the floor. J.R. Smith had a solid floor game with 14 points before getting ejected. "These guys need to hold themselves accountable," Vardon says.
The Cavs will take on the Brooklyn Nets tomorrow at 7:30pm. You can hear the game on 1590 WAKR.
After their defeat of Streetsboro Monday night, the Barberton Lady Magics basketball team is looking to do even bigger things on the hardwood the rest of the season.
Head coach of the Lady Magics Greg Whitmer joined the Sam Bourquin Show Tuesday to talk about that win and the young ladies that make the team go.
"It was a good night, our kids played hard, and after they made some adjustments we went out there and came out with a victory," Whitmer said.
The team is now 8-8 on the season with 6 more games to go.
Some young players have contributed for the Magics this season, sophomores Macy Ries and Jenna Kelley.
Barberton will have 9 days off before their next game and coach Whitmer says on the practice floor, they will get back to basics and work on some fundamentals and teaching moments.
"Hopefully it's going to be a blessing in disguise and we'll come out of here healthy and energized," he says.
A Canton man who has devoted his life to teaching youth has fallen ill in South Korea and his family and close friends have stepped up to help bring him back.
Jerry "Snaps" Lipkins has been living in Jeonju, South Korea and teaching the children of the last four years and now must be brought back home in order to receive some urgent medical care.
Randy Sistrunk, a close friend of Jerry's joined the Sam Bourquin Show on a Friday to alert him of his condition.
"He's been teaching English in South Korea, and spent time in South Korea, and Thailand," Sistrunk explained. "He became sick in Thailand and was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension and interstitial lung disease."
Lipkins graduated from Canton McKinley and Ohio State University. He would need to be brought back due to the fact that there are no genetic matches in South Korea.
Sistrunk along with family and many others immediately took actionwith a GoFundMe account so they can get him back to the United States to get his lung transplant. The procedure costs around $200,000, and over the last five days, over $14,000 has been raised to help bring Jerry home.
More information can be found by clicking the GoFundMe link in the story. All Huntington Bank locations are also accepting donations for the Jerry Lipkins Emergency Fund.