Bench provides spark to extend Trail Blazers' season
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Bench provides spark to extend Trail Blazers' season

DANVILLE, Ill. -- The emotional toll superseded the physical wear and tear, but only slightly. Coming off a 90-88 loss in the quarterfinals of the NJCAA Division II national tournament Thursday night, the John Wood Community College men's basketball team..

Trail Blazers will way to tourney's final day
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Trail Blazers will way to tourney's final day

DANVILLE, Ill. -- The will to win trumped all else. It had to with weary legs and an off-kilter offense making it difficult for the John Wood Community College men's basketball team to put a stamp on Friday's NJCAA Division II national tournament victory.

Miller fills up stat sheet in memorable performance
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Miller fills up stat sheet in memorable performance

DANVILLE, Ill. -- The minutes piled up along with the points, so much so that Cory Miller Jr. nearly ended up with equal amounts of both. The John Wood Community College men's basketball team needed them all. Miller played a little more than 36 minutes in

Opportunity to advance slips away from Trail Blazers
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Opportunity to advance slips away from Trail Blazers

DANVILLE, Ill. -- The end result is the only thing Cory Miller Jr. would change. The execution and decision-making on the final two offensive possessions of Thursday's NJCAA Division II national tournament quarterfinal fell in line with the way...

Beyond the Boxscore: JWCC's Miller to stick to easy way to finish
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Beyond the Boxscore: JWCC's Miller to stick to easy way to finish

DANVILLE, Ill. -- Cory Miller Jr. had to rethink his approach. With the John Wood Community College men's basketball team trailing St. Clair County (Mich.) 33-32 late in the first half of Wednesday's opening round game of the NJCAA Division II national...

Whiteman fights through bumps to make critical plays
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Whiteman fights through bumps to make critical plays

DANVILLE, Ill. -- The bump seemed innocent enough, but it could have hindered the John Wood Community College men's basketball team's national title pursuit in an utterly serious manner. Gentry Whiteman wouldn't allow it. With 7:45 remaining...

Easter's presence gives Trail Blazers boost
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Easter's presence gives Trail Blazers boost

DANVILLE, Ill. -- John Wood Community College men's basketball coach Brad Hoyt knows Eric Easter's presence is invaluable. The rebounds, defensive pressure and ability to play above the rim help, too. "He's a huge part of our personality," Hoyt said...

Buckling Down: Trail Blazers hold on to win national tourney opener
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Buckling Down: Trail Blazers hold on to win national tourney opener

DANVILLE, Ill. -- The consensus among the John Wood Community College men's basketball players and coaches was Wednesday's defensive effort wasn't necessarily good, just good enough. That's all it had to be. The Trail Blazers held St. Clair County...

Trail Blazers properly motivated for national title pursuit
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Trail Blazers properly motivated for national title pursuit

Gentry Whiteman's plea didn't fall on deaf ears. A month or so ago, just as the John Wood Community College men's basketball team was revving up its pursuit of a Mid-West Athletic Conference championship, the sophomore guard went into coach Brad Hoyt's office and asked him to be a taskmaster.

NJCAA Division II Tournament: Team Capsules
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NJCAA Division II Tournament: Team Capsules

No. 1 seed Kirkwood. Where: Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Record: 27-4. Notes: Sophomore Doug Wilson, who will play next year at South Dakota State, leads Eagles at 20.8 ppg. Four other players average at least 9.6 points. The Eagles average 88.1 ppg, ranking 22nd