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...

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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...

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

Defense helping Trail Blazers peak at right time
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Defense helping Trail Blazers peak at right time

It became as visible as ever Sunday afternoon, but Cory Miller Jr. believes the defensive effort carrying the John Wood Community College men's basketball team to the national tournament has been building to a crescendo. "We're peaking when we want...

Blazing start carries JWCC to region championship
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Blazing start carries JWCC to region championship

EAST PEORIA, Ill. -- The reaction said it all. On the John Wood Community College men's basketball team's first possession of Sunday's Region 24 Tournament championship game, the Trail Blazers swung the ball to Cory Miller Jr. in the left corner.

Bevans steps into starting role, gives Trail Blazers lift
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Bevans steps into starting role, gives Trail Blazers lift

EAST PEORIA, Ill. -- A knee injury forced Eric Easter to suit up for Sunday's Region 24 Tournament championship in sweatpants and a t-shirt, and it forced John Wood Community College men's basketball coach Brad Hoyt to alter his starting lineup.

Trail Blazers tough enough to reach Region 24 title game
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Trail Blazers tough enough to reach Region 24 title game

EAST PEORIA, Ill. -- The difference may be toughness. In that regard, Cory Miller Jr. believes the John Wood Community College men's basketball team has an edge. "I'm confident we're ready to play them based on the schedule Coach (Brad) Hoyt put...