The Green Bay Phoenix mens basketball team returned to the Resch Center Monday night and got quite a battle from the Fighting Sioux of North Dakota. GB trailed by 10 at the half but rallied for a 72-68 victory. Head Coach Brian Wardle said there were defensive breakdowns in the first half as the Phoenix trailed by 37-27 at the break. The second half saw better execution on both ends. Green Bay pulled away from a 52-all tie, hitting buckets and getting to the line, making 39 of 39 free throws on the night. Rahmon Fletcher scored 16 but the night belonged to 7-1 freshman Alec Brown who scored a career high 19 and broke the school record with 8 blocked shots. Nate Barnes held the record with 7 set back in 1982. Green Bay (5-7) travels to Wyoming on Wednesday night.
Bucks lose Jennings and game
Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings underwent successful foot surgery on Monday but will be lost for the next four to six weeks. The second year pro was leading the team in scoring at 17.9 points a game. Without him, the Bucks fell to the Trailblazers in Portland Monday night 106-80, shooting only 38 percent from the floor. John Salmons led the Bucks (10-16) with 23 points. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 29 for the Blazers with a career high 19 rebounds. Milwaukee has a back to back set for the defending champion Lakers in Los Angeles tonight.
Prep streaks end
The Algoma Wolves girls basketball team defeated De Pere on the Redbirds floor 51-45 Monday night ending De Pere's 67 game home court winning streak. Green Bay West defeated Sevastopol 45-36 ending the Wildcats 58 game losing streak.
New Brewers pitcher Zack Greinke arrived in Milwaukee Tuesday after being acquired from the Kansas City Royals along with Yuneisky Betancourt and cash for Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar, Jake Odorizzi and Jeremy Jeffres. General Manager Doug Melvin admitted the price was steep but they got a young star pitcher who captured the Cy Young award in 2009 for the Royals. Greinke admitted the Brewers weren't on his radar originally but liked the acquisition of Shawn Marcum from Toronto, the possibility Prince Fielder will get at least one more year with the Brewers and the general offensive punch provided by the lineup. Greinke also is looking forward to picking up a bat in the National League.
Bears clinch North, Favre hurt
The Chicago Bears are the first Division champion crowned in the NFL after routing the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus Monday night 40-14. On a cold, snowy night, Jay Cutler delivered three touchdown passes and Devin Hester broke the NFL record for kick return touchdowns with 14, taking a punt 64 yards for a score. Brett Favre was a surprise starter for the Vikes coming off a shoulder injury that ended his consecutive starting streak at 297 games. Favre threw an early touchdown to Percy Harvin but was also picked off before leaving the game in the second quarter with a concussion after getting sacked and thrown to the frozen turf. It's unknown if Favre will be able to play in either of the Vikings final two games at Philadelphia and at Detroit. It was the first outdoor home game for the Vikings in 29 years after the Metrodome roof collapsed a week ago. The team honored it's 50th anniversary Vikings heroes of the past at halftime. The Bears improved to 10-4 and still have a shot at the number 2 seed with a first round bye in the NFC, the Vikings fell to 5-9.