Category: Basketball

I spent the afternoon listening, talking and photographing Bill “Flash” Flanagan in his home surrounded by over 250 framed photo’s decorating his walls. A true legendary figure known in Illinois and all over the country. He has photo’s autographed by legends Al McGuire, Michael Jordan, Derrick Rose, Dean Smith, Gene Smithson, Ron Ferguson, Shaun Livingston, Joe DiMaggio and numerous legends in basketball and sports history. Flash was born February 23, 1941 and was an all-state football player at Avon High School. A highly successful college assistant coach at Illinois State and Wichita State University. Today he evaluates high school basketball players throughout the state for his Hoops Review scouting service.

-Bob

All photo’s from the Eastern Illinois vs UC-Davis basketball game on 11-20-2014 are posted on my FaceBook page at Bob Hunt Photographer. Check them out and like my page and feel free to post comments. FYI Jim Les can still teach basketball and flat out coach.

-Bob

Local product Mark Roth‘s only basket of the game was a huge 3-pointer with 49 seconds left and NCAA Division III Augustana held on for a 58-56 win against a short-handed Bradley team Thursday night at Carver ArenaHunter Hill scored a game-high 18 points for the NCAA Division III preseason No. 3 Vikings and was Augustana’s only double-digit scorer. The 5-foot-9 junior guard also led the Vikings with six rebounds and five assists. Despite the cold shooting, which included a collective 7-for-25 (.280) effort in the second half, Bradley actually had a shot in the air to win the game at the buzzer, but Donte Thomas half-court runner hit off the backboard. Thomas had buried his second trey of the game with 5 seconds remaining to get the Braves within 57-56 and Augustana’s Danielius Jurgutis split two free throws with 3 seconds remaining to leave the door open for the Braves. Bradley officially will open its 111th men’s basketball season Nov. 14 when the Braves host Texas-Arlington in a 7 p.m. game at Carver Arena.

-Bob

I spent the afternoon visiting and photographing some of the instructors and children at former Bradley University and NBA star Mitchell J.J. Anderson‘s all-star basketball camp. Mitchell has given back to the community by holding a free week long basketball camp for underprivileged boys and girls ages 8 thru 14 since 1997. The camp has numerous coaches and volunteers that make this a huge success. Mitchell brings in several speakers for the kids during the week, and OSF Medical Center nurses gave all of the campers health physicals and eye screenings free of charge. They also learn about the importance of education, hygiene, and good nutrition

-Bob

The Illinois State men’s basketball team’s 62-55 win Monday night over Texas A&M in the quarterfinal round of the College Basketball Invitational marks just the third time in program history that the Redbirds have won two postseason contests in the same season, with the last time coming during the 1995-96 season. ISU was led by Daishon Knight, who connected on 50 percent of his shot attempts from the field, scoring 17 points. Knight also pulled down a career-high nine rebounds, all coming at the defensive end in 36 minutes. John Jones was the only other Redbird to score in double figures, as he tied a career-high 12 points, scoring nine-straight in the first half. The Aggies were led in scoring by sophomore forward Antwan Space. With the win, the Redbirds continue CBI play Siena College in Loudonville, NY Wednesday evening at 6:05 p.m. CT in the tournament semifinals.

-Bob

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