Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

SPORTS Briefs

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

SPORTS Briefs

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Woodrow Wilsons Lilly to step down

Woodrow Wilson football coach John H. Lilly will step down from his position at the end of the 2015 season, the Register-Herald reported Tuesday evening. The resignation was confirmed by Woodrow Wilson principal Ron Cantley. Lilly is in his 15th year as the coach of the Flying Eagles, who are 3-5 and play host to Class AAA No. 4 Capital on Friday night in Beckley. Lillys last game will be at Winfield on Nov. 6. Woodrow is tied with Buckhannon- Upshur in the latest Secondary School Activities Commision playoff ratings, and has been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.

Formerly the coach at Shady Spring, Lilly has won 116 games in his coaching career. That total ranks him 110th all-time among West Virginia prep football coachces. Woodrow Wilson reached the playoffs six times in his tenure.

Pistons surprise Hawks on opening night, 106-94

ATLANTA Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 21 points to lead all five Detroit starters in double figures, carrying the Pistons to a surprising 106-94 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night and ruining the home opener of the team with the best record in the Eastern Conference last season.

The Pistons, who havent had a winning season since 2008 and finished 28 games behind the Hawks a year ago, began to pull away just before halftime. They led by double figures through most of the final two quarters and held on despite missing 20 of their last 22 shots from the field.

Atlanta was looking to build on last seasons franchise- best record of 60-22 and run to the conference final. Instead, the Hawks picked up where they left off in a sweep by the Cleveland Cavaliers, losing again in familiar fashion.

The Pistons had a commanding 59-40 edge on the boards.

With Obama watching, Bulls hold off Cavaliers

CHICAGO Nikola Mirotic scored 19 points and Derrick Rose added 18 to lead the Chicago Bulls to a season-opening 97-95 victory over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers with President Barack Obama watching on Tuesday night.

Pau Gasol blocked a potential tying layup by James in the closing seconds. Jimmy Butler then broke up an inbounds pass intended for James as time expired. …

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