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Brea catches fire and makes big 3 for Dayton to beat Davidson

Mar. 6—Dayton Flyers guard Koby Brea’s mom, Mayra Villar, gave him his nickname — “Fuego — when he was a senior at Monsignor Scanlan High School.

Fuego means fire in Spanish. Dayton grad Dan Patrick started using “En Fuego” on ESPN’s SportsCenter to describe players in the zone decades ago, long before the second-year Flyer Brea was born. His mom may not have known about that history with the nickname, but she knew a hot shooter when she saw one.

“She doesn’t know much about basketball,” Brea said, “but whenever I would shoot, she would just say, ‘Fuego! Fuego!’ Somebody picked it up, and I kind of just went with it.”

Brea lived up to the nickname Saturday by making 4 of 6 3-pointers, including three in the second half. His final 3-pointer with 43 seconds to play gave Dayton a 78-76 lead against Davidson, and that turned out to

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Mauldin game-winner to beat Dorman makes ESPN ‘SportsCenter Top 10’

Mauldin boys basketball got to relive last night for just a little bit longer on Tuesday morning. 

“SportsCenter,” the popular ESPN programming and sports highlights show, ran The Greenville News‘ video clip of Mauldin senior Caleb Byrd’s walk-off 3-point shot to beat Dorman, 69-68, early Tuesday morning as one of the shows Top 10 plays from Monday. 

READ THE STORY BEHIND THE SHOT: Caleb Byrd hits game-winner to send Mauldin past Dorman and into Upper State Championship

In the video above, from the YouTube page, Living in the Past, Byrd’s shot came in at No. 5 on the “ESPN SportsCenter Top 10” plays for the day.

“I can’t believe this is No. 5,” one of the hosts of the show says in the video, “but we’re giving Caleb Byrd his due.”

Byrd’s shot sent Mauldin to the Class AAAAA Upper State Championship game on Saturday at Bob Jones

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Buckeyes beat Utes in Rose Bowl Classic

Jaxon Smith-Njigba turned in the best receiving performance in bowl game history as No. 6 Ohio State stormed back to beat No. 11 Utah, 48-45, in the Rose Bowl.

Smith-Njigba had 347 receiving yards and three touchdowns and what we all thought could be the game-winning score in an incredible throw-and-catch from C.J. Stroud with less than five minutes to go.

But it wasn’t. The TD came after Utah QB Cam Rising had to leave the game after his head hit the turf while he was getting sacked. Rising attempted to throw the ball away as he was swarmed by Ohio State defenders and his body immediately tensed up after his head hit the ground.

Rising was able to walk off the field after he was examined by trainers but went into the team’s injury tent and didn’t return to the game. He was replaced by walk-on QB Bryson Barnes,

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Buckeyes beat Utes in wild Rose Bowl Classic

Jaxon Smith-Njigba turned in the best receiving performance in bowl game history as No. 6 Ohio State stormed back to beat No. 11 Utah, 48-45, in the Rose Bowl.

Smith-Njigba had 347 receiving yards and three touchdowns and what we all thought could be the game-winning score in an incredible throw-and-catch from C.J. Stroud with less than five minutes to go.

But it wasn’t. The TD came after Utah QB Cam Rising had to leave the game after his head hit the turf while he was getting sacked. Rising attempted to throw the ball away as he was swarmed by Ohio State defenders and his body immediately tensed up after his head hit the ground.

Rising was able to walk off the field after he was examined by trainers but went into the team’s injury tent and didn’t return to the game. He was replaced by walk-on QB Bryson

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