Men’s basketball looks to bounce back from early loss

first_imgRedshirt junior guard Derryck Thornton dribbles the ball against Vanderbilt. (Ling Luo | Daily Trojan)After men’s basketball’s 82-78 loss to Vanderbilt on Sunday, head coach Andy Enfield said that his team is looking for an identity amidst multiple injuries to start the season. The Trojans will face Stetson Wednesday night at home in an opportunity to establish themselves on ball movement and defense, both focuses for Enfield.“That’s who we are and who we try to be,” Enfield said. “We’ve been very successful the last three years doing so. We just need to get healthy and have everybody gel together.”With such a tight margin of defeat, it’s worth wondering if USC could have beaten a talented Vanderbilt team if the Trojans were at full strength. Freshman guard Elijah Weaver is still recovering from ankle surgery, and senior Bennie Boatwright has yet to return from his knee injury. He will be a gametime decision on Wednesday.“Bennie looks good; he’s getting in shape, and we hope to have him play this week at some point,” Enfield said. Boatwright said he felt good about his knee and his chances to play Wednesday. Stetson would be a good opponent for Boatwright to make his return against if he’s fully healthy, as he could have the time to find his rhythm in a game USC should win handily. Boatwright also said that when he does return to the court, he will focus on providing leadership for a Trojan squad that has occasionally seemed out of sorts during the first two games.“It’s just about making smart plays,” Boatwright said. “Everybody makes mistakes, but we’re just trying to limit those.”USC has suffered from poor starts in the early going, averaging 36.5 first half points as opposed to 44 in the second frame. In both games, the Trojans struggled with sloppy turnovers and missed shots, but became a more cohesive offensive unit as the game progressed, exemplified by an 11-3 run early in the second half against Vanderbilt that gave the Trojans a lead.“We just needed to start running our sets and getting shots that were open for us, better shot selection and rebounding,” sophomore forward Jordan Usher said. “And it’s pushing it and doing stuff that’s under control.”The Trojans said they were confident that continued game reps would polish their offense and make them one of the most dangerous teams in the country.“The first two games are always tough, people are trying to figure out what their role is, how many shots you’re going to take throughout the whole season,” junior guard Jonah Mathews said. “It basically happens every year. After the third or fourth game you get rolling, you get comfortable, you know what your role is, you know what you have to do to help the team win. I feel like that’s going to happen [in] the next few games for us.”Stetson shouldn’t provide much of a challenge. Hailing from Florida, the Hatters are 1-1 and play in the Atlantic Sun Conference. They can’t match the Trojans’ talent, but they shouldn’t be taken lightly.“They’re long and athletic, and they play an up-tempo game,” Enfield said. “They play very well together. So we can’t just focus on one player because all five guys can beat you at any time.”The Hatters are led by sophomore guard Christiaan Jones and junior forward Ricardo Lynch, who have combined to average 32.5 of the Hatters’ 93 points per game thus far. Although listed at 6-foot-4 and only 175 pounds, Jones has averaged eight rebounds per game and will be a factor on the glass.Stetson was dominant in a 116-66 win to open the season against Johnson University, but it fell flat in an 83-70 loss to Missouri State. The Hatters shot just 26-of-74 from the field, including 8-of-31 from deep. However, they did have 18 offensive rebounds, which could be an advantage against a Trojan team that allowed 19 offensive rebounds to Vanderbilt.USC and Stetson tip off at 7 p.m. at the Galen Center on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Monday March 2nd Local Sports

first_imgDES MOINES — The Clear Lake girls basketball team faces Assumption of Davenport in the Class 3A quarterfinal round of the state basketball tournament in Des Moines tonight. It’s the Lions fifth trip to the state tournament in seven years, but they are looking for their first state tournament win in the program’s history. Clear Lake is 22-2, led by senior Sara Faber, who is averaging just under 17 points per game, and junior Chelsey Holck, who is scoring just above 10 points per contest. Assumption comes in with a record of 16-7 after a regular-season schedule of mostly Class 5A and 4A teams. Freshman Ava Schubert leads a balanced scoring attack for the Knights with 10.1 points per game, with five other players scoring six or more points per contest. You can hear live and local coverage of Clear Lake Lions girls at the state basketball tournament tonight on AM-1490 & 96.7-FM KRIB and kribam.com starting with the pre-game at about 8:10 PM, with tipoff from Wells Fargo Arena scheduled for 8:30. IOWA CITY — Iowa’s victory over 16th ranked Penn State was the Hawkeyes’ seventh win over a ranked foe this season. Luka Garza had 25 points and 17 rebounds in a 77-68 victory. Freshman CJ Fredrick returned from injury and finished with 10 points.Fredrick had missed three games with an ankle injury.Iowa’s short bench outscored Penn State’s 21-14 as the Hawkeyes move to 11-7 in the Big Ten.Iowa has their home finale on Tuesday hosting Purdue. DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Austin Phyfe scored 17 points and grabbed 18 rebounds and Northern Iowa rolled past Drake 70-43 on Saturday to capture the Missouri Valley Conference championship.AJ Green and Isaiah Brown added 15 points each for the Panthers (25-5, 14-4) and Noah Carter scored 11.Northern Iowa led 30-18 at the half, holding Drake to 31% shooting. In the second half the Panthers heated up, hitting 5 of 10 from 3-point range and shooting 53% overall while holding Drake to 30%.Roman Penn had 17 points and seven rebounds for the Bulldogs (18-13, 8-10). Liam Robbins added 10 rebounds and four blocks. MASON CITY — Autam Mendez became the fourth player in NIACC women’s basketball history to score 1000 points as she helped lead the Lady Trojans to a 99-70 win over Southwestern on Saturday afternoon, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO. Sierra Morrow led NIACC with 30 points. NIACC finishes the regular season with a 29-1 record and 16-0 in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference. NIACC will host either Little Priest Tribal College or Ellsworth on Wednesday evening in the quarterfinal round of the Region XI tournament starting at 5:30. Little Priest and Ellsworth face off in an opening round tournament game tonight. MASON CITY — The North Iowa Bulls swept their three-game homestand at the Mason City Arena over the weekend, capturing the West Division title. Carter Wagner scored twice on Friday night as the Bulls beat Peoria 5-3. Four different Bulls scored on Saturday night as North Iowa downed Peoria 4-2. On Sunday night, Jordan Roo had two goals and two assists while Matt Dahlseide added a pair of goals in an 8-2 rout of Willmar. The Bulls close out the regular season at Granite City next weekend. CEDAR FALLS — The Forest City Indians had their season come to a close at the hands of former Forest City coach Bob Hilmer and his son Mike, as North Linn downed the Indians 69-42 in a Class 2A substate final played in Cedar Falls on Saturday night. Forest City ends their season with a record of 16-8. TONIGHT:AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, kribam.com, Radio.com app — Class 3A girls state quarterfinal — Clear Lake vs. Assumption of Davenport — pre-game 8:10, tipoff 8:30AM-1300 KGLO — NCAA men’s basketball — Duke vs. North Carolina State — 5:45 PISCATAWAY, N.J. — The 18th ranked Iowa Hawkeye women were outscored 15-11 in overtime in a 78-74 loss at Rutgers. The Hawkeyes committed 23 turnovers and were outrebounded 43-30. Iowa coach Lisa Bluder.Freshman Gabbie Marshall led the Hawkeyes with 22 points.Iowa will be the third seed in the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis and will not play until Friday’s quarterfinal round. == 5A quarterfinals on Monday10:00 — Iowa City High (22-2) vs. Cedar Rapids Prairie (20-3)11:45 — Johnston (21-2) vs. Southeast Polk (19-4)1:30 — Waukee (21-2) vs. Sioux City East (16-7)3:15 — Cedar Falls (19-4) vs. Waterloo West (19-4) == other 3A quarterfinals5:00 — Dike-New Hartford (22-1) vs. Jesup (20-4)6:45 — Red Oak (21-3) vs. North Polk (19-5)Tuesday 10:00 AM — Bishop Heelan of Sioux City (19-4) vs. Des Moines Christian (22-2) MASON CITY — Deundra Roberson became the 11th NIACC men’s basketball player to score 1000 points in his career as he scored 25 points to lead the Trojans to a 94-76 win over Southwestern on Saturday afternoon, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO. Trey Sampson also had 23 points while Wendell Matthews scored 22. NIACC will host Southwestern once again on Tuesday night in the Region XI tournament quarterfinals, with the tipoff at 7 o’clock, a game you’ll hear on KGLO. SHEFFIELD — Two area Class 1A boys basketball teams are headed to next week’s state tournament:== West Fork is back in the boys state basketball tournament after beating Ankeny Christian Academy 61-54 on Saturday night in a Class 1A substate final in Nevada. Kayden Ames scored 16 points while Ian Latham added 10 for the Warhawks, who improve to 23-2 on the season.== Lake Mills will return to the boys state basketball tournament for the first time since 1986 as they won the Class 1A substate final in Charles City, 77-62 over Turkey Valley. Chett Helming had 39 points to lead the Bulldogs, who are now 23-2 on the season.The Class 1A state basketball pairings will be released later today after a seeding meeting of the state tournament coaches. MASON CITY — The Mohawk Hockey Club ended their season with a pair of losses to the Des Moines Oak Leafs over the weekend at the Mason City Arena, as you heard on KRIB. On Saturday, the Oak Leafs scored eight unanswered goals on their way to an 8-2 win. Nik Howell and Sam Fabian had the goals for Mason City. On Sunday, Mason City came back from 5-1 and 9-6 deficits but could not pick up the win in a 9-8 Oak Leafs win. Zak Molstad had two goals and two assists while Jack Crane had two goals. Mason City finishes their year with a 6-25 with one shootout loss record, ending up in 11th place in the league.last_img read more

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Rural netball champs advance to semis

first_imgDefending rural junior champions Denbigh High and senior queens Holmwood Technical advanced to the semi-finals of the ISSA schoolgirls netball competition after contrasting wins at Manchester High School on Wednesday.Denbigh eased past Montego Bay High 32-8, while Holmwood clipped Glenmuir High by one goal, winning 38-37.Holmwood, the most dominant schoolgirl netball team locally in the past 10 years, were pushed to the limit by a relentless Glenmuir, but as usual the Christiana-based defending champions showed grit and determination to pull through in the end.At the end of the first quarter, Holmwood led 10-9, and at half-time, it was still a one-point lead, 19-18 for the champions. However, it was Glenmuir who controlled the third quarter to lead 29-26 after the third stanza. They were unable to maintain their lead and Holmwood prevailed at the final whistle.Long-time head coach of Holmwood Carlene Graham Powell was happy that her team survived and stated that illness affected her girls.”Three of my top players were suffering from the flu, and and this was the reason why the score was so close because all season, the team has been scoring high numbers and it was the will power of the girls that got them through but come semi-finals next week, we will be in much better condition as the girls should get better by then,” said Graham Powell. Holmwood will meet Manchester High in one semi-final, while last year’s beaten finalists, Denbigh, who had a big 52-10 win over Herbert Morrison will go up against Knox College in the other. Knox defeated Anchovy 31-27 in a close encounter.There were no problems for Denbigh in their junior match as they got by their opponents quite easily. In the semi-finals, they will battle St Thomas Technical, who got the better of Bishop Gibson 24-18. In the other semi-final, Holmwood meet Manchester High.The semi-finals will be played at G.C. Foster College next Tuesday, with the first match set to begin at 10 a.m.last_img read more

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