LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ - Jimmie Taylor (Branford, FL/Suwannee) scored a career-high 37 points on 12-of-17 shooting, including 7-of-8 from long range, as the Rider University men's basketball team outran Quinnipiac, 112-107, Saturday afternoon at Alumni Gymnasium. The 112 points are tied for the second-most by a Rider team in regulation behind the 1954-55 squad, which cruised past Lincoln, 121-82. Rider teams also scored 112 in regulation in 1995-96 (vs. LIU Brooklyn) and 1960-61 (vs. Montclair St.).
The Broncs (14-12, 7-8 MAAC) shot a season-high 58.6 percent (34-58), including 68.4 percent (13-19) from long range. The last time Rider shot better from the floor was Feb. 14, 2013 (.591 vs. Saint Peter's) and the last time the Broncs shot better from long range came on Jan. 24, 2008 (.700 vs. Manhattan). Quinnipiac slipped to 10-16 (7-9 MAAC) with the setback.
Kahlil Thomas (Parkway, FL/Blanche Ely) added 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds before fouling out in 27 minutes. Kealen Washington-Ives (Providence, RI/Classical/Putnam Science) posted his second-straight double-double with career-highs of 19 points and 12 assists, while also grabbing five rebounds. Norville Carey (201-F-93) (British Virgin Islands/Red Lion Christian [Southern Miss]) also added 17 points, eight rebounds and five steals. Xavier Lundy (Paulsboro, NJ/Paulsboro) chipped in with eight points and six assists.
Chaise Daniels scored a team-high 23 points and added five assists for Quinnipiac. Phil Winston added 19 points and eight assists, while Peter Kiss and Andrew Robinson had 17 points apiece. Mikey Dixon also had 15 points, but shot just 5-of-18 and missed all seven of his shots from inside the three-point arc.
'First and foremost, I'm just glad to get the win,' said Rider Head Coach Kevin Baggett. 'A lot of things we can go back and correct, especially our defense giving up 107 points. I can't say it was fun, but we found a way to win and that's most important. We really needed to win for a number of different reasons - for the league and just for us to get back up in the league and hopefully build some momentum.'
The Broncs came out red hot offensively in the first half, hitting on 60 percent (18-30) from the floor and 80 percent (8-10) from long range. The Broncs knocked down their first eight three-point attempts and led by as many as 11 points on three occasions. But an 8-2 Quinnipiac spurt to end the half cut the Broncs lead to 47-42. Quinnipiac shot 51.5 percent (17-33) in the first half and turned 11 Rider turnovers into 13 points.
Thomas led the Broncs with 15 points and six rebounds at the break, while Taylor hit all four of his three-point attempts en route to 14 points. Carey added seven points and two steals, while Washington-Ives added five points and seven assists. Daniels led Quinnipiac with 12 points, while Kiss added 10 points and Dixon chipped in with nine.
'[Taylor] is the best shooter on our team,' said Washington-Ives. 'So when you see a couple go through, you know you've got to get him the next one. As they keep going in, you just build more confidence in him and want to get him the ball.'
Quinnipiac's hot play to end the first half continued into the second as the Bobcats started the period on a 13-2 run. Winston scored the first five points to tie the game at 47-47 and after a Thomas bucket inside, Dixon gave the Bobcats their first lead of the game on a three-pointer. The lead swelled to six on a Daniels jumper and another Dixon three.
'I thought they did a good job of making their run. And then our seniors gathered our guys and did a good job of rallying guys and just saying, 'stay together.' We talked about that early this morning, about staying together through adversity, through the highs and lows of the game. I thought Jimmie and Kealen and Lilly and Norville and X, I thought they all did a good job of just huddling and staying together.'
Washington-Ives made a pair of threes to get the Broncs back to within one, before Taylor followed suit with two trifectas of his own to put the Broncs back on top by three. Daniels and Kiss followed with buckets in the paint to put Quinnipiac back in front by one, but Taylor scored a fast-break bucket at the 12:06 mark to spark a 17-0 Rider run. The Broncs would build the lead to as many as 18 points.
A series of three-pointers from Quinnipiac would whittle the Rider lead to as few as five points twice in the final 10 seconds, but that's as close as the Bobcats could draw.
'This is what we were at the beginning of the year when we were having success and the leadership that our seniors bring,' said Baggett. 'I thought they got back to doing that. I think guys are in the right mind frame. Sometimes when you go through some lulls and things don't go your way, you have to find a way to make them go your way.'
For the game, the Broncs outshot the Bobcats, 58.6 percent (34-58) to 48.7 percent (38-78) from the floor, 68.4 percent (13-19) to 42.1 percent (16-38) from long range and 86.1 percent (31-36) to 68.2 percent (15-22) from the free-throw line. The Broncs took a 36-34 edge on the boards and outscored Quinnipiac, 20-2, on fast-break points. The Bobcats enjoyed a 26-9 edge in second-chance points.
The Broncs return to action Monday, when they travel to Fairfield. Tip-off from George Bisacca Court at Alumni Hall is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Leslee Smith(203-F-90, college: Nebraska) and the Bristol Flyers fourth quarter comeback fell short as they failed to beat the visiting Surrey Scorchers, losing to the visitors 74-85, on Friday March 24, 2017. Despite Hameed Ali coming off the bench for 20 points and 10 assists Flyers couldn't secure the win. The visitors started the game in dominant fashion going on an 11-0 run and shooting just under 50% for the first period. Bristol experienced a short stint of success offensively in... [read more]
Leslee Smith (203-F-90, college: Nebraska) and the Bristol Flyers fourth quarter comeback fell short as they failed to beat the visiting Surrey Scorchers, losing to the visitors 74-85, on Friday March 24, 2017. Despite Hameed Ali coming off the bench for 20 points and 10 assists Flyers couldn't secure the win.
The visitors started the game in dominant fashion going on an 11-0 run and shooting just under 50% for the first period.
Bristol experienced a short stint of success offensively in the second quarter but Scorchers defended viciously, as Michael Ocherepbia recorded a huge block shot to protect their precious lead. On the other end, Flyers switched off defensively and Scorchers' Gabriel McCray drove down the lane for a fierce one-handed dunk.
Bristol were faced with a 16 point deficit at the start of the final quarter and brought the lead down to just six points as the SGS arena exploded on an Ali trademark dunk, but with Bristol poised to steal the game Surrey made a tough contested jump-shot to close the door on Flyers' comeback and effectively end the game.
Smith finished with six points, 12 rebounds, 1 assist and a steal.
NANNY CAY, Tortola, VI - They looked like trouble but they were talented and would eventually get it together to become the inaugural champions of the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed National Basketball League in 2013. This is the story of Ruff House, who were presented with their championship rings as promised on Saturday March 18, 2017 at a small Cocktail gathering at Nanny Cay on the main island of Tortola. Co- Founder of the League, Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) gave remarks before the r... [read more]
NANNY CAY, Tortola, VI - They looked like trouble but they were talented and would eventually get it together to become the inaugural champions of the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed National Basketball League in 2013. This is the story of Ruff House, who were presented with their championship rings as promised on Saturday March 18, 2017 at a small Cocktail gathering at Nanny Cay on the main island of Tortola.
Co- Founder of the League, Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) gave remarks before the rings were presented by Mrs Kharid T. Fraser, the League Chairperson.
'I can only say I'm happy to be here this evening, it is something long awaited and something that is right and fitting to do, celebrate our first champions with a reward, the rings,' Hon Fraser remarked.
A soft spot
It was no secret that Ruff House did not consist of gentle players but more so like what their name suggested; however, the players demonstrated they had the skills and could be competitive as a team. Apart from that, it was one of the teams that had a strong following.
Their large fan base, that included Sixth District Representative Honourable Alvera Maduro-Caines, would have been elated when the team overcame the odds and were crowned champions.
'I was new to the game in terms of being associated with a league, sponsored by myself and Bishop John [I.] Cline. We wanted to mold the young generation to become fully and well-disciplined adults. Their first game entailed committee members having to round up the team, they came with an attitude, the guys looked like trouble, but could play and over the course of the season they blossomed and became 2013 Champions,' commented Hon Fraser.
Hon Fraser admitted also that the team was 'cool' and he had a soft spot for them.
The rings were then given to the assembled team members. History of the Rings
When the League started in August of 2013 there were no rings awarded for the first championship team. However, following that year (2014) a decision was made by the Directors to award rings to all Championship teams going forward.
It meant that only Ruff House the 2013 Championship Team was without rings. Both founders of the popular Basketball League Third District Representative Honourable Julian Fraser RA, and Bishop John I. Cline of the Save the Seed Energy Centre made the decision and promised to give rings to the first championship team.
Meanwhile, 2013 MVP Shamoii A. Dagou, who along with Splash Brothers team mates Shakoy George and Ashfield Frett received rings as former Ruff House players, when asked how Ruff House felt about being given rings, had said 'about time' and they 'were waiting.'
Ruff House had etched their name in history by beating Avengers 109-91 in the deciding Championship Game 3 of the first ever Hon Fraser Save the Seed National Basketball League at the Save the Seed Energy Center in Duff's Bottom on Sunday November 3, 2013.
Leslee Smith(203-F-90, college: Nebraska) and the Bristol Flyers inflicted a fourth straight league defeat on Glasgow Rocks on Saturday March 11, 2017 and moved back into the top eight of the British Basketball League, with a 68-76 road win. Aaron Cosby led the way once again with a 20-point haul with Smith adding a further 16 points, with 6 rebounds and a steal, while Hameed Ali had 14 points and five assists. The visitors capitalised on a slow start from the Rocks to lead by as many as... [read more]
Leslee Smith (203-F-90, college: Nebraska) and the Bristol Flyers inflicted a fourth straight league defeat on Glasgow Rocks on Saturday March 11, 2017 and moved back into the top eight of the British Basketball League, with a 68-76 road win. Aaron Cosby led the way once again with a 20-point haul with Smith adding a further 16 points, with 6 rebounds and a steal, while Hameed Ali had 14 points and five assists.
The visitors capitalised on a slow start from the Rocks to lead by as many as 13 points in the opening quarter. Neil Watson fired in a trio of triples to start the second to help his side cut the gap to a single point at 27-28.
However, Cosby enjoyed a scoring streak of his own as the Flyers regained control to lead by ten at the half-time break.
Another rally saw Glasgow tie the game at 52 in the third, but a 9-2 close from the visitors gave them the upper-hand ahead of the final period.
Back-to-back triples saw the Rocks make it a four-point game at 66-70, though that was as close as they would get in the fourth as Bristol secured another important win in their quest for a top-eight finish.
Bristol Flyers host Surrey Scorchers on Saturday, March 25, 2017.
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