The defending champion Hoyas took one on the chin and lived to talk about it after defeating the previously undefeated Boys Dem, 78-73, in front of a packed Ronald Charles gymnasium Wednesday night in the final game of the New Breed Basketball Association regular season. Easily the most anticipated contest of the regular season, the teams' performances on Wednesday were well worth the price of admission. They were like two heavyweight fighters standing in the middle of the ring, slugging it out , trying to see who would be first to succumb to the others will. In the end the experience of the four-time defending champion Hoyas proved to be the difference late in the fourth quarter. Both teams came out with a lot of nervous energy and very caught up in the moment. It would take over two minutes for the leagues two most prolific offenses to score a single point. Boys Dem was first on the board, opening with a 5-0 run to the take the early lead. It would take the champs over four minutes to score, and when they did it was on a 13-0 run to grab the lead at 13-5. Boys Dem responded with a 6-3 run to end the first quarter trailing by five at 16-11. Led by Terrel Christians nine points early in the second period, Boys Dem was able to outscore the Hoyas 21-16 to take the lead at 32-31 moments before halftime. However, the Hoyas' Karl Jones was fouled on a made basket and he calmly sank the free throw to give his team a two point-lead at the half, 34-32. In a game of runs, it was Boys Dem turn at the start of the second half as they opened with an 11-2 run to take a seven point lead at 43-36, but back came the Hoyas with a 7-0 run and the game was all squared at 43. The Hoyas found themselves down by four at 53-49 as the third period wound down and they again responded, this time with a 10-1 run to take the lead 59-54 after three bruising quarters. The Hoyas had a scary moment in the third as they and fans alike held their collective breath when their top rebounder and defensive player, Kurt Tennis Man John, went down with an apparent knee injury. John was down for a while writhing in pain. He was eventually able to get up and leave the court, but would return later to be a force to reckon with down the stretch. Just as they did in the third quarter, Boys Dem opened on a run that propelled them into the lead once again. With the majority of the huge crowd cheering them on, they outscored the Hoyas 16-5 to grab a 70-64 lead at the five-minute mark. But, they just could not deliver that knockout blow and led by seven points from Darnell Hendrickson in a 9-0 spurt, the champs stormed back to lead 73-70 with 1:40 left on the game clock. Boys Dem tied the game at 73 on a free throw by Wilson Ferrance and a put-back by Zomari Swanston with 1:25 to go, but that would be the last of their good scoring opportunities because the Hoyas defense would shut them out the rest of the way. On the other hand the Hoyas closed out the game on a 5-0 run to take the game and the number one seed in the playoffs by a score of 78-73. Hendrickson led the Hoyas with a team-high 18 points that included 5 of 5 from the charity stripes. The Hoyas also got 15 points from Karl john and 13 apiece from Kori Vialet and Omari Applewaite, another key Hoya player who had to leave with an elbow injury. Kurt John only scored seven points for the Hoyas offensively but he was a monster on the boards on both ends of the court. The Tennis Man, as he is affectionately called, grabbed a game-high 18 rebounds while swatting away four shots and altering countless others. The man for Boys Dem was Christian who finished with a game-high 21 points and grabbed a team-high 15 boards. Wilson Ferrence was the only other player in double figures as he finished with 15 points in a losing cause.
PARADISE JAM Date: Nov. 18-21 Location: UVI Sports and Fitness Center in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands Matchups: Quarterfinal matchups are Loyola (Chicago) vs. Saint Joseph's, Oral Roberts vs. Ole Miss, Montana vs. NC State, Washington State vs. Creighton. Last year's champion: South Carolina Grade: B- Comment: This is a tournament that's been around much longer than people realize. Miami won it back in '01. Boston College took it all in 2003, when BC was at its peak. UConn won the even... [read more]
PARADISE JAM Date: Nov. 18-21 Location: UVI Sports and Fitness Center in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands Matchups: Quarterfinal matchups are Loyola (Chicago) vs. Saint Joseph's, Oral Roberts vs. Ole Miss, Montana vs. NC State, Washington State vs. Creighton. Last year's champion: South Carolina Grade: B- Comment: This is a tournament that's been around much longer than people realize. Miami won it back in '01. Boston College took it all in 2003, when BC was at its peak. UConn won the event in 2008. A better field than last year. Andy Kennedy and the Rebels can be good and unpredictable -- in fun ways. NC State is going to have the player I expect to be a top-two point guard prospect by the time we get to the end of the season (Dennis Smith, Jr.). He's must-watch. Creighton is going to have Mo Watson Jr., and don't be shocked if he's a top 20 player in the country this season. Saint Joe's was in last season's NCAAs. Kind of an underrated event here.
Cuthbert Victor and the ET Land Elephants opened the 2016 Korean Basketball League (KBL) with a win over his former team Mobis Pheobus, 80-63, Saturday evening. Victor was consistent with 16 points and nine rebounds. http://kbl.sports.afreecatv.com/view.php?idx=178889&c%5Fid=nba%5Fhighlight&autoPlay=true&code=KBL&bidx=18449&vidx=178889&isAfreeca=false&szCategory=KBL&szPart=HIGHLIGHT Frank Elegar(208-C-86, college: Drexel) and Enisey picked up their second consecutive win the VTB United L... [read more]
Frank Elegar (208-C-86, college: Drexel) and Enisey picked up their second consecutive win the VTB United League holding off Nizhny Novgorod, 99-93, on Saturday. Elegar plagued with foul trouble tallied 12 points and four rebounds. Enisey will face Parma on the road on October 29. But before returning to VTB action, Enisey will look for their second win in FIBA EuroCup play on Tuesday October 25th when they travel to Turkey to face Demir IBB. The game could be seen live at Youtube.com/FIBA at 8:10pm.
Royce O'Neale (198-SF-93, college: Baylor) and Gran Canaria (1-4) picked up their first victory of the season after blasting Montakit Fuenlabrada, 111-60, Sunday night in Liga Endesa (Spain). Gran Canaria set two records in the win, for most points (111) and margin of victory (51). O'Neale known as Jack of all trades had 12 points, six rebounds and four assists in only 15 minutes of play. Gran Canaria (2-0) is undefeated in 7Days Euro Cup action and takes the week off before facing Lietkabelis Panevezis at home in Round 4.
Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) and ASVEL (2-3) have appeared to turn the corner, the Green Team held off Antibes, 74-70, Saturday night in France's Pro A League. Hodge was the top scorer with 17 points and four assists. ASVEL will continue their upward trend when they travel to Oldenburg on Tuesday in Germany, for their second game of the Champions League. Asvel lost in a heart breaker to Varese (Italy), 82-83, on Wednesday evening. Varese's Aleksa Avramovic shot was blocked by ASVEL's Adrian Uter, but the ball bounced straight into the right corner, where Kristjan Kangur kept his cool and knocked down a triple to win the game. Hodge finished with 19 points and nine assists. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKFdMYnirMA
Boston Celtics waived 22-year old Virgin Islander forward Marcus Georges-Hunt (196-97kg-94, college: Georgia Tech). He was voted All-ACC 3rd Team in 2016 at his college time. The previous (12-13) season Georges-Hunt played at another team Yellow Jackets where in 31 games he recorded 10.8ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.5apg. He has never been drafted by the NBA. Georges-Hunt just graduated from Georgia Tech and it is his first season as a pro. On Georges-Hunt: Varied skill set, size, strength and athle... [read more]
Boston Celtics waived 22-year old Virgin Islander forward Marcus Georges-Hunt (196-97kg-94, college: Georgia Tech). He was voted All-ACC 3rd Team in 2016 at his college time. The previous (12-13) season Georges-Hunt played at another team Yellow Jackets where in 31 games he recorded 10.8ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.5apg. He has never been drafted by the NBA. Georges-Hunt just graduated from Georgia Tech and it is his first season as a pro. On Georges-Hunt:
Varied skill set, size, strength and athletic ability, his ability to score in a variety of ways and ability to create shots for teammates.
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