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Hoops Report 1/29 - Jan 29, 2019


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John Collins
The five year reign of Usie Richards at FIBA AMERICAS President is coming to a close. Hopefully he enjoys his final months and promote the small nations agenda. Virgin Islands (2-7) begin prep for the February window when they host Brazil (Thursday 21st) and Chile (Sunday 24th) to conclude FIBA World Cup Qualifiers. The team has already been eliminated and should use the final games to prep for LIMA, PERU and the PAN American Games (July 26-August 11). Men Tournament dates are August 6-10.

NBA
John Collins (208-PF-97, college: Wake Forest) of the Atlanta Hawks has already been reported as joining the Dunk Contest during All-Star weekend, but he deserves to make the All-Star team proper in his second season. Even though sophomores are rarely afforded the opportunity to make the team unless they are tearing the league asunder, JC certainly deserves the nod - especially in an Eastern Conference field that is relatively weak compared to past seasons as well as the stacked Western Conference field.

NEXT MAN UP
Utah Jazz Royce O'Neale (198-SF-93, college: Baylor)< in a vivint home smart commercial : https://www.slcdunk.com/utah-jazz-social-media-take-note/2019/1/28/18201050/utah-jazz-ricky-rubio-royce-oneale-vivint-smart-home-commercial-endorsement-funny-video
With the Jazz battling injuries, Royce O'Neale has gotten increased minutes of late, and he's produced in that time:
Game, Min, Pts, FGs, 3s, Reb, Ast, Stl
Jan. 23 vs. Nuggets, 23:40, 5, 2-4, 1-3, 3, 3, 3
Jan. 21 vs. Blazers, 37:16, 11, 4-9, 1-2, 4, 1, 2
Jan. 18 vs. Cavaliers, 35:55, 16, 6-8, 4-5, 11, 5, 1
Jan. 16 vs. Clippers, 35:44, 10, 3-6, 0-1, 7, 1, 0
Jan. 14, vs. Pistons, 26:44, 0, 0-0, 0-0, 2, 2, 2
Jan. 12 vs. Bulls, 36:35, 8, 3-8, 2-4, 11, 4, 1
Jan. 11 vs. Lakers, 39:38, 17, 5-13, 5-12, 7, 1, 2
7-game averages, 33.6, 9.6, .479, .481, 6.4, 2.4, 1.6
Season averages, 18.2, 4.8, .468, .417, 3.3, 1.3, 0.7

Rodriguez helps
Desi Rodriguez (198-F-96, college: Seton Hall) and the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario (15-14) won two of three games over the week. The Clippers fell to the Long Island Nets (19-10) on Sunday afternoon, 117-107. After going into halftime with a 14-point deficit, Long Island outscored the Clippers in the second half 63-39, with help from a huge 34-10 run that spanned from the 3:19 mark in the third to the 4:30 mark in the fourth. Rodriguez contributed four points, nine rebounds and three assists.
On Tuesday, the 6-6 guard had 12 points, 11 rebounds and five assists to lead the Clippers over their crosstown rival South Bay Lakers (11-18), 125-118, in a hard-fought game. On Thursday he contributed nine points, five rebounds and two assist in a takedown of the Salt Lake City Stars (14-14) in overtime.

CBSSports.com reported before Christmas that Marcus Georges-Hunt (196-F-94, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pensack Sports) underwent knee surgery and would miss extended playing time for the Maine Red Claws in the G League, though there has been very little reported about it. Georges-Hunt had averaged 13.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.7 steals over 36 minutes per game in nine games for the Red Claws.

ABROAD
PUERTO RICO - The post man rings twice, Angel Rivera and San German will return to the BSN after Pedro Ortiz Cortes announced that he reached an agreement with Dr. Manuel Ramirez and Marie Rosado for the franchise. The agreement is subject to ratification by the Board of Directors of the National Superior Basketball at the meeting that will be held this Wednesday in Ponce. If approved, San German will become the ninth franchise for the 2019 season. Ortiz Cortes leads the new group in charge of the team that is also composed of Ramon Ortiz Cortes and Cesar Vivaldi

LEBANON- Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) and Homenetmen turned it on in the second half to see off stubborn Atlas 87-65 and improve to 8-2 for the season in the Lebanese Basketball League on Sunday. Hodge struck to open up a 57-46 lead at the end of the third and took over in the final quarter as Homenetmen eased to another comfortable victory. The point guard led his team with 21 points on 7-of-14 shooting, polishing off his efficient outing with six assists.

BULGARIA - LaRon Smith (204-F-93, college: Auburn) and Yambol gave the round 16 surprise to NBL. Behind Smith's ten points, six rebounds and six blocked shots Yambol defeat Beroe 111-110. The game offered many emotions and twists, but eventually won by the road team. Yambol gave the "green" their first home loss of the current NBL season. This, in turn, was the fourth success for Yambol. In the next round, Yambol hosts Academic Bultex 99. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16-6IPT2h2c

UNITED KINGDOM -- Justin Gray (198-F-95, college: Texas Tech) missed the Bristol Flyers- Cheshire Phoenix loss because of an ankle injury. Bristol playing shorthanded in the loss to the Phoenix, 68-63 and will have till Feb. 1st to get Gray back on the court. Bristol has been in free fall since the start of the new year and falls to 8-6m 7th place in the British Basketball League.

TURKEY - Frank Elegar (208-C-86, college: Drexel) and Tofas expected an easy game against tenth-ranked Pinar Karsiyaka (6-9), however, Tofas (10-5) managed to secure only two-point victory 93-91 in Bursa. Tofas forced 20 Pinar Karsiyaka turnovers but strangely enough Pinar Karsiyaka outrebounded Tofas 41-27 including 29 on the defensive glass. Elegar had seven points and three rebounds.

UKRAINE--Deon Edwin (190-G-92, college: Kent St., agency: Interperformances) and Khimik (14-5) sits in sole possession for first place in the Superior League with a two game lead in the standings. The All Star game took place on Friday and Edwin played on the Legion (imports) team. However, for the first time in history of Ukrainian All Star games, Ukrainian team was able to beat imports, 154-150. Ukrainians took the early lead and were holding 10-points margin for the most part of the game. Legion cut this deficit in the third quarter and took the lead in the middle of fourth but couldn't hold on. Edwin had six points and four rebounds in just ten minutes of action. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIypVpZL_EA&feature=youtu.be

College
When Jordan Murphy (201-F-97)'s college basketball career comes to an end, he'll be remembered as one of the best rebounders in the history of the B1G. Murphy had an incredible outing on Sunday evening, posting a double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds and Minnesota knocked off Iowa 92-87 at Williams Arena. The senior's big performance moved him up the all-time conference list in the rebound column. Thanks to the 11 rebounds, Murphy has totaled 1,150 boards in his career with the Gophers, which ranks second all-time in B1G history. He passed former Purdue star Joe Barry Carroll to take sole possession of second place on the list. Murphy is second only to Ohio State great Jerry Lucas, who grabbed 1,411 career rebounds. He was also a two-time National Player of the Year with the Buckeyes.

De'Quon Lake (208-F)< and the Sun Devil men's basketball team fell to the USC Trojans 69-67, splitting the Los Angeles road trip after defeating UCLA on Thursday. Arizona State (14-6, 5-3 Pac-12) failed to convert on a bucket after the Trojans (12-8, 5-2) took the two-point advantage on a Bennie Boatwright pull-up triple with 14 seconds on the clock. Lake had eight points and six rebounds. It marked the fourth straight game between ASU and USC that was decided by three-point or less. ASU has won five of their last seven games and looks to bounce back against the Arizona Wildcats on Thursday, Jan. 31, at 10 p.m. The tip-off from Wells Fargo Arena can be viewed on ESPN2

Nicolas Claxton (211-SF-99) and the Georgia Bulldog men's basketball team defeated Texas, 98-88, in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Saturday afternoon in front of a sold-out Stegeman Coliseum with 10,374 attendees. A Claxton slam followed by a 3-pointer from just to the left of the key gave the Bulldogs their biggest lead at 81-71, forcing a timeout by Texas with 5:46 to play. But the Longhorns couldn't climb back into the game. Georgia will travel to Fayetteville, Arkansas, to face Arkansas on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 8 p.m. on ESPNU

Collins Joseph (183-PG) had 10 points and Romani Hansen (203-F) had nine points, four rebounds and two blocks as Savannah State Tigers got a boost from the home crowd and held off a late rally from South Carolina State to beat the Bulldogs 92-88. SSU improved to 5-14 overall and 2-3 in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play, as S.C. State fell to 4-18, 2-4.

Ahsan Asadullah (203-C) had eight points and six rebounds off the bench to help the shorthanded Lipscomb Bisons to an 88-65 road victory Sunday afternoon over Stetson in ASUN Conference action at the Edmunds Center. The much-anticipated meeting between Lipscomb and Liberty is now on deck. The unbeaten ASUN powers collide Tuesday in Lynchburg, Virginia at 7 p.m. at the Vines Center. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.The win not only moved the Bisons to 16-4 overall and 7-0 in the ASUN, but it marked the 100th victory for head coach Casey Alexander at Lipscomb.

D2
In a game of runs it would be North Georgia (7-9, 2-8 PBC) that would get the final one as Clayton State (5-11, 2-8 PBC) dropped an 80-65 decision in an NCAA Division II men's basketball game on Wednesday, January 23. Freshman guard Savvon Delgado (183-G) obliterated his career-high with 15 points in just 18 minutes, knocking down three triples in the process, to lead the Lakers. Delgado blew past his previous career-high of three points and his 18 minutes were six more than he had played all season.

Freshman Miguel Arnold (180-PG) scored in double-digits - adding 14 points and two assists- as the Augusta University men's basketball team traveled to the Georgia Southwestern Hurricanes Saturday afternoon for a Peach Belt Conference game and left with a 76-67 victory at in Americus, Ga. Augusta will travel back home to Christenberry Fieldhouse Wednesday, Jan. 30th to meet crosstown rival Shaquan Jules (201-F) and #6 ranked USC Aiken on "Greek Life Night" for a PBC rivalry showdown in Augusta, Ga., at 8:30 p.m

Shaquan Jules and the No. 6 University of South Carolina Aiken men's basketball team posted a 92-82 victory over Lander Saturday afternoon. Jules, a freshman forward, contributed six points and four rebounds. The Pacers are now 17-1 on the year and 11-1 in league play.

D3
It was a lopsided domination for James Kelbert (190-G/F-98) and the No. 16 Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball Team on Saturday night as they cruised to a 100-61 victory over La Verne on Saturday night. The Sagehens' offense refused to pump the breaks, scoring inside and outside the perimeter at ease and finishing the game with a 57.7 field goal percentage. Kelbert had 11 points each off the bench. Kelbert went 5-for-5 from the field and has not missed his last 10 shots over the past two games. The Sagehens are riding on a 14-game winning streak and improve to an 18-1 record overall and a perfect 10-0 in the SCIAC.

NAIA
Stephaun Adams (185-G-96) and Campbellsville couldn't hold off a late run by Shawnee State and falls, 82-81. Adams played all 40 minutes and finished with 10 points. The loss gives No. 10 Campbellsville four straight in conference play and CU falls to 16-6 overall and 2-5 inside MSC play. With the loss, Campbellsville will now look to end this skid on the road at Cumberland University on Thursday night, Jan. 31. Tipoff is scheduled for 10 p.m. in Lebanon, Tennessee. The Tigers also play at Lindsey Wilson on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 6 p.m.

JUCO
Malik Mooving 's 3-pointer from the left corner with a half second remaining lifted the New Mexico Junior College Thunderbirds to a 68-66 victory over the Odessa College Wranglers on Thursday in WJCAC men's basketball action. Mooving finished with a game-high 27 points for the Thunderbirds (15-6, 4-3).

HIGH SCHOOL
Ramel Lloyd https://www.latinbasket.com/US-Virgin-Islands/news/563928/A-shooting-star
Khailieo Terry https://www.latinbasket.com/US-Virgin-Islands/news/563929/Central's-Terry-working-on-all-around-game

Signed
Jalen Walker (Navy, F, 6-5)
J'Wan Roberts (Houston, F, 6-7),
Chase Claxton (Winthrop, F, 6-7)
Malcolm Farrington (Arkansas State, G, 6-3)
Jemal Davis (Warner University, F, 6-8)
Jaz Farrell (Potter's House Prep, G, 6-2) is mulling through offers from St. Bonaventure and Jacksonville University.

  



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