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Hoops Report 2/4 - Feb 4, 2019

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John Collins (208-PF-97, college: Wake Forest) finished with 35 points (13-20 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 7-11 FT), 16 rebounds, two assists, and one block in 39 minutes during Saturday's 118-112 victory over the Suns. Collins exploded for 35 points on 13-of-20 shooting. The 16 boards were the first time he has reached double-digits in that category in almost two weeks. Collins spectacular season continues and has now blocked a shot in three straight games. There is no reason to think he will slow down after the break and owners should simply pat themselves on the back, given his recent production.

Royce O'Neale (198-SF-93, college: Baylor)< managed 10 points (4-9 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block across 24 minutes in the Jazz's 125-98 loss to the Rockets on Saturday. O'Neale paced the second unit in minutes and produced with them, posting a bench-high scoring tally. The second-year wing was more aggressive than usual on the offensive end, as his nine shot attempts equaled his highest figure in that category since Jan. 11. O'Neale is still consistently logging over 20 minutes per contest in his bench role, but his typically lower level of usage can often put a significant cap on his overall production.

Desi Rodriguez (198-F-96, college: Seton Hall) and Agua Caliente Clippers (16-15) did just enough to get by Rio Grande Valley Vipers (22-12) 111-116. Rodriguez was efficient with his 13 points, six rebounds and three assists. The Clippers game today versus Memphis can be seen live on Facebook at 6pm.


VENEZUELA --Georgio Milligan (187-PG-90, college: Franklin & Marshall) became the third player from the Virgin Islands to play for the Guaros de Lara as he joined the South American team to play in the DirecTV Liga de las Americas. Milligan played last summer with Escazu in Costa Rican LBS league. In 18 games, he was the best scorer with impressive 21.6ppg (#4 in the league) and helped them to win the league title. For his exploits he was selected All-Costa Rican LBS Player of the Year, named to 1st Team and League Player of the Week (2 times). Kitwana Rhymer (2007) and Jason Edwin (2009) were the other two.

UAE -- Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) had a career night but the Lebanese club Homenetmen needed more as they fell to Filipino Mighty Sports 96-89 in the 30th Dubai International Basketball Championship Sunday night at the Shabab Al Ahli Club. Hodge, the reigning Lebanese League MVP, exploded for 42 points.

UKRAINE -- Deon Edwin (190-G-92, college: Kent St., agency: Interperformances) and Khimik (15-6) got upset by Zaporizhye, 79-74, in the Superleauge action on Saturday. The two evenly matched teams exchanged leads ten times and matched equal scores nine times. Zaporizhye got a three early and held on the rest of 4th for the win. Edwin with his second consecutive double double, this time with 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the first place team.

TURKEY - Frank Elegar (208-C-86, college: Drexel) and Tofas (11-5) pulled away from Istanbul Metropolitan Belediyespor'u 87-82 in BSL weekend action. Elegar showed off his athletic prowess to give the team from Bursa 47-37 at the half. The Isantbul Club started the second half attack effectively and dropped the difference to 3 points (51-54). Tofa qukcly recovered and pushed the difference on a pair of three pointers to push the lead back to ten, 65-59, before the third horn. In the last quarter, Tofa carried the difference to 13 points (63-76) and held on for the final margin. Elegar had 11 points, eight rebounds and a block.

BULGARIA - LaRon Smith (204-F-93, college: Auburn) stellar play for Yambol continues. The 6-foot-9 forward helped Yambol (5-10) secure an 9-point victory 82-73 over the higher seed Academik Plovdiv (7-8). Smith accounted for 18 points, 7 rebounds and three blocks. However, the sensation of Smith setting Yambol's all-time single game shot block record persists. His six blocks were made into a montage.

UNITED KINGDOM -Justin Gray (198-F-95, college: Texas Tech) and the Bristol Flyers' BBL Championship clash with Surrey Scorchers has been called off due to adverse weather conditions. The two teams were supposed to clash on Friday, February 1st, but the weather has intervened, making SGS College's WISE Campus and its surrounding area a health and safety risk. The decision to close the SGS WISE Campus has been made by College officials and is unfortunately out of the club's control.


Jordan Murphy (201-F-97) contributed 10 points and 10 rebounds as the Minnesota Golden Gophers (16-6, 6-5) fell to No. 17 Purdue 73-63 on Sunday. The Golden Gophers let this one slip away. Still, taking the lead just before halftime and going ahead by 13 after the break is a good sign in the middle of a stretch against ranked opponents, including Wisconsin and Michigan State. Minnesota hosts No. 24 Wisconsin on Wednesday.

Ahsan Asadullah (203-C) had 13 point to lead a 28-point contribution from the bench in the first half, the Lipscomb men's basketball team jumped on the North Alabama Lions early and the Bisons rolled to a 102-80 win in Allen Arena, extending their win streak to nine games. Asadullah had a team-high three blocks and five rebounds, and finished 6-of-7 from the field. The 106 points scored against the Lions (8-16, 5-4 ASUN) marked the most against a conference opponent for the Bisons (18-4, 9-0 ASUN) inside Allen Arena in the program's NCAA era.

Collins Joseph (183-PG) hit back-to-back three pointers to help the Savannah State Tigers (6-15) defeat Delaware State 76-73 in a game played at Memorial Hall. Delaware State led 64-61 with just under five minutes remaining when Joseph nailed consecutive 3-pointers to give the Tigers a 67-65 lead at the 3:02 mark. The Hornets got as close as 74-73 with one second remaining but two free throws by Joseph sealed the win for Savannah State, with no time left. Joseph had 17 points and Romani Hansen (203-F) contributed six points and three rebounds. Hansen has over 100 rebounds on the season, 115.

Rashawn Fredericks (196-G/F-96) and the University of Cincinnati rallied past SMU 73-68 on Saturday. The victory was the seventh straight for the Bearcats (19-3 overall, 8-1 in the American Athletic Conference) and allowed them to pull back into a first-place tie with 13th-ranked Houston. Fredericks contributed four rebounds. UC will travel to the Pyramid to face Memphis on Thursday either on ESPN or ESPN2 at 8pm.

Despite five Bulldogs in double figures, the Georgia men's basketball team suffered an 86-80 loss to South Carolina Saturday afternoon in Stegeman Coliseum. Nicolas Claxton (211-SF-99) had nine points, nine rebounds and two blocks. With this loss, the Bulldogs fall to 1-7 in the SEC and 10-11 overall. Georgia returns to action on the road against Alabama on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 10 p.m. in Tuscaloosa. The game will be televised on SECN.

The three headed monster of coach Jareem Dowling , Jahmiah Simmons (193-F-98) and Shakeem Alcindor (203-F-98) helped North Texas University passed Charlotte 73-66 on Saturday. The win for the moment put the Mean Green (19-4, 7-3 C-USA) at the top of the Conference USA standings, however, a win later in the night by Old Dominion dropped UNT into a tie with UTSA for second-place.

Shaun Willett (193-F) recorded his NCAA-leading 19th double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds as the No. 9/6 Queens University of Charlotte men's basketball team (20-3, 12-1 SAC) edged Lincoln Memorial University (14-6, 9-4 SAC), 78-70, on Saturday. The Royals earned the regular-season sweep of the Railsplitters for the first time. The Royals return to action on Wednesday night at Coker College. Opening tipoff from the DeLoach Center in Hartsville, South Carolina, is scheduled for 8 p.m.

Miguel Arnold (180-PG)
and the Augusta University men's basketball team played Lander University for the annual Military Appreciation Day game on Saturday afternoon and won a 95-66 Peach Belt Conference game. AU (14-5) went on a 16-7 run to start the game and were up 43-33 at halftime. Augusta freshman Miguel Arnold drilled a half-court three pointer at the first-half buzzer to lift AU up by 10 at the pause. Arnold led the way with 22 points. The Jaguars travel to Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla., on Wednesday, Feb. 6 for another Peach Belt away contest at 6:30 p.m.

Shaquan Jules (201-F) and the No. 6 University of South Carolina Aiken men's basketball team posted a 109-87 win over Young Harris Saturday afternoon. Jules had six rebounds and two points. The Pacers are now 19-1 overall and 13-1 in league play. The 109 points scored marked the fifth most in the program's Division II history. The 43 made field goals is third most while the 15 three-point baskets are the fifth-most in the program's Division II history. The Pacers return to action Wednesday when they host Francis Marion at 8:30 p.m.

Campbellsville was led on the night by Stephaun Adams (185-G-96)' 20 points to seal the season sweep over Lindsey Wilson College Saturday afternoon, 84-75. 13 of those 20 points came in the second half for Adams and he finished a rebound shy of a double-double with nine. The ever-elusive triple-double was in Adams' sights as he also had six assists. In the final 2:40, Campbellsville (18-6, 4-5 MSC) didn't hit any field goals, but the Tigers hit free throws when it counted to ice the game. Taylor and Adams hit all four free throw attempts to close it out. Campbellsville will now host four-straight games in the Powell Athletic Center starting on Thursday, Feb. 7 against University of the Cumberlands. Tipoff is slated for 9 p.m.

Malik Mooving (175-PG) and NMJC has won back-to-back games and improves to 4-3 in Western Junior College Athletic Conference play and moves to 15-6 overall. Next up for the T-Birds is a home game against Midland College on Monday night at 10:30 p.m.

Motlow State (14-8, 10-2) sophomore Leonardo Castillo (193-F) and the Bucks' 95-89 win over Roane State at Copperweld Arena Friday night. Castillo, a redshirt sophomore from the Virgin Islands, had 13 points, eight rebounds and five assists during the victory. On Saturday, the Bucks led Chattanooga 38-30 at the break and held on for a 75-74 win. . Castillo had 17 points and 10 rebounds. On the season Castillo averages 10.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.4 steals per game.

Shallamar Poole and the Mt. SAC Men's Basketball Team snapped a three-game losing streak and defeated Pasadena City College, 66-48 Friday (2/1) in a South Coast Conference North game. Poole didn't score but grabbed 10 (1 Off., 9 Def.) rebounds in the game. The Mounties continue with SCC North action Wednesday (2/6) as they host the Rio Hondo Roadrunners. Game time is 9:00 pm

Poinciana 49, Lake Nona 44 Buzz: Jahsean Corbett had 12 points for the Eagles (14-7).

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