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HOOP REPORT 2.18 - Feb 18, 2019

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Team Virgin Islands Welcomes you to UVI Sports and Fitness Center on St. Thomas for a pair of games against Brazil (Feb 21) and Chile (Feb 24). Don't miss your chance to cheer on Team V.I.! 90.9fm will be covering both FIBA 2/21 and 2/24 games live. We are working on bringing the game on video (channel 51)

John Collins (208-PF-97, college: Wake Forest) became the first Wake Forest product to participate in the Slam Dunk contest and then brought a history lesson to the Spectrum Center on the NBA's All-Star Saturday night.
But after he didn't advance in the four-player contest, won by Oklahoma City's Hamidou Diallo, Collins was the one taking lessons.
'Definitely PO'd, you know? Just angry,' Collins said when asked for his thoughts on not advancing. 'I lost, I didn't want to lose. I wanted to come in and win, take the championship back. ... So, um, I've gotta come back with a different plan.'
Collins was the first dunker up, and the second-year blossoming star for the Atlanta Hawks paced around the outside of the court asking fans to get louder with cheering. He received a smattering of applause, and then went along the baseline for his dunk - slapping the back of the backboard and completing a one-handed dunk on the opposite side of the rim.
That dunk scored a 40 from the five-person panel of judges.
'Yeah, I didn't get any love,' Collins said of the reactions from the crowd and judges. 'I knew Miles (Bridges) and Dennis (Smith Jr.) were going to get some hometown love, but … they were pretty harsh. The judges were harsh tonight, too.'
For his second dunk, Collins brought on a full assortment of props and theatrics. Paying homage to North Carolina's 'First in Flight' crown and to the Tuskegee Airmen, a model of the Wright Brothers' first plane was brought out and placed under the basket and Collins donned goggles, a leather hat and a white scarf for a high-flying dunk.
Collins completed that one on his first attempt, too - though on his way to the basket he kicked off a part of the model plane. It was scored a 42.

Royce O'Neale (198-SF-93, college: Baylor)< and the Utah Jazz (32-25) will have an opportunity to benefit from one of the easiest schedules in the league remaining, giving them a great opportunity to surge up the standings down the stretch. However, while their easiest slate comes in their final 16 games, they do still face some challenges before that point, beginning with a daunting Week 19. Immediately following the All-Star break, the Jazz will be in for a tough two-game slate on Friday on the road against Oklahoma City, who was red hot heading into the break and is clearly aiming to surge up the standings and steal the second seed from the Denver Nuggets. After that, the Jazz will return home for a consecutive contest the very next night as they'll host the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday.

MGH -OUT 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.

The leagues of the world except the NBA will be taking an International break for FIBA World Cup qualifiers this weekend.

UNITED KINGDOM - Justin Gray (198-F-95, college: Texas Tech) and the Bristol Flyers are still searching for their first BBL win over Leicester Riders, following a seven point defeat, 90-83, at the SGS College Arena. Gray, finished with 13 points, kept the pressure on heading into the final minute but Riders were able to hold onto their lead as the time expired on another Flyers comeback that came up a little short.

UKRAINE -Deon Edwin (190-G-92, college: Kent St., agency: Interperformances) with a double -double with 16 points and ten rebounds in Khimik's victory over Kyiv Basket, 65-60, on Saturday in SuperLeague action. Khimik stay on top of the standings with a two game advantage with the international break about to take place. Khimik returns to action of feb. 28th.

BULGARIA -LaRon Smith (204-F-93, college: Auburn) and the 7th place Yambol (6-10) wins again, this time over fourth place Rilski (9-7), 87-78. Smith added four more blocked shots to go along with eight points and 11 rebounds.

TUNISIA-- Jason Perry-Murray (206-PF-94, college: Grambling St.) and CA Bizertin edged by Ezzahra Sport , 72-70, on Friday in the Tunisia Basketball League playout. Bizertin (1-2) will try to continue with the winning this Friday when they face an undefeated JS Manazeh (3-0).

MEXICO - Jamaal Samuel (206-F-93, college: La-Monroe)'s tour in Mexico came to an end over the weekend. Tampico Hurricanes (6-34) finished with a pair of games versus Zacatecas Miners (30-10) with both ending with a loss. Samuel showed out scoring 25 points and eight rebounds in a 108-86 Sunday night and 19 points and 3 rebounds in an 89-87 loss on Thursday.

With Jordan Murphy (201-F-97) muscling his way to 23 points and 11 rebounds and Minnesota stopped a four-game losing streak with an 84-63 victory over Indiana on Saturday. Murphy, who had 17 points in the first half and posted his 18th double-double of the season, went to work right away on attacking the middle with his powerful and determined back-to-the-basket drives. The Hoosiers piled up the personal fouls, Murphy kept going back to the free-throw line and the Gophers were in control. The 6-foot-7 senior put his exclamation point on the performance with an 180-degree spin move on Justin Smith for an emphatic dunk that gave the Gophers a 61-40 lead. Minnesota stays home to face No. 6 Michigan Thursday night 8:00 on ESPN. The Gophers lost 59-57 on the road to the Wolverines on Jan. 22 on a buzzer-beating shot.

Nicolas Claxton (211-SF-99) led four Georgia players in double figures; however, the No. 19 LSU Tigers defeated the Bulldogs, 83-79, in a sold-out Stegeman Coliseum Saturday night. Claxton led Georgia (10-15, 1-11) in points for the eighth time this season with 17. The game was then tied thrice and the lead changed four times over the next six minutes. LSU tipped in the ball to regain the edge 70-68 at the 6:41 mark and led for the rest of the game. A free throw from Claxton narrowed the gap to one at 72-71. The Tigers pulled ahead with a layup a minute later. The Bulldogs chipped away at LSU's lead, but they were unable to overtake the Tiger victory. The Bulldogs return to Stegeman on Wednesday, February 20 at 6:30 p.m. to take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs on the SEC Network.
Sophomore Forward Nicolas Claxton On his thoughts on tonight's game...
"We had two really good practices leading up to tonight. The fans were behind us the whole game and that gave us a lot of support. But, at the end of the day we just didn't do the little things we needed to do."
On if tonight's play is progress for the team...
"I would say it is progress. Us just playing our hardest for the whole forty minutes. Not coming out in the second half and being in a drought. At the end of the day, we did not want a moral victory. We wanted to come out and get the win. Like I said, it was the little things. I think they had 11-second chance points in the second half. That started with me, I did a poor job of boxing out. So, I take the blame for that. But, all we can do is get back to the drawing board and be ready for our next game."
On the play coming out the timeout with 29 seconds left...
"Derek (Ogbeide) he kind of set me like a run up screen, I was supposed to drive and make the layup. So, we executed the play right, I just came up short on the layup."
On Harrison's basketball journey...
"I just want to tip my hat off to Christian. He came here last year and didn't play at all. This year, his minutes have been kind of up and down. But, throughout all of that he has just stayed persistent. He just kept grinding. He comes in everyday and he doesn't complain like some guys do. He just comes in and works and you see the results today."
On tonight's "moral victory"...
"We played them tough the whole entire game. It can be kind of a moral victory, but we don't want moral victories. But this does show that they (LSU) are probably top three in the SEC at least. That shows that we can play with anybody. Just come out and try to finish the season strong, that is all we can do at this point. Just keep grinding day by day."
On Yante Maten and Kentvaious Caldwell-Pope attendance at the game...
"We did not get to talk to them yet. But, I appreciate them coming back and supporting us. It really means a lot."
On his matchup against Naz Reid...
"I just wanted to come out and be aggressive. Coach Crean, he instills a lot of confidence in me day by day. Since he has gotten here, he has said just attack. That was the matchup we like. So I just went at him as much as I could."

Arizona State Bobby Hurley on why senior forward De'Quon Lake (208-F)< didn't play in ASU's win over Utah, 98-87: 'He'll be ready to play and there's going to games that he's going to help us. He'll stay ready and tonight it was Vitaliy (Shibel's) turn to get a look. We played Taeshon (Cherry) and Zylan (Cheatham) together some at the 4 and 5, just because of how they like to shoot at the perimeter, it made sense. (Utah) has pretty good perimeter defenders, so I'm not going to read a lot into it and De'Quon will have his moments to help us moving forward.'
Arizona State plays against Stanford on Wednesday Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. (ESPN2).

Double A win again
Despite a sluggish first half, Ahsan Asadullah (203-C) and the Lipscomb men's basketball team got back on track Saturday with an 83-67 ASUN Conference road win over Kyle Clarke and Kennesaw State in the KSU Convocation Center in Kennesaw, Georgia. Asadullah finished with eight points and six rebounds. Claker, a senior guard, posted six rebounds, three points and three steals. The victory improved the Bisons to 21-5 overall and kept them atop the league table at 12-1. The Owls dropped to 5-22 overall and 2-10 in the ASUN. Lipscomb stays on the road for a showdown with FGCU in Fort Myers, Florida at 7 p.m. Wednesday. It will be the Bisons first trip to Alico Arena since winning the ASUN Tournament last March.

Sav State drops a tough one
Junior Forward Romani Hansen (203-F) had 12 points but it was not enough as Savannah State Tigers (9-16, 6-5) fell to Florida A&M 78-74 on Saturday night. Freshman guard Collins Joseph (183-PG) added nine points. The Rattlers improve to 2-0 against the Tigers this season. Florida A&M defeated Savannah State 69-64 on Jan. 12. Florida A&M plays South Carolina State on the road on Monday. Savannah State matches up against Bethune-Cookman at home on Monday.

Up 14 points at halftime, the 10th-ranked Queens University of Charlotte men's basketball team (23-3, 15-1 SAC) scored 66 second-half points and ran away from Newberry College (9-14, 4-11 SAC), 115-84, on Wednesday night at the Levine Center. Senior forward Shaun Willett (193-F) led Queens with 24 points and 16 rebounds to earn his NCAA-leading 22nd double-double of the season. Willett is the cousin of LaRon and LeRon Smith.

Shaquan Jules (201-F) was perfect helping the No. 7 University of South Carolina Aiken men's basketball team in the 96-89 road win at Georgia Southwestern. The 6-foot-7 freshman forward was perfect off the bench, hitting all five shots he took en route to 10 points. He also snagged four rebounds. The Pacers are now 22-2 on the year and 16-2 in league play.

Miguel Arnold (180-PG) and the Augusta University men's basketball team met the Georgia College Bobcats for Peach Belt Conference road game on Saturday afternoon and won their fifth straight contest with a 91-76 victory. The 6-2 freshman guard hit for three pointers and totaled 14 points. Arnold is the cousin of Virgin Islands senior men Walter Hodge. Augusta led early and often and cruised on the road for the big victory. Augusta plays at Savvon Delgado and Clayton State (8-15) in Morrow, Ga., on Monday, Feb. 18 at 8:30 p.m.

Crucian Shaqur Martin (190-F) and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men's basketball team dominated the second half and the Cru clinched the outright American Southwest Conference West Division title with an 87-59 win over Howard Payne Saturday in Belton. UMHB closes out the regular season at 20-5 overall and 11-5 in the ASC. The Cru also clinches a #1 seed in the ASC Championship Tournament with the win. UMHB will face East Division #4 seed East Texas Baptist in a Quarterfinal Game on Thursday at 2:30 pm in Richardson.

Adams matches Georgetown total assists
Stephaun Adams (185-G-96) and the Campbellsville men's basketball earned a big victory Thursday night with an 80-71 win over No. 4 Georgetown at the Powell Athletic Center. Adams led the way for CU with 22 points and a game-high seven assists. The seven assists by Adams matched the total assist output from Georgetown in the entire game. Campbellsville's win over Georgetown, along with other results around the Mid-South Conference has created a bunch in the conference standings with four teams within two games of each other. The bunch in the standings will create an interesting final week of the regular season, which starts for CU (20-7, 6-6 MSC) with senior night next Thursday against Shawnee State at the Powell Athletic Center.

Okeechobee (23-4, 13-0 Home) swept through three teams on their way to being crowned District 13-7A champions. The Virgin Islands five contributed to a tough win over Jensen Beach, 44-40, in the district finals pushing the Brahms to facing a tough Dillard (17-6, 7-1 Away) team in the regional quarterfinals of 7A. J-Quan Ferrol has been the MVP in the title run as he had 25 points, while Jemal Davis (16) and Kimani McIntosh (10) helped depose Bayside, 63-49, in the semifinals. McIntosh 18 points, Ferrol 14 and Davis 11 points in a route of Heritage, 70-33, in the district opener. Ky'Ode Walters and Jemoi Davis rounds out the V.I. five. Bracket:

JoVaughn Douglas and #1 Sanford Seminole (19-4) are Class 9A district 2 repeat champs after defeating Oviedo, 77-67, for the third time this season. The Noles led 36-33 at the half while pushing the lead to 18 with 2:35 left in the game. The Seminoles winning streak improved to 15-games and will host Flagler Palm Coast in the Regional Quarterfinals of the 2019 Boys Basketball State Championships on Thursday.

On the other side of the bracket Steven Burr and Oak Ridge (17-5,12-0 Home) hosts Riverview Sarasota (15-12, 6-4 Away) also on Thursday. Oak Ridge defeated Dr. Phillips 70-55 in the Class 9A, District 5 championship game. Bracket:

Jahsean Corbett, a 6-foot-7 sophomore forward, and Poinciana had a wonderful week. Corbett had a game saving block as Poinciana rallied to knock out No. 1 Bishop Moore with a 51-50 to advance to the district finals. Poinciana went on to outlast Eustis, 56-54, to be crowned Class 6A-District 13 champions. Poinciana led by 15 points at halftime, 33-18, before staving off a furious comeback in the second half. Corbett led Poinciana with 19 points. With the win, Poinciana improves to 18-8 on the season and will host Titusville in Thursday's regional quarterfinals. Bracket:

Junior Keniyah Attidore- Meyers and Orange Park (16-10) made it to the Region 1-6A boys basketball quarterfinals and will travel to Paxon School For Advanced Studies (22-3) for a Thursday tilt. Bracket:

Shukiou Sprauve and Boone HS (12-12) season came to an end after suffering a loss to University (6-18).

6-foot-7 Chase Claxton and Legacy Early (29-5) picked up a win over Covenant Christian, 67-38. Claxon was named player of the game with 12 points, six rebounds and 4 assists. Legacy has two more games left in their schedule.

N'Fari Benjamin and Rabun Gap (16-14) lose in the second round of the 4A state tournament on the road at Christ School 69-47. Benjamin, a sophomore, had 11 points.

Sincere Callwood and Simeon Wolverines (16-14) fell to rival Morgan Park 71-68 ending their streak of three Public League city championships. Callwood, a 6-foot-6 junior forward, had ten points

Khailieo Terry and Champaign Central Maroons (13-11, 2-7) couldn't hold off Peoria High, 69-66, in a Big 12 Conference game on Friday night. Terry scored a game-high 30 to lead which led 19-11 after one quarter. The Lions outscored the Maroons 20-9 in the second quarter.

Aubree Raimer and Greeley Central girls (22-1) is the seventh seed in Class 4A. The Wildcats will host either No. 26 Roosevelt or No. 39 Pueblo Central on Friday. Roosevelt and Pueblo Central play in the first round on Tuesday. Last year, Greeley Central had a 20-win season and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the state tournament.

Jonathan Kelly scored nine points as Keene High's upset hopes were over in the blink of 17-0 game-starting flash - for the most part, that is. Keene got their crack at top-ranked and unbeaten Exeter Friday, but didn't do much with it, losing 66-48 before one of their largest crowds this season. The Birds fall to 8-5 and now head out on the road for four straight, their postseason fate still in the balance.

Xi'an Bo Todman and Del Valle (13-17) season ends by the hands of Austin HS, 70-62.

Junior sisters De'Jah and Da'Jah Vigilante Fort Bend Bush season came to a close courtesy of Katy HS, 79-74, in girl's bi-district playoffs.

J'wan Roberts and Killeen Shoemaker (30-5) is set to take on Rockwall-Heath (16-15), 9:30 Tuesday at Waxahachie in CLASS 6A REGION II. Shoemaker is ranked 17th in the final Texas high school boys and girls pub lic and private school basketball rankings as compiled by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches: BOYS PUBLIC Class 6A.


Senior forward Zion Ware and the Stone Bridge boys will travel to take on District Champion, Freedom-South Riding, on Tuesday night for round 1 of the regional playoffs. The game will tip off at 9:00.


Pan American Games Draw LIMA, PERU - 1 day ago
FIBA held the draw for groups for men's basketball of the Pan American Games in Lima 2019, leaving the Virgin Islands in group A with Puerto Rico, Venezuela and the United States. A select team of men's basketball standouts from the BIG EAST Conference will represent the United States at the 2019 Pan American Game while Puerto Rico will be sending their B team as their A team is set to play in the World Games. While Group B consists of Dominican Republic, Argentina, Uruguay and Mexico. Pa...   [read more]

Claxton: I would love to play with UGA's incoming class - 3 days ago
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NBA Draft Combine Notebook: Nicolas Claxton Displays Versatility - 6 days ago
CHICAGO - The on-court portion of the draft combine wrapped up on Friday, with two more scrimmages giving prospects a chance to perform in front of the entire league. As a whole, five-on-five play was heavily watered down this year as a vast majority of potential first-round picks opted not to play, aiming to protect their draft stock. Regardless, there were a number of intriguing players who benefited this week. There were also some guys who struggled. Some of the more noteworthy perform...   [read more]

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