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Hoops Report 2/25 - Feb 25, 2019

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De'Quon Lake
The World's first foray into FIBA new system was very interesting especially for the small countries including the Virgin Islands (3-9). With the public now understanding the process, the new home and away format should gain steam in the territory and build pride in the national team.
Virgin Islands can't stay with Brazil
Virgin Islands win over Chile
Up next is the Pan American Games (July 26-August 11) in Lima Peru. Men Tournament dates are August 6-10.
The FIBA AmeriCup pre qualifier also took place this weekend. Congratulations to Colombia, Paraguay, Cuba and Bahamas on returning to the 16 strongest cast of the continent, which will fight for the 12 seats available for the 2021 FIBA AmeriCup. Those teams joins USA, Canada, Argentina, Venezuela, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Uruguay, Dominican Republic ,Panama, Chile and the Virgin Islands. Those 16 teams will be divided into 4 groups, playing games in local and visitor format between November 2019 and February 2021.The best 3 of each group will qualify for the FIBA AmeriCup of 2021, which will be held at a date and place to be defined.

John Collins (208-PF-97, college: Wake Forest) of the Atlanta Hawks watches and reacts to his best highlights and moments, including the 2019 Slam Dunk Contest, the Rising Stars Game, blocks, game winners, and MUCH more!

Royce O'Neale (198-SF-93, college: Baylor)
The X-Factor for the Utah Jazz has been Royce O'Neale. Don't look now, but Buckets O'Neale is currently shooting 44 percent from three, which leads the Jazz when modifying for qualifying contestants. Royce has been huge lately being able to successfully knock down open threes, and has been able to help maintain the Jazz's solid defensive identity. The Jazz are 9-3 this season when O'Neale makes more than two three-pointers in a single game. He's made an obvious impact in every game he has played in during the last few weeks, and if he can keep it up it might just be the difference in a home-court playoff seed or a rough first-round exit.

Desi Rodriguez (198-F-96, college: Seton Hall) and the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario (19-19) remain undefeated since the All-Star break, defeating the Austin Spurs (16-21) on Sunday afternoon, 110-96.Shooting an efficient 50 percent from the field Agua Caliente led for nearly the entire game, trailing only in the opening seconds. The Clippers look to repeat their performance and sweep the regular season series on Tuesday in an afternoon rematch against Austin. The third and final matchup between the two teams is slated to tip off at 11 a.m. PDT inside the Citizens Business Bank Arena.
Rodriguez best game was game two of three when he poured in 16 points as the Clippers took down the Wisconsin Herd, 121-93, at Menominee Nation Arena on Friday night.

Marcus Georges Hunt reported before Christmas that Marcus Georges-Hunt (196-F-94, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pensack Sports) underwent knee surgery and has remained sidelined since the surgery. 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.

De'Quon Lake (208-F)< had his moment to reminisce with the Sun Devil faithful as Bobby Hurley took a substitution timeout with the shot clock off. He acknowledged the 11,618 inside Wells Fargo Arena for the final time before the buzzer sounded on Arizona State's (19-8; 10-5 Pac-12) 69-59 victory over California on senior day that notched a season sweep for the second consecutive season. Lake had eight points, four rebounds and two blocked shots.
De'Quon Lake on how it felt during the pregame Senior Day ceremony:
'It was very emotional. I tried to cry, but I didn't want to cry. It was very special. The crowd was awesome. Everything was good. I just appreciate everything the program did for me. I wish, looking forward, looking back, I'll have good memories.'
The season isn't over for the Sun Devils as they have three more games with road trips to the Oregon schools and Arizona to round out the season. The first game of the Sun Devils stretch comes at Oregon on Feb. 28, at 11 p.m. on Pac-12 Networks.

Despite an energetic second-half comeback, the University of Georgia men's basketball team fell to Ole Miss, 72-71, on Saturday afternoon in Oxford, Mississippi. Nicolas Claxton (211-SF-99) had 13 points.
An Ole Miss 10-0 run midway through the first half allowed the Rebels to pull away with a 28-18 advantage. Though the Bulldogs were able to cut the Ole Miss lead to seven points, the Rebels regained a 10-point lead. Claxton closed the first half with a 2-of-2 performance at the free-throw line to send Georgia into the locker room trailing, 39-29.
Coming out after the break, a Georgia scoring spree clinched the Bulldogs' first lead since the 12:48 mark of the first half. Georgia's 7-0 run made it a two-point game, and its 6-0 run that followed gave the Bulldogs a 43-41 advantage. A jam pushed Georgia's lead to five, the Bulldogs' largest of the second half (54-49). However, the Rebels began to make a come back and eventually went on a 9-0 run to regain a 64-56 lead. Though Georgia managed to tie it at 69-all with 1:36 remaining in the game, the Bulldogs were unable to take back the lead and the Rebels won, 72-71. The Bulldogs fall to 10-17 overall and 1-13 in the SEC. Georgia returns to Stegeman Coliseum on Thursday, Feb. 27, to take on the Auburn Tigers at 9 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

Shaun Willett (193-F) had 19 points and eight rebounds as the No. 10/9 Queens University of Charlotte men's basketball team (25-3, 17-1 SAC) defeated Carson-Newman University (13-13, 6-12 SAC), 102-88, on Saturday at Holt Fieldhouse. The win clinched the outright South Atlantic Conference regular-season championship for the first time in program history. Carson-Newman made several second-half runs, cutting the deficit to six, 77-71, with 9:19 left, and then again cutting the deficit to nine, 95-86, with 2:39 remaining. However, Queens held CN scoreless in the ensuing two-minute stretch and held the Eagles without a field goal in the final 2:55. The Royals return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Wingate University.

Shaquan Jules (201-F) had 12 points and eight rebound as the #5 University of South Carolina Aiken men's basketball team posted a 108-103 win at Lander Saturday. Trailing 93-90, USC Aiken made four straight free throws for a 94-93 advantage with 3:25 to play. Jules followed up a miss giving the Pacers a three-point cushion. Leading 96-94, Jules converted an old-fashioned three-point play. Lander pulled within three with 46 seconds to go but couldn't get any closer. The Pacers are now 24-2 overall and 18-2 in league play. The Pacers return to action Wednesday when they host Miguel Arnold (180-PG) and Augusta on Senior Night at 8:30 p.m

Miguel Arnold and the Augusta University men's basketball team (21-5, 17-3)hosted its last regular-season game of the season on Saturday and won a 74-70 Peach Belt Conference game over Georgia Southwestern in Christenberry Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon. Arnold hit four three pointers and finished with 14 points. The Jaguars sit second in the PBC standings behind No. 5 nationally-ranked USC Aiken. Augusta plays the Pacers in Aiken, S.C. on Wednesday.

Millersville trailed Kutztown by seven with just 2:31 remaining in the second overtime. The Marauders' leading scorer, another starter, and their sixth man had fouled out. Mekhi Hendricks (185-G) played beyond-his-years helped Millersville close the game on a 15-0 run and win 106-98. Hendricks had never played more than 21 minutes in a game, and he logged more than 40 Wednesday, scoring a career-high 18 points (his previous best was nine) on 6-of-8 shooting from the field and 3-of-4 shooting from three.
"Mehki makes big time plays," said Millersville head coach Casey Stitzel. "Mekhi doesn't get phased. I learned that very early on watching him in scrimmages. His three in the second overtime was a big time shot."
With the Marauders down 98-91, Hendricks turned the tide. It started with a bucket and a three-point play opportunity that he did not convert. Hendricks drilled a three from the top of the key with 1:22 left that pulled Millersville to within 98-97. Stitzel called a timeout, and the Marauders switched to a full-court press that proved key.
The win gives Millersville (16-10, 11-7) its first home PSAC Tournament game since 2015 and its first series sweep of Kutztown since 2014.

For the first time since 2008, James Kelbert (190-G/F-98) and the No. 14 Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball Team (24-2, 15-1) were crowned SCIAC Tournament Champions after a huge lopsided 68-45 victory over Occidental College. Kelbert, a former member of the Virgin Islands junior men's national team, came off the bench to chip in with eight points on 4-of-6 shooting, adding three steals and two assists.
The visiting side also defended hard, building up to a 16-2 lead with 11:36 left in the opening half. The Sagehens locked the Tigers down on defense and began chipping away at the deficit. Corbin Koch returned back to the floor after being subbed off earlier and brought a defensive spark to the Sagehens, forcing a steal and heaving a pass to the racing Kelbert for an easy layup. On the following possession, the Sagehens forced a miss as Koch grabbed the board, and Kelbert received a long pass from Elan while racing to the basket for another layup. Trailing 20-13 with 6:09 left in the game, the Sagehens went on a 13-0 run, attacking the paint for layups and spacing out to the perimeter to make jumpers, leading 26-20 with 1:48 left. With 1:12 left in the half, Kelbert drove in the paint and kicked out a pass to an open Rosenbaum in the corner for three. Rosenbaum returned the favor to Kelbert, delivering a bullet pass to the junior cutting in the paint for a layup. The Sagehens led 31-22 at halftime.
The Sagehens will await their opponent with the NCAA Selection show for the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

Shaqur Martin (190-F) and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men's basketball team could not overcome hot shooting from Hardin-Simmons as the Cru fell to the Cowboys 97-91 in the Semifinals of the American Southwest Conference Championship Tournament Friday in Richardson. Martin, a senior, finished with nine points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots The loss ends UMHB's season at 21-6 on the year.

It took until the final game of the regular season for Campbellsville men's basketball to play their first overtime game of the year, as Pikeville came out on top 83-80.
The Tigers had a double-digit lead in the second half before needing some late game heroics to send the game into overtime. CU's (21-8) largest lead was 11 points with 8:17 left in the game before finding themselves down five with about a minute to play.
That's when Stephaun Adams (185-G-96) came up with clutch buckets, hitting a three-pointer to put the Tigers within two before getting the ball back after a missed one-and-one free throw from UPike's Jayvian Delacruz. Adams came back down the floor and was able to draw a foul, hitting both free throws to send the game into overtime.
Adams almost looked to pull off another single-handed comeback in overtime after the Bears pulled out to an 80-73 lead with 1:16 left on the clock. Adams hit two more free throws and a similar pull-up three pointer with 34 seconds left to get within two points again.
Adams finished with 23 points and six rebounds for his sixth-straight game over the 20-point mark. He did struggle from the field shooting 7-of-19 (36.8%) and 3-of-12 from three-point land.
The Tigers will be seeded fifth going into the conference tournament that will be hosted back in Pikeville starting next week. After the final results of across the conference, it appears that CU will face University of the Cumberlands in the opening round of the tournament as no official seeding has been announced by the conference. The first round of the conference tournament will begin on Saturday for the men.

In an emotional back-and-forth battle in the Turner Athletic Center, Quennel Francis (183-PG) and the No. 23 Southeastern University men's basketball team (20-9) bowed out of The Sun Conference Tournament in the semifinals to the receiving votes Ave Maria University Gyrenes 83-81. Francis finished with nine point and three rebounds. The Fire await to see if they will receive an at-large bid to the NAIA National Tournament.

Relive the final minutes of the Okeechobee Brahmans wild playoff game against state powerhouse Dillard. Okeechobee High School senior J-Quan Ferrol hits a clutch three-pointer to give OHS the 44-43 lead with eight seconds to go in overtime. But after a time-out Dillard was able to respond with their own score to take the final lead of 45-44 and ultimately win the playoff game over Okeechobee. The Brahmans remarkable season is cut short in the regional quarterfinal. Jemal Davis, Kimani McIntosh, Ky'Ode Walters and Jemoi Davis also play for Okeechobee.

Jovaughn Douglas and Sanford Seminole (22-4) defeated Flagler Palm Coast, 66-55, in a Region 1-9A quarterfinal. Sanford will host rival Oviedo (22-7) on Tuesday for the regional semifinals 8pm at Seminole high school. The two teams will clash for the fourth time this season, the previous three won by Sanford.

Steven Burr and Oak Ridge found themselves trailing Sarasota Riverview by 11 points midway through the third quarter. But the Pioneers found another gear for the come from behind victory over Riverview, 64-59. The Pioneers (18-5) will travel to play Tampa Alonso (24-4) in Class 9A, Region 2 semifinals.

Jahsean Corbett and Poinciana took an early lead in its Region 6A-3 quarterfinal playoff game Thursday - its first in seven years at home - had a dominant start to the second half and allowed visiting Titusville just one fourth-quarter field goal in a 65-43 win that would look comfortable on the scoreboard. The Eagles (19-8) will be back at home on Tuesday after Eustis (20-8), who Poinciana beat in the District 6A-13 championship and upset Rockledge on Thursday. Corbett had 12 points despite playing with four fouls for most of the second half.

Junior Keniyah Attidore- Meyers and Orange Park (16-12) season came to an end as Paxon School ran away 66-45 in the Region 1-6A boys basketball quarterfinals.

Chase Claxton and Legacy Early (31-5) took down #24 nationally ranked Teays Valley (WV) 75-69 on the road. The 6-foot-7 Winthrop signee contributed seven points, six rebounds and five assists.

With Amir Nesbitt (182-PG-01) on St. Thomas with the senior men's basketball team, Virginia Academy (17-12) defeated Christ Chapel, 66-50, to advance to the state tournament starting on Tuesday.

Perennial Chicago power Simeon (16-14) is not having the season their known for but still made the playoffs. Simeon, a third seed, in the 4A Eisenhower will face Brother Rice on Tuesday. Brother Rice (21-8) features Loyola recruit Marquise Kennedy but lack a post presence, something that favors Sincere Callwood and Simeon.

CLASS 3A Rantoul Regional No. 2 Champaign Central (15-12) Khailieo Terry (6-3, Soph., G/F);
Regular season: Maroons rarely were consistent, but snagged a solid victory over state-ranked Peoria Notre Dame in their Big 12 Conference finale and faced quality competition all season.
Outlook: Central possesses talent and athleticism to break out of an evenly-matched regional, but familiar foe in Springfield Southeast poses issue in sectional semifinals.

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
By CHANCE LINTON Georgia forward Nicolas Claxton (211-SF-99) was on hand in Chicago last week for the 2019 NBA Draft Combine, but he's facing a major decision in the coming week. Claxton declared for the NBA Draft following a breakout sophomore season, but he still hasn't made a final decision on whether to return to Georgia for his junior year. The deadline for him to withdraw from the draft and retain his college eligibility is May 29. Ahead of the NBA Combine, he sat down with Draft...   [read more]

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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