Eagles build big lead, hold off Tornadoes 64-48 - Dec 12, 2012
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. Faulkner raced to an early double-digit advantage and never looked back, holding off a Talladega comeback effort in the second half en route to a 64-48 victory here Tuesday night in a non-conference matchup at Tine Davis Gymnasium.
The 21st-ranked Eagles rode an 18-2 stretch in the opening eight minutes to build a 20-9 lead, and the Tornadoes never got closer than nine points the rest of the way. Talladega did trim a 16-point deficit to nine with six minutes left, but Faulkner answered with seven in a row to end the Tornadoes' upset hopes.
"I know I sound like a broken record, but it's still true - we just haven't played well and with energy in a long time," Faulkner head coach Jim Sanderson said. "I don't know what it is, but it looks like we've got one foot already into the holiday break. Again, we have so many things we need to improve on."
Junior transfer Terrance Glass had 13 points, his most in a Faulkner uniform, to pace the Eagles, while Cyrille Sandjon added 12. Roman Vaughn was the only double-digit scorer for Talladega, finishing with 10 points. Phillip Wood (6'2''-G), who entered the game averaging 17 points a game for the Tornadoes, was held to six by the Eagles' defense.
Faulkner shot a scorching 55 percent from the field, while Talladega managed to make only 30 percent of its shots. The Eagles also outrebounded the Tornadoes 38-28, despite giving up 13 offensive boards.
Faulkner hosts Freed-Hardeman Saturday afternoon at 4 at Tine Davis Gymnasium. Courtesy of: http://www.faulknereagles.com
Player of the Year: Gerrard Newby (6'5''-F) of Union, KY Defensive Player of the Year: Gerrard Newby (6'5''-F) of Union, KY Freshman of the Year: Connor Zinaich (6'6''-F) of St.Andrews Coach of the Year: Kevin Burton of Union, KY 1st Team C: Brandon Moore (6'7''-C) of Allen F: Cordaris Townes (6'7''-F) of Bluefield PG: Oteriah Lee (5'9''-PG) of Bryan G/F: Alonzo Mobley (6'3''-G/F) of Montreat PG: Justin Bridges (5'10''-PG) of Reinhardt F: Connor Zinaich (6'6''-F) of St.Andrews... [read more]
Top-seeded Union College continued its winning ways as it captured the 2017 Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) Tournament championship with an 85-58 win over No. 2 seed Reinhardt University The tournament championship is the Bulldogs' fourth in a row and fifth overall. Union (30-3 overall) has won its last 28 games. Union received stellar performances from a couple of the usual suspects in Gerrard Newby (6'5''-F) and Tyrone Sherman (6'0''-PG), but Jaylen Daniel (6'7''-G/F) completed a... [read more]
Top-seeded Union College continued its winning ways as it captured the 2017 Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) Tournament championship with an 85-58 win over No. 2 seed Reinhardt University The tournament championship is the Bulldogs' fourth in a row and fifth overall. Union (30-3 overall) has won its last 28 games. Union received stellar performances from a couple of the usual suspects in Gerrard Newby (6'5''-F) and Tyrone Sherman (6'0''-PG), but Jaylen Daniel (6'7''-G/F) completed a solid tournament run with 17 points and five rebounds in the title game, averaging 18.7 points per tournament game. Sherman led the Bulldogs in scoring this week with 19.0 points per game, while Newby averaged 18.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. All three collected All-Tournament Team honors with Sherman picking up the hardware for Tournament MVP, saving his best game for last with 25 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Joining Sherman, Newby, and Daniel on the All-Tournament Team are Samuel Bunkley (6'3''-G/F) and Nehemiah Jones (6'0''-G/F) of Reinhardt, Brandon Moore (6'7''-C) of Allen University, and Tre Tiller (6'5''-G) of Tennessee Wesleyan University. Unlike its previous two tournament games, Union waited until the second half to lock down the game. Union held a 15-9 lead following a Dominique Lindsey (5'11''-PG) 3-pointer with 13:14 to go in the first, but Reinhardt reeled off eight straight points to take a 17-15 lead following a Justin Bridges (5'10''-PG) layup at the 10:39 mark. The lead went back-and-forth on the next few possessions before Union used a 13-7 stretch to take a 38-30 lead into the half. The Bulldogs came out of the break with their offense on full throttle, ripping off a 20-6 run to opening up a 58-36 margin with 12:55 remaining. Bunkley hit a 3-pointer to bring the margin back under 20 at 58-39, but Union pushed it back up over 20 and never looked back en route the 85-58 victory. Newby locked up his 17th double-double of the season with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Bunkley was the lone Eagle (22-9 overall) to score in double figures as he finished with 16. Since Union won both the regular-season and tournament championships, Reinhardt gets the league's second automatic berth to the national tournament as the regular-season runner-up.
Courtesy of AACSports
AAC Tournament Final: Union - Reinhardt 85-58 AAC Tournament Semifinals: Reinhardt - Allen 92-80 Union - Tennessee Wesleyan 95-77
Wolf Pack downs Martin Methodist 80-74 in final home game of the season - 6 days ago
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It was an emotional night for three of the members of the Loyola University men's basketball team. Not only was the team hosting its final home game of the regular season, it would be the final time seniors Jalen Gray (6'4''-G-95) (SR/New Orleans, La.), Johnny Griffin (6'5''-G/F) Jr. (SR/Chicago, IL.) and Nate Pierre (SR/Folsom, La.) would take the hardwood at First NBC Court. The team was also looking to extend its four-game winning streak to five with a conference matchup against the Ma... [read more]
It was an emotional night for three of the members of the Loyola University men's basketball team. Not only was the team hosting its final home game of the regular season, it would be the final time seniors Jalen Gray (6'4''-G-95) (SR/New Orleans, La.), Johnny Griffin (6'5''-G/F) Jr. (SR/Chicago, IL.) and Nate Pierre (SR/Folsom, La.) would take the hardwood at First NBC Court. The team was also looking to extend its four-game winning streak to five with a conference matchup against the Martin Methodist Redhawks on Monday night. The Wolf Pack used five players in double figures, including two monstrous double-doubles from Pierre and Griffin Jr. to take down Martin Methodist 80-74. With the victory, the team improves to 19-8 overall and 12-6 in conference play this season. Pierre made his statement on the glass from the opening tip, collecting an offensive rebound off the miss from Gray and sticking it back up for the first two points of the contest (2-0). The game was knotted at 6-6 at the 15:24 mark of the ballgame. Loyola responded with a 7-0 run over the next minute, capped off by a layup by Nick Parker (6'0''-PG) (JR/Port Allen, La.) to put the home team on top 13-6 with 14:16 to play in the first half. Both teams managed to tie the ballgame once again (19-19) with 8:03 left in the opening frame. Neither team would score from the field over the next three minutes until a layup on the break by Tre'Von Jasmine (6'2''-G) (SO/Edgard, La.) broke the drought and put Loyola on top 21-19. The Redhawks answered back with a three by Caleb Chowbay (6'2''-G-94) to retake the lead at 22-19 with 4:29 to play before intermission. Buckets by Trey Laforge (FR/New Orleans, La.) and Jasmine sparked a quick 6-0 run by the home team to go on top by five (27-22) in the final 2:06 of the half. Griffin Jr. had his hands in the Wolf Pack's final four points of the period, giving his team the 31-27 edge heading into the locker room. The team shot 12-of-30 from the floor (40%) but struggled from beyond the arc in the first half going 0-of-9 in the first 20 minutes. Jasmine led the Wolf Pack with eight points off the bench and Pierre added seven points for the home team. Griffin Jr. and Jasmine scored the team's first eight points of the second half to put Loyola up on Martin Methodist 39-36 at the 15:56 mark of the second half. A layup by Redhawk's Toderick Davis (6'3''-G) layup plus the foul squared the game at 41 all over the next minute of play. The road team would go on to take the slim lead at 43-41 off the jumpshot by Broderick Davis (6'3''-G) at the 14:35 mark of the contest. Over the next eight minutes of play, the Wolf Pack went on to outscore the Redhawks 26-13 taking their largest lead of the game at 13 (69-56) with 6:03 to play. But the Redhawks would not go away as they responded with a 13-3 run of their own to cut the lead to three at 72-69 with 3:01 left in the game. The road team's fate was eventually sealed as Griffin Jr. finished off a layup on the fastbreak off the dish from Parker, putting the home team up 78-71. The Wolf Pack went on to claim the 80-74 win over the Redhawks in the final home game of the season. The team shot 29-of-61 from the field (47.5%) and connected on 19-of-22 (86.4%) free throws in Monday night's win. The seniors did not disappoint in their final game of the season, as Griffin Jr. led the team with 19 points and collected 12 rebounds. Pierre added 17 points, 15 rebounds and two rejections, while Gray added 12 points, five rebounds and three assists in his final home game. Loyola will hit the road for its final two games of the season, first with a matchup with William Carey University on Feb. 23. Thursday night's game is set to tip-off at 7:30 p.m. from Hattiesburg, MS. Courtesy of: loyolawolfpack.com
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