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
Mayville State Hires Darren Tighe to Lead Men's Basketball Program - 19 days ago
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The Mayville State Comets are pleased to announce that they have hired Ridgewater Community College Head Coach Darren Tighe as their new Men's Basketball Coach. Coach Tighe on his new opportunity - "My family and I are thrilled to be joining the Mayville State University family! I want to thank Athletic Director Mike Moore, President Dr. Gary Hagen, the search committee, and the entire comet athletic staff. Once I was able to step on campus, it did not take long to figure out that Mayvill... [read more]
The Mayville State Comets are pleased to announce that they have hired Ridgewater Community College Head Coach Darren Tighe as their new Men's Basketball Coach. Coach Tighe on his new opportunity - "My family and I are thrilled to be joining the Mayville State University family! I want to thank Athletic Director Mike Moore, President Dr. Gary Hagen, the search committee, and the entire comet athletic staff. Once I was able to step on campus, it did not take long to figure out that Mayville State is a special place with first class people! The opportunity to become the head coach at such a prestigious academic university with a rich basketball tradition was too good to pass up. My family and I are looking forward to moving to North Dakota and becoming ingrained in the community. We are extremely excited to begin the process of building a championship culture with the men's basketball program at Mayville State University!" Coach Tighe graduated from Minnesota State University Mankato with a Bachelors Degree in English Studies. He also received his Master's Degree in Teaching from Minnesota State University Mankato. From 2007-11, Coach Tighe worked with the men's basketball program at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, MN under Head Coach Rick Jeddeloh . Coach Tighe worked his way up the coaching ranks from 2nd assistant his first two years to head assistant in 2010, then to Associate Head Men's Basketball Coach in 2011. During that time, he helped the Vikings reach the conference tournament all four years along with a Conference Championship appearance in 2009. Coach Tighe's responsibilities at Bethany included serving as the recruiting coordinator, head of the tape exchange program, Point Guard and Defensive Coach, as well as leading the individual skill development program. He also assisted with opponent scouting reports and was the summer assistant camp coordinator. After Bethany, Coach Tighe spent some time in the high school ranks, as he served as the Head Coach at JWP High School. He then taught and coached two years at Redwood Valley High School, where he helped the Cardinals to a State Tournament appearance in 2013 and a section runner up finish in 2014. At this time, Coach Tighe accepted the Head Coach position at Ridgewater Community College In Willmar, MN. In his inaugural season with the Warriors, Coach Tighe helped lead Ridgewater to a 9-18 record. He coached All Conference Selection Dylan Schueler (Willmar, MN) as well as six members of the MCAC All Conference Academic Team. Year two of the Tighe era saw the Warriors etch their names in the Ridgewater record books. The team set school records for most regular season wins in school history (20) and tied the record for most wins in a season (22) with the 1965 Warrior Basketball team. The 22 wins was more than the last two seasons combined for the Warrior basketball program. The 22-8 record was even more impressive as the MCAC was as tough as ever hosting the #2, #3, and #4th ranked teams in the nation. Six of the team's eight losses came to nationally ranked teams or D1 junior colleges. Seven freshmen averaged double digit minutes this season. Akeem Oglesby (Statesboro, GA) and Jack Turnbull (Adelaide, South Australia) were named to the MCAC All Southern Division Team and the All MCAC team. Oglesby was also named to the All Region 13 team as well as being named the Region 13 player of the year. Oglesby was also awarded the honor of being named 2nd team All American. The Ridgewater men's basketball team had another quality year under the 2016-17 season, as they finished 17-8 with program building wins over nationally recognized RCTC, Central Lakes, and St. Cloud Tech. The Warriors once again relied on outside shooting and were ranked 2nd, 4th, and 9th in the nation in three pt field goals made, attempted, and percentage. Ridgewater averaged 82 PPG and gave up an MCAC Southern Division Low 70 PPG. Another Ridgewater trademark of taking care of and sharing the basketball shown bright in 2017 with the Warriors ranking 14th in the nation in assists per game (18.8) and 7th in the nation in turnovers per game (10.6). Oglesby again continued his historic Ridgewater career earning MCAC All Southern Division honors, All State MCAC Honors, as well as making the All Region Team. Athletic Director Mike Moore on Coach Tighe's hire - "We are excited to have Darren as our new head men's bb coach. During the interview process Darren showed a great deal of compassion and drive in regard to this position. His experience as a head coach and experience particularly at the junior college level has him to come in and re-energize our program quickly. He made a definite connection with the search committee and our current players and I'm confident he will do the same with Mayville-Portland and the surrounding communities. He and his family will be a great fit for our setting. It was evident during the process that building relationships is a priority for him. We anticipate him starting his duties in the next few days." Courtesy of: victorysportsnetwork.com
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