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Re: READY FOR PRIME TIME?

Postby PointGuard » Sat Jun 11, 2022 6:45 pm

Game Results:

January 15-21, 2037:


Conference S:

Alcorn State (10-4, 3-0)—76, McNeese State—54 (During the 1st half and first 6 minutes of the 2nd half, there were 12 lead changes and 5 ties in a defensive battle, but then the Braves caught fire and ran away with the game. SF Harold Hein put in 17 points plus pulled down 9 boards. SG Caleb Sanden added 15 points while PG Todd young scored 14.)

Campbell—68, Alcorn State (10-5, 3-1)—60 (This was a dog fight the entire way with 17 lead changes and 6 ties. But the home crowd willed Campbell to pull away in the final few minutes. SG Caleb Sanden scored 18 and C Bernie Graham had 15 points and 9 boards.)

Arkansas-Pine Bluff (11-3, 3-0)—81, Purdue Fort Wayne—45 (Arkansas-Pine Bluff totally dominated the Mastodons. A 24-4 turnover advantage for the Golden Lions was their biggest advantage. Scoring in double figures were: SF Dan Jefferson with 17 points, SG Bill Thorton who scored 13, PG Walter Huggins hitting for 12 points, and C Chris Betts who chipped in 11 points. Huggins also had 8 assists.)

Arkansas-Pine Bluff (12-3, 4-0)—59, St. Francis (NY)—51 (The Golden Lions led from start to finish and had a 17 point lead midway through the 2nd half. The Terriers narrowed the gap in the late going but never seriously challenged. “If it weren’t for our guys cleaning the glass 35-22 we’d have had a tough time since we only converted 39% of our FGA’s,” said Coach Dontell Spencer. SG Bill Thorton scored 14, PG Walter Huggins added 12, C Chris Betts had 11 points and 11 boards, and PF Antonio Gailey scored 11 and pulled down 9 rebounds.)

Conference T:

MD-Eastern Shore (13-3, 2-1)—66, Bethune-Cookman—58 (The Hawks had a great first half, storming to a 37-23 halftime lead. The Wildcats cut into the lead throughout the 2nd half but never got closer than 8 points. C Terrance Minor scored 21 and had 8 boards, 4 assists, 2 steals and a block while SG Carl Hancock had 12 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals.)

MD-Eastern Shore (14-3, 3-1)—74, Central Arkansas—62 (The lead changed hand 5 times in the first 4 minutes but then the Hawks took control and cruised to an easy victory, outshooting the Bears 52% to 34%. SG Carl Hancock led all scorers with 18 points and PF Dwayne Bullett scored 12 and grabbed 9 boards.)

Conference U:

Eastern Illinois—89, UC-San Diego (7-7, 1-2)—76 (The Tritons fell behind early and then came back in the middle of the first half to take as much as 12 point lead and then settle for a 48-42 halftime advantage. The Panthers came out in the 2nd half with a defense that stymied UC-San Diego. With 16 minutes remaining the Tritons surrendered the lead and were never able to recover. The Tritons’ SG Chris Williams had a big game with 19 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks. SF Brad Sanders scored 16, PF Jack Robinson hit for 14, and reserve forward Jeremiah Mason scored 12. But Eastern Illinois’ C Elton Johnson scored 27 and had 11 rebounds, 6 assists, and 4 steals.)

UC-San Diego (8-7, 2-2)—83, SE Missouri State—67 (The Tritons opened an early 10 point lead and led by as much as 23 points as they routed the Redhawks. PF Jack Robinson didn’t start but came in off the bench to hit 9 of 10 FG’s and score 22 points. SF Brad Sanders had 13 points, PF Stephen Leith hit for 11, and PG Dalonte Keams had 10 points and 10 assists.)

Western Illinois (9-5, 2-1)—76, Bellarmine—62 (Western Illinois had to offset their 21 turnovers as well as a 21 point, 10 assist performance by Bellarmine’s PG Cliff Archibald by hitting 55% of their shots and grabbing 9 more rebounds than the Knights to win this game. There were 12 lead changes in the first half and first 2 minutes of the 2nd half. SG Marcelo Barker and C Craig Grant had 19 and 18 points respectively for the Leathernecks with reserve forward Joe Bergmann adding 11 points in the 8 minutes he was on the court.)

Western Illinois (10-5, 3-1)—79, New Hampshire—72 (The Leathernecks led most of the way, but the Wildcats hit 55% of their shots from the field with SG Patrick Dickerson scoring 21 and SF Robert Woodruff pouring in 20 points to keep the pressure on all the way. For Western Illinois SG Marcelo Barker dropped in 17 points, SF James Johnson had 15 points, 4 assists, 5 rebounds and 6 steals, PG Tom Daniel scored 13, and reserve guard Jonathan Bailey added 10 points.)

Significant Injuries: BJ Jefferson of Alcorn State has a strained hamstring and won’t fully recover for a week.

Awards: None

Comments: Arkansas-Pine Bluff resides alone in 1st place in Conference S with Alcorn State in a 4-way tie for 2nd place. In Conference T the MD-Eastern Shore Hawks are in a 3-way tie for 3rd place. And in Conference U Western Illinois is tied with 5 other teams for 1st place and UC-San Diego is 5-way tie for 7th place.
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Re: READY FOR PRIME TIME?

Postby PointGuard » Sun Jun 12, 2022 7:21 pm

Game Results:

January 22-28, 2037:


Conference S:

Alcorn State (11-5, 4-1)—73, Gardner-Webb—44 (A blowout win for the Braves whose defense held the Runnin’ Bulldogs shooting to 28% (17% from 3 point land). SG Caleb Sanden hit 11 of 19 FG’s and 5 of 8 of his threes to finish with 31 points. C Bernie Graham scored 12.)

Purdue Fort Wayne—52, Alcorn State (11-6, 4-2)—48 (Even though there were 10 lead changes, the Braves led for a good portion of the game. But the Mastadons outscored Alcorn State 10-3 in the final 4 minutes of play. SG Caleb Sanden scored 13 points.)

Arkansas-Pine Bluff (13-3, 5-0)—93, McNeese State—65 (The Golden Lions quieted the Cowboys’ home crowd early and just steadily expanded their lead as they crushed McNeese State. SF Dan Jefferson dropped in 21 points, C Chris Betts tossed in 16 points, and SG Bill Thorton added 12.)

Arkansas-Pine Bluff (14-3, 6-0)—85, New Orleans—57 (Arkansas-Pine Bluff again blew out an opponent, this time by going on an 18-2 run midway through the first half. C Chris Betts put in 24 points while grabbing 9 boards, SG Bill Thorton had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and reserve forward Henry White scored 17 points while playing just 13 minutes.)

Conference T:

MD-Eastern Shore (15-3, 4-1)—66, Tennessee Tech—51 (The game was close for 7 minutes but then the Hawks scored 13 unanswered points and the Golden Eagles could never recover, particularly since they only hit 22% of their FG attempts. C Terrance Minor had 13 points and 11 rebounds and PG Todd Brown scored 10 points.)

MD-Eastern Shore (16-3, 5-1)—88, North Alabama—79 (OT) (The Hawks’ PF Tony Rueter muscled up a 5 footer with 2 seconds remaining to send this game into overtime. Then MD-Eastern Shore caught fire in the OT to overcome North Alabama’s SG Walter Calvert’s 25 points. The Hawks scored 21 more points at the foul line than the Lions. C Terrance Minor scored 24 and grabbed 8 boards. Rueter had 18 points and 7 rebounds. PG Lataryl Brown put in 15 points. PF Dwayne Bullett scored 13.)

Conference U:


Nicholls State—84, UC-San Diego (8-8, 2-3)—76 (“We gave the Colonels a helluva fight throughout the first half and for the first 7 minutes of the 2nd half. 20 lead changes and 11 ties. But once we fell behind, we weren’t able to put real pressure on them. We just were outplayed the final 13 minutes of the game,” said Coach Ken Yamoto. “The road is NOT our friend.” PF Jack Robinson got 17 points and 8 boards; reserve forward Jeremiah Mason had 15 points; SF Brad Sanders scored 11; and C Michel Woodward had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.)

UC-San Diego (9-8, 3-3)—93, Citadel—67 (The Tritons put on an offensive show in the first half scoring 53 points to take a 20 point lead to the locker room. UC San Diego hit 55% of their FG’s and 53% of their 3’s during the game. SG Chris Williams popped in 18 points, PF Brad Sanders had 16 points, and C Michel Woodward and SF Jeremiah Mason both scored 14 while PG Dalonte Keams had 9 points and 11 assists.)

Western Illinois (11-5, 4-1)—70, Howard—60 (“We had a surprising number of Leatherneck fans at this away game and our guys fed off their enthusiasm and support,” said Coach Terry Morillo. “But an 18-7 turnover advantage helped as well.” Topping the scoring was SG Marcelo Barker with 20 points followed by SF Dan Jefferson’s 15, and C Craig Grant’s 10.)

Western Illinois (12-5, 5-1)—70, Prairie View—62 (This was an exciting game with neither team able to get much of a lead. The Leathernecks trailed 31-29 at the half but got their offense going in the 2nd half to get past the Panthers. PG Tom Daniel scored 11, SF James Johnson had 10 points, and PF Joe Bergmann scored 9 plus had 11 boards.)

Significant Injuries: PF Dalonte Keams of UC-San Diego has a sore shoulder that could slow him down for a week or so. Western Illinois’ reserve PF Orvo Haapajarvi sustained a minor concussion but will clear concussion protocol in a couple more days. Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s PF Antonio Gailey also sustained a minor concussion.

Awards: MD-Eastrn Shore’s C Terrance Minor was the Conference T Player of the Week.

Comments: Three of the teams are in sole possession of 1st place in their respective conferences (Arkansas-Pine Bluff if S, MD-Eastern Shore in T, and Western Illinois in U. UC-San Diego is in a very unusual 10-way tie for 4th place in Conference U. Arkansas-Pine Bluff is riding an 8-game win streak and Western Illinois has a 5-game win streak going. Scoring, rebounding and assists leaders for each team:
UC-San Diego: PF Jack Robinson—13.6 ppg; C Michel Woodward—9.3 rpg; PG Dalonte Keams—7.4 apg.
MD-Eastern Shore: C Terrance Minor—13.1 ppg; C Terrance Minor—7.3 rpg; PG Lataryl Brown—4.0 apg.
Alcorn State: SG Caleb Sanden—19.6 ppg; C Bernie Graham—6.6 rpg; PG Todd Young—4.8 apg.
Western Illinois: SG Marcelo Barker—15.8 ppg; C Craig Brown—5.4 rpg; PG Tom Daniel—5.0 apg.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff: C Chris Betts—17.3 ppg; PF Antonio Gailey—7.5 rpg; PG William Huggins—6.1 apg.
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Re: READY FOR PRIME TIME?

Postby PointGuard » Mon Jun 13, 2022 11:49 pm

Game Results:

January 29-February 4, 2037:


Conference S:

Alcorn State (12-6, 5-2)—69, Arkansas Pine-Bluff—54 (Playing on their home court, the Braves still had a tough time shaking the pesky Golden Lions in the first half and were ahead by a slim 34-31 score at the break. They slowly began opening a slightly larger lead in the early part of the 2nd half, but then with 10 minutes remaining in the game, their offense clicked and they rapidly opened a 20 point lead and then held on to score a big win. C Bernie Graham poured in 20 points and SG Caleb Sanden was right behind with 19 points.)

Alcorn State (13-6, 6-2)—60, Southern—53 (Alcorn State forged a 20 point lead midway through the first half but Southern cut the lead at the half to 35-23. The Jaguars continued slicing into the lead as the 2nd half proceeded and gained a 47-47 tie with 4-1/2 minutes to go. But the Braves were able to regain their footing and power to a win. SG Caleb Sanden with 21 points was the only member of Alcorn State to score in double figures.)

Alcorn State—69, Arkansas-Pine Bluff (14-4, 6-1)—54 (The Golden Lions sustained their first loss in Conference S when their offense sputtered in the 2nd half. C Chris Betts scored 12 and SG Bill THorton added 11 points.)

Arkansas-Pine Bluff (15-4, 7-1)—87, Delaware—67 (The Golden Lions opened a 15 point lead by the middle of the first half but then Delaware came back and the final 5 minutes of the 1st half and first 7 minutes of the 2nd half saw 11 lead changes. Arkansas-Pine Bluff then simply ground down the Blue Hens in the final 13 minutes of the game. C Chris Betts led the scoring with 21 points, SF Dan Jefferson hit for 19 points, SG Bill Thorton dropped in 17 points, and reserve C Delvon Palmer scored 14 points.)

Conference T:

Jackson State—74, MD-Eastern Shore (16-4, 5-2)—71 (Jackson State too control early in the first half and led 38-22 after 20 minutes of play. The Tigers’ lead increased to 21 points in the 2nd half. But MD-Eastern Shore put on a remarkable comeback by outscoring Jackson State 20-8 in the final 4 minutes of the game. But there was just too little time for the Hawks to overtake the Tigers. SG Carl Hancock led the late push and finished with 23 points. Others in double figures were C Terrance Minor-13 points, SF Tony Rueter-11 points, and reserve C Geordie Johnson-10 points.

MD-Eastern Shore (17-4, 6-2)—72, Chicago State—57 (After a hard fought defensive battle in the first half, MD-Eastern Shore led 25-24. But the Hawks offense ignited in the 2nd half to bury Chicago State on the Cougars’ home court. The Hawks outshot Chicago State 53% to 47%, held a 33-27 rebounding advantage, and a 15-8 turnover advantage. C Terrance Minor scored 21, SG Carl Hancock finished with 19 points, and PF Dwayne Bullett added 12 points.)

Conference U:

Tennessee-Martin—76, UC-San Diego (9-9, 3-4)—70 (Another away game, another loss for UC-San Diego. The Tritons held a small lead through most of the first half but ended the half behind 36-35. The 2nd half belonged to the Skyhawks who maintained a small lead throughout. Tennessee-Martin held small advantages in all team stats except for UC-San Diego holding a 40-28 rebounding advantage. PF Jack Robinson and C Michel Woodward both hit a high percentage of their shots and finished with 20 points apiece with Woodward pulling down 15 rebounds. SF Brad Sanders scored 10.)

UC-San Diego (10-9, 4-4)—71, Massachusetts-Lowell—48 (The Tritons finally won a road game. They weren’t able to shake the River Hawks until there were 12 minutes left in the game, though. At that point they spurted ahead and went on to win going away. SF Brad Sanders tossed in 23 points and C Michel Woodward had 14 points, 12 rebounds, and 7 assists.)

Western Illinois (13-5, 6-1)—73, Dartmouth—61 (The first half was exceptionally close and finished with the Leathernecks ahead by a single point. Western Illinois demonstrated their dominance in the 2nd half, though. Western Illinois was led by SF James Johnson’s 19 points and SG Marcelo Barker hitting for 15 points.)

Western Illinois (14-5, 7-1)—79, Eastern Illinois—74 (OT) (The lead switched back and forth during the first 12 minutes. Then Eastern Illinois took as much as a 10 point lead and led 38-30 at the end of the half. The Panthers continued to dominate early in the 2nd half. But the Leathernecks fought back to gain a tie and a small lead just past the midpoint of the 2nd half. The final 9 minutes were characterized by repeated lead changes. In there final possession and down by 2 points, Western Illinois worked the ball back and forth until PF Orvo Haapajarvi forced us a 12 footer as time was expiring. The ball rimmed around and then fell through the hoop to force an overtime. In the OT, Western Illinois, primarily behind the scoring of SG Marcelo Barker, gradually slipped ahead further and further to achieve the win. Barker finished the game with 22 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. SF James Johnson scored 14 and C Craig Grant had 13 points and 8 rebounds.)

Significant Injuries: None

Awards: Alcorn State’s SG Caleb Sanden was the Conference S Player of the Week. SG Carl Hancock of MD-Eastern Shore was Conference T’s Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week. UC-San Diego’s C Michel Woodward was the Player of the Week in Conference U.

Comments: This is the American Sports Network’s Roger Rydell. I’ve been following the coaching careers of 5 coaches who began coaching in 2030 at teams trying to advance into Division 1. Following a difficult start, all 5 have successful teams playing at various levels in Division 1. With just a month remaining in the regular season, I recently contacted each one and asked them the same question, “Hey coach, what’s been the most positive thing about your team this season and what’s your biggest concern related to your team?” Here are their responses:

Mike McMillan, MD-Eastern Shore Hawks: “I’m most excited by our defense. We’ve held opponents to 62.7 ppg which is 27th best in the country. And on offense my guys have the best field goal percentage (51.1%) of any team in Division 1. Both of those are pretty impressive. My primary concern is our lack of depth. We’ve relied very heavily on our starters, so we need to avoid any major injuries.”

Ramon Montez, Alcorn State Braves: “Roger, our offense has run hot and cold so it’s darned good that we’ve played exceptionally strong defense. We’ve held our opponents to an average of just 60.9 ppg which is 12th best within Division 1. And on offense, Caleb Sanden is putting together just a fantastic senior season, hitting 50% of his FG’s, 42% of his 3’s, and 80% of his FT’s and is averaging 19.6 ppg. A big concern of mine is that 2 of our next 3 games are away games against very strong teams so we’re really going to be tested. If we were to lose those 2 games, we’d drop way down in the standings.”

Terry Morillo, Western Illinois Leathernecks: “There are a lot of positives about the Leathernecks. Our players have put together a good combination of strong offense and defense and in our last 7 games, which we’ve won, we’ve been extremely consistent, scoring 70-79 points in each game and doing what’s needed to carve out wins. Concerns? Not any big concerns. 5 of 8 of our remaining conference games are on the road, so we’ll need to bear for each of those games. And a concern for next season is that both of our starting guards will be graduating after this season.”

Dontell Spencer, Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions: “A concern is that our FT shooting has been horrible. We’re only hitting 64% of our foul shots and that’s pretty close to being near the bottom of the barrel in Division 1. That could be the difference in a close game. Otherwise our offense has been a big positive since we’re scoring 75.7 ppg which is 36th best in the nation…and unlike our FT shooting, our FG percentage is very good…47.6% which is 39th in the country. And Chris Betts, Bill Thorton and Dan Jefferson are averaging between 17.2 ppg and 13.1 ppg so that makes it tough for opponents to focus on shutting down a single player of ours and thereby throttling our offense.”

Ken Yamoto, UC-San Diego Tritons: “We expected Jack Robinson and Chris Williams to play well and they’ve done exactly that, but a real positive has been players with limited prior experience who are producing so well…Michel Woodward, Brad Sanders, Jeremiah Mason, Jared Keating, and Dalonte Keams. And since all our other PG’s are freshmen, Dalonte’s emergence as a playmaker and distributor of passes has filled what otherwise would likely have been a big hole in our lineup. My primary concern is that while we’re 9-0 at home, we’re 1-9 on the road. Some of that is due to our team being pretty young and lacking experience, but we just have to do better when we’re playing away. Another concern that I think probably is common to one extent or another to each of us 5 coaches is the difficulty of attracting quality recruits to basketball programs that are in the lower echelon within Division 1. For me, recruiting has often been the bane of my frustration with coaching at the Division 1 level.”
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Re: READY FOR PRIME TIME?

Postby PointGuard » Thu Jun 16, 2022 10:47 pm

Game Results:

February 5-11, 2037:


Conference S:


Alcorn State (14-6, 7-2)—76, Omaha—73 (A road game against favored Omaha turned out to be a rugged battle for both teams with 21 lead changes and 13 ties. With the game tied and 4 seconds to go, Alcorn State recovered a missed shot by Omaha and whipped the ball to SG Caleb Sanden at midcourt who turned and lofted up a prayer that was answered and the Braves knocked the Mavericks out of their tie for 1st place and into a tie with Alcorn State for 2nd place in the conference standings. Sanden poured in 27 points, C Bernie Graham had 23 points and 8 boards, and PF Jared Kraft added 11 points.)

Alcorn State (15-6, 8-2)—76, Columbia—51 (The Braves jumped out to a big lead and added to it as the game progressed. SG Caleb Sanden topped their scoring with 19 points while C Bernie Graham had 12 points and 9 boards.)

Arkansas-Pine Bluff (16-4, 8-1)—76, Fordham—66 (The Golden Lions took control early, were up by 20 points at the half, and never let Fordham seriously challenge. SG Bill Thorton had 17 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 3 blocks. SF Dan Jefferson put in 14 points and PG William Huggins had 12 points and 9 assists.)

Arkansas-Pine Bluff (17-4, 9-1)—81, Northern Colorado—59 (Another quick start by the Golden Lions gave put them up by 20 at the half for the 2nd straight game and they cruised as they destroyed the Bears. C Chris Betts and SG Bill Thorton scored 22 and 21 points, respectively, and SF Dan Jefferson chipped in 12 points.)

Conference T:

MD-Eastern Shore (18-4, 7-2)—80, South Carolina Upstate—52 (The Spartans started strong and led by 7 before the Hawks caught up with 12 minutes remaining in the first half. It was all MD-Eastern Shore from there on and the Hawks came away with an easy victory. PF Dwayne Bullett had a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. C Terrance Minor and SG Carl Hancock both scored 11 and SF Tony Rueter and reserve C Geordie Johnson scored 10 points apiece.)

Montana State—57, MD-Eastern Shore (18-5, 7-3)—53 (“Even though this was a road game, it’s a game we should have won. But we only hit 39% of our shots and lost the battle of the boards 35-29,” said Coach Mike McMillan. Behind most of the game, the Hawks edged ahead by 2 points with 6 minutes left but then let the Bobcats regain and hold the lead. C Terrance Minor scored 12 and grabbed 7 rebounds.)

Conference U:

UC-San Diego (11-9, 5-4)—80, Western Illinois—71 (OT) (The game was close all the way. With 6 minutes left the Triton were up by 4 points but the Leathernecks tied the game 2 minutes later and neither team could get ahead by more than 2 points the rest of the way. With the score tied at 64-64 and 20 seconds on the clock, the Tritons brought the ball up court and played for last shot. Their 12 footer with 2 seconds remaining was partially blocked by the Leathernecks’ PF Orvo Haapajarvi and the game went to OT. UC-San Diego was able to break Western Illinois’ defense to pull away in the overtime. SF Brad Sanders scored 19 and pulled down 9 boards, reserve forward Jeremiah Mason had 17 points and 7 rebounds, and SG Chris Williams scored 12 and had 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals.)

Bellarmine—63, UC-San Diego (11-10, 5-5)—60 (UC-San Diego’s road woes continued. While they battled the Knights all the way, they fell behind by a few points with 8 minutes remaining and just couldn’t catch up. All the team stats were just as close as the score. C Michel Woodward had 14 points, reserve guard Calvin Henderson put in 13 points in 9 minutes on the court, SF Brad Sanders hit for 12 points, and SG Chris Williams scored 11.)

UC-San Diego—80, Western Illinois (14-6, 7-2)—71 (OT) (Defense stood out for both teams during the entire 40 minutes of regulation. But the Tritons caught fire in the OT and the Leathernecks were unable to respond. SG Marcelo Barker scored 19 while also getting 8 rebounds. C Craig Grant scored 15, SF James Johnson and PF Orvo Haapajarvi both scored 10.)

Western Illinois (15-6, 8-2)—80, Delaware State—77 (After trailing nearly the entire game, the Leathernecks edged ahead with 4 minutes to play and held on to edge the Hornets. SG Marcelo Barker tossed in 18 points, SF James Johnson scored 13, and reserve forward Eliran Zaichik added 11.)

Significant Injuries: UC-San Diego’s PF Jack Robinson sprained his toe but is not expected to miss a game.

Awards: SG Bill Thorton of Arkansas-Pine Bluff was the Conference S Player of the Week.

Comments: Top 10 players in the conference stats from the 5 teams: In Conference U: Marcel Barker of Western Illinois is 4th in scoring with 16.3 ppg; UC-San Diego’s Michel Woodward is the top rebounder with 9.3 rpg; and Dalante Keams of UC-San Diego is the best in assists with 7.4 apg. In conference T: Terrance Minor of MD-Eastern Shore is the 10th best scorer with 13.3 ppg and is also the 4th best rebounder with 7.1 rpg while MD-Eastern Shore’s Lataryl Brown is the 9th best in assists with 4.0 apg; In Conference S: Alcorn State’s Caleb Sanden is the best scorer with 20.0 ppg and Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s Chris Betts and Bill Thorton are 4th and 5th in scoring with 17.0 ppg and 15.9 ppg, respectively; Antonio Gailey and Chris Betts are 4th and 6th in rebounding with 7.4 and 6.9 rpg, respectively while Alcorn State’s Bernie Graham is 10th with 6.5 rpg; Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s William Huggins is tops in assists with 6.3 apg and Todd Young is 5th with 5.0 apg.
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Re: READY FOR PRIME TIME?

Postby PointGuard » Sat Jun 18, 2022 11:12 pm

Game Results:

February 12-18, 2037:


Conference S:

California Baptist—76, Alcorn State (15-7, 8-3)—62 (Alcorn State got ripped, trailing by 15 at the half and unable to make up the difference in the 2nd half. “Quite simply, we played a sloppy game and just didn’t hang onto the ball,” said coach Ramon Montez. SG Caleb Sanden scored 27 and reserve guard Teremun Harris added 10.)

Alcorn State (16-7, 9-3)—79, Grambling—64 (Alcorn State rolled to a 46-30 halftime advantage and the simply held the Tigers off in the 2nd half. C Bernie Graham, PF Jared Kraft, and SG Caleb Sanden each scored 15 points with Graham also recording 9 rebounds. PG Todd Young added 14 points.)

Arkansas-Pine Bluff (18-4, 10-1)—93, Grambling—86 (“Fortunately our offense was on fire and we attached the boards tonight, because our defense was nearly non-existent,” said coach Donnell Spencer. Scoring in double figures were: C Chris Betts with 24 points (he also had 11 rebounds); SF Dan Jefferson with 20 points (and 9 boards); SG Bill Thorton with 13 points; and PG William Huggins with 10 points.)

Arkansas-Pine Bluff (19-4, 11-1)—81, Columbia—48 (Good defense plus good offense equaled a convincing beatdown by the Golden Lions. SF Dan Jefferson scored 21 and had 7 boards, C Chris Betts and SG Bill Thorton both scored 12, and PG William Huggins had 10 points and 7 assists.)

Conference T:

MD-Eastern Shore (18-5, 8-3)—61, Canisius—38 (The Hawks shut down the Golden Eagles. Canisius hit just 27% of their shots and had 17 turnovers. MD-Eastern Shore was also +10 on rebounds. C Terrance Minor had 20 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal and 2 blocks. PF Dwayne Bullett hit for 14 points.)

MD-Eastern Shore (19-5, 9-3)—82, Hampton—76 (The Hawks led by as much as 16 points in the first half but the Pirates trimmed their lead to 5 at the break and overtook MD-Eastern Shore early in the 2nd half. The Hawks regained the lead quickly and then held onto a small lead the rest of the way. PF Dwayne Bullett had 25 points and 8 boards, PG Lataryl Brown scored 18, and C Terrance Minor and SG Carl Hancock both scored 11 points.)

Conference U:

Maine—77, UC-San Diego (11-11, 5-6)—68 (This was an exciting game with 16 lead changes and 7 ties, but the Tritons ran out of gas late in the 2nd half for a disappointing home loss. SF Brad Sanders scored 22 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. C Michel Woodward had 13 points and reserve forward Jeremiah Mason scored 10.)

UC-San Diego (12-11, 6-6)—86, Dartmouth—71 (With C Donnell Grisham scoring 25 and grabbing 10 boards, Dartmouth kept things interesting for the first 30 minutes but then the Tritons pulled away to record an easy win. SG Chris Williams poured in 28 points for the Tritons with PF Jack Robinson dropped in 23 points, and PG Dalonte Keams recording a double-double (11 points and 10 assists).

Western Illinois (16-6, 9-2)—78, Sacred Heart—68 (Neither team gained much of an advantage in the first half. After 12 lead changes and 7 ties, the half ended with Sacred Heart holding a 39-38 lead. But the Leathernecks took control in the 2nd half to gain a nice road victory. Western Illinoi hit 54 % of their FG’s with SG Marcelo Barker scored 17 and had 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and a block, C Craig Grant put in 16 points, and reserve forward Zac Johnson added 11 points.)

Western Illinois (17-6, 10-2)—71, Citadel—63 (The Leathernecks never led by more than 9 points, but got ahead early and kept the Bulldogs from gaining a lead. SF James Johnson led all scorers with 20 points, SG Marcelo Barker and PG Tom Daniel both scored 15, and C Craig Grant scored 11.)

Significant Injuries: This was a rough week. 3 players on Arkaansas-Pine Bluff sustained injuries (Delvin Palmer—sprained ankle, 6 days; Antonio Gailey—sprained finger, 14 days; Andrew Richardson—sprained toe—8 days. MD-Eastern Shore also had 3 players injured (LaMarr Ramage—sore wrist, 2 days; Terrance Minor—sprained toe, 13 days; and Winston Marant—back spasms, 8 days). UC-San Diego’s Jared Keating sprained his wrist and won’t be back to 100% for 6 days.

Awards: None

Comments: Western Illinois is in 1st place in Conference U with a 1-game lead; UC-San Diego is tied for 5th with 3 other teams in Conference U; MD-Eastern Shore is tied with 2 teams for 1st place in Confeence T; Arkansas-Pine Bluff is in 1st place in Conference T with a 2 game lead over the three teams tied for 2nd including Alcorn State.
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Re: READY FOR PRIME TIME?

Postby PointGuard » Tue Jun 21, 2022 6:59 pm

Game Results:

February 19-25, 2037:


Conference S:

Alcorn State (17-7, 10-3)—75, Northern Colorado—53 (The Braves had absolutely no problem handling Northern Colorado and had the advantage in every team stat. C Bernie Graham and SG Caleb Sanden led the scoring with 16 points apiece. PF Jared Kraft scored 14 and had 8 rebounds. Reserve guard Teremun Harris tossed in 12 points in his 12 minutes of play.)

Alcorn State (18-7, 11-3)—59, New Orleans—51 (This road game for the Braves was in doublt for 38 minutes but Alcorn State edged ahead at the end. SG Caleb Sanden scored 20 with C Bernie Graham and PG Todd Young both adding 12 points.)

Arkansas-Pine Bluff (20-4, 12-1)—69, California Baptist—66 (The Golden Lions looked to have an easy road victory rapped up when they went ahead by as much as 17 points, but the Lancers made big run in the final 6 minutes to throw a real scare into Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The Golden Lions out-rebounded the Lancers 43-28 but made 21 turnovers compared to just 11 by California Baptist. Dan Jefferson moved from SF to SG with Bill Thorton recovering from an injured arm and scored 18 points. PF Antonio Gailey tossed in 13 points and pulled down 8 boards and PG William Huggins had 12 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds.)

Arkansas-Pine Bluff (21-4, 13-1)—85, Campbell—73 (The game was exceptionally close for the first 12 minutes and then again midway through the 2nd half, but the Golden Lions outshot the Camels 56% to 39% to prevail. Dan Jefferson again started at SG and led the scoring with 20 points. C Chris Betts scored 11. Reserves Henry White, Bill Thorton, and Delvon Palmer scored 12, 11 and 10 points, respectively.)

Conference T:

Charleston Southern—62, MD-Eastern Shore (19-6, 9-4)—43 (The Hawks came in flat and played that way the entire game as they let the Buccaneers run roughshod over them. Dwayne Bullet and Terrance Minor switch positions with Bullett scoring 17 at C and Minor contributing 10 at PF.)

Seattle—73, MD-Eastern Shore (19-7, 9-5)—61 (For the 2nd straight game, the Hawks were slow out of the blocks and failed to ever make a serious run. They were -10 in rebounding. Their scoring was led by reserve C Geordie Johnson with 17 points. Starting C Dwayne Bullett was in foul trouble most of the game but scored 10 points.)

Conference U:

Prairie View—90, UC-San Diego (12-12, 6-7)—82 (The biggest lead by either team was 9 points and the game wavered back and forth the entire way. But again, the Tritons let yet another awayD game slip away from them in the final minutes. Coach Ken Yamoto said, “Offensively we played one helluva game out there, but we just didn’t stop them defensively, letting them hit 58% of their shots. And the Panthers’ PG Donald Salyers was on fire, hitting 12 of 13 from the field including all 6 of his 3’s and scoring 34 points.” The Tritons’ reserve forward Jeremiah Mason hit 9 of 11 shots and scored 24 and PF Jack Robinson and SG Chris Williams both chipped in 12 points.)

UC-San Diego (13-12, 7-7)—87, Sacred Heart—81 (The first 13 minutes of this game were a series of lead changes with the Tritons coming away with a slim 44-42 halftime lead. The Tritons took control in the second half but had to hang on in the final moments to get a critical win. SF Brad Sanders dropped in 22 points, PF Jack Robinson added 12, and reserve forward Jeremiah Mason scored 11.)

Western Illinois (18-6, 11-2)—86, Tennessee-Martin—64 (The Skyhawks took a small lead that lasted for 11 minutes, but then Western Illinois grabbed the lead and never let it go. Both teams emptied their bench in this romp by the Leathernecks. SF James Johnson led all scorers with 18 points and SF James Johnson and reserve forward Joe Bergmann both scored 10 points.)

Massachusetts-Lowell—73, Western Illinois (18-7, 11-3)—62 (The Leathernecks fell behind early. By hitting just 39% of the FGA’s and 27% of their 3’s and failing to compete on the boards (-10), they never truly challenged the River Hawks even though 4 starters scored in double figures: SF James Johnson-14; SG Marcelo Barker-13; C Craig Grant-10; PG Tom Daniel-10.)

Significant Injuries: None

Awards: None

Comments: MD-Eastern Shore’s disastrous week dropped them from 1st to 3rd place in Conference T, a game behind the co-leaders. The Hawks losses brought out some animosity within the team that Coach Mike McMillan had to try to alleviate. When he was rebuffed, he suspended reserve C Jim Taflinger for the coming week’s final 2 games of the regular season. UC-San Diego is tied with 2 other teams for 6th place in Conference U and needs to win both remaining 2 games to gain any chance of moving up to 4th place. Gaining promotion by winning the conference tournament is an even bigger challenge for the Tritons.
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Re: READY FOR PRIME TIME?

Postby PointGuard » Thu Jun 23, 2022 8:12 pm

Game Results:

February 26-March 4, 2037:


Conference S:

Alcorn State (19-7, 12-3)—75, St. Francis (NY)—62 (The Braves stormed to a 29 point lead during their stomping of the Terriers. Alcorn State sunk 14 of 27 three-point shots and held a 36-21 rebounding advantage. SG Caleb Sanden had another huge game, scoring 33 points while PG Todd Young had 15 points and 8 assists.)

Alcorn State (20-7, 13-3)—82, McNeese State—60 (The first half was a defensive battle with Alcorn State eking out a 28-24 lead. But the Braves erupted to score 54 points in the 2nd half behind SG Caleb Sanden’s hitting 14 of 19 FG’s and scoring 32 points. C Bernie Graham scored 17 and PG Todd Young had 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals.)

Arkansas-Pine Bluff (22-4, 14-1)—67, Gardner-Webb—51 (The Golden Lions led by just 5 at the end of the half, but steadily increased their lead throughout the 2nd half by applying a stout defense and dominating the boards. C Chris Betts had a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds. SG Bill Thorton returned to the starting lineup following recovery from his injury and scored 15 points.)

Arkansas-Pine Bluff (23-4, 15-1)—The Golden Lions came on strong at the end of the 1st half to lead 36-24. But they had to hang on as the Mastadons, behind the rooting of their home crowd nearly came back to over take Arkansas-Pine Bluff. “We were running on fumes late in the game since I had to play my starters so heavily,” said coach Donnell Spencer. “Thankfully C Chris Betts had a big game for us with 27 points.” SF Dan Jefferson added 15 points.)

Conference T:

MD-Eastern Shore (20-7, 10-5)—76, Morgan State—57 (The Hawks demolished the Bears and led at the half by 15 and by as much as 26 in the 2nd half. C Dwayne Bullett scored 31 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked 3 shots. SG Carl Hancock scored 14.)

Bethune-Cookman—56, MD-Eastern Shore (20-8, 10-6)—42 (The Hawks fizzled for the 3rd time in their final 4 games of the regular season and scored just 15 points in the 2nd half after leading by 2 at the break. Both C Dwayne Bullett and PF Terrance Minor had 12 points and 7 rebounds each.)

Conference U:

Delaware State—75, UC-San Diego (13-13, 7-8)—56 (UC-San Diego began strongly, building a 7 point lead midway through the fist half, but then the Tritons road woes re-emerged. They slid behind and then slowly fell further and further back. The loss ensured the only way the team could be promoted was to win the conference tournament that is to be played next week. SF Brad Sanders scored 17 and SG Chris Williams hit for 14 points.)

Eastern Illinois—88, UC-San Diego (13-14, 7-9)—85 (UC-San Diego was trounced in the first half and trailed 56-30 at the break. But the Tritons came out fighting in the 2nd half and cut steadily into the Panthers’ lead. But as they closed the gap and threatened to take the lead with time running out, they were forced to foul in the final minute. Eastern Illinois converted at the line to maintain their thin margin and thwart UC-San Diego’s tremendous comeback effort. PF Jack Robinson led the Triton’s scoring with 21 points. SF Brad Sanders hit for 15, SG Chris Williams tossed in 14, and reserve forward Jeremiah Mason popped in 13.)

Western Illinois (19-7, 12-3)—77, Maine—67 (Western Illinois was unable to take control for the first 14 minutes. But following 8 lead changes, the Leathernecks were ahead at the end of the half 44-32. Their lead grew to 20 in the 2nd half and they coasted to an easy victory, primarily by out-rebounding the Black Bears 40-25. SG Marcelo Barker scored 15, but both C Craig Grant (14 points, 12 boards) and PF Orvo Haapajarvi (13 points, 11 rebounds) recorded double-double. SF James Johnson added 12 points.)

Western Illinois (20-7, 13-3)—76, Bellarmine—52 (The two teams fought it out throughout most of the first half, but the Leathernecks spurted ahead in the last 6 minutes to lead by 12 going into the 2nd half. Western Illinois’ dominance continued throughout the 2nd half. The Leathernecks hit 58% of their FG’s compared to Bellarmine’s 32% shooting. C Craig Grant had 22 points and 11 rebounds. SG Marcelo Barker hit for 16 points and reserve forward Zac Johnson scored 12.)

Significant Injuries: None

Awards: None

Comments: In Conference S, Arkansas-Pine Bluff had a 9-game win streak and finished in 1st place and Alcorn State was tied for 2nd place. MD-Eastern Shore tied for 3rd place in Conference T. In Conference U, Western Illinois finished atop the standings but UC-San Diego finished in a 5-way tie for 9th place.
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Re: READY FOR PRIME TIME?

Postby PointGuard » Fri Jun 24, 2022 11:00 pm

Conference S Tournament

Day 1:

Northern Colorado—60, New Orleans—41

Southern—79, Purdue Fort Wayne—61

Campbell—80, Delaware—61

Gardner-Webb—74, McNeese State—67

Day 2:

Gardner-Webb—82, Arkansas-Pine Bluff (23-5)—77 (Gardner-Webb took a 47-36 lead into the 2nd half, then expanded their cushion to 17 before the Golden Lions made a late run that made it close. This was a major upset. SG Edmund Gardiner eviscerated Arkansas-Pine Bluff by scoring 35 points. For the Golden Lions Bill Thorton scored 17, SF Dan Jefferson dropped in 13, PF Antonio Gailey hit for 12, and PG William Huggins scored 10. Coach Donnell Spencer said, “You know, ya just can’t come into post-season tournaments and think teams are going to roll over for you. It’s disappointing to have such a successful season and then bow out of the conference tournament in the quarterfinals.”)

Alcorn State (21-7)—73, Campbell—55 (Things were close for 8 minutes but then the Braves spurted to a 41-26 halftime advantage. SG Caleb Sanden drilled in 30 points. PG Todd Young hit 8 of 11 FG’s including all 5 of his 3’s and finished with 23 points.)

Omaha—71, Southern—63

California Baptist—78, Northern Colorado--50

Day 3 (Semifinals):

California Baptist—85, Gardner-Webb—53

Omaha—83, Alcorn State (21-8)—61 (The Braves looked good for the first 9 minutes, but then Omaha pulled ahead and took control for the rest of the game. C Bernie Graham and SG Caleb Sanden both scored 12 points and Graham also had 10 rebounds.)

Day 4 (Championship):

Omaha—81, California Baptist—77
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Re: READY FOR PRIME TIME?

Postby PointGuard » Sat Jun 25, 2022 11:49 pm

5 TEAMS: POST-SEASON TOURNAMENT SELECTIONS

Western Illinois Leathernecks: NCAA Tournament, East Region, 15th seed
Alcorn State Braves: NCAA Tournament, Midwest Region, 13th seed
Arkansas Pine Bluff Golden Lions: NCAA Tournament, South Region, 9th seed
MD-Eastern Shore Hawks: CBI Tournament, East Region, 8th seed
UC-San Diego Triton: didn’t qualify for a post-season tourney
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Re: READY FOR PRIME TIME?

Postby PointGuard » Sat Jun 25, 2022 11:53 pm

POST-SEASON TOURNAMENT RESULTS:

Western Illinois

NCAA Rnd 1:

Maryland—72, Western Illinois—62 (Even though Maryland held the lead throughout most of the game, the Leathernecks kept making runs that put a scare into the Terrapins. SG Marcelo Barker tossed in 19 points, PG Tom Daniel hit for 13 points, and reserve forward Joe Bergmann scored 10.)

Alcorn State

NCAA Rnd 1:

Colorado—81, Alcorn State—78 (Very exciting game with 22 lead changes and 12 ties and neither team getting more than an 8 point lead. With the game tied, Colorado hit a 3 with 3 seconds remaining. The Braves tossed up a desperation shot beyond midcourt as time was about to expire, but it was not even close to finding the hoop. SG Caleb Sanden hit for 24 points, SF Harold Hein scored 17, and C Bernie Graham had a double-double…13 points and 11 boards.)

Arkansas-Pine Bluff

NCAA Rnd 1:

Texas A&M—82, Arkansas-Pine Bluff—67 (Arkansas-Pine Bluff hung with Texas A&M through the first 32 minutes of this game, but then the Aggies went on a run that put the game out of reach for the Golden Lions. C Chris Betts scored 12 points and PG William Huggins and PF Antonio Gailey both dropped in 10 points.)

MD-Eastern Shore

CBI Rnd 1:

Morehead State—64, MD-Eastern Shore—58 (The fortunes for each team ebbed and flowed throughout the entire game. But after 14 lead changes and 8 ties, Morehead State edged ahead with 3 minutes to play and expanded their lead in the final minute when the Hawks were forced to foul. C Terrance Minor with 19 points was the only member of the Hawks to score in double figures.)
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