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Wrapping up Sunday's Basketball Action
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Before checking out for the next couple of days thanks to the Snowpocalypse, I thought I'd take the time to wrap up the action from Sunday afternoon and evening featuring the basketball teams I follow.

There is one bit of non-basketball action to mention first though. The Boston College football team will be looking for another offensive coordinator before the start of next season. After two seasons in the job, Ryan Day has left to join the Philadelphia Eagles as the team's new QB coach. He replaces Bill Musgrave in that position.

BOSTON CELTICS

The Celtics were down big in their game against the Golden State Warriors but managed to rally back to cut the lead down to 3 points. But they couldn't get any closer than that and ended up on the losing end of a 114-111 final score. The loss drops them to 15-27.

The Warriors got 31 points from Klay Thompson while Stephen Curry added 22 points and 11 assists to help them edge out the Celtics.

As for Boston, they got 26 points and 9 boards from Jared Sullinger (see below) to power their offense.

Evan Turner (see below) added 19 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists (with four turnovers). Tyler Zeller came up with 15 points and 5 rebounds while Avery Bradley tallied 15 points as well.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Hartford Hawks - Hartford turned the ball over 21 times on the way to an 82-58 loss to America East opponent Albany. Point guard Deanna Mayza led the team with 8 of those turnovers and Janelle Harrison had 6.

But turnovers were only half of the big two of problems facing the Hawks in this game. After trailing by just three points at halftime, they got used and abused in the 2nd half. Their defense on Albany's Shereesha Richards (39 points) and Imani Tate (30 points) was almost non-existent it would seem.

Amber Bepko led the scoring for Hartford with 14 points and Alyssa Reaves added 12 points. Hartford falls to 10-11 on the season with a 4-3 conference record.

Tennesee LADY VOLS - The Lady Vols managed to pull out another conference win on Sunday, beating Georgia 59-51. They improve to 17-3 (7-0 SEC). The win came about thanks to a 95% shooting night at the foul line and a 45-29 edge in rebounding. Those numbers offset their poor shooting night from the floor (34%) and the team's 18 rebounds (Georgia only had 14 turnovers).

Jordan Reynolds (shown 1st) had a career high 15 points. Ariel Massengale (shown 2nd) added 10 points and 6 boards. Isabelle Harrison (shown 3rd) finished the game with 9 points and a team high 9 boards.

 

Missouri State - The Bears (8-10, 5-2 MVC) stomped Illinois State 58-35 to capture their fourth win in a row. In getting the victory, the team set a home arena record for points allowed. They gave up just 15 points in the second half.

Kenzie Williams (pictured 1st) scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the team's offense. Tyonna Snow (pictured 2nd) and Lexi Hughes each finished with 9 points.

 

Boston College Men - The Eagles had to hold off a late flurry of offense from Georgia Tech but narrowly got their first ACC win of the season 64-62. BC shot 59.1% from the floor in the 2nd half. They had rely almost exclusively on their starters for offense. The bench managed just 5 points in the game.

Olivier Hanlan (see below 1st) led Boston College with 25 points and 7 boards. Patrick Heckmann (below 2nd) added 12 points and Aaron Brown (shown 3rd) chipped in with 11 points. Will Magarity (shown 4th) finished the game with 9 points and 5 boards.

 

 

You can see highlights from the game below.

 

 

Sunday Musings #183
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While chuckling at the week's worth of a bunch of men talking about the size of their balls...

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In case you missed it earlier this week, here's the link to my latest Mid-Week Basketball Update.

With the passing of baseball legend Ernie Banks yesterday, I did a brief tribute post to him. You can check that out HERE.

 

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Yes I know, deflated balls and all that. I acknowledge the story but since it has been the main topic of conversation both here on YouGab and in the world at large this week, I'm burned out on it. So I have nothing more to say than I've already said.

And now for a recap of last week's AFC Championship game...

With the Patriots up 14-0 and driving for another score, Tom Brady threw another crazy interception. As soon as that happened (see below), I looked at my mother and said, "You watch. This is where the Colts will drive down the field and score a touchdown." Sure enough, that's exactly what happened. While the Patriots tacked on a field goal to make it 17-7 at halftime, the pick and subsequent score by the Colts had me ranting and raving. How little did I know? The 45-7 final score demonstrated why I should take time to sit back and just enjoy the game.

The Patriots first TD was keyed by a Darius Fleming fumble recovery (see below) of a botched punt catch by Indy's Josh Cribbs.

But it was the second half of the game where the Patriots machine like offense just ground down the Colts into so much horsemeat. Tom Brady finished with three touchdown passes in the game.

He hit James Develin, Rob Gronkowski and shockingly enough, a completely uncovered Nate Solder for the scores. (See below)

  

But the main cog in the offense in the second half of the game was running back LeGarrette Blount. If I were the Colts, I'd be trying to sign him or something because everytime he plays against them in the playoffs, he destroys their run defense. Last season it was 160 plus yards on the ground and 4 scores. Last Sunday Blount was slowed down a little, finishing with "just" 148 yards and three touchdowns.

The defense did their job, despite not really getting to Colts QB Andrew Luck for any sacks. They did pick him off twice thanks to Jamie Collins and Darrelle Revis (see below).

But everything came together for this game and resulted in seeing MY Patriots secure another berth in the Super Bowl.

It was a great thing to once again see photos like this:

 

And then came late Sunday/early Monday and Indy reporter Bob Kravitz...

While we are on the subject of the NFL, how freaking gutless is Green Bay? They have one of the best running backs in the league, fourth and inches TWICE and instead of running for a TD, they kick a field goal? And that is how you lose a football game, playing it safe or not at all in a win or go home game.

Someone should've reminded coach Mike McCarthy that fortune favors the bold.

 

A FUN THURSDAY NIGHT OF BASKETBALL

A bit of a departure this week from the topics of discussion being slotted into their usual standard categories. This is because there were a couple of basketball results that really got me excited.

The first was the Celtics game on the West Coast against the Portland Trail Blazers. The game started at 10pm EST so I was pretty much winding down my day and headed to bed so I could go to work the next morning. But when I woke up in the morning, I got to read all about and see the highlights for the Celtics 90-89 last second victory over Portland.

While the win left Boston with just a 14-26 record, the win was important to not only get their 6 game road trip off to a good start, but to show that the team can be resilient on occasion.

Avery Bradley's 18 points and Jared Sullinger's 17 points and 9 rebounds led the Celtics. Brandon Bass (pictured below) added a double-double with 13 points and 10 boards while both Tayshaun Prince and Marcus Thornton finished with 9 points.

But the #1 star of the game had to be Evan Turner (see below), who hit the game winning three pointer with 1.9 seconds left in the game. He finished with 10 points, 8 assists and 6 boards in all.

The one down note coming out of the game was the Celtics losing Kelly Olynyk. He left the game with a badly sprained ankle. One report I saw on a Celtics blog said that Olynyk would be out for the rest of the road trip and potentially much longer than that. I've said in the past that I like Olynyk as a player and think he can really be a valuable part of the Celtics return to prominence. However, this guy can't seem to catch a break. Just when it looks like he's going to turn the corner and jump to a level i think he can be at...BAM!...another injury.  It is depressing as hell.

But I'm planning on focusing on the win rather than the loss of an injured player right at this moment and the win was a welcome turnaround, even for just one game, from how things have been going for Boston lately.

As happy as I was to read about the Celtics win, the reason I woke up so jazzed and full of unexpected carried over happiness on Friday morning was the Boston College women's basketball team.

On Thursday night, the Eagles hosted #15 Duke. On the women's basketball message board that I take part in, there wasn't anyone giving them a chance in this game. Perfectly understandable considering the recent history of BC against ranked teams from their own ACC conference. Hell, they'd just gotten whipped by nearly 50 points a couple weeks back by Notre Dame.

I had the game on via the computer streaming link and when Duke jumped out to a 9-0 lead in less than 2 minutes, even I was rather stunned and worried that this was going to be another blowout.

A friend of mine runs a website covering the Duke women's basketball team and we had talked about the game. He sent me the preview article they did on his site, which I mostly agreed with. But I still had hope.

And down 9-0, that hope took the form of one Nicole Boudreau (pictured below). I think very highly of Boudreau and love to watch her play. But she's been in shooting slump for most of the season so when she spent the first half of Thursday's game just tearing Duke apart, you can imagine how big the smile on my face got. The Eagles rallied back to tie the game and then went so far as to build a 12 point lead with Boudreau leading the way with 18 first half points. She was burying three pointers from all over the court and just annihilating Duke's defense.

Duke rallied back and were down just 5 points at the break. In the second half, they put a box and one on Boudreau and shut her out of the scoring column in the 2nd half. This enabled Duke to take the lead back but in a fantastic change of pace, BC didn't crumble. Instead, they rallied back. With Boudreau serving as a decoy, it was time for both Kelly Hughes (see below, 1st) and Emilee Daley (see below, 2nd) to shine. And shine they did. They started launching from long range and they were hitting nothing but net. Daley ended up hitting 3 three pointers in the last 3 minutes of the game to give BC the lead and they eventually went on to a stunning 60-56 upset.

 

As the clock wound down to zero, the players and coaches weren't the only ones celebrating. I was screaming my head off with shouts of "WHOO HOO!" and "HELL YEAH!". It has been a long time coming and the win was the biggest in the three years under Erik Johnson. BC is now 9-10 for the season and 1-5 in the ACC.

Besides Boudreau's 18 points, Daley finished with 17 points (including a career high 5 three pointers) and 5 boards. Hughes had 11 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists.

The win saw the Eagles minimize their turnovers better than they have been (just 13 in the game) and shoot 13-35 from three point range. And while they got outrebounded 45-34, BC did manage to track down a lot of their rebounds at just the right critical juncture in the game.

Oh, and I wouldn't want to forget mentioning one player who had a huge game for herself. The biggest knock on Boston College is that they do most of their scoring from three point range. This is a pretty accurate description of their offense. They don't get a whole lot of drives to the basket unless it is a fast break and their post production is generally abysmal. But on Thursday, freshman Katie Quandt had probably her best game of the season. She scored 8 points and while you may not think that is all that much, her baskets were clutch shots that she made just when the Eagles need a bucket. Quandt (pictured below) also had 2 huge blocks in the game as well. If the Eagles can ever figure out how to get more out of the post players they do have, they would really start to be a dangerous team.

In the meantime, the scenes below really brought a smile to my face. MY BC women's team really worked their tails off and it is nice to see that hard work result in a much needed win over a ranked opponent.

 

You can read a game recap article (and a statistical analysis) from my friend's Duke site and see highlights of the game and the postgame press conference with coach Erik Johnson and Emilee Daley below.

When you add in the fact that the TV show Elementary had a really good episode, my Thursday night was a particularly happy one. And how was yours?

BOSTON CELTICS

After their Thursday win, the Celtics turned right around for another game on Friday. Thanks to two big shots in the last 1:24 of the game from Avery Bradley, they dumped the Denver Nuggets 100-99 for their second win in a row and a 15-26 record. It doesn't sound like all that much, but believe it or not that poor record is just 2 games out of the playoffs. You gotta (NOT) love the quality of the Eastern Conference of the NBA.

Bradley led the Celtics with 18 points, but Brandon Bass (see below) made a lot of noise for the second straight game. He started once again and this time finished with 17 points and 9 boards.

Jared Sullinger (see below) had 14 points and 8 rebounds on the night. Tyler Zeller added 11 points and 6 boards while Evan Turner dished out 6 assists to go with his 10 points.

The win demonstrated once again that the Celtics are starting to show some resiliency. They trailed by 12 points halfway through the 3rd quarter but bounced back to tie the game up at 67 all.

Oddly enough, Jameer Nelson, the guy the Celtics traded to Denver just a couple weeks ago, led the Nuggets in scoring on the night with 23 points.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Hartford - The Hawks forced 19 turnovers against New Hampshire and scored 24 points off those turnovers, but it wasn't enough and they got edged out by the Wildcats 65-63. The loss puts them at 10-10 with a 4-2 conference record.

Deanna Mayza (see below) led Hartford with 19 points and 6 assists. Amber Bepko added 15 points and Cherelle Moore had 13 points and 8 rebounds.

You can see game highlights and the post game comments below.

Catholic - The 7 game win streak for the Cardinals came to an end when they lost a 77-76 squeaker to Juniata. Amber didn't play in the game.

On Saturday afternoon, the team squared off against Merchant Marine and ended up running away with the game 71-34. The team's record is 13-5 (7-2 in conference). Amber did see some action in this game. She played 7 minutes, missed her only shot attempt, grabbed 2 rebounds and had one foul and a turnover.

Tennessee LADY VOLS - After losing on Monday night, the Lady Vols got back on track by knocking off LSU 75-58. The win improves Tennessee to 16-3 and they are 6-0 in the SEC. Isabelle Harrison (see below) scored a season high 25 points (one off of her career high) and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the Lady Vols.

Andraya Carter hit for 13 points and Jordan Reynolds (pictured below 1st) scored 9 points. Cierra Burdick tallied 8 points and 6 assists while Alexa Middleton (pictured below 2nd) chipped in with 7 points.

 

Missouri State - The Bears picked up their 3rd straight win by beating Southern Illinois 61-57. Things started out badly for Tyonna Snow (pictured below) in the game. She missed her first 8 shots, her first three foul shots and had three turnovers. But much like her team, she bounced back from that bad start and helped lead her team to the victory. She finished the game with 11 points and four steals (5 turnovers). The steals helped move Snow into the team's all-time top 10 in that statistical category.

Stealing the ball played a big factory in how the close win came about. The team had 12 steals in all, the biggest on coming with just three seconds left in the game. You can see that steal by Kenzie Williams in the picture below (she's #4 in white).

Missouri State was actually outrebounded in this game, 39-35. It is the first time in their last 10 games that the Bears didn't win the battle of the boards. The game victory raises MSU's record to 7-10 (4-2 in MVC play).

Before the game, the Springfield News-Leader had a brief preview article heading into the Friday night matchup that talked about the team's return to a more healthy lineup after going 3-8 to start the season and being knocked down by a series of injuries. You can read that article HERE.

Boston College Women - Sadly for BC, the momentum from Thursday's upset didn't carry over to their Saturday afternoon game against Pitt. They sure had their chances but simply couldn't put away the Panthers or even pull away from them for too long on their way to a 78-70 loss.

In the first half, the Eagles built a 27-18 lead but saw Pitt close the half on a 21-7 run to leave Boston College down 39-34 at the break.

Karima Gabriel had a big game for the Eagles with a career high 14 points and 9 rebounds. She scored 8 of the first 10 points for BC in the second half.

The back and forth nature of the game saw BC take a 67-62 lead and then watch their offense go nearly non-existent as Pitt closed out the game on a 16-3 run. The loss leaves BC at 9-11 and 1-6 in the ACC.

Pitt's Briana Kiesel (shown below 1st) scored 29 points (1 off her career high) and dished out 8 assists. Yacine Diop (shown 2nd) had 18 points and 11 boards and Monica Wignot (shown 3rd) added another 18 points and 9 rebounds. If BC had been able to contain even one of the three players, they would've had a better chance to win the game.

  

Instead, I watched as the team reverted back to making a lot of the same mistakes they've been making all season. Poor decisions and turnovers (17 in the game) that included an inexplicable number of travelling violations are the two biggest things that stuck out to me. More than once, there was also a seeming inability to get out to defend perimeter shots or to slide over with some help defense when a Pitt player beat their individual defender.

The most galling thing about the way BC lost was they got another game where they had some rather unexpected low post support in their offense. Katie Quandt added 4 points, so for the Eagles that gave them 18 points down low. And how does that get offset? Late in the game, the guards (Ashley Kelsick in particular) try to drive the lane against Wignot, who blocks the shots so casually (see below), you'd think she was back playing volleyball (as she did for four years).

Kelly Hughes led the Eagles with 18 points and 6 boards, but she also had a team high 5 turnovers. Nicole Boudreau added 15 points. Emilee Daley scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Martina Mosetti started her third straight game at point guard. She finished with 3 points and career high 7 assists.

Video of some brief comments from coach Erik Johnson is below.

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Wareham Boys Varsity vs. Bishop Stang Boys Varsity - One other basketball game helped make my Thursday night and it was this boys game that featured players I coached in their youth league days on both sides. Wareham came out on top 71-64. Mark scored 3 points for them. Meanwhile, Jake (photo below, he's in red on defense) scored 6 points for Stang.

While Josh didn't find his way into the boxscore in the Stang game, he did make contributions defensively. You can see a pic of him (on the left in white) below. Photo by Mike Valeri of the Standard Times.

Wareham Boys Varsity - On Friday, the Wareham boys were back in action where they beat Fairhaven 55-41. Josh scored 3 points in the game as the Vikings moved to 11-3 overall with a conference record of 8-2.

Bishop Stang Boys Varsity - The Spartans also played back to back games. After losing a relatively close matchup to Wareham, Bishop Stang faced off against Sandwich on Friday night and got utterly annihilated 99-68. Jake (seen below on defense in red) had 6 points in the game but the team (now 7-5) had no answer for the Sandwich offense.

Sturgis East Girls Varsity - The Storm got blown out 61-24 by Falmouth Academy. Isabella scored 3 points in the game. On friday night, the game was a lot closer, but Sturgis East still came up short as they lost to Whitinsville Christian 43-39. Isabella scored 2 points in that game.

Bristol-Plymouth Girls Varsity - Savahna's team ended up losing to Blue Hills 45-34 on Friday night.

Wareham Girls Varsity - The Vikings annihilated Fairhaven on Friday night by the score of 58-23. Tieyanna scored 13 points and Gabby added 9 points. Erica finished with 6 points as Wareham improved to 9-7 on the year with a 6-4 conference record. The team's next game is on Tuesday and I may be going to see them play that game if it doesn't get postponed by the bad weather reportedly headed my way on Monday through Tuesday.

MISCELLANEOUS

TV - A couple of my current favorite shows came back from their winter break with new episodes this week. You can check out the Pop-topia recap for the new Arrow episode HERE. The recap for the new episode of The Flash is available via this link.

Books - I took a quick break from my mystery novel reading this week and instead started trying to catch up on the bevy of Star Trek novels I have stacked up. I finished the first book in the pile. It is written by David R. George III. The book is called Star Trek: The Fall - Revelation and Dust. It is the first in five book story arc and the novel focuses mainly on the Deep Space Nine characters. The book was a bit slow with not nearly as much action as you might expect. While it didn't bother me too much because I'm heavily invested in anything related to Deep Space Nine, I would venture to guess this would not be a very good book to introduce a newcomer to the Star Trek prose novel universe.

And while it isn't like I'm short on new books to read, I did end up picking up a couple more mysteries this week. The first book is the new Molly Murphy novel City of Darkness and Light by Rhys Bowen. The series is set in the early 1900's with Murphy a female detective. It is a brilliantly done series and I can't wait to get my nose into this new installment.

The other book I got is the second Veronica Mars prose novel Mr. Kiss and Tell by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham. This is based off of the TV show and movie of the same name and set following the events of the movie and first novel. I'm also invested in my Veronica Mars fandom and love the opportunity to read more of her adventures.

 

Music -  I've got a trio of new songs for you to check out this week. The first is the brand new single from Motley Crue called "All Bad Things". For my own personal tastes, I thought the song was pretty mediocre. I've liked Motley Crue since their Theater of Pain album but as they've progressed, I've kind of moved away from them. The band's Doctor Feelgood CD was the last album of theirs that I actually purchased. As they wind down their days as a touring band, I had hoped they would release a really go for broke song here, but I don't think they hit the bulls-eye at all.

The next

song is the new U.D.O. song "Pain" from their upcoming CD Decadence. I haven't yet listened to this song because I'm waiting to listen to the album in full for a review I'll be writing, but I wanted to share it here this week.

Finally, there is the song "Way To The Sun" by Revolution Saints from their upcoming self-titled debut album. While the song isn't bad, there's something missing to make me really rave about it.

Mid-Week Basketball Update 1/21/15
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Here's the latest early week recaps and articles from the teams I follow at the various levels of basketball.

BOSTON CELTICS

Before their game against the L.A. Clippers, the team waived Chris Douglas-Roberts, yet another of the players they acquired via trade that they had no intention of keeping around.

In the game vs. the Clippers, the Celtics never really could do anything more than keep within striking distance on their way to a 102-93 loss. 

Brandon Bass scored 17 points to lead Boston's offense. Marcus Thornton had 15 points and Marcus Smart added 14 points and 7 boards. Jared Sullinger (pictured below) finished with 14 points and 8 boards.

Evan Turner had a double double with 10 points and 10 boards. He added 6 assists as well. Kelly Olynyk (pic below) finished the game with 11 points.

The surprise of the game was seeing that Tayshaun Prince suited up and got into the game. He had 2 points and 2 boards plus an assist. I don't know if this means he is going to be with the team long term but considering he was ticketed for a buyout as soon as he got traded to the Celtics, it is a huge turnaround.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

I read an article in the newspaper on Monday about Miami men's basketball coach Jim Larranaga and came away with a really great impression of the man. You can check out the article via this link.

Meanwhile, SI.com had a couple of articles that were good reads. The first is on former Louisville player Kevin Ware as he rebuilds his life and career after transferring to Georgia State. You can read that one HERE.

The other story is about Preston Mattingly, the son of LA Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, and his career at Lamar after 6 years playing minor league baseball. Here's the link.

Boston College Men - The Eagles started off the game by taking their offense right at Syracuse but after building an early 12-4 lead on them, they watched as the Orange ran off a 31-5 run to go into halftime with a 35-17 lead.

BC outscored Syracuse in the second half but it wasn't enough and they lost 69-61 and are now 8-9 on the season (0-5 in the ACC).

Aaron Brown (pictured 1st) led Boston College with 21 points and 6 boards, Dimitri Batten (pictured 2nd) added 17 points and 5 boards. Point guard Olivier Hanlan (pictured 3rd) had 13 points, 5 boards and 5 assists. Patrick Heckmann (pictured 4th) finished the game with 9 points and a team high 9 rebounds.

 

 

Missouri State - A 15-0 run early in the second half helped lead the Bears to their 78-64 victory over Bradley. The win improves Missouri State to 6-10 with a 3-2 conference record.

Kenzie Williams led four players in double figures with 13 points. Hillary Chvatal (12), Tyonna Snow (11) and Liza Fruendt (11) were the other players. Fruendt added 6 boards. Audrey Holt (pictured below) had season highs in both points (7) and rebounds (5).

Hartford - Despite 25 turnovers, the Hawks took down UMBC 70-63 and got above the .500 mark for the season. They are 10-9 with a 4-1 America East record.

Deanna Mayza scored 16 pointswith 6 assists (4 turnovers) and Morgan Lumb had 14 points (6 turnovers). Janelle Harrison finished with 9 points and 8 boards.

Amber Bepko (shown below) led the team with 17 points which helped her top the 1,000 point mark for her career. I've been following her since her freshman year so I was very pleased to see her hit this milestone.

You can read more about Bepko's evolution as a player HERE.

Congratulations Amber!

Tennessee LADY VOLS- Tennessee never led in their Monday night matchup against Notre Dame. Their 88-77 loss was their 14th straight loss on the road to a Top 10 opponent. When you consider the history of the Lady Vols program, that is a rather astounding statistic. Of course, when you give up 34 points to Jewell Loyd, you probably can guess that you might not win the game.

Bashaara Graves (shown below 1st) led the Tennessee (15-3) with 22 points and 8 boards. Cierra Burdick (shown 2nd) added 15 points and Isabelle Harrison (shown 3rd) scored 12 points to go with 9 boards. Ariel Massengale (shown 4th) hit for 11 points.

 

 

Boston College Women - BC was down just 24-22 to Syracuse at halftime of their game this past Sunday. I missed that half but did catch the second half on the computer and it was astounding just how awful the Eagles played the last 20 minutes of the game on the way to a 64-46 loss. 

The season low point total wasn't helped by their 23 turnovers in the game (Martina Mosetti had 7 of those turnovers on her own). A number of those turnovers came as the Eagles players found themselves trapped by the press defense in the backcourt and simply lost control of the ball.

The Eagles had a big edge at the half in rebounding and did actually still outrebound the Orange for the game. But in the second half, they repeatedly failed to box out on the offensive glass. This led to 2nd, 3rd and 4th chances for Syracuse. 

BC's shooting was woeful, particularly from the outside. They were forced to rely on their outside shooting because they couldn't break the 2-3 zone employed by Syracuse to get drives to the basket.

Emilee Daley (shown 1st) and Ashley Kelsick (shown 2nd) led the team with 11 points apiece. Kelly Hughes(shown 3rd), the leading scorer for BC, had just 3 points in the game but did have a team high 11 boards. Shayra Brown (shown 4th) added 5 points and 4 rebounds.

 

 

Highlights of the game and the post game press conference with coach Erik Johnson can be seen below.

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Bishop Stang Boys Varsity - Jake scored 14 points as the Spartans beat Coyle-Cassidy and improved to 7-3 (2-2 in conference).

Sturgis East Girls Varsity - The Storm got 30 points from their top player but couldn't keep up with West Bridgewater, losing 64-46. Isabella scored 4 points in the game as Sturgis East fell to 3-5.

Wareham Girls Varsity - Tieyanna scored 21 points to lead the Vikings to a 48-32 win over Barnstable. Gabby scored 9 points as Wareham improved to 8-7 (5-4 in conference).

Upper Cape Girls Varsity - Last night, I went to see the Upper Cape girls against Avon. The two teams had played a week ago with the Rams blowing out Avon on the road. A week later, the game was a little tighter.

After the JV won 44-18. the varsity started out slowly. The team has been dealing with the flu running through the roster. At least two of the girls played looking like they walking zombies for a while.

Upper Cape was up just 8-4 after the first quarter. But Avon took a 9-8 lead at the start of the 2nd quarter. After that, the Rams built a lead that they never relinquished. Avon kept challenging them with their leading scorer having a game high 22 points, but the Rams ended up at 12-0 with a 51-36 victory. 

Michaela was still recovering from being sick but did play in the game. She shot just 2-12 from the floor and 1-12 from the line for 5 points. She had one rebound, 1 assist and 1 steal as well as 2 fouls.

The Bourne Courier newspaper posted a photo gallery from the team's recent game against Cape Cod Tech on their website. The photos are by David Colantuono. A few of the pics are below with Michaela and Dasia first and both Krystle and Amber second.

 

 

Sunday Musings #182
Category: User Showcase
Tags: NFL CollegeFootball YouthSports HighSchoolBasketball Olympics BostonCeltics CollegeBasketball

 

 

While wondering why anyone would think it is a bad thing to be known for "The Tuck Rule" (Tom Brady) as opposed to a central figure who cut a deal to get out from under a double homicide charge (Ray Lewis, who should learn to shut the hell up.)...

 

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In case you missed my recap of basketball action from the early part of the week, you can read all about it in my latest Mid-Week Basketball Update.

Oh and a follow up to one of my X-mas gifts arrived in the mail yesterday. I got the only available by mail order Bumble figurine from the 50th Anniversary Rudolph collection.

 

NFL

New England Patriots - Like most people in New England, I'll likely be spending my day in preparation for the AFC title game later tonight. It can't come soon enough because I'm a little burnt out on all the pregame talk. About the most exciting thing that has come out of the Patriots side of things this week was the low key and Belichickian response Tom Brady gave when he was asked about ESPN commentator Ray Lewis stating that the only reason "we" (the general public) know about Brady is because of the Tuck Rule.

Brady's response: “Yeah, Stacey [James, Patriots vice president of media relations] told me about that . . . yeah. Everyone has an opinion. I think Ray’s a great player; he’s a first-ballot Hall of Famer. I was fortunate enough to play against him.”

Somebody must've told Lewis what a jackass he was because he soon backed away from what he said with this CYA "clarification": “To clarify my comments from this week: I was trying to express my frustration about the Tuck Rule itself . . . Rules like that should not be part of the game,” Lewis wrote. “They lead to controversial plays that impact the outcome of games and thats [sic] what everyone Remembers, especially when you are talking about playoff games.

“I have immense respect for Tom Brady and everything he has achieved in this game. He will go down as one of the all-time greats.”

The Colts have spent the latter half of the week dealing with the news of linebacker Josh McNary being arrested on rape charges. He was placed on the commisioner's exempt list and will not be active for the game. I know that the team will say that they are focused on the game in front of them, but you have to think that this news will at least occupy a fraction of their minds as they get ready to play.

Coaching Hires - There was a bevy of coaching hires in the NFL this past week and for the most part, it is retread city. But while you might take issue with hiring coaches who have failed or simply run their course elsewhere, the new coaches have a lot of issues to deal with in their new posts.

Raiders - The Raiders hired Jack Del Rio away from the Denver Broncos. The biggest impediment to his success is likely that this is the Raiders we are talking about. They've been a joke franchise for years and there is simply no quick fix here. They've got a halfway decent QB to build around, but there are so many holes on this team, you hardly know where to begin.

49ers - After their ever more tension filled run with Jim Harbaugh, San Francisco promoted from within and hired Jim Tomsula as their new head coach. I will never be able to say I know all the ins and outs of a coaching staff, but I've heard of a lot of the various assistants throughout the league. But this hire had me asking WHO?

Tomsula has the rep of being a great teacher. He's going to have to be exceptional to figure out how to help the 49ers get back into contention. You've gotta fix Colin Kaepernick, and rebuild team morale. And Tomsula (in the middle in the photo below) is likely going to have to deal with the perception that he got the job in part because he'll be easier for the GM and ownership to control.

Chicago Bears - The Bears hired John Fox to be their new coach just days after he got fired in Denver. While the Bears aren't quite as bad as the Raiders, this past season they did devolve so unexpectedly into a mess that firing Marc Trestman was pretty much necessary. Fox did a good job in Denver, despite the disatisfaction of not winning a Super Bowl with a loaded team, and I think he could likely reshape the Bears. But any potential success down the line will first require the coach and front office to make a decision on QB Jay Cutler. Cutler is a great QB on paper, he's got the tools. But he's the worst field leader since Jeff George and hasn't shown the least bit of interest in improving in that area.

Bills - The Bills hired Rex Ryan after he got canned by the Jets. And once again, Ryan "won the press conference". But you have to wonder exactly what has changed for the team or Ryan with this hire. The Bills have a new ownership that will be learning the ways of NFL ownership (yes I know they own the NHL's Sabres, but not everything carries over I would venture to say.), they don't have a QB worth a damn on the roster and haven't figure out how to get back to respectability in more than 15 years. And Ryan's stated "obsession" with the Patriots would be fine if it was part and parcel of building Buffalo back to a contender. Instead it rang to me as if he was more concerned about beating Belichick and screw winning anything else.

Let's not forget that Ryan hasn't exactly done wonders in developing players on the offensive side of the ball the last few years either.

Jets - The always in rebuilding mode Jets hired Todd Bowles away from Arizona to be their new coach. Everything I've read says that he's ready to step up to the big chair after years as an assistant. But given the wimpy ownership and front office that will have yet another new GM (after John Idzik was deservedly fired), you have to wonder how much support Bowles will have in New York. If the Jets are going to stick with Geno Smith at QB, they need to hire an offensive coordinator and/or QB coach that can actualy develop Smith instead of making him even worse than he already is.

Do you remember the official who was a key figure in that "Fail Mary" game from a couple years back? His name is Lance Easley and since that ill-fated call his life has completely fallen apart. Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports wrote a lengthy piece about his this past week detailing Easley's PTSD diagnosis and everything else the now ex-official has been dealing with. You can read it HERE.

Jenny Vrentas of TheMMQB.com had an interview with ex-Bengals coach Sam Wyche this week. He talks about the no-huddle offense and a lot more HERE.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

National Championship - Congratulations to the Ohio State Buckeyes on winning this year's championship. I had picked Oregon to win the game but I should've known better. I've said in the past that Oregon wins until they actually have to. I thought this year they'd change that opinion but I was wrong again.

Maybe Phil Knight should find a new school to pour millions into because he's never going to see a national title in football for the Ducks.

Ohio State will likely have a very interesting QB battle for next year. J.T. Barrett was having a fantastic year before he got injured and Cardale Jones started the three games after Barrett got hurt and helped guide OSU to a title. Wouldn't you like to be a fly on the wall in the coaches room for spring evaluations?

Penn State - A lot of strong opinions have been expressed both here on YouGabSports and in the sports world at large since the news broke that the NCAA and Penn State have brokered a deal to avoid lawsuit trials over the Sandusky sex scandal.

The main point of contention seems to be that the 112 wins the school was forced to vacate will be given back. This puts Joe Paterno back on top of the all-time wins list. You can read more HERE.

I know everyone that is pissed off about this decision has their opinion. For me, I realize that I'll be in the minority, but I'm glad the wins got restored. They never should've been taken away in the first place. What Paterno did or did not do in covering up the scandal had nothing to do with the games that were played during that time. The games were played, they were won and they were done so in a manner in accordance with the rules governing the games.

If Paterno was still alive and you wanted to charge him with crimes in a court of law, be my guest. But winning football games and covering up a horrific sex scandal are two entirely different things. The NCAA overreached in their punishment to such an extent that I believe Penn State would've easily prevailed in their lawsuits. The restoration of the victories is, to my mind, an acknowledgement by the NCAA that they screwed up and this is a course correction.

YOUTH FOOTBALL

Apparently the most offensive thing to a "good catholic education" these days is a girl playing CYO football. At least in Pennsylvania. The archdiocese of Philadelphia kicked Caroline Pla out of the CYO league in the middle of her second season, but she fought back and was allowed to play her final two seasons of eligibility. As soon as she was done, the league banned girls on the basis of moral grounds saying:

"Preparation for Christian adulthood likewise involves the development and encouragement of appropriate, dignified and respectful forms of contact between male and female students. The [Arch]Diocese therefore believes that it is incompatible with its religious mission and with its effort to teach Gospel values to condone competitions between young men and women in sports that involve substantial and potentially immodest physical contact. Consequently, the [Arch]Diocese has adopted this policy prohibiting co-ed participation in the following sports: wrestling, tackle football and tackle rugby."

To this I say, are you freaking kidding me? Listen given the fact that the catholic church engaged in a massive criminal conspiracy to cover up sex crimes over the course of at least 5 decades, where do they get off telling anyone what is moral and what is not?

I was raised catholic, but much like George Carlin said in one of his comedy routines, I was catholic until I reached the age of reason (say about 12 years old).

Since when is a girl playing football a threat to the perceived notion of a christian adulthood? Appropriate, dignified and respectful forms of contact? Given how the catholics hate gays, why aren't they banning male on male contact that occurs in wrestling, tackle football and tackle rugby. After all, we've all heard tales of what goes on in the big tackle scrums between all those guys...lots of immodest physical contact going on there.

I suppose the fact that I'm a big supporter of girls and women's sports is at least partially responsible for why I'm so irritated by this story ( which you can read HERE ), but I'm rather fed up with people who claim to be paragons of morality and actually aren't, telling anyone what to do.

Yes, I have huge problems with religion of any kind. But I'm a reasonably good and intelligent guy and I have to wonder with all the various problems in a variety of religions (terrorists, the Westboro Baptist Church and sex criminals masquerading as holy men), how is it that the biggest threat to what these religious persons of interest consider a morally upright life is a girl in shoulder pads and eye black?

OLYMPICS

While my opposition to a Boston 2024 Olympics remains, I thought I'd share this story about Olympic boxing champion Claressa Shields. She was the only boxer to win a gold medal for the US in the London Olympics and she recently reveal the rather horrific circumstances she had to overcome on the way to that victory. Here's the story.

BOSTON CELTICS

Despite Joakim Noah being out with a sprained ankle, the Celtics still couldn't do enough to offset the firepower the Chicago Bulls brought to bear last night. The Bulls beat Boston 119-103 behind a 29 point 10 assist performance from Derrick Rose (pictured below).

The loss drops the Celtics to 13-25. Boston got 20 points and 8 boards from Jared Sullinger. He was one of 5 players in double figures for the Celtics but it wasn't enough. Chicago turned the ball over just 7 times in the game and got  22 points from Jimmy Butler to help send Boston down in flames.

Brandon Bass (see below) added 16 points for Boston with Kelly Olynyk scoring 14 points and grabbing 9 rebounds.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

It looks like SMU's men's basketball team with Coach Larry Brown at the helm is well on their way to a big NCAA investigation over academic impropriety. You can read more HERE.

Boston College Women - The BC women were on the road to play Virginia on Thursday night, but they didn't make a good accounting of themselves. Kelly Hughes scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in the game, but she was the only Eagle to hit double figures in scoring as BC lost to the Cavaliers 68-56. They are now 8-9 with an 0-4 ACC record.

Tennessee LADY VOLS - The offense sputtered for most of the game (allowing for their lowest point total of the season), but Tennessee ended up beating Auburn 54-42 for their 11th straight win. They are 15-2 overall with a 5-0 SEC record.

Jordan Reynolds (shooting in the photo below) scored 14 points to lead the Lady Vols offense. Andraya Carter added 11 points and Cierra Burdick had 10 points. Isabelle Harrison scored 9 points and had a team high 11 boards.

Missouri State - The Bears beat Loyola University (Chicago) 87-57 on Friday night. It was their largest margin of victory on the road in 10 years. Kenzie Williams (pictured below) was 9 for 13 (including 5-7 on three pointers) from the floor to lead Missouri State with 24 points.

According to this newspaper article, it was the first game where coach Kellie Harper had a healthy roster, including the return of freshman Liza Fruendt who had missed the last 8 games due to injury.

Tyonna Snow scored 11 points and Hillary Chvatal (seen below shooting the ball) added 10 points and 9 boards. Rachel Schwarz finished with 10 points and 6 boards and Lexi Hughes dished out 6 assists.

Catholic University - The Cardinals beat Scranton yesterday afternoon 46-42 and improved to 12-4 (6-1 conference). It was just the 2nd loss of the season for Scranton. My ex-player Amber didn't play in the game.

Hartford - The Hawks knocked off UMass-Lowell yesterday 67-56 and got back to the .500 level at 9-9 (3-1 in conference). Cherelle Moore led the team with 17 points and 8 boards. Morgan Lumb added 13 points. Hartford did a solid job keeping the ball, turning it over just 8 times in the game.

Amber Bepko had 9 points, Deanna Mayza added 7 points and dished out 9 assists while Janelle Harrison finished with 7 points and 8 boards.

Boston College Men - The Eagle squared off against #2 Virginia yesterday and for a while, they not only hung with the Cavaliers, they were beating them. BC built a 38-33 lead and the watched as the highly touted Virginia defense shut them down the rest of the way. Virginia closed out the game on a 33-13 run to win 66-51.

The loss drops the Eagles to 8-8 overall with an 0-4 ACC record. They got outrebounded by 15 in game (35-20) with no BC player having more than 3 boards. The Eagles also couldn't capitalize on the bad offensive night by UVA's Justin Anderson who went 0-8 from the floor, finishing with 8 points from the foul line.

Olivier Hanlan (pictured below 1st) scored 18 points and dished out 6 assists while Patrick Heckmann (pictured 2nd) added 15 points. No other player for BC scored more than 6 points.

 

You can see highlights of the game below.

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Bristol-Plymouth Girls Varsity - Savahna didn't play on Friday night (she went to the Celtics-Bulls game) against Diman Voke. Her team lost 51-31 to drop to 2-10 on the season.

Bishop Stang Boys Varsity - The Spartans lost to Martha's Vineyard 67-59 yesterday. Jake had 8 points in the game as Stang drops to 6-3 overall with a 1-2 conference record.

Wareham Boys Varsity - The Vikings beat GNB Voc-Tech 75-57 to improve to 9-3 (7-2 in conference). Josh scored 9 points in the game, Mark added 6 points and Ashantay scored 2 points.

Wareham Girls Varsity - The girls team ended up losing at home on Friday night to GNB Voc-Tech 52-37. The loss drops them to 7-7 overall with a 5-4 conference record. Tieyanna scored 6 points, Erica had 4, Gabby scored 3 and Kali chipped in 2 points. 

Sturgis East Girls Varsity - The Storm picked up two wins this week to improve to 3-4 on the season. They beat Cape Cod Academy 40-27 and Isabella scored 2 points in that game. On Friday, they beat South Shore Christian 39-34 and Isabella scored 2 points while grabbing 5 rebounds.

Upper Cape Girls Varsity - The Rams beat South Shore Voke 43-15 on Friday night to raise their record to 11-0. Michaela scored 6 points in the game.

MISCELLANEOUS

Books - I finished reading the C.J. Box thriller The Highway this week. It is a stand alone novel outside of his Joe Pickett series. It was a weird and twisty ride that not only will you enjoy reading, but I guarantee it will make you never want to let anyone you know drive alone cross-country.

I picked up 3 new books as well. I got the anthology The Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs because Peter David has a story in it. And thanks to an ad in Mystery Scene Magazine for the publisher Midnight Ink, I grabbed up the first two books in the Mark Mallen series by Robert K. Lewis. The books are entitled Untold Damage and Critical Damage.

   

TV - There's a new series coming to The CW on Tuesday March 17th. It's called iZombie and it is based off a DC/Vertigo Comics series. It is made by the same guy who did the Veronica Mars TV show and movie, Rob Thomas. You can see the trailer for the show below.

I picked up the newly released NYPD Blue Season 8 on DVD from Shout! Factory this week. So when I'm not writing or surfing the Net, you can be sure I'll be working my way through the set.

Movies - The Oscar nominations were announced this week and they caused a lot of controversy because all of the actors nominated in the lead and supporting categories were white. While I was surprised that David Oyelowo wasn't nominated for his turn as Martin Luther King in Selma (from what I've read he was fantastic, but I haven't seen the movie), I'm more than a bit tired of all the news articles complaining about the lack of diversity in the nominations and yet they don't provide any insight into what movies or actors they would take out of the nominations list or provide a compelling reason for doing so. All the complaining sounds more like they want some tokenism as opposed to true diversity.

And you don't see me launching a national campaign against the Oscars when the two actual best movies of the year, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy only got nominations in the technical categories, do you?

Anyway, I ranted about that on Twitter, you can go there to see what I had to say in more detail. For now, here's the full list of nominations.

Last week, I wrote about seeing the movie Taken 3. This week, I bring you the Pop-topia.com review of the movie.

And last but not least, there's a new trailer for the Avengers: Age of Ultron movie.

Music - I've got a couple of new music tracks for you to check out this week. I liked both of them. The first is an audio track only for the Halestorm song "Apocalyptic".

The second is the official video for the Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock track "Vigilante Man".

The Mid-Week Basketball Update 1/15/15
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I'm trying to clear at least a little bit of the material I have for what looks to be a very jam packed Sunday Musings this week, so here's a bevy of basketball related recaps, links, videos and photos to wile away your Thursday evening.

NBA

Boston Celtics - The Celtics split their two games thus far this week. And while always important, it seems the action on the court was of little concern to pretty much anyone from the fans to the players to management.

Instead, the various trades the Celtics made to further lessen their chances to win games were the top rung news stories of the week.

The long gestating trade of Jeff Green ( read the details here ) brought Tayshaun Prince and Austin Rivers to be nominal members of the team. But with the contract for Prince being targeted for a buyout and Rivers, now that the trade has been finalized, off to the Clippers to play for his father, Doc Rivers, the trade is essentially about clearing away Green with quantifiable returns not even a secondary concern. Yes I know we got Shavlik Randolph back, so I'm sure the season is saved!

The trade of unhappy veteran Jameer Nelson didn't take nearly as long to pull off. He didn't make a huge deal out of it, but he did talk about his unhappiness with his playing time when asked about it. The Celtics got Nate Robinson in return and while this would've been his second time around playing for Boston, it isn't going to happen. Why? Because the Celtics bought out his contract as well.

A former player of mine was excited enough about his return that she tweeted about it and I had all I could do not to ask her if she'd bothered to read the full story about the trade.

GM Danny Ainge has been stockpiling draft picks, trade exceptions and who knows what else in what everyone that follows the team can only hope is an executable plan to actually make the team better. I don't want to seem to pessimistic but I truly haven't an inkling about what he might actually do next.

All I know is that they'd better figure out something quick because the seeming lack of a real desire to field a team that can legitimately compete for the playoffs and/or an NBA title is wearing thin. 

At least give me a little hope Danny, stop making it seem like the Celtics are doing a variation upon the Sixers' theme of blatantly losing to get a higher draft pick.

As for the games, the Celtics knocked off the Pelicans 108-100 to start off their week. The team committed just 11 turnovers of their own while scoring 21 points off of the turnovers by the Pelicans. Meanwhile, Marcus Smart hit a big three pointer in the final minute to help ice the game.

Jared Sullinger (seen below) led Boston with 27 points and 10 boards. Jae Crowder added 22 points and Marcus Thornton finished with 13 points. Brandon Bass (who could quite possibly be the next guy headed out via trade before the deadline) had 12 points.

On Wednesday night, the Atlanta Hawks continued their run as one of the best teams in the East with a 105-91 victory. The loss dropped Boston to 13-24. The Celtics hung in with the Hawks during the first quarter, but things fell apart for them during both the 2nd and 3rd quarters.

Avery Bradley (pictured below) led Boston with 17 points while Sullinger had 14 points and 9 boards. Kelly Olynyk went for 12 points and 8 boards.

In other NBA notes, with the brouhaha surrounding LeBron James pushing coach David Blatt away from a confrontation with officials during a game, Yahoo! Sports columnist Adrian Wojnarowski has this column calling for James to show the leadership that he promised to bring on his return to Cleveland.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Tennessee LADY VOLS - Tennessee had to rally in the second half against Arkansas in order to pick up a 60-51 come from behind victory to start their week off. 

The Lady Vols (now 14-2, 4-0 SEC) shot just 21.4% from the floor in the first half and trailed by as many as 9 points in the 2nd half.

Cierra Burdick (pictured below 1st) led Tennessee with 17 points, 6 boards and 3 blocks.

Ariel Massengale (pictured 2nd) added 16 points and Isabelle Harrison scored 13 points to go with a season high 13 rebounds.

 

Boston College Women -  I can't say that I was surprised that the Eagles lost to Notre Dame this past Sunday, but I was more than a little disappointed that they were so entirely outmatched that it was like watching a youth league team play the Irish.

In the midst of their 104-58 loss, BC committed 20 turnovers in the game (Notre Dame had just 13), established their season low for points scored, shot 13-33 from three point range and got forced into three 30 second shot clock violations.

I had been hoping to find a way to watch the game on the computer, but seeing how bad the game was made me glad I didn't. 

Emilee Daley led BC (8-8, 0-3 ACC) with 12 points. Karima Gabriel scored just 3 points but led the team with 12 rebounds. 

Ashley Kelsick (pictured below) had 11 points but turned the ball over 5 times. Kelly Hughes scored 9 points but had 7 turnovers. Nicole Boudreau added 10 points.

You can see coach Erik Johnson's weekly press conference from Monday below.

Boston College Men - For the last 6 years, the BC men's team has been manhandled by Harvard in the annual meeting between the two schools with the Crimson winning all 6 matchups.

Last night, in the Eagles final non-conference game of the season, the team got off to a big lead and led by 11 points at halftime.

But once again, they collapsed and saw Harvard rally to send the game into overtime. However, the Eagles rallied in the extra period and took the 64-57 victory to end their losing streak to Harvard.

Boston College (8-7) got 17 points and 8 assists from Olivier Hanlan (pictured 1st). He did turn the ball over 6 times though. Patrick Heckmann (pictured 2nd) scored 14 points with Dennis Clifford (pictured 3rd) going for a double-double (13 points and 10 rebounds). Aaron Brown (pictured 4th) added 12 points and 7 boards while turning the ball over 6 times.

 

 

You can see highlights from the game below.

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Before I get into writing about the latest news on the high school teams I follow, I wanted to point you towards the latest SI.com High School Athlete of the Month piece. It's about a high school basketball player from Medfield, Massachusetts named Jack Cadigan. I think that once you read the article, you'll be amazed at what a great kid  seems to be. Here's the link.

As for my teams of rooting interest:

Bristol-Plymouth Girls Varsity - Savahna's team dropped to 2-9 on the season after losing to Holbrook 53-25, then dropping a heartbreaking 51-50 overtime decision to Norfolk Aggie.

Bishop Stang Boys Varsity - Jake was a big factor for the Spartans in their 63-52 defeat of Somerset-Berkley. He helped seal the win with a big three pointer and a driving layup. Overall he finished with 14 points as Stang upped their record to 6-2 (1-1 in conference).

Wareham Boys Varsity - The Vikings are now 8-3 (6-2 in conference) after their 53-41 victory against Apponequet. Mark had 3 points in the game.

Wareham Girls Varsity - The girls team lost to Apponequet 40-31 in their first game of the week. Gabby had 6 points in the game. Tieyanna score 4 points, Kali scored 3 points and Erica added 2.

As disappointing as that loss was, their game on Wednesday showed just how far the team has come. In their first game of the season they lost to Bishop Stang by 27 points. But in their rematch last night, Wareham turned things around on Stang and won 50-42. 

According to the coach it was the first time the team had played a full effort for the entire game all season long. Tieyanna finished with 15 points and Kali had 4 points as Wareham raised their record to 7-6 (5-3 in conference).

The pic below is from their earlier win over Sandwich. It features the Vikings in white. Tieyanna is laying down, Erica is diving for the ball and Gabby is #10.

Upper Cape Girls Varsity - The Rams had an excellent early part of the week. Michaela scored 12 points in their 55-35 victory against Avon.

Against Cape Tech last night, Upper Cape started out sluggishly and trailed 15-7 after the first quarter. But they got things going in the 2nd quarter, took a 28-18 lead at halftime and cruised to a 57-30 victory. Michaela had 5 points in this game. You can read more about the team's last two games HERE.

The two wins gives them a 10-0 record and makes them eligible for the state tournament! Whoo Hoo!

In other high school news, I had planned to attend the Sturgis East game tomorrow afternoon to see Isabella play but we are having some bad weather with very icy road conditions so I will most likely not be going if the roads are still that bad tomorrow.

YOUTH BASKETBALL FLASHBACK

There was an article in the local weekly town newspaper this morning about a new call firefighter to the town's department. As it turned out, it was a former player of mine.

I coached Justin back in the 97-98 season as a member of my Raptors team. Though I can't give the article link to you since the paper has yet to put it online, the photo below is of Justin on the left.

Congratulations Justin!

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