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Saturday, January 25, 2014
St.Aug's vs. Shaw basketball - 1/25

Of course, you know the line outside Emergy gymnasium was longer than New Bern Avenue. And baby it's cold outisde. Coach Rachel Bullard has never been Jacques Curtis, but the Falcons are on fire from outside.  Lead Shaw 10-6 early on. Two 3-pointers included. Remember, St. Aug's has just 2 seniors on the team.

Ariel Hatcher hits a 3 to make it 12-9 Falcons. Kaleisha Moore, a Southeast Raleigh High graduate, hits 1 of 2 FTs. SAC leads 13-9. One of SAC's 2 seniors Ebony Spencer just made a great block. Bullard has joined the braid family. Wearing long microbraids. Look nice. Falcons fighting for every rebound, every loose ball. Porscha Walton just made a fake like she was dishing the ball off but kept it instead and made the layup and FT for a 3-pt play. SAC leads 16-9 with 13:04 left in 1st.

Hatcher cools the momentum with a muscle layup. Diamond Mitchell makes it 2 straight for Shaw which pulls to within 3 before Spencer makes a layup for a 5-pt lead again. Brittany Allen makes it a 7-pt lead before Hatcher's pretty 3-pter cuts it to 4.

Both teams are trading baskets now. Good game so far. Shaw is tied with Fayetteville State for the division lead. Falcons and Winston-Salem are a game behind. Johnson C. Smith and Livingstone are winless in the division. Mitchell is starting to heat up. Has 6 pts after another jumper. Shaw trails by 3. Falcons need to hit their FTs. Spencer just missed 2 straight.

Brittany Henry's putback pulls Shaw to 1, but Walton nails a 3. Kaula Jack's putback ties the game 26 with 7:22 left in the 1st. Shaw starting to take control of the game. Terri Jacobs muscles in a layup to put SAC back up. Very entertaining game before this packed but quiet house.

Jack ties the game with a steal and layup.

Regime McCombs breaks the tie with a 3. Falcons miss another front end of 1 and 1. Allen's putbacks makes it a 5-0 Falcons run for 33-28 lead. And look at this, Curtis calls a timeout with his team BEHIND! Go figure.

Bryann Guyton scores her first basket of the game. And she scores her second to pull Shaw to within 1 with 2:23 left in 1st. Mitchell's layup gives Bears a 1-pt lead. Shaw has 6-0 run going.

Halftime: Shaw 34, SAC 33. Bullard is going to cringe when she sees all those misses FTs. Falcons shot just 37.5 from the charity stripe.

Now it's the Bears getting the loose balls in the second half. Lead by 3. Falcons miss 2 more FTs. Now 3 for 10; that's 7 pts. Meanwhile, Shaw is heating up from outside. Lead 38-33. McCombs breaks the drought with a 3 to trail by 2. Bullards substitutes entire 5 and reads them the riot act.

Jeanne-Marie Wilson ties the game with a putback. Both teams cold from the field. Falcons miss 2 more FTs. Should be ahead by 8 instead of tied.

Burwell's layup gives Shaw back th lead with 13:55 left. Victoria Davis breakaway layup ties the game again. Ooooh, this is good!!

McCombs gives Falcons back the lead, btut Nicole Dias ties the game again. Walton hits 1 of 2 FTs. Falcons lead by 1.

Mitchell gives Shaw back the lead. Falcons SID Anthony Jeffries says SAC women haven't defeated Shaw since Feb. 2010.

Mitchell gives Bears 3-pt lead. Mitchell scores her sixth straight point and is fouled but misses FT. Shaw leads 50-45 with 8:06 left. Walton breaks the streak with a short jumper but Hatcher hits a turnaround. Burwell nails a layup on a steal and Shaw has its biggest lead of 7 pts with 7:03 remaining.

Allen makes 2 FTs, the first time all game. Falcons trail by 6. Jack make an old-fashioned 3-pts play to give Bears a 9-pt lead.

Falcons can't buy a basket. Ball rolling around the rim and out.

Shaw's lead now at 10 with 4:09 left. Make that 12 after Verdine Warner's layup. St. Aug's had 21 turnovers.

Hatcher gives Falcons a 14-point lead iwth 1:50 left. Don't see Falcons coming back, and the streak continues.

Game over: 67-56.

McCombs led all scorers with 14 points, while Mitchell had 13 for Shaw. Neither team shot well – both were in the 30's. Difference is Falcons were 6 of 16 from charity line.

 

MEN'S GAME

Physical game already. Lots of running up and down but not much offense. Shaw leads 2-0 on Koron Reed's jumper. Wow, 14:34 left in the half and still just a 2-0 score.

Joel Kindred ties the game with 2 FTs, but Raheem Joliffe knocks down 3. Kindred hits 2 more FTs. Falcons trail 8-4.

Man, this game is nothing like the way the women started. Everybody looks bored.

10:31 left in 1st half and it's 8-4. Tashuan Stockdale hits SAC's first field goal with 9:13 left. Shaw leads 12-6.

Shooting has picked up a bit but not much. Shaw leads 20-14 after Falcons scored 4 str. points. 4 minutes left in half. Gym folks about sleep.

After trailing 20-10, the Falcons rallied to trail 25-22 at halftime.

Kindred and Derrick Hunter tied with 10 points. Kindred's 10 all came at the free throw line. The Falcons missed all five attempts from 3-point range.

We're starting the second half just iike the first. Neither squad can get the ball in the basket.

Joliffe is down after a hard foul sent him into the wall. Game is getting really physical. Still no one has scored at 17:16. Joliffe hits 2 FTs.

Shaw has its biggest lead of the second half, 29-24 with 13:50 left after Hunter's layup. Bears have extended their lead 35-26 as SAC just can't get anything going except free throws. But there's still plenty of time with 11:43 left. Shaw hitting the boards for second and third chance shots.

Just as it looked like SAC had some momentum, Shaw gets a steal and Reed slams it home for an 8-pt lead with 10:42 left.

Falcons are down by 5 with 9:39 left. Despite poor shooting, SAC can tie the game with Jonathan Crawley's FT. He misses but Falcons down by 1. Most points coming off free throws.

Shaw's Auil Younger has a bandage on his forehead the size of my head. How can he even see?

Falcons have had about 4 chances to tie or go ahead and haven't been able to. Joe Reid fouls out for Shaw with 1:34 left. Crawley hits 2 FTs to tie game with 1:34 left. First tie of second half.

Falcons win! Amere May's airball is caught by fjunior Tashuan STockdale who catches it in mid-air and turns for the winning basket.

 

Posted by: Editor-Bonitta Best @ 12:00:00 am  Comments (0)
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
NCCU vs. NCA&T - 1/22

Forty-five minutes before the game and it is jammin’ up in here. Students are in the house as the women get ready to play. N.C. A&T women have won last 7 matchups against NCCU and haven’t lost at McDougald-McLendon Gym since 2001-02 season. Can the streak be broken?

So far its Khyra Conerly vs. A&T. Conerly has NCCU’s first 6 points in their early 6-5 lead. Conerly now has all NCCU's 8 pts. A&T meanwhile has built a 14-8 lead with five different players. Other Eagles need to start scoring.

Aggies playing good defense. Conerly being taken out of game. Must be tired ‘cause she’s the only one doing the scoring. Coach Vanessa Taylor trying to get others involved. Aggies lead 20-8 with 9:31 left in 1st half. Still no one has scored besides Conerly.

Finally, Tisha Dixon breaks the drought with 2 free throws. Jessica Freeman adds a 3-pointer to pull NCCU to 20-13. After Eboni Ross scores a layup, Freeman hits another trey.

Ross and Tracy King are keeping the pressure up for the A&T, however. Lead has built to 27-19 with 3:40 left. Eagles stone cold.

Aggies putting it on. Have scored 8 straight and lead 38-21. End of first half, 38-23. Eagles can’t do any worse in second half. They are as cold as the weather outside. Eagles shot 36.4%. Freeman was the high scorer with 9 points. Maybe they aren’t used to all these folks in McDougald.

DeAndra Davis’ short jumper puts Aggies up 42-23 at the start of the second half.

Eagles fighting back. Have pulled to within 12 with 7:02 left after trailing by as many as 19.

Freeman is down. Fans holding their breaths. Can’t lose her. Looks like a cramp.

Aggies holding on to their 11-pt lead with 4:50 left in game. McDougald is just about packed to capacity. Should be like this every game.

Raquel Davis’ putback pulls Eagles to within single digits and Conerly makes it a 7-pt game with 4 minutes left. Now we have a game.

Freeman just had a good look at a 3 that would have brought the house down, but it just rimmed out. 55-46 Aggies with 2 minutes left. Game over. A&T wins 59-47.

 

MEN'S GAME

The joint is jumpin' up in here. This is what college basketball is all about. But there are a bunch of Aggies in the house too. Here's hoping to as good a game as the atmosphere. This contest should be on TV. There's no rivalry like Eagles vs. Aggies.

St. Aug's women defeated JCSU 64-57 and Shaw women beat Winston-Salem State by a gazillion points.

Both teams are cold from the field. The hype has gotten to them. Eagles lead 6-2 with 13:37 left in 1st. Aggies missed first 4 shots of game. Took almost 5 minutes before they scored.

LeVelle Moton just got a warning from an official: No more! No more! Moton giving him an evil eye. Eagles lead 16-13 wiht 8:16 left in 1st. Expect a warmup in the second half.

Aggies getting all their points at the foul line. Would lead if they could hit free throws. Just missed two straight front ends of a 1-and-1.

Did you know NCCU has a 16-game home winning streak going?

Emanuel Chapman just hit Jordan Parks for an alley-oop for a 23-15 lead. The crowd is going wild. Parks hits another layup and is fouled. Makes FT. Eagles lead by 11, their biggest of the game. Eagles on 12-0 run. Aggies can't buy a basket.

Elizabeth City State men upset Lincoln in 64-63 in OT.

Richaud Pack breaks the drought with 2 FTs with 1:51 left in the half.

Halftime: 34-17. Eagles go on 16-0 run before Pack's basket. Uh oh, tempers are flaring after a hard foul. Time out. 15:48 left. NCCU leads 44-25. Jerome Singleton has been ejected after technical.

Eagles flying away with this one. 51-25 with 14:50 left. Don't see a comeback in Aggies for this one. Signing off.

 

Posted by: Editor-Bonitta Best @ 12:00:00 am  Comments (0)
Thursday, January 16, 2014
What people are talking about - 1/16

The flu snagged another casualty this week. The state reported its first child death this season. The infant was too young to receive a vaccination, but that doesn’t mitigate the need for one. That brings the number of deaths to 27, according to reports.

UNC system has revised its budget request to $2.55 billion, which means $94 million more from taxpayers. One reason for the increase is a repeal of a tuition increase for out-of-state students. Chancellor Carol L. Folt has been against the idea from the start. University administrators also want to charge all military and veterans in-state tuition.

N.C. senators Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg) have formed a Joint Legislative Study Committee to investigate the impact of the Affordable Care Act on the state. Why need a committee? All they have to do is look in the mirror. The biggest negative impact is Republicans’ refusal to extend Medicare and other programs to bring down the cost of the ACA for those of us who need it. It’s insane that only two insurance companies, Blue Cross Blue Shield of N.C. and Coventry, are handling all the ACA claims. They can barely keep up. More options would have created lower costs. So, go check out a mirror guys!

N.C. Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos apologized for her agency’s recent “problems,” then turned around and laid partial blame on Obamacare. You knew it was coming. “The implementation of the Affordable Care Act is creating a massive issue in the state of North Carolina,” she said Tuesday. “Frankly, DHHS is struggling.” Uh, look in the mirror and see why.

J.C. Penney announced it would close 33 stores and cut 2,000 jobs across the U.S., including the one in Kinston. As if Down East needed any more job losses. Somebody remind them their unemployment benefits will be shorter, thanks to Republicans.

Posted by: Editor-Bonitta Best @ 12:00:00 am  Comments (0)
Friday, January 10, 2014
Sports news, notes & rumors - 1/10

The coaching carousel that’s gone on in college football over the past few weeks has reminded me of what my church-deacon uncle used to say whenever something outlandish happened: “Better get ya’ soul right with Jesus ‘cause the world is coming to an end!”

It may be after the recent hires of two black men at two of the biggest and most prominent college institutions in the country. Not only has Texas hired a black man but one with a white wife. And, according to multiple sources, Athletics Director Steve Patterson had his sights set on Louisville coach Charlie Strong from Day One, which didn’t sit too well with all those billionaire alumni and boosters who wanted a “bigger” name despite Strong’s 23-3 record the past two seasons at the Cardinals.

Vanderbilt coach James Franklin’s name was mentioned for just about every college and NFL opening, but Penn State is the one that got his attention. Franklin, who has won 24 games over the past three seasons, worked wonders at the Commodores, getting fans and alumni to actually care about the football program again. He will have his work cut out for him at PSU after the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal and NCAA sanctions.

Both men have their detractors, of course, and surely race has something to do with it, but their successes, along with Stanford coach David Shaw and Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin, prove that black coaches can make it on the big stage.

Still, it wouldn’t help to say a few prayers.

Les Hull’s hiring at Morgan State puts the HBCU coaching vacancy at five: Mississippi Valley State, Virginia Union, Central State, Winston-Salem State and Jackson State. Bethune-Cookman coach Brian Jenkins released a statement this week that he would not be interviewing for the Jackson State job.

And speaking of Jenkins, last month he snagged Miami running back Danny Dillard who transferred to the school on Dec. 14. Dillard joins teammates Thomas Finnie, Dyron Dye and Jontavious Carter.

Jackson State’s Javancy Jones announced his plans to transfer to Southwest Mississippi Community College late last month. Jones was the SWAC Freshman of the Year with 54 tackles, 14 for loss and five sacks. He announced his departure soon after coach Rick Comegy was given the pink slip.

In the Did You know department, Arkansas Pine-Bluff has the only husband/wife duo in the conference. Nate Kilbert is the head women’s coach and Alys Wells-Kilbert is an assistant. Both are Mississippi Valley State graduates.

Posted by: Editor-Bonitta Best @ 12:00:00 am  Comments (0)
Thursday, January 9, 2014
What people are talking about 1/9

The continued embarrassment of management at the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. Almost 49,000 Medicaid cards that contained personal information were sent to the wrong people. Overpaid Communications Director Ricky Diaz announced he was leaving for another job. He follows behind the footsteps of Medicaid Director Carol Steckel (eight months), Chief of Staff Thomas Adams (one month and a $37,000 severance package) and childhood director Diana Lightfoot who never even got to her desk. But Gov. Pat McCrory keeps trying to put a positive spin on things. He’ll find a way to blame the media.

The N.C. Rate Bureau is trying to hijack property owners with a proposed rate increase. If approved, property owners in Chatham and Orange counties, for example, would see an 18.2 percent increase in insurance rates; Wake and Durham counties a 24.4 percent increase. A public hearing is Jan. 24, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Jim Long Hearing room of the Dobbs Building, 430 N. Salisbury St. in Raleigh. Make your voices heard.

A plethora of new laws took effect on Jan. 1. Too many to name, but a couple that stick out for child safety are Kilah’s Law, which increases the penalties for convicted child abusers to a Class D felony. The law is named after Kilah Davenport, 4, whose stepfather so brutally abused her, she suffered brain damage, a fractured skull, a broken collarbone and other injuries. The second is Caylee’s Law, which requires parents to alert authorities when they can’t locate or contact their child after 24 hours. Age is for 16 and under.

The flu is turning out to be deadly so far. Twenty-one flu deaths have been reported by the DHHS – 19 of them young and middle-aged adults. Health Director Robin Gary Cummings is urging folks to get a flu shot. Remember, it takes about two weeks after the shot for antibodies to provide protection against the flu, so if you get a shot and still get the flu, the virus was already there.

And in the "yuck" department, a naked man in Australia who was playing a love game with his girlfriend, got stuck in some type of contraption and couldn't get out. Firefighters had to rub olive oil on him until he could squeeze out. NASTY!

 

 

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