CIAA Tournament – Day One
Beautiful day for a picnic brunch instead of a basketball game.
Shaw playing inspired ball early on. Trail 12-10 in first period against Bowie State.
Virginia Union sports information director Jim Junot is announcing the game. Sounds like an announcer for WWF.
End of a very quick first period. Bowie leads 16-12.
I see three of my favorite people across the court: Eric Moore, lovely wife BJ and beautiful daughter Nikki.
Just noticed Shaw center LaQuisha Taylor not playing. Bears hanging in despite her absence. And we just saw coach Jacques Curtis skip down the sideline over a charging call on Bowie. Looked like a pole vaulter.
Halftime: Bowie 27, Shaw 20
In a turnabout from previous years, the CIAA gave the media our programs booklet without asking.
Sitting next to my boss, Gerald Johnson and wife Linda. He's gone so now I can pretend to work again.
Bulldogs have opened an 11-point lead with 5:16 left in third period.
So our food voucher gives us an option of four meals: Bojangles, pizza, burger and fries, or hot dog and chips. Hey, a free meal is a free meal.
Shaw making a run. Lervencia Johnson has back-to-back baskets to pull Bears to within 10.
End of the third: BSU 43, Shaw 34.
Raquel Kellow nails a 3-pointer to cut it to 6. But Pere Alexander comes right back with her own trey. Back to 9 with just under 9 minutes left.
Bulldogs have weathered the storm. Back up by 12 with 7 minutes left.
Bears refuse to die. Have clawed back to within 7 with 40 seconds remaining.
And where are the Shaw cheerleaders?
Shaw exits the tourney in the first round (quarterfinals) for the second straight year.
BSU's Kyah Proctor scored a game-high 19 points; Emily Davis and Lervencia Johnson hit 12 points apiece for Shaw.
Next up is Lincoln vs. Livingstone women. Time to do some work.
The Lions win 76-58. Will face Johnson C. Smith on Thursday. Livingstone's Taylor Perkins scored almost half of her team's points, with a double-double of 26 points and 13 rebounds. Shahra Madison was the high scorer for Lincoln with 16 points.
ST. AUG'S VS. CHOWAN - WOMEN
Both teams are sluggish early on. Hawks lead 6-4 with 5 minutes left in first period. But Quiera Gilmore ties the game on a pretty layup
The ball for women's basketball was reduced so women could supposedly dribble better. That was a myth that turned out to be a lie.
End of 1st period: Chowan leads 17-16. The Hawks were out sleeper to win the tourney but they lost their last three regular season games. Oh well.
Hawks are making a run. Have a 28-21 lead with 4 minutes left in half.
Falcons are scrappy. Kamya Renwicks can trim the deficit to 3 at the free throw line. Makes 1. Makes 2. Chowan's lead down to 2 with 1:40 left in the half.
Quiera Gilmore's putback gives SAU its first lead of the game. Falcons being more aggressive toward the basket. Getting to the line more often. And hitting free throws. Ke-Ashe Lee's 2 makes it a 3-point Falcons lead. Renwicks back at the line. Hits 2.
Falcons turn a 9-point deficit into a five-point halftime lead. Going inside changed the dynamics of the game.
Chowan comes out firing, scoring six straight points to retake the lead 39-38. Timeout Falcons.
And the Falcons come right back to retake the lead 43-41 with 7 minutes left in the third.
Chantel Roberts ties the score on 2 FTs. And Kaaliya Williams puts the Falcons back on top. And Coker ties it up again. And Williams puts SAU ahead again. Good game. Williams is on fire. Has SAU's last 6 points.
Williams again. Game tied at 51 with 3:47 left in the third.
Quiera Gilmore goes the distance – don't players take charges anymore – to tie the game again with 1:30 left in third. Kelsee Arnold gives Falcons a 2-point lead but Chowan comes right back and ties it. Somebody is going to be crying when this is over.
End of the third: SAU 60, CU 59.
I still say officials make raveling calls on women that they don't call on men. Like women couldn't possibly be that quick.
Hawks retake the lead 63-62 with 7:24 left in the game. Falcons have gone kinda cold from the field and Chowan is getting the rebounds.
Hawks up by 5 with 5:12 left.
I realize why Falcons are behind. They got away from what got them the lead in the second period – going inside to the basket. Now they are shooting jumpers.
Renwicks finally breaks the drought. SAU trails 67-64 with 3:36 left. And gets the ball back.
Crunch time: Gilmore's short jumper pulls Falcons to within 3 with 1:28 left. Best game of the day so far.
Hawks getting all the rebounds. Now, why foul when you have a 5-point lead with 30 seconds left? Williams turnaround jumper makes it 73-70 Chowan with 17.5 seconds left. No matter what, Falcons played their hearts out today.
Chowan hitting the free throws. 74-70 with 11 seconds remaining. Make it 75-70. Game over. Excellent game.
ST. AUG'S VS. CHOWAN - MEN
While I was away, Fayetteville State men in a mild upset of Lincoln. The Broncos take on Smith tomorrow night at 8:50 p.m. Like it was reported in College Corner, Lincoln coach Doug Overton is finding the road tough in the CIAA. Just because you have an NBA pedigree don't mean you're going to just come into the league and take over. Not yet anyway.
It's hard to beat a team three times. We'll see if the Falcons can accomplish the three-peat.
Hawks jump out to a 8-3 lead. Playing with more energy than SAU early on.
But the Falcons have awakened. Have outscored CU 16-4 to lead 19-12 with 10:25 left. Just hit us that if SAU wins, they meet Virginia State tomorrow at 6:40 p.m. The Falcons won the first matchup in Raleigh, giving the Trojans one of their two losses.
The Falcons are pouring it on right now. Lead 28-12 with 6:33 left in half.
Chowan can't hit the side of a barn right now, and not getting any rebounds in the process. Falcons lead 34-17.
Halftime: SAU 39, CU 21.
Falcons show no sign of letting up. Lead 46-35 with 14:29 left.
Well lookie here. Hawks have trimmed lead to 6 with 9 minutes left.
The Hawks act like they are scared to battle for a rebound. Just letting SAU have its way under the basket. Trail 60-48 with 5:28 left.
Falcons going to win. Up by 19. with 2 minutes left. Virginia State, here they come.