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20
Sep
2020

Babar Azam looks like a lost cow to me: Shoaib Akhtar

first_imgLAHORE: Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar has lashed out at current Men in Green skipper Babar Azam and has questioned his decision-making ability following their defeat in the second T20I of the ongoing three-match series against England.England’s limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan scored an explosive half-century as the hosts chased down a record target of 196 to beat Pakistan by five wickets at the Old Trafford on Sunday. “Babar Azam looks like a lost cow to me. He is out there, not knowing what to do. It is important for him to take decisions on his own so that it could help him become a better captain in the coming times,” Akhtar said on his YouTube channel. “Babar will need to understand that the chances coming his way are not going to happen for the rest of his life, so he needs to make the most out of it,” he added. The ‘Rawalpindi Express’ also criticised the Pakistan team and its players for their insecure and confused nature. “Pakistan team are playing in a bio ‘insecure’ bubble, where each player is insecure. No one has an idea about whether they want to become a good captain or a good brand. “Confused selection, confused management, confused captain, confused team and confusion of everything. Teams are not made like this,” Akhtar said. IANSAlso Watch: Power Lines or Death Traps?last_img read more

17
Sep
2020

Former track and field star Hunt finds gridiron success with Mustangs

first_img Published on September 20, 2012 at 2:35 am Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 Margus Hunt never expected to be here.He was supposed to be in London this past summer competing in discus throw in the Olympics. Instead, he spent the summer working out with the Southern Methodist football team in Dallas.“Ten years ago I knew that at that point I was going to be at the London Olympics this year,” Hunt said. “Things change, people change and you just have to make do with the decisions and opportunities ahead of you. … It’s been a fun ride.”Hunt arrived in Dallas from Karksi-Nuia, Estonia, in 2007 to train with Mustangs track and field coach Dave Wollman. But when Hunt finally arrived at SMU, the school had dropped its men’s program.Without the track and field scholarship, Hunt would have to leave Dallas and return to Estonia.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut he didn’t want to do that; he loved SMU too much. So at the suggestion of Wollman, Hunt began training with the football team, trying to earn a football scholarship as a defensive lineman.“I only had the financial possibility to come here for a year and we knew that it was going to be a long shot to get the program back,” Hunt said. “Once the one year started to come to an end, we were officially with a problem, whether or not I was going to have to go back to Estonia and try to figure something out.“I really didn’t want to leave SMU. I liked it over here. I liked Dallas, I liked the campus, I liked everything about it and, at that time, a lot of the football coaches were always in the weight room and they told me just to try out.”In just three years of playing organized football, Hunt has become one of the most intriguing prospects in college football. At 6 feet 8 inches and 280 pounds, the 25-year-old former track and field star still has been clocked running a 4.7 in the 40-yard dash.During the Mustangs’ 52-0 win over Stephen F. Austin, Hunt set an NCAA record with his ninth career blocked field goal. A week later, in a 48-3 loss to Texas A&M, Hunt blocked his 16th career kick, good for second on the all-time list.That kick-blocking ability comes from a rare combination of size and speed.“He has rare explosion,” Mustangs special teams coach Frank Gansz said. “If you just take the fact that he’s 6-8, you see those things. You watch him come off the ball and this guy’s a gifted athlete. He could probably do anything he wanted to, he could play basketball.”Ask Gansz about Hunt and he’ll spend minutes raving about the senior, not only about his physical ability, but how well he’s picked up the game in just three years.“He’s a very analytical-type kid,” Gansz said. “He understands things. … You’re better off sometimes having something that’s a blank slate and working with it than you are when he’s coached by a lot of different coaches.”One area where Hunt had to change was in his training.As a thrower, Hunt would exert large amounts of energy every 10 or so minutes. He wasn’t prepared for the every down play of college football. Game film from his freshman season often shows Hunt frequently patting his head to signal he needed to come out.“He’s never experienced that kind of training for, for that kind of athletic team,” said Wollman, the former SMU track and field coach and now Hunt’s personal trainer. “But now, after this past three years of conditioning and power, he’s as fit as any big man I’ve ever seen.”Hunt had never even heard of football growing up in Estonia. At least not the American version.“I played European football, which you know as soccer,” Hunt said with a laugh. “I never really knew that much about it when I came here.”Instead, Hunt was a world-class thrower. Hunt won gold medals in both the shot put and the discus throw in the Junior World Championships in Beijing.When he was younger, Hunt competed in nearly every track and field event. That has gone to help him become the dominant and versatile athlete he is today.“I used to do every event out there,” Hunt said. “That’s what my coach back home wanted me to do. He made me do every possible track and field event so I would be more athletic and more prepared, just dynamic.”Hunt still looks back on his journey, and it’s still unbelievable.The next step for him could be the NFL. Right now, Hunt still fits the bill as an under-the-radar prospect, likely destined for the second or third round. But where he has the best chance to raise his stock is at the NFL Draft Combine.In addition to Hunt’s 4.7 40-yard dash potential, the defensive lineman has also benched 225 pounds 35 times, cleared 384 pounds and snatched 345 pounds.And most important, he’ll just keep getting better.“This kid is an ascending player,” Gansz said. “He’s still got a ways to go, and I think he’s a great player. That’s the best thing about this guy, he’s an ascending athlete.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

29
Aug
2020

Razer and Super Evil Megacorp announce strategic partnership

first_imgSuper Evil Megacorp, the mobile game developer behind Vainglory has announced a strategic partnership with Razer, the lifestyle brand for gamers. The partnership will see the two work together to further advance mobile esports and it follows the recent launch of the Razer phone.Cloud9 lifting the Unified Western Championship trophy (Credit: Ravi Lakhani/Super Evil Mega Co)The two companies collaborated for the launch of the Razer Phone in the UK, San Francisco and at DreamHack Winter 2017 in Sweden. The partnership will see a Vainglory event held at the Microsoft Store in New York City, and Razer will now be the title sponsor of the Vainglory World Championship in Singapore. The Vainglory World Championship is edging ever closer, and will take place at the Kallang Theater in Singapore between the 14th and 17th December and will feature the twelve best Vainglory teams in the world battling it for superiority. Singapore will be a fitting host as it’s where Vainglory’s alpha was first launched and is home to Razer’s Co-Founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan. The World Championship will also showcase for the first time Vainglory’s 5 versus 5 mode which has been eagerly anticipated by the community for quite some time. “Super Evil Megacorp and Razer share the same fundamental belief, that gamers are gamers no matter the device they play on, and deserve the best experience that technology has to offer,” said Kristian Segerstrale, CEO of Super Evil Megacorp. “We’re honored to partner with Razer at a very exciting time, to further advance our mission to bring the best gaming experience possible on mobile devices.”“With a 120 Hz UltraMotion™ display and Dolby Atmos® and THX®-certified audio hardware, Razer Phone was perfected for playing Vainglory on-the-go,” says Min-Liang Tan, CEO and co-founder of Razer. “We are incredibly happy to support Super Evil Megacorp with the only smartphone that can handle the maxed framerates and audio capabilities of Vainglory, their mobile MOBA played by gamers all over the world.”Esports Insider says: Congratulations to both Super Evil and Razer on what we’re sure will be a fruitful partnership. We look forward to seeing a first glance at the five versus five mode.last_img read more

26
Aug
2020

Clayton Kershaw lasts three innings in return as Dodgers lose to Marlins

first_imgDodgers third baseman Justin Turner said Kershaw “looked awesome” to him and he agreed “100 percent” with Roberts’ participation award.“Definitely,” Turner said. “I told (Kershaw) after he was done, ‘Seeing you back out there was awesome.’ He said, ‘I wish I could have done a little better.’ I told him, ‘You being back out there is as good as it gets.’”Getting Kershaw to lower his exacting standards and accept that was a tough sell even though Friday’s start was essentially a second rehab start made on a big-league mound.“No, I can’t (look at it that way),” Kershaw said. “I’m thankful that I got to come back. That’s definite. Steve and B-Mac (physical therapist Steve Smith and strength and conditioning coach Brandon McDaniel) have been with me non-stop to get me back and a lot of people put in a lot of work to help me get back. I understand that from that standpoint and I’m thankful for that. But at the same time, I’m out there to win. I’m out there to get guys out very consistently and I didn’t do that tonight.”Making his first big-league start since June 26 with only one three-inning rehab start to test his injured back, he gave up a solo home run to J.T. Realmuto on his sixth pitch, three hits and another run in the second inning and an infield single in the third. Kershaw threw 66 pitches in his three innings, allowed five hits, struck out five and didn’t walk a batter. He did become the first major-league pitcher to reach 150 strikeouts in a season with fewer than 10 walks (he has only walked nine batters in 124 innings this season).“Not great, obviously. I threw a lot of pitches,” he self-reported. “I was averaging 20-plus pitches an inning so regardless if the pitch count was in effect or not it probably would have been a short night.“You try to look at the positives and I got to pitch again so that’s good. But you don’t want to be a detriment to the team either. I’ll definitely try and pitch a little deeper next time.”Kershaw’s breaking pitches, in particular, did not have their usual bite and he acknowledged “I was in the middle of the plate more than I should be.” But his back “felt fine” even after a Matrix-like contortion to avoid Jose Fernandez’s liner through the box in the second inning and a twisting play to field Christian Yelich’s infield single in the third.The other stuff should be fixable with time and more innings of work.“They better be. Yeah, they better be. I think so,” Kershaw said. “I was throwing strikes. They just weren’t quality strikes. Get two strikes on a guy, I wasn’t able to finish him off quickly. They had long at-bats. Credit to them, they did well. But I think more than anything I wasn’t able to produce the quality strikes tonight consistently.”Kershaw is scheduled to make his next start Wednesday at Yankee Stadium, then lines up to face the second-place San Francisco Giants in the first game of their visit to Dodger Stadium Sept. 19-21. By then, the expectations might have risen. But for now, Roberts was philosophical about having a mere mortal Kershaw in his rotation.“Honestly, I think that he is as human as we all are,” Roberts said. “I think where we’re at as a club — we’re in a good spot. And so … yeah, if he would have been three, four innings scoreless, six punch(outs) — that would have been great. But you still have to look a little bit deeper than the numbers.”The Dodgers’ offensive numbers were pretty shallow Friday. The Marlins ace, Fernandez, held the Dodgers to three hits in seven scoreless innings.The Dodgers had opportunities against Fernandez early in the game. They had two runners on in each of the first two innings and Josh Reddick doubled with one out in the fourth.All five were stranded as the Dodgers went 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position against Fernandez. He retired 16 of the final 18 batters he faced, 12 on strikeouts while tying his career-high with 14 strikeouts in those seven innings.After Reddick’s double, the Dodgers didn’t get another runner past first base until Yasmani Grandal’s long home run off Marlins reliever Fernando Rodney in the ninth inning broke up the shutout. MIAMI >> It felt like a win to everyone but the man who took the loss.Seventy-five days after his most recent start — and nearly two months after he admitted doubting whether he would pitch again this season — Clayton Kershaw lasted just three innings in his return from the disabled list as the Dodgers lost 4-1 to the Miami Marlins Friday night.“Just to see him on the mound was great,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “And in talking to him after the start, he came back into the dugout and said he felt good.“Obviously every game is important. But for Clayton to be back on the mound, I think that’s a win for us.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

16
Aug
2020

International Friendship Tournament in Tuzla Began

first_imgThe fifth international basketball friendship tournament, which was opened on Thursday evening in the University Hall in Tuzla, gathered teams from six countries in Europe. This is a cadet basketball tournament that is traditionally organized by KK Salians Falcons from Tuzla.Group A is Salinas Falcons, Partizan Beograd, Vearlose Kopenhagen, Lattera Ivrea from Italy, and Group B is OKK Sloboda Tuzla, Yucetepespor from Ankara, Radnički-Foka Kragujevac and Trogir from Croatia.Last year’s winners, Yucetepespor from Ankara will defend their title at this tournament.This year BC Vaerlose from Copenhagen will participate as well, and they are in first place in Denmark and Skandinavia.The first games were played last night, and a lot of excitement is expected on the court on 1 September at the finals.last_img read more

13
Aug
2020

Rejuvenated Cameroon, Egypt set for Cup final showdown

first_imgEgypt played their semi-final in Libreville on Wednesday, although they needed extra time and penalties to see off Burkina Faso after a 1-1 draw, veteran 44-year-old goalkeeper Essam El Hadary — already four times a winner of the competition — proving their hero in the shoot-out.Egyptian fans.– Formidable –The Egyptians had won three consecutive Cups of Nations between 2006 and 2010 but missed the last three tournaments amid political upheaval in the country before Argentine Hector Cuper led them to back onto the scene here.Like Broos, Cuper has a young squad, although there are four survivors from the team that won the title in 2010 in El Hadary, Ahmed Fathy, Mohamed Abdel-Shafi and the Hull City wing-back Ahmed Elmohamady.The Pharaohs have not exactly been a joy to watch — they have built their success under Cuper around a rock-solid defence that has only conceded one goal so far in Gabon, while they have relied heavily on the star quality of Mohamed Salah at the other end.“Egypt will not be very different to what we have seen so far, whether people like that or not, whether that means we will be attacking or not,” Cuper told reporters on Saturday.“What we will be looking for is a result and up to now we have had results.”Cuper, who has Arsenal midfielder Mohamd Elneny struggling with a calf injury, is eager to shake off his own reputation as a loser having suffered numerous agonising defeats in finals in his career.But Egypt have a quite formidable record in finals — just one defeat in eight Cup of Nations finals and two wins out of two on such occasions against Cameroon, with the first coming on penalties in Cairo in 1986.“It’s a great way to end the competition in the final but it will be even better if we win the cup,” said Elmohamady.Egyptians celebrateShare on: WhatsApp Action when Uganda took on Egypt. Egypt won 1-0 to march on into the final.Libreville, Gabon | AFP |Cameroon and Egypt are both aiming to cap remarkable revivals by winning the Africa Cup of Nations when they meet in a final that few thought possible in Libreville on Sunday evening.These are two of the most successful nations in the 60-year history of the competition, with Egypt unrivalled on seven titles and Cameroon, four-time winners, just behind alongside Ghana.But at the outset of the tournament in Gabon it was the likes of Algeria, Senegal and defending champions the Ivory Coast who were considered the favourites, with Egypt dark horses in their first appearance since 2010.Cameroon, meanwhile, came with what looked like their weakest ever squad, handicapped by the refusal of several leading players to accept call-ups from Belgian coach Hugo Broos.Yet the Indomitable Lions qualified from their group at the expense of the hosts and have since knocked out both Senegal and Ghana to make their first final since 2008.Then, with a side containing the likes of Rigobert Song and Samuel Eto’o, they lost 1-0 to the Egyptians in Ghana’s capital Accra.This current Cameroon side has no such big name stars but Broos has transformed their fortunes over the last 12 months and is now looking for them to make history.“For these young players — 14 of the 23 are playing at their first Cup of Nations — it is possibly a unique opportunity in their careers to win the trophy,” he said.Speaking to reporters on Saturday, captain Benjamin Moukandjo added: “Of course when you get to this stage you want to win but I think looking at the run we have had we have already done well.“I don’t think anyone here would have bet a cent on us beforehand and that’s a real shame.”Cameroon, who last won the title in 2002, have had 24 hours less time to recover and ready themselves for the game at the Stade de l’Amitie after second-half goals by Michael Ngadeu and Christian Bassogog gave them a 2-0 win against Ghana in Franceville on Thursday.last_img read more

12
Aug
2020

England Golf Photographer Tom Ward passes away

first_img3 Jun 2013 England Golf Photographer Tom Ward passes away It is with much sadness that we learnt of the news that our good friend Tom Ward passed away this weekend. Tom was the official photographer for England Golf, and previously the English Golf Union, for over 12 years and was probably one of the most experienced photographers in the UK specialising in amateur golf championships.  Tom’s passion and enthusiasm for his craft was always inspiring and his collection of images has provided a wonderful history for all that is great in the game we love. We will miss Tom and have many, many fond memories of him.  Our condolences and thoughts are with Tom’s family.  He was a talented man and was respected by many throughout the world of amateur golf and beyond.last_img read more

12
Aug
2020

Lancashire win the County Championship again – on points

first_img Lancashire have the English County Championship back in their grasp after a dramatic final day at Minchinhampton when they not only needed to win their match but to accumulate as many points in doing so.They did just that, overcoming Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Channel Islands 6½ – 2½ while Devon beat Leicestershire and Rutland 5½ – 3½ to finish second place.In the end both counties had two match wins so the verdict went to game points with Lancashire gaining 15½ to Devon’s 14.It is Lancashire’s 11th County Championship overall and their third in the past six years and their captain Paul Williams, in his first year as captain, was naturally delighted with his side’s success.“It has been a fantastic experience being involved with a team that’s friendly and full of spirit,” he said. “We knew what we had to do and after a tie in the foursomes so I loaded by experienced players at the back in the singles and all produced.“I wanted Haydn McCullen to show he was No.1 and he has made it a hat-trick. He won the Lancashire county and boys championships and now the English County title.“Also, Sean Towndrow holed a six foot clutch putt on the final green this morning to earn us a half. Without that we could have lost momentum so I’m really pleased for him.“But it’s been a good year for me. We‘ve won the Northern League and now this but everyone has pulled together.”After being held 1½ – 1½ in the morning foursomes, the North Region champions knew they needed as many game points as they could get from the six singles. There was little to separate the players in any of the games in the early stages but as the afternoon wore on so Lancashire gradually assumed control.Haydn McCullen gave them a great start with a 3 and 2 win over Hampshire’s Harry Ellis, who found himself 5-down after 12 holes but strung together three successive birdies to reduce the damage.Mark Young found himself behind early on to Ryan Henley but battled back to lead 2-up at the turn before taking advantage of the Hampshire man’s errors to win 5 and 3.Paul Howard and John Carroll both came through 3 and 2 over Elliot Groves and Gavin O’Neill respectively which meant that Sean Towndrow’s 4 and 2 defeat by Tom Robson hurt little.Devon made a great bid for the title. After taking the foursomes 2-1 against Leicestershire, they took command of the top singles and soon had three points on the board which assured them of victory in the match. But they needed also every point they could get.After leading early, Jimmy Mullen went 1-down to Colin Mitchell at the turn. But he pressed the accelerator on the back nine, regaining the lead with a birdie at the 12th then winning the 14th and 15th on his way to a 3 and 2 victory.Sam Edwards had two front nine birdies to Jonathan Herbert’s three but the Leicestershire man added a couple of bogeys to be out in level par to Edwards’ two under 33 for a 1-up lead.  Herbert fell 2-down with a double-bogey at ten while Edwards went further in front with a birdie at 13 before closing out a 2 and 1 success.David Blick also went out in 33 to be 3-up against Leicester’s Ashley Mason on his way to a 5 and 3 win, which ended when Mason lost his ball on the 15th and conceded. But they could only reap a half from the bottom three games, thanks to Dan Rosevear against Martin Anderson.The two bottom games went Leicestershire’s way through their long-serving campaigners, Steve Sansome, who won 4 and 3 against Dave Ashley, and David Gibson by 5 and 3 over Adam Bridgewater.Photo copyright Leaderboard Photography. 29 Sep 2013 Lancashire win the County Championship again – on points last_img read more

04
Aug
2020

Sea Bright Pizzeria: ‘Bigger and Stronger’

first_imgBy John BurtonSEA BRIGHT – Cono and Karen Trezza are happy to be back kneading pizza dough and feeding their customers.The couple’s business, Sea Bright Pizzeria, has been rebuilt after being closed for eight months after being wrecked by Super Storm Sandy. They reopened in June.Karen and Cono Trezza, owners of Sea Bright Pizzeria, are happy to be up and running after their building was severely damaged last October by Super Storm Sandy.“To get back to work after everything … I can’t explain how it feels,” Cono said, trying to collect his thoughts about what they have gone through, what it all means and the emotions he has been feeling as they work to get their business back on track.“It’s the American dream, you know?” said Cono, who came to the U.S. from his native Italy in 1980.The Trezzas, who live in Lincroft with their two sons, Luca, 12, and Christian, 11, first opened their pizza restaurant on Ocean Avenue in 2005. They moved a few doors down the street to their 1068 Ocean Ave. location on what turned out to be the eve of Hurricane Irene in 2011. Having weathered that challenge reasonably well in a building that is probably nearly 100 years old, they figured they were good.But then came Sandy.The October 2012 storm devastated Sea Bright, including the pizzeria. Especially hard-hit was the Ocean Avenue business district.“Structurally, the front of the store was blown out,” by the waves and the water that flooded the area, Karen recalled. “Everything inside was demolished.”“The whole façade,” which was fronted by glass, Cono said, “was gone – destroyed.“Every piece of equipment was upside down,” including the large pizza ovens and much of it ruined.Cono returned to Sea Bright the day after the storm to check on his business.“It was shocking,” he said.The full extent of the damage and what it would entail to return to business did not sink in for weeks.While Karen had second thoughts about returning, her husband never did. He did find the prospect of rebuilding “daunting. You didn’t know where to start,” he said.An extra boost to the Trezzas’ spirits came from an unexpected source. As the state’s first lady Mary Pat Christie was touring the borough, Cono was cleaning up debris when she walked by. The governor’s wife asked Cono how he was doing and what could she do to help. “I told her, ‘It’s OK. We’ll rebuild, bigger and better than ever.’”Earlier this year, Gov. Chris Christie quoted Cono in his State of the State address, Cono noted with pride.For Karen, hearing the governor talk about his love for the Jersey Shore “really turned me around” and she embraced rebuilding.“We gutted the whole building; we tore up the floor,” Cono said. They had to replace everything.When they first worked on the restaurant in 2011, they installed the electrical equipment under the floor. This time they placed it about 6-feet high, hopefully high enough to spare it from any future flooding. The Trezzas decided to fill in the building’s crawlspace, a move recommended by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).They also are getting flood panels, which can be put up along the building’s front and rear areas in case of a serious storm or flood alert and hopefully will mitigate flooding.None of this was cheap, with rebuilding costing about $300,000, Karen said. “We were underinsured,” which left them looking for available U.S. Small Business Association loans for assistance.Cono is pleased with the outcome, including the new tables, equipment and brick walls. “The first time we thought we did it right,” he said. “But now it’s done right.”The push was to open in time for the all-important summer season, they said. “If we lost the summer, it could have made the difference” between coming back and not, Cono said.“The summer is huge; it was a must,” Karen said.When they reopened June 28, they were greeted by many of their loyal customers who came to show their support – and for some, to express surprise that Sea Bright Pizzeria was able to get back so soon, Karen and Cono said.During those first days, “I made a lot of pizzas, a lot,” said Cono, who ran out of dough at one point.Now it’s all about looking forward, they said.“We’re here to stay,”Cono stressed. “Bigger and stronger.”last_img read more

31
May
2020

No. 7 Bears Upend No. 6 Islanders to Live Another Day

first_imgDefense has been the key to UCA’s revival and it continued on Wednesday as the Bears allowed fewer than 65 points for the fifth time in their six-game run. After watching the Islanders (14-18) connect on three of their first four 3-point attempts in the first 3:02 of the contest, UCA clamped down on A&M-CC’s long-range attack, holding them to just 4-of-24 the remainder of the night. Box Score | Photo GalleryKATY, Texas — After losing seven straight and nearly capsizing their chances to return to the Southland Conference men’s basketball tournament, Central Arkansas’ recent run has its title hopes afloat for at least one more day. UCA put together a key run capped off by a pair of free throws from Hayden Koval (15 points, 11 rebounds) that stretched the lead to 51-41 at the 8:33 mark. A&M-CC would never get closer than nine points. The Islanders relied on the shooting of guard Jashawn Talton in the first half. Talton scored 17 of the team’s 25 first half points, going 6-for-9 from the field while his teammates managed only three field goals in 20 attempts. However, UCA’s locker room adjustments resulted in Talton going scoreless after intermission – a critical blow to A&M-CC’s hopes of closing the deficit. Thatch Unruh scored 21 points while an aggressive Bears defense limited Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to just 33.9 percent from the field on their way to a 73-53 win over the Islanders in an opening round game at Merrell Center on Wednesday night. The victory pushes seventh-seed UCA (14-18) to a 7:30 p.m. date against third-seed Southeastern Louisiana on Thursday.MBB: @UCAMBB Unruh hits one from waaaaaaaay downtown. @islandersmbb Clark counters with jam. Bears up 62-50 w/ 1:35 remaining. Winner gets @SLU_Hoops.?? https://t.co/dZeRYkvDI1???? @espn apps #ShakasUp #BearClawsUp #SouthlandStrong ?? #ChampWeek pic.twitter.com/5j74J5KGmA— #SouthlandStrong (@SouthlandSports) March 14, 2019“I thought our guys really competed hard,” said Bear’s coach Russ Pennell, whose team has won five of their last six. “I thought (Wednesday) was an extension of what we’ve been doing. How long we can do that, I don’t know, but right now with the enthusiasm and the effort that the guys are putting in, I wouldn’t think they’re going to have much of a letdown.” Still, the Islanders were able to pull within 42-38 when South hit a pair of free throws with 12:51 remaining. It would be as close as they would get as the flash of offensive production they showed early in the second half faded away.MBB: @UCAMBB with the exclamation point courtesy of Mondesir. BOOM!Bears win 73-53 over the Islanders. UCA advances to face @SLU_Hoops Thursday. 7:30 start inside @MerrellCenter. #BearClawsUp #SouthlandStrong ?? #ChampWeek pic.twitter.com/GFsAcd85rV— #SouthlandStrong (@SouthlandSports) March 14, 2019 The duo of Kareem South and Emmanuel Toney were unable to get into an offensive groove. Combined, the pair hit on just three of 20 shots, including 1-for-10 from 3-point range.“We weren’t locked in defensively as we needed to be,” said Islanders’ coach Willis Wilson. “There were just situations where the ball just did not bounce our way. We had some shots that went in and out. We had a couple of balls that we struggled to get the handle on. Things just kind of escalated.”last_img read more