Dayton women overcome slow start to win A-10 tournament opener

Published: Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 2:50 PM

            Dayton’s JaVonna Layfield brings the ball up the court against Duquesne on Jan. 31, 2018, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff
Dayton’s JaVonna Layfield brings the ball up the court against Duquesne on Jan. 31, 2018, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff

It could not have worked out better for the Atlantic 10 Conference to have several hundred fans in the seats when the quarterfinals of the women’s tournament began here at coffee-induced 11 a.m. Friday.

A horde of screaming students from Richmond Public Schools were in the stands at the Richmond Coliseum for the first of four games, which by coincidence included the No. 8 seeded Richmond Spiders.

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“You don’t really pay attention to that,” Dayton senior forward JaVonna Layfield said of the homecourt edge.

Top-seeded Dayton spoiled the day off of school for the students, overcoming a sluggish start and late scare to win 67-58 and advance to the semifinals on Saturday morning.

Layfield had 17 points and 11 rebounds, Lauren Cannatelli also had 17 points, Jenna Burdette added 14 points and Jayla Scaife had 10 points.

“It is like an away game, really, which is fine,” UD head coach Shauna Green said of the atmosphere.

Dayton (23-5), the defending tourney champion, advances to face No. 5 George Washington, a 64-59 winner over No. 4 George Mason in Friday’s second game.

“We need to be better whomever we play,” said Green, the A-10’s coach of year. “That was a tough opening 1-8 game. You have to try and find a way. We made plays when we had to on the defensive end.”

Cannatelli was 9 of 9 from the foul line, Layfield was 8 of 10, Burdette was 6 of 8 and the Flyers were 26 of 31 as a team.

“I thought it was just a mentality of attack and getting in the paint,” Cannatelli said.

“We preach attack mode every single day,” Green said. “You have to go at them.”

Cannatelli hit two free throws with 36.7 seconds left to make it 62-56 and Burdette made two more with 30.3 to go to make it 64-58 as the Flyers prevailed, after leading by 11 midway through the second quarter.

The Spiders (14-17) had come within 53-52 with 4:00 left in the game on a 3-pointer by Dee Hatcher.

UD won its first 15 conference games this season before falling in the regular-season finale last weekend against Saint Louis. The Flyers got a first-round bye in order to face Richmond, which won on Tuesday against No. 9 seed Davidson.

“I think we responded well,” Green said. “We knew it would be a tough game. I thought we did the things we needed to do and get that (winning) feeling back. All of our games this year, we have not played perfect. Again we found a way. I know we were sluggish to start.”

Early on, the Flyers turned the ball over and Richmond scored nine points in a row to take a 9-6 lead. Dayton responded with a flurry of 3-pointers early in the second quarter during an 11-0 run to take the lead for good.

“Coach stressed that we needed to pick up our intensity,” Layfield said.

Dayton led by 11 points several times in the second quarter and was up 34-26 at halftime as Layfield scored 12 of her points before intermission.

Micaela Parson led Richmond with 24 points.

NOTES: Dayton won the battle of the boards 37-35 and shot 38 percent from the field, including 5 of 16 from 3-point range … Scaife and Kailyn Fee of Richmond were tagged with technicals in the closing seconds with the outcome already decided … The Spiders made just 4 of 20 shots from 3-point range.


Dayton vs. George Washington, 11 a.m.

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Twitter Reacts: Dayton fans comment on loss of five players

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 9:14 AM

Dayton sophomores Ryan Mikesell, Xeyrius Williams, John Crosby and Sam Miller pose for a photo after a victory against Virginia Commonwealth on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff
Dayton sophomores Ryan Mikesell, Xeyrius Williams, John Crosby and Sam Miller pose for a photo after a victory against Virginia Commonwealth on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff(columnist)

Dayton Flyers fans reacted with surprise, disappointment, confusion, glee and every other range of emotion on Thursday when Dayton announced three more players were leaving the program, meaning the team has lost five players since the end of the season.

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Xeyrius Williams, Matej Svoboda, Kostas Antetokounmpo, John Crosby and Jordan Pierce will continue their careers elsewhere. Here’s what the fans and others had to say on Twitter.

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Former Buckeyes try to enjoy themselves during pressures of Pro Day

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 8:56 PM

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The stars came out Thursday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center — the stars that wore scarlet and gray last fall and the ones who stalk NFL sidelines on Sundays.

Five NFL head coaches plus four defensive coordinators and two general managers — and 140 NFL representatives in all — attended Ohio State's annual Pro Day. Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick watched 17 players work out, as did Mike Tomlin, of the Steelers, Matt Patricia, of the Lions, and Mike Zimmer, of the Vikings.

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The players seemed to enjoy the attention despite the stress that came with it. All hope to hear their names called during the NFL Draft April 26-28. Some are locks. Some have to prove themselves in these workouts.

"It's been amazing," said linebacker Jerome Baker, who left Ohio State with one year of eligibility remaining. "I live by the motto, 'I'm living my best life.' That's exactly what I'm doing. Everyone makes it seem like this process is so stressful and so non-fun. You're about to go to the next level. You might as well as have fun. You got to this point because you're good at what you do."

» RELATED: Changes coming to NFL Draft broadcast predicts Baker will be picked in the second or third round. His former teammate, quarterback J.T. Barrett, may not hear his name called until the seventh round if he gets drafted at all, but he showed his arm in front of scouts at Pro Day.

"I was just trying to enjoy it," Barrett said. "That's the main thing. It comes and goes pretty fast. You don't want to get too wrapped up in and not enjoy it. It was a good day. Solid. I wish I had a couple of throws back, but that's part of it, even in a game."

Ohio State Pro Day: Billy Price interview(David Jablonski - Staff Writer)

One Ohio State prospect with a strong chance of being selected in the first or second round didn't work out. Center Billy Price remains sidelined by a incomplete pectoral tear, which he suffered at the NFL Combine on March 1. Price watched his teammates run sprints and perform drills Thursday and said his injury isn't a serious concern.

"It's not going to be an issue," Price said. "I should be good by June. I'll be bench pressing and be at full strength again."

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Another Buckeye expected to go in the early rounds is defensive end Sam Hubbard, who had 2½ sacks in his final college game in December, the Cotton Bowl victory against Southern California. He said he wanted to reinforce what the coaches have seen of him on tape in his workout.

"I was happy to go out there and do that," Hubbard said. "It's a lot of motivation to go as hard as you possibly can, especially when you've got guys like Matt Patricia and Bill Belichick coaching you up. It was an incredible experience."

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Antetokounmpo thanks Dayton after deciding to ‘start a new chapter’

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 8:10 PM

Dayton's Kostas Antetokounmpo dunks against George Washington's Yuta Watanabe on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at UD Arena.
David Jablonski - Staff Writer
Dayton's Kostas Antetokounmpo dunks against George Washington's Yuta Watanabe on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at UD Arena.(David Jablonski - Staff Writer)

Kostas Antetokounmpo announced his departure from the University of Dayton on Twitter on Thursday night, hours after an official press release by the university.

Antetokounmpo, a 6-foot-10 redshirt freshman forward, plans to explore his options in the NBA, Dayton coach Anthony Grant said Thursday. He left school with six weeks left in the semester.

Antetokounmpo spent two years at UD. He committed to Dayton in June 2016 three days after visiting the campus. He ranked 89th in the class of 2016, according to

In October 2016, the NCAA ruled Antetokounmpo a partial qualifier, and he wasn’t able to play in his freshman season. He started practicing with the team in January 2017. He missed most of the summer workouts and preseason practices because of an injury he suffered in Greece but was healthy by the start of the season and appeared in 29 games, averaging 5.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game.

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Photo gallery: Marion Local D-IV boys state semifinal win

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 7:31 PM

Marion Local senior Tyler Mescher addresses a 56-54 defeat of Pandora-Gilboa in a boys high school basketball D-IV state semifinal at OSU on Thursday, March 22, 2018. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Marion Local defeated Pandora-Gilboa 56-54 in a boys high school basketball Division IV state semifinal at Ohio State University’s Schottenstein Center on Thursday, March 22.

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Marion Local (24-4) will play Willoughby Cornerstone Christian (21-7) in the D-IV state championship at 10:45 a.m. Saturday also at the Schott.

Marion Local players celebrate. Marion Local defeated Pandora-Gilboa 56-54 in a D-IV boys high school basketball state semifinal at OSU’s Schottenstein Center on Thursday, March 22, 2018. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

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