Davidson stars run out of gas against Dayton Flyers

Published: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 9:07 AM

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Davidson stars Jack Gibbs and Peyton Aldridge, the second highest-scoring tandem in the country with 42.5 points per game between them, were great for about the first 32 minutes Friday night against the Dayton Flyers at Belk Arena. They were so-so for the last 13.

It’s not easy playing every minute of a basketball game, especially when you did the same thing three days earlier in the case of Aldridge. Gibbs did get a one-minute break Tuesday against Richmond. He played Friday with a protective mask on his face.

There’s no doubt Gibbs and Aldridge, who each scored 27 points, had little left for the overtime period when Dayton rallied from a 70-57 deficit in the final eight minutes. That’s a big reason Dayton won 89-82.

Davidson’s Jack Gibbs brings the ball up the court against Dayton on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, at Belk Arena in Davidson, N.C.(David Jablonski)

“We definitely wore them down,” said Dayton senior Kendall Pollard, who had to guard Aldridge for a good chunk of the game. “I don’t think Aldridge scored for the last ... I don’t know the time frame. I did a good job on him. Charles did a good job on Gibbs. Collectively, we played defense and we locked down.”

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Aldridge made 11 of 19 shots from the field, including 4 of 9 3-pointers. He scored two points in the final 11 minutes of the second half and none in overtime. His last basket put Davidson ahead 74-72 with 44 seconds to play. Xeyrius Williams tied the game 12 seconds later with a layup.

Gibbs made 9 of 21 shots from the field, including 4 of 12 3-pointers. He had six assists but also six turnovers.

“Jack played 45 minutes,” Davidson coach Bob McKillop said. “Peyton played 45 minutes. They emptied their tank.”

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Dayton’s starters played big minutes, too. Charles Cooke saw 39 minutes of action. Pollard played 35. Dayton had enough depth, however, to take fresher bodies into overtime.

Scoochie Smith had better legs than most of the players in the game because he rested on the bench with foul trouble for three of the last six minutes of the second half. That break paid off when he hit three 3-pointers in the first three minutes of overtime.

Dayton’s Charles Cooke guards against Davidson’s Jack Gibbs on Davidson’s final shot of the second half on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, at Belk Arena in Davidson, N.C.(David Jablonski)

Davidson (14-13, 7-9) still could have won the game in the final seconds of regulation. Gibbs missed a shot over the outstretched arms of Cooke with seconds to play. Pollard got the rebound and dribbled over halfcourt before throwing up a prayer that almost banked in at the buzzer.

After the game, McKillop explained Davidson’s final play.

“We had two options,” McKillop said. “The one option was to get Jack a shot. They played it pretty well. The second option was to get a down screen for Peyton and then to play off Peyton. We got Jack a great look. I thought Jack’s look at the basket was terrific. I thought they executed incredibly well. We shot it at the time we wanted to shoot it. (Dayton) had three seconds left to do anything with it. I thought that shot was down.”

Davidson shot 49.2 percent from the field against Dayton. That’s the best any team has done against the Flyers in Atlantic 10 play. Nebraska (56.9 percent) remains the only team to top 50 percent against UD. The Flyers lead the A-10 in field-goal percentage defense (40.9).

“Dayton is superb as a defensive team,” McKillop said. “Their quickness at five spots, their length at five spots and they bring three, four, five guys off the bench that have that same quickness and length. They’re aggressive and tough, and they certainly play that way. It was a combination of us putting it on the floor when we shouldn’t have or going to places we shouldn’t have and them being very good defensively.”

WATCH: Video of Scoochie Smith's clutch shots in overtime at Davidson.

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WATCH: 5-year-old dancer steals the show at Cavs-Warriors’ game

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 4:46 PM

From the Facebook page of the NBA.
From the Facebook page of the NBA.

The halftime show of Monday night’s game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors featured a dancing 5-year-old whose moves amazed thousands of NBA fans around the world. 

With the Cavaliers’ Scream Team in the background, young Tavaris Jones danced to the song “Rolex” by Ayo and Teo, according to media reports. 

The video has gone viral as nearly 50,000 people have watched in on YouTube alone. 

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Ex-Buckeye, Heisman winner Troy Smith cited for driving under influence

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 1:48 PM

Former Ohio State quarteback Troy Smith competes in a quarterback competition against Cardale Joens, back center, and J.T. Barrett, right, during halftime of the spring game on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. David Jablonski/Staff
Former Ohio State quarteback Troy Smith competes in a quarterback competition against Cardale Joens, back center, and J.T. Barrett, right, during halftime of the spring game on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. David Jablonski/Staff

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Greenville advances to regional final for third straight season

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 4:11 PM

Greenville softball three wins from first state title since 2007

The third-ranked Greenville Lady Wave will play for a spot in the state final four for the third straight season, advancing with a 14-4, six-inning victory in a Division II regional semifinal against No. 6 Clinton-Massie on Wednesday at Mason High School.

Greenville last reached the state final four in 2012. Last season, the Lady Wave lost 4-0 to Hamilton Ross in the regional final. In 2015, they lost 7-1 to Granville.

Greenville won the state title in 2007, made the final four in 2010 and lost in the state final in 2012.

Of the many big hits Wednesday, the biggest was a three-run home run by Alli Hill in the sixth inning. Greenville has scored 10 or more runs in 22 games.

Greenville (28-3) will play No. 8 Shawnee or No. 9 Jonathan Alder at noon Saturday at Mason.

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10 things you missed from Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant’s interview on WHIO Radio

Published: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 @ 10:59 AM

Anthony Grant talks on WHIO Radio on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Dayton. Jeremy Ratliff/Staf
David Jablonski
Anthony Grant talks on WHIO Radio on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Dayton. Jeremy Ratliff/Staf(David Jablonski)

Six weeks into his tenure as head coach of the Dayton Flyers, Anthony Grant stopped by WHIO Radio to talk to the voice of the Flyers, Larry Hansgen, on the Miami Valley Morning News. 

Here are some highlights from the interview Wednesday morning:

• On putting the coaching staff together: “It has been hectic, but it’s been good. I’m really happy with the staff we’ve put together. We’re moving in the right direction in terms of finishing things out.”

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•  On associate head coach Anthony Solomon: “He’s a former head coach, a guy who’s been a lot of different places and has a lot of relationships. He’s very good on the floor.”

• On assistant coach James Kane: “He’s a guy I knew when I was at the University of Florida. He was a student there. Long story. We used to play a 3-on-3 challenge against the students. We were undefeated for a long time, and James’ team actually beat us. It’s the only time anyone beat us in my time there.

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• On assistant coach Ricardo Greer: He played 14 years overseas, and actually in a week and a half, he’s going into the hall of fame in France for his playing career.”

• On special assistant Darren Hertz: “Darren has an important role for us in terms of analytics, breaking down our team and helping me to analyze what we’re doing offensively and defensively.”

• On new recruit Jalen Crutcher: “Once he saw this place and saw the resources we have here and the commitment on and off the court, academically, athletically, socially, I think he saw this will be a great fit for him.”

• On John Crosby returning to the team: “John, obviously, is a guy who has had kind of a rocky road a little bit, I think it would be fair to say, in terms of his production on the court. He’s a guy who really has a lot of pride in terms of wanting to do well and wanting to showcase what he’s capable of doing. I think he just wanted some reassurance that he would have an opportunity to compete and earn playing time and help the team. When you talk to his teammates, they all said great things about him in terms of who he is as a person. Once we worked all that out, in terms of his understanding the direction we were taking the program and his role in it, I think he felt very comfortable moving forward. He did a great job finishing out academically. We’re excited to have him back on the team.”

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• On getting to know his new players: “My first order of business for them was to take care of the classroom, to make sure they finished strong academically. We really didn’t do much on the court. I was able the last couple of weeks, before they had preparation for finals, to get them on the court and just see where they’re at. This will be a big summer. Some of the guys will be here first summer session. Then we’ll have pretty much everybody here for the second summer session.”

• On two of the biggest influences on him, Don Donoher and Billy Donovan: “The common thread between those two guys is their understanding of what it takes to win, not only on the court but in life.

• On what his time as a player at UD meant to him: “I talked to the guys who just finished their careers here and about their passion for their place. This is a special place and will always be a special place for those who played here.”

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