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Dayton Flyers to play La Salle or Davidson in A-10 quarterfinals

Published: Sunday, March 05, 2017 @ 12:19 AM

George Washington fans yell at Dayton coach Archie Miller on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at the Smith Center in Washington, D.C.
David Jablonski - Staff Writer
George Washington fans yell at Dayton coach Archie Miller on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at the Smith Center in Washington, D.C.(David Jablonski - Staff Writer)

The Dayton Flyers head to the postseason with the bitter taste of an 87-81 loss at George Washington. It will linger for six days. That’s how long they have to wait to play in the Atlantic 10 tournament quarterfinals at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.

There will not be an easy win in this tournament. Dayton is the No. 1 seed, but it will play No. 8 seed La Salle (15-14, 9-9) or No. 9 seed Davidson (15-13, 8-9) at noon Friday. Both teams are dangerous.

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Dayton beat Davidson 89-82 in overtime on Feb. 24. The Flyers had an easier time against La Salle, winning 66-55 in the A-10 opener on Dec. 30, but the Explorers have one of the conference’s best players in Jordan Price.

If Dayton advances to the semifinals and the other top seeds win, its opponent at 1 p.m. Saturday would be No. 4 seed Rhode Island.

The break should help the Flyers. It will be the longest break they’ve had between games since December. Coach Archie Miller plans to make the most of the time. He’s concerned about the team losing its edge.

“We’re going to work,” he said. “We have to work. When you’re winning it’s good, but there’s some slippage. But I’m not going to take away from what just happened. We’re 24-6. We’re the regular-season champs. At the end of the day, this is very disappointing, but it’s going to refocus us as we get ready for that first round.”

Here’s a quick glance at the other A-10 tournament matchups:

Wednesday: No. 12 seed Massachusetts vs. No. 13 St. Joseph’s, 6 p.m.; No. 11 Saint Louis vs. No. 14 Duquesne. Both games are on ASN.

Thursday: No. 8 La Salle vs. No. 9 Davidson, noon; No. 5 St. Bonaventure vs. UMass/St. Joe’s, 2:30 p.m.; No. 7 George Mason vs. No. 10 Fordham, 6 p.m.; No. 6 George Washington vs. Saint Louis/Duquesne, 8:30 p.m. All games are on NBC Sports Network.

Friday: No. 1 Dayton vs. La Salle/Davidson, noon; No. 4 Rhode Island vs. St. Bonaventure/UMass/St. Joe’s, 2:30 p.m.; No. 2 VCU vs. George Mason/Fordham, 6 p.m.; No. 3 Richmond vs. George Washington/Saint Louis/Duquesne, 8:30 p.m. All games are on NBC Sports Network.

Saturday: First semifinal, 1 p.m.; Second semifinal, 3:30 p.m. Both games on the CBS Sports Network.

Sunday: Championship game, 12:30 p.m. (CBS).

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Michael Jordan, Jerry West, Scottie Pippen among celebrities coming to Dayton for new event 

Published: Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 2:00 PM

The organizer of a new charity event say a who’s who of sports figures and entertainers will descend on Dayton in a matter of a few weeks. 

 

Ron Edwards, the organizer of the Jim Cleamons Celebrity Golf Classic and Charity Event, told us that Michael Jordan, Jerry West, Phil Jackson and Scottie Pippen are among the celebrities slated to be in Dayton for the new event set for Aug. 19 and 20 at the NCR Country Club, 4435 Dogwood Trail in Kettering. 

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Cleamons is a former NBA player and coach. 

WHO BENEFITS 

The event will benefit Hoopology Camp, Cleamons’ Columbus charity for student athlete development.

The Pink Ribbon Girls, a locally based nonprofit that helps women battling cancer, will also benefit. 

WHY ARE CELEBRITIES INVOLVED?

A marketing professional by trade, Edwards says he and his wife, Arnika Edwards — University of Dayton’s director of  basketball operations — are longtime friends of Cleamons. And so are the celebrities expected to play in the golf event.

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Several were coached by Cleamons or coached with him. 

“All these people want to come and make it happen for Jim,” Edwards said. 

He said he would release a full list of celebrities Monday. 

“We’ve got a great list of celebrities and athletes that will be here,” he said. “It is going to do a big deal. Our plan is to have this for a long time.”

WHO IS JIM CLEAMONS? 

Raised in Columbus, Cleamons played basketball at Ohio State University before entering the NBA. 

He played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks and Washington Bullets. 

He was an assistant basketball coach for the Chicago Bulls from 1989 until 1996 — during the “Jordan years” — and was the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks a year after that.

Cleamons was also an assistant coach for the Lakers during their 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010 championship seasons.

The Bulls won championships in 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1996.

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WHY DAYTON?

Edwards said Dayton was selected as the city of the golf event that will include an auction because he and his wife are based here, the Dayton area has quality golf courses and because Cleamons — now a resident of California — remains passionate about helping Ohio youth improve their lives and have bright futures.  

“Everything we are doing is for Jim and his 501(c)(3) and helping the kids in Ohio,” he said.  

Links to register for the event can be found at Hoopologycamp.org.

 

The first Jim Cleamons Celebrity Golf Classic and Charity Event is set for Aug. 19 and 20, 2018.(Contributed)

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Former Flyer Kostas Antetokounmpo: What are his chances of being drafted?

Published: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 @ 11:17 AM

Dayton’s Kostas Antetokounmpo drives to the basket against Rhode Island on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2018, at the Ryan Center in Kingston, R.I. David Jablonski/Staff
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Dayton’s Kostas Antetokounmpo drives to the basket against Rhode Island on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2018, at the Ryan Center in Kingston, R.I. David Jablonski/Staff(Staff Writer)

Nine days remain until the NBA Draft. A 28-year drought for the Dayton Flyers will end if former UD forward Kostas Antetokounmpo, who left the program and the university in March, hears his name called.

As expected, Antetokounmpo did not withdraw his name from the draft at 5 p.m. Monday, which was the deadline for early entrants who had not signed with an agent. That means he can’t return to college basketball.

Dayton hasn’t seen a player drafted since 1990 when Negele Knight went to the Phoenix Suns in the second round with the 31st overall pick.

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In ESPN’s latest mock draft, it projects the 6-foot-10 Antetokounmpo, who averaged 5.2 points in his one season on the court for the Flyers, also to go to the Suns in the second round with the 59th pick, the second-to-last selection.

A mock draft by BleacherReport.com projected Antetokounmpo to be taken by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second round with the 56th pick.

“The Thunder can take a flier on Antetokounmpo, whose skill level is limited,” wrote Jonathan Wasserman, of Bleacher Report. “He'll try to carve out a role as a defensive specialist for his switchability and disruptive length.

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On Monday, ESPN’s Jonathan Givony reported Antetokounmpo had “mysteriously elected to cancel all of his remaining scheduled private NBA workouts. Expect rampant speculation among NBA teams as to why.”

Antetokounmpo previously worked out for the Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers, Toronto Raptors and Memphis Grizzlies. Antetokounmpo suffered a groin injury during his workout with the Grizzlies on June 3, according to the Charlotte Observer, but it didn’t appear to be a serious injury.

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Dayton coach Grant experiences 92-point win in U-18 championship

Published: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 @ 12:01 PM

Dayton’s Anthony Grant reacts after a basket bay Josh Cunningham forced overtime against Virginia Commonwealth on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at the Siegel Center in Richmond, Va. David Jablonski/Staff
Staff Writer
Dayton’s Anthony Grant reacts after a basket bay Josh Cunningham forced overtime against Virginia Commonwealth on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at the Siegel Center in Richmond, Va. David Jablonski/Staff(Staff Writer)

Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant had a front-row seat Monday during one of the biggest blowouts ever seen in international basketball.

Grant, who is an assistant coach with Wake Forest coach Danny Manning under Kansas coach Bill Self for the USA Under-18 team, watched as the Americans beat Panama 118-26 in St. Catharines, Ont. The U.S. team improved to 2-0 in Group A play in the preliminary round of the FIBA Americas Championship and plays Puerto Rico at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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The United States outscored Panama 43-0 in the first quarter and led 70-8 at halftime.

“I’ve never seen a score like that after one quarter,” Self said. “After that, they still tried to play the right way.”

The United States beat the Dominican Republic 105-73 in the first game of the preliminary round Sunday. Following the preliminary round, the eight teams in the tournament will be seeded in Thursday’s quarterfinals. The semifinals are Friday. The gold medal game will be played Sunday. The top-four teams qualify for the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup.

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Reds’ Gennett ranks third among second basemen in All-Star voting

Published: Monday, June 11, 2018 @ 1:25 PM

The Reds Scooter Gennett prepares to bat against the Rockies on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff
Contributing Writer
The Reds Scooter Gennett prepares to bat against the Rockies on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff(Contributing Writer)

Second baseman Scooter Gennett leads the Cincinnati Reds in voting for the 89th All-Star Game.

Gennett, who seeks to become a first-time all-star, ranks third among National League players at his position with 309,512 votes. He trails the Atlanta Braves’ Ozzie Albies (398,816) and the Cubs’ Javier Báez (360,307). Gennett was the NL Player of the Month in May and ranks tied for second in the league with 47 RBIs.

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Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez, who leads the league in RBIs (48), ranks fourth at his position with 87,659 votes. He trails the Rockies’ Nolan Arenado (527,683), the Phillies’ Odúbel Herrera (189,234) and the Cubs’ Kris Bryant (305,062).

Joey Votto ranks fifth among first basemen with 83,272 votes. He trails the Braves’ Freddie Freeman (633,342), the Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo (248,275), the Giants’ Brandon Belt (162,750) and the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger (113,392). Freeman leads all NL players in votes.

Voting began June 1 and continues until 11:59 p.m. July 5. The All-Star Game will be played July 17 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

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