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VCU dominates last two minutes to end Dayton’s season

Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 12:58 PM

Dayton's Trey Landers dunks against Virginia Commonwealth on Thursday, March 8, 2018, at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
David Jablonski - Staff Writer
Dayton's Trey Landers dunks against Virginia Commonwealth on Thursday, March 8, 2018, at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.(David Jablonski - Staff Writer)

The Dayton Flyers looked poised for their first Atlantic 10 tournament victory in two years, leading 70-65 with three minutes to play.

However, No. 8 seed Virginia Commonwealth ended the game on a 12-2 run to beat the No. 9 seed Flyers 77-72 at Capital One Arena. VCU will play No. 1 seed Rhode Island in the quarterfinals at noon Friday.

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Dayton (14-17) suffered its first losing season since 2006 and exited the conference tournament in its first game for the second straight season. The loss ends Dayton’s small hope of extending its four-year streak of NCAA tournament appearances.

Dayton took a 70-65 lead on a basket by Trey Landers at the 3:16 mark. A 3-pointer by VCU’s De’Riante Jenkins and a layup by Isaac Vann tied the score. The Rams took the lead on a basket by Jonathan Williams with 56 seconds to play.

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Dayton turned the ball over with 34 seconds left. A lob pass to Josh Cunningham was knocked away under the basket.

Landers led Dayton with 19 points. Josh Cunningham scored 17. Darrell Davis had 14 points. He reached the 1,000-point milestone in his final game.


The Dayton Flyers scored the last four points of the first half on a layup by Kostas Antetokounmpo and a dunk by Josh Cunningham to cut Virginia Commonwealth’s lead to 38-33 on Thursday in the second round of the Atlantic 10 tournament at Capital One Arena.

Dayton’s star: Cunningham made 5 of 7 shots from the field and scored 10 points.

VCU’s star: Mike’l Simms leads the Rams with seven points.

Key stat: Dayton made 2 of 11 3-pointers. VCU made 5 of 15.

Milestone watch: Darrell Davis scored five points for Dayton. He’s one away from 1,000 in his career.

Big run: Dayton took its first lead, 21-20, and then gave up nine straight points.

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BREAKING: Area high school football heavyweights to face off in Week 3

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 12:54 PM
Updated: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 1:31 PM

Centerville’s Jon Overstreet (with ball) tucks behind Elks Michael Hale (33) and Chris Barr during a 24-7 defeat of visiting Alter in 2010. FILE
Ron Alvey
Centerville’s Jon Overstreet (with ball) tucks behind Elks Michael Hale (33) and Chris Barr during a 24-7 defeat of visiting Alter in 2010. FILE(Ron Alvey)

Two Canadian high school football teams scuttled plans to play here in Week 3 of this coming season. That’s not a bad thing, because Alter and Centerville have agreed to meet in a rare showdown instead.

Centerville athletic director Rob Dement confirmed on Wednesday the non-league game will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at Centerville. They last met in 2010, with host Centerville winning 24-7 also in Week 3.

The Knights and Elks were to have played a Week 3 doubleheader against the Canadian teams at Centerville. Alter was matched against London South Collegiate Institute of Ontario, Canada and Centerville was to have played Oakridge Secondary School, a government-operated high school also at London, Ontario.

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“It’ll certainly be a fun week for everyone,” said Centerville coach Brent Ullery, who was returning from Georgetown University in Kentucky where the Elks held their summer camp. “It was going to be an Ohio vs. Canada deal, which would have been fun. Now, it’s Centerville vs. Centerville.”

Although Alter is located in Kettering off East David Road, many of its students reside at Centerville, making this as close to a neighboring rivalry as Alter vs. Fairmont, the Knights’ traditional season opener. The distance between Alter and Centerville high schools is five miles.

Both Alter and Centerville are established powers, but have played just five times. Alter, 9-2 last season, has had unprecedented success under coach Ed Domsitz, who was inducted into the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association hall of fame last month. 

The Knights (Division III) will open the season with a streak of 17 straight playoff appearances and 23 overall. Alter won D-IV state championships in 2008-09 and placed runner-up twice, including the 2014 season.

Centerville has been to the big-school playoffs 16 times, including 10 appearances since 2004. That included the 2017 team (10-2), Ullery’s first as head coach.

The 2010 Alter at Centerville game drew a capacity crowd of 8,000-plus. Domsitz was in place at Alter, but Centerville’s head coach was Ron Ullery, Brent’s father. Ron is now an assistant at Springboro.

The Canadian teams shared a letter to the area teams in late June about canceling the trip. School officials cited a “secondary, system-wide professional learning initiative,” that was scheduled the same weekend as the Week 3 games and were “not able to approve excursions that will limit attendance.”

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Hartman: Should MLB consider split-season division champions?

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 10:48 AM

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With the All-Star break ongoing, here’s something to ponder to help pass the time: 

Should Major League Baseball consider first and second half division champions? 

The thought crossed my mind as I wondered what might have been for the 2018 Cincinnati Reds, who lost an astounding 18 of their first 21 games but have recently been one of the best teams in either league

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It’s too bad April was so bad nothing that followed could possibly include the Reds really getting back into contention, right? 

Well, maybe it doesn’t have to be that way. 

Since there are minor leagues (including the Midwest League) that have split-season champions, I can’t say this is exactly a novel idea, but that’s a testing ground for lots of changes at the top level. 

It makes more sense for the MWL since rosters tend to change drastically through the course of the season, but there is probably some merit to the idea for MLB as its powers that be look for ways to increase fan interest late in the season. 

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That said… 

Although I am posing the question, I have to admit my answer would be no. 

I’d rather keep things the way they are. 

I am still a traditionalist, after all. 


As interesting as it might be for a team like the Reds, whose terrible start can partly be attributed to injuries to Scott Schebler and Eugenio Suarez, to get a mulligan, the long season is part of MLB’s identity. 

Triumphing over 162 games is important, and I don’t want that to go away — even though the expansion of the postseason has already drastically changed things not just from the days when the team with the best record in each league played in the World Series but also even 25 years ago when there were no wild cards. 

(Ironically, the 1981 Reds had the best record in the National League but missed the postseason because they did not have the best record in either half of a season that was split because of a work stoppage.) 

Nonetheless, don’t be too shocked if it does happen some day. Or at least if it gets some serious discussion. 


MLB, like every other major sports league in the country, has already shown a willingness to consider and even adopt terrible ideas to drum up business (Like the Big 12 creating a football championship game despite already playing a round-robin schedule. And have you seen how the NHL chooses playoff teams now? Remember when the winner of the All-Star Game got home-field advantage in the World Series?) so just about anything is possible. 

How would it work? 

Good question. 

The regular season would be watered down, but that was already done with the wild cards. 

Perhaps we trade in the wild cards for dual division champions? 

Yes, the team that goes wire-to-wire would get a raw deal, but that already happens. 

(Maybe if a team wins both halves we could try a series in which it only has to win three games while the opponent has to win four or something like that.) 

For baseball, a sport that depends more on strength at the local level than football, it might be a worthwhile trade to keep more localities interested for a longer period of time. 

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Dayton Flyers to open season on a Wednesday

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 11:13 AM

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Two more non-conference games for the Dayton Flyers have become known in recent days.

The University of North Florida published its non-conference schedule on its website, and its first game is at Dayton on Wednesday, Nov. 7. That will be the 2018-19 season opener for both teams.

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The first day teams can play is Nov. 6. The NCAA moved up the start date from Friday to Tuesday this season so the teams can play their season openers during the week and not on a busy weekend for football.

“The start of the season had become so compressed with the holidays and exams,” Dan Gavitt, the NCAA’s senior vice president for basketball, told, “that the additional three days allows schools to better schedule the start of the season and it’s the benefit for the student athletes and coaches.”

North Florida finished 14-19 last season and ranked 282nd out of 351 teams in the Pomeroy ratings. It was one of the youngest teams in the country, ranking 331st in experience. It returns 10 of 12 players and its six top scorers.

Dayton beat the Osprey 86-71 at UD Arena on Dec. 5, 2015. That was the first meeting between the programs.

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Another game that hasn’t been officially announced will be against Presbyterian. Jon Rothstein, of CBS Sports, reported that game last week, though a date was not announced.

Presbyterian, located in Clinton, S.C., finished 11-21 last season and ranked 334th in the Pomeroy ratings. It was a Division II school until 2007. It has not had a winning season since moving to Division I.

Dayton played Presbyterian once before, winning 71-52 at UD Arena on Dec. 19, 2009.

Presbyterian’s football program will join Dayton in the Pioneer Football League in 2021.

Here are the other known non-conference games:

Nov. 21: Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas. Possible opponents: Virginia, Middle Tennessee State, Butler, Florida, Oklahoma, Stanford and Wisconsin.

Nov. 22: Battle 4 Atlantis.

Nov. 23: Battle 4 Atlantis.

Nov. 30: Mississippi State at Dayton.

Dec. 8: Dayton at Auburn (reported by Rothstein).

Dec. 16: Dayton vs. Tulsa at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

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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
Updated: Thursday, July 12, 2018 @ 5:22 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. 

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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. 


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. 


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.”


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. 

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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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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


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

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