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Duquesne at Dayton: What you need to know about Wednesday’s game

Published: Tuesday, February 06, 2018 @ 10:31 AM

Dayton players react to a play during a game against Massachusetts on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at the Mullins Center in Amherst, Mass. From left to right, they are: Ryan Mikesell, Camron Greer, Dalton Stewart, Jack Westerfield and Joey Gruden. David Jablonski/Staff
Dayton players react to a play during a game against Massachusetts on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at the Mullins Center in Amherst, Mass. From left to right, they are: Ryan Mikesell, Camron Greer, Dalton Stewart, Jack Westerfield and Joey Gruden. David Jablonski/Staff

Who: Duquesne (15-9, 6-5) at Dayton (10-12, 4-6)

When: 7 p.m., Wednesday

Where: UD Arena

TV/Radio: Spectrum Sports; AM 1290, News 95.7 WHIO

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Probable Dayton starters

Darrell Davis, 6-5, Sr., G, 16.6

Josh Cunningham, 6-7, R-Jr., F, 16.4

Trey Landers, 6-5, So., G, 9.7

Jalen Crutcher, 6-1, Fr., G, 8.5

Jordan Davis, 6-2, Fr., G, 7.7

Flyers coach looks back at Saturday and ahead to Wednesday.

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Probable Duquesne starters

Mike Lewis II, 6-1, So., G, 15.7

Eric Williams Jr., 6-5, Fr., G, 14.8

Rene Castro-Cannedy, 6-2, Gr., G, 13.3

Chas Brown, 6-8, Gr., F, 4.3

Tydus Verhoeven, 6-8, Fr., F, 2.6

Series history: Dayton leads 53-23. Duquesne beat Dayton 70-62 on Dec. 30 in Pittsburgh in the A-10 opener for both teams. Castro-Cannedy led the Dukes with 21 points. Dayton struggled from 3-point range (5 of 26) and at the free-throw line (9 of 17). Duquesne has lost four straight games at UD Arena.

Coaches: Anthony Grant is 10-12 as Dayton head coach. His career record in 10 seasons is 203-122. Keith Dambrot is 15-9 in his first season at Duquesne. He spent the previous 13 seasons at Akron, where he was 305-139.

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Last games: On Saturday, Dayton lost 86-82 in double overtime at Massachusetts, and Duquesne lost 84-81 at home to St. Bonaventure.

Flyers Forward talks about the Flyers next opponent.

About Dayton: KenPom.com gives Dayton a 69 percent chance of winning and predicts a 72-67 score. … Jordan Davis has made 3 of 15 3-pointers in the last four games. He’s shooting 40.8 percent on the season but has not topped 40 percent in a game since making 4 of 8 against Virginia Commonwealth. … Darrell Davis has 892 career points. He has a chance to pass Paul Williams (894) and Anthony Grant (902) on UD’s all-time scoring list in this game. … Cunningham has moved up to third in the country in two-point field-goal percentage (74.2).

About Duquesne: The Dukes lost to St. Bonaventure on a 3-pointer by Jaylen Adams with 3.8 seconds to play. Tarin Smith, who led the Dukes with 24 points off the bench, hit a 3-pointer on the previous possession to tie the game. It was the second loss in the final seconds in eight days for Duquesne. Rhode Island’s Stanford Robinson beat Duquesne with a 3-pointer at the buzzer on Jan. 27 in Kingston, R.I. …. Duquesne already has five more victories than last season when it finished 10-22. Dambrot needs two more wins to tie the school record for most victories by a first-year coach.

Next game: Dayton plays at Virginia Commonwealth (14-9, 6-4) at 6 p.m. Saturday in Richmond, Va.
Josh Cunningham talks about putting 2OT loss at UMass behind them.

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Today in history: Jesse Owens dominates the Big Ten for Ohio State

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 10:34 AM

BERLIN - 1936 :  Jesse Owens of the USA in action in the mens 200m at the 1936 Summer Olympic Games held in Berlin, Germany.  Owens won a total of four gold medals in the Olympics, winning the mens 100m final, 200m final and the long jump competiton as well as being part of the victorious USA 4x100m relay team. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images)
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BERLIN - 1936 : Jesse Owens of the USA in action in the mens 200m at the 1936 Summer Olympic Games held in Berlin, Germany. Owens won a total of four gold medals in the Olympics, winning the mens 100m final, 200m final and the long jump competiton as well as being part of the victorious USA 4x100m relay team. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images)(Getty Images/Getty Images)

Did you know today is Jesse Owens Day? 

Well, there could be multiple Jesse Owens Days given his amazing career, but arguably his most dominant performances came 83 years ago today at the Big Ten track and field championships in Ann Arbor, Mich. 

At 3:15 he flashed down the track to win the 100-yard dash in 9.4 seconds, tying the world mark.

At 3:25 Jesse removed his sweat suit, bent over at the top of the broad jump runway and hurtled forward toward the take-off board. In his first and what was to be his only jump of the day he rocketed out 26 feet 8 ¼ inches, breaking the world record by more than half a foot.

At 3:34, just nine minutes later, Owens again slipped out of his sweats, this time for the 220-yard dash. He took his mark, went to the set position, was off with the gun and streaked home almost 15 yards ahead of the second man in 20.3 seconds, slashing three-tenths of a second from the world mark.

At exactly 4:00 p.m., 16 minutes later, he again took off his sweats and eyed the long row of barriers placed in position for the 220-yard low hurdles. Again the gun, and again there was Owens ripping away from the field, flying over the timbers to the tape. The time: 22.6 seconds, four-tenths of a second shaved from the world record.

(Keep in mind also this was back before Ohio State football made the Big House its second home every other year.) 

Owens of course went on to dominate at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany, too, much to the chagrin of Adolf Hitler. 

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Sports Today: The surprisingly dramatic NBA playoffs

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 10:13 AM

HOUSTON, TX - MAY 24:  Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors reacts late in the fourth quarter of Game Five of the Western Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center on May 24, 2018 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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HOUSTON, TX - MAY 24: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors reacts late in the fourth quarter of Game Five of the Western Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center on May 24, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)(Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

While I was at the latest edition of The Hunter Greene Show on Thursday night at Fifth Third Field, the Houston Rockets pushed the unbeatable* Golden State Warriors to the brink of elimination in the NBA Western Conference Finals. 

Judging from the box score, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green were good while Steph Curry and Kevin Durant played below their admittedly high expectations. 

With Andre Iguodala out, there’s not much need to check anyone else in the box score. (Dayton fans might like to know Xavier legend David West did pretty much nothing in his 11 minutes, though.)

*The obvious irony about Durant throwing away his chance to challenge LeBron James as the second-greatest player of all time to chase rings with the Warriors is the way it changed the dynamic of Golden State. 

That move necessitated GSW going from a team that beat you with depth to one that had virtually none and instead has to overwhelm teams with star power. 

That’s cool if everyone is healthy, but it is also a great risk. 

Given that I liked the first incarnation of the Warriors and can’t stand the super teams phenomenon, I guess I don’t mind seeing the experiment blow up — if it does. 

The defending champs still have a heartbeat, and it will take some guts to get it together and rally from a 3-games-to-2 deficit… 

Speaking of LeBron, he and his merry band of Cleveland Cavaliers could be done after facing off against the Boston Celtics in game six of the Eastern Conference Finals tonight. 

The Silver Medal Series has been all home teams so far, but I am leaning toward the Cs in this one. 

James’ gang has played much better at home than on the road, but Boston was respectable for about three quarters despite losing the last game in Cleveland. 

If the Celtics can avoid getting rocked early — a big if — they should have a shot to close things out. 

Then again, LeBron might be due for another unstoppable performance. 

Regardless, this NBA playoffs that at one time looked like it would be pretty boring has the potential for a lot of drama over the next few days…

Plus if you really want to add some juice to your viewing experience, how about taking bets on who will be healthy after the game? 

While injuries became a dominant part of the narrative in the NFL last season, they’ve arguably had an even greater impact on the NBA postseason. 

The Warriors were missing Iguodala while Klay Thompson was apparently playing hurt and the Rockets’ Chris Paul came out of the game with a bad hamstring. 

Meanwhile, the other series likely wouldn’t be much of one if Boston weren’t missing its two best players...  

As for the aforementioned Hunter Greene, he was impressive in four-plus innings against the Lake County Captains

His eighth start for the Dayton Dragons was one of his best as he continued to show dazzling stuff and some intestinal fortitude. 

The 18-year-old pitched out of trouble — not all of his doing — twice before yielding a home run in the fifth inning. 

»ARCHDEACON: Greene has all the tools, and plenty of heart, too

Turns out the secrets to his recent upturn are establishing a consistent pregame routine and doing a better job with the pregame scouting report. 

Greene is young and raw, but he and the Dragons coaching staff seem to be attacking his development on multiple fronts. 

He has the type of fastball that can blow many hitters away, but he doesn’t seem to have any hesitation to go to his changeup or slider. 

Greene is already working hard on the mental side, too, which is noteworthy considering how many stories there are today of young prospects in the upper minors and even the majors who have a lot of arm talent but don’t know what to do when they can’t just dominate with their stuff… 

Cincinnati Reds prospect Hunter Greene overcame some adversity to turn in one of his best starts yet in Dayton.

And how about the big club? 

The Cincinnati Reds beat the Pirates 5-4 on getaway day to win their three-game series. 

Eugenio Suarez hit a grand slam, but Jesse Winker’s solo home run in the fifth ended up being the winning run for the Reds, who survived without closer Raisel Iglesias and got a strong start from Luis Castillo. 

Via Hal McCoy: 

Of his pitching, with his record leveled at 4-and-4, Castillo said, “Like last year, I’m just going out there to do my job and that’s all I’m feeling right now. My four-seam fastball, two-seam fastball and slider all were working today.”

Castillo said Suarez giving him a 4-0 lead was appreciatred, but it didn’t change his approach and he tried to pitch as if it was still 0-0.

“I wasn’t thinking about that 4-0 lead, but it is always good to have a four-run lead so I can more easily go out there and do my job,” he said.

Next up is a trial-by-fire for the pitching staff in Colorado, where Cincinnati’s terrible defense could also be a problem given the bigger outfield and tendency for their to be longer innings…

 

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Milton-Union senior makes a final push to state track

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 9:42 AM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 9:47 AM

Milton-Union senior Beyonce Bobbitt won the shot put in the D-II regional track and field meet at Piqua on Thu., May 24, 2018. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

It was a given Milton-Union senior Beyonce Bobbitt would punch another ticket to the state track and field meet. Qualifying a combined seven times in the shot put and discus the previous three seasons makes her an annual favorite in those events.

“It’s rewarding to see all the hard work I’ve put into this to finally pay off,” said Bobbitt, who won the girls Division II regional shot put at Alexander Stadium on Thursday. “It’s a big confidence statement for next week.”

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The top four in each event advance to the season-ending high school state track and field meet at Ohio State University’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus next week. The 4x800 relay was Thursday’s only running final, along with half the field events. All the other racing was to qualify for Saturday’s finals.

Miami East junior Blaine Brokschmidt won the pole vault during the first day of the D-II regional track and field meet at Piqua on Thursday, May 24, 2018. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Bobbitt launched a winning heave of 39 feet, two inches. “I knew that I could do it,” she said. She’ll be a favorite to double in the discus on Saturday because she’s the defending regional champion in that event.

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• As they have all season, Northwestern junior Adam Riedinger and sophomore teammate Korbin Spencer nearly dominated in their specialty. Riedinger led from his opening discus throw and won with a final heave (164-11). Spencer (159-4) was overtaken by runner-up Chase Smith of Eaton (164-6) and placed third.

Those 16 points were enough to vault Northwestern to the top of the boys first-day team scoring, 16-15 over runner-up Versailles.

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Riedinger will attempt to add a regional shot put title on Saturday. He was third at state in the discus last season and is looking to better that.

Northwestern discus throwers Adam Riedinger and Korbin Spencer went 1-3 in the D-II regional at Piqua on Thu., May 24, 2018. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

“That would mean the world to me (to win state),” he said. “That’s when it really counts.”

• Other area winners were Fenwick senior long jumper Jonathon Hoerlein (22-5.75) and Miami East junior pole vaulter Blaine Brokschmidt (15-0).

Hoerlein fouled his first two attempts, then launched what stood as the winner with his only remaining jump in flight competition.

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• Boosted by senior sprinter Jalani Allen, defending D-II boys state champ Dunbar is in great qualifying position to contend for the regional boys title.

Allen is attempting a tough meet-opening double, qualifying second in the 110 high hurdles (14.58) and first in the 100 (11.24). Those events are back to back. He also was third in 200 qualifying (22.32).

Tippecanoe (right) placed second in the girls 4x800 relay during the first day of the D-II regional track and field meet at Piqua on Thursday, May 24, 2018. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Dunbar fared the best of any area team by placing fifth in the 4x800 relay, but the Wolverines are in contention to win the three remaining relays. Dunbar placed first in the 4x200 (1:29.18) and 4x100 (43.32) qualifying and second to Thurgood Marshall in the 4x400 relay (3:20.95). Dunbar senior Nigel Beal also was second in 300 hurdles qualifying (39.24).

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• Springfield Shawnee sophomore Robie Glass posted the top qualifying time in the 200 (22.14). Glass will play a big part in Shawnee’s bid to push Dunbar for a team title. He’s cleared 6-8 four times and is the defending D-II state high jump champ. That event will go on Saturday. He also ran on Shawnee’s finals-qualifying 4x200 (1:30.05) and 4x400 (3:21.11) relays.

Shawnee also advanced in the 4x100 relay (43.72) and senior Jack McCrory in the 100 (11.35).

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• Saturday’s field events start at 11 a.m. and running finals at 12:30 p.m.

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Hunter Greene reaches another milestone in latest Dayton Dragons start

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 8:44 PM

Highlights of Dragons 2-1 win Thursday night

Mark Thursday night as another step forward in Hunter Greene’s development. 

Many, many steps remain, but the talent is tantalizing for the 2017 first-round pick of the Cincinnati Reds. 

In his eighth start for the Dayton Dragons, the righty struck out six and walked two. He allowed four hits, including a home run with one out in the top of the fifth inning by Lake County’s Tyler Friis. 

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After Oscar Gonzalez singled to right, Greene’s night was done. 

He threw a career-high 73 pitches, 50 for strikes. 

He pitched into the fifth inning for the first time in his professional career but is still looking for his first win. He left trailing 1-0. 

Greene hit triple digits with his fastball multiple times, and the Captains rarely made hard contact. 

Aside from Friis’ home run, a high fly that hit off the top of the wall, Will Benson got the best swing on Greene, socking one to centerfielder Stuart Fairchild to start the second inning. 

Jose Vicente followed Benson’s laser by slapping a single through the hole on the left side, and Greene found himself in trouble when Dragons second baseman Jeter Downs threw away a potential double-play ball off the bat of Jose Medina. 

With runners on the corners and one out, Greene bore down, striking out Jonathan Laureano looking before blowing away Miguel Eladio with three straight fastballs, the last of which was measured at 101 miles per hour on the stadium radar gun. 

Greene also stranded two in the third inning when JJ Berardi singled and Nolan Jones walked ahead of Benson, the first-round pick of the Cleveland Indians two years ago. 

He got the heater three times in a row, taking it for a strike before back-to-back swings and misses to end the inning. 

After three straight poor outings, Greene has been strong in two of his last three, and he credited making better use of scouting reports and a more consistent routine. 

Cincinnati Reds prospect Hunter Greene overcame some adversity to turn in one of his best starts yet in Dayton.

On May 12, Green shut out Peoria over four innings, walking none and striking out five while giving up just two hits. 

A week later, Greene gave up four runs on seven hits with three strikeouts and no walks in 3.1 innings against Great Lakes. 

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