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Published: Saturday, December 30, 2017 @ 3:49 PM
Updated: Saturday, December 30, 2017 @ 8:50 PM
PITTSBURGH — Dayton did what coach Anthony Grant feared most in Saturday’s Atlantic 10 conference opener, provide host Duquesne a rallying point.
That and game-deciding runs to end both halves enabled the Dukes to post a 70-62 defeat of the Flyers at historic A.J. Polumbo Center.
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Kostas Antetokounmpo, the developing 6-foot-10 redshirt-freshman, slammed home a rebound with time running out in the first half. The dunk narrowly missed Duquesne’s 6-9 center Chas Brown. The two barely cleared the key area on the return possession when they squared off.
Coaches and players went on the floor. No blows were taken, but Kostas and Brown were assessed technical fouls. Duquesne converted both technical free throws and Dayton’s Trey Landers missed both. Advantage, and rebooted crowd enthusiasm, to the Dukes.
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“Obviously, when you’re on the road, you don’t want to give the other team any momentum or rallying point and that seemed to do that for their team,” said Grant.
What hurt Dayton’s chances even more were being outscored 13-4 to close the first half. Duquesne trumped that with a game-ending 10-1 run.
“Give Duquesne credit,” Grant said. “They were able to make plays. In the first half, obviously we were able to build a little bit of a lead but didn’t finish the way we needed to.”
Senior Darrell Davis led Dayton (6-7) with 19 points on 8 for 19 shooting. No surprise in that; he’s the Flyers’ leading scorer. Josh Cunningham added 14 points, 13 rebounds, three steals, two assists and a block in another standout performance.
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Jordan Davis added eight points and Jalen Crutcher and Landers each added seven points. UD was without junior guard John Crosby, which seemed to disrupt the Flyers after initial offensive success. He was injured during practice on Thursday and is undergoing concussion protocol despite not having been diagnosed with a concussion.
Crutcher’s two free throws with 4:46 left finally regained the lead for Dayton, 61-60. But little else went right offensively for the Flyers after that and the Dukes closed with a rare defeat of UD.
“We have to try and win the small things,” first-year Duquesne coach Keith Dambrot said. “We’re not going to win the big things. We made enough plays when it mattered to win. They believed in themselves for a team that’s been relatively fragile.”
Ren Castro-Caneddy led Duquesne (10-4) with 21 points and five assists. Eric Williams Jr. added 15 points and seven rebounds and Mike Lewis II added 12 points.
• Dambrot ended a long and successful run at Akron to rekindle Duquesne’s program. The Dukes had five junior college players on the bench who won’t become eligible until next season. They’ll join five incoming freshman who have signed for what athletic director Dave Harper labeled the best Dukes’ recruiting class in a while.
A Bellbrook native and Alter High School grad, Harper was UD’s vice president for advancement until taking over at Duquesne in 2015. He’s spearheading an extensive $50 million makeover for the Palumbo Center that should be complete in three-four years.
He played football at Alter for Ed Domsitz and basketball for Joe Petrocelli.
St. Bonaventure at Dayton, 8:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network, AM 1290, News 95.7 WHIO
Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 12:37 PM
— High school football practice is getting closer, and our team previews are already rolling out.
Don’t worry! We’ll be recapping them periodically.
Here is version one:
After being one of the surprise teams of 2017, coach Dave Miller’s Firebirds (7-4) are hungry for a second straight trip to the playoffs.
They have five marquee games on the schedule: the first two (Alter, Northmont) and the last three (Wayne, Centerville, Springfield).
Their potential formula for success is a tale as old as time: The coach’s son (Braden) running the triple option. What’s not to love?
»FULL STORY: Fairmont Firebirds football preview
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Are the Spartans back?
One of the powerhouse programs of the ‘90s is coming off consecutive playoff appearances.
They were undefeated in the 2017 regular season, and they don’t have to go far for firsthand stories about the glory days because the coaching staff includes former VVHS stars Brock Bolen and Andy Keating.
»FULL STORY: Valley View football preview
The only other time the Rams went undefeated in the regular season (1996), they lost just about everybody to graduation.
Not so this time as 13 starters return, including all-conference performers Nick Clevenger, Clay Payton, Collin Wilson and Nick Wolfe.
Quarterback Clevenger is the reigning Ohio Heritage Conference player of the year.
»FULL STORY: Greeneview Rams football preview
5 local prep players looking to contribute for Miami RedHawks this fall pic.twitter.com/gvbyfY41e6— daytonsports (@daytonsports) July 13, 2018
Can the Trojans make a big jump in year two of the second Jason Schondelmyer era?
After going 4-6 (but winning three of their last four) in ‘17, they say numbers are up in offseason workouts. That’s never a bad thing, especially in Division VI, and especially for a team looking for its first winning season since 2008.
They won’t have to wait to see how much progress they made in the offseason as Greeneview visits in week one.
Like Arcanum, the Bulldogs are a former powerhouse being led again by a former head coach of the program.
Can Bret Pearce (six playoff appearances the first time around) wake the echoes in his first season back at the helm?
Having an experienced backfield (senior QB William Morris and senior RB Robbie Grove) helps, but they have to replace all-time leading rusher Zac Shields.
>>FULL STORY: Milton-Union football preview
Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 11:13 AM
DAYTON — 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.
» SCHEDULE NEWS: A look at A-10 pairings
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 NCAA.com, “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.
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).
Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 10:35 AM
COLUMBUS — In his first year at Ohio State, Chris Holtmann proved he can develop an NCAA tournament team and an NBA prospect.
Could he sign a potential pro, though?
That was the biggest question the day Keita Bates-Diop declared he was foregoing his final year of eligibility to enter the NBA draft.
(The Big Ten Player of the Year was chosen in the second round last month.)
Holtmann signed a top 25 class last fall, but none of the four players in the group came as highly regarded as Bates-Diop, who was a top 30 prospect coming out of Normal, Illinois in the class of 2014.
Now Holtmann has two top 30 players committed for 2019, the latest being D.J. Carton.
B U C K E Y E🔴 N A T I O N⚪️ pic.twitter.com/A8T26fA7W1— DJ Carton (@DJCarton) July 14, 2018
A five-star point guard from Bettendorf, Iowa, Carton reportedly chose Ohio State over Indiana and Michigan.
He’s the No. 2 point guard in the country and ranked the No. 21 overall prospect in the nation according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Carton joins Garfield Heights forward Alonzo Gaffney (who committed in April) to form the No. 4 recruiting class in the country at the moment.
Why Ohio State?
Carton told 247 it was a matter of his relationship with the current Buckeyes.
“I felt like I was already apart of the team. They brought me in. I feel like I can be myself around them. It came down to that. The other two schools had everything I liked, and it was a really hard decision, but it came down to that.”
Carton and Gaffney can sign in November.
They are scheduled to join a roster that already looks pretty solid all around.
Though college basketball rosters are more fluid than ever, the 2019-20 Buckeyes should include a proven big man (Kaleb Wesson), a pair of four-star forwards (Kyle Young and Jaedon LeDee) and multiple young guards/wings, including Musa Jallow, Duane Washington, Luther Muhammad and high-scoring Versailles product Ahrens.
Published: Friday, July 13, 2018 @ 12:51 PM
— In his fifth year as Miami football coach, Chuck Martin has a roster that is all his.
That includes five players from Cox Media Group Ohio high schools, and he shared his thoughts on their roles for this fall.
A fifth-year senior, Rigg has started 25 games for the RedHawks. He was a third-team All-MAC pick last year at left tackle.
“Obviously a very athletic kid,” Martin said. “He didn’t have a lot of offers coming out of high school and has really developed into a really good player so having that left tackle with experience protecting the quarterback’s back side makes you feel good having a senior coming back.”
A fourth-year junior, Thomas has run for 502 yards for the Red and White and was a third-team All-MAC pick in 2016 before having most of last season wiped out by injury.
“He’s getting bigger, getting big and strong. Very fast. We thought he was really going to have his breakout year last year then got hurt at Cincinnati and didn’t play the rest of the season.”
A fourth-year junior who spent one year at Kentucky, LaRubbio started eight games up front last season and was named the team’s offensive newcomer of the year.
“We’re counting on him again to be in our top five up front and to play a lot of snaps for us. He’s physical, tough, hard-nosed, plays the game you love to see in the trenches.”
The 2014 GCL Defensive Lineman of the Year has had injury problems so far in his three years at Miami, playing only nine games (none last year).
“We were hoping he would be an impact player for us last year. He’s healthy right now. Dean’s got a lot of ability. He’s just been nicked up throughout his career. If he can stay healthy, we think he can be really productive at D-end.”
The newest area RedHawk, Rucker-Furlow is an incoming freshman with a lot of upside.
“He’s obviously a great basketball player who has only played a little bit of football. He really came on last year.
“Length. Ball skill. Speed. He’s very raw. He’s going to have to learn how to play the game. Once he does, we think he’s going to be a really good player.”
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