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Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 10:33 AM
— After winning in court, the Dunbar boys’ basketball team won on the court last night against Fenwick.
I wasn’t there, but it sounds like it was a fairly strange game.
The Wolverines prevailed 27-26 in a game that had more standing than playing in the second half.
Fittingly, the game also was an oddity. Fenwick (17-7) was packed in a tight zone defense like it had mostly used to win a Greater Catholic League Co-Ed North championship. Dunbar hoped to draw the Falcons out by holding the ball.
Instead, the final four minutes of the third quarter and the opening five minutes of the fourth quarter were spent with Dunbar players standing still with the ball and Fenwick defenders watching motionless.
This of course will draw more calls for the OHSAA to implement a shot clock, something it should not do.
The shot clock works, sort of, in the NBA because the players are so incredibly talented — most importantly because almost everyone can shoot, which is the opposite of how things are at every other level of basketball.
Since NBA players can consistently finish possessions successfully out of a variety of situations, the game remains entertaining.
That league still endured a noticeable scoring dip and terrible pace-of-play issues in the late 1990s and early 2000s, though, which is further proof the shot clock isn’t an answer for anyone else.
It brings diminishing returns because it punishes teams that are good at running offense and rewards those who just want to muck things up by forcing teams to shoot even when there is no shot to take.
Who said there should be a time limit on how long a team has to play good defense?
From the courtroom to the court: Fenwick boys drop a heartbreaker to Dunbar https://t.co/AZgWarAkxy @DaytonSports1 @daytonsports @Ohiohshoops @PrepHoopsOH @OHSAASports @SWDistrict @WMOHGameNight @boylecjohn @MarcPendleton @marcushartman @MHartsockWHIO @DavidPJablonski @glynch pic.twitter.com/ECGiJ9sELj— Rick Cassano (@rickcassano) March 8, 2018
Like anyone else, I don’t want to see a team simply hold the ball, but that can be prevented by guarding them.
And if a team is able to play keep away while being closely guarded? More power to them. Handling the ball and passing are basketball skills just as much as shooting. It’s all part of the game.
College coaches who want to still manage to play a slow-down game, and scoring at that level was higher before the shot clock was installed.
The recent scoring uptick in college are more from actually calling fouls (and many teams responding by playing less physically) than by shaving five seconds off the shot clock.
The only way for a shot clock to have a significant effect on pace of play is to be so short that teams don’t have time to set up an offense at all, which I’ve never seen anyone advocate.
As mentioned, the remedy for teams holding the ball is already in place thanks to the five-second rule.
Fenwick knew what it was doing when it got into a zone last night.
Since the Wolverines had the lead, Dunbar was smart to hold the ball if it didn’t feel it could beat that zone consistently.
Fenwick could have stopped this easily by getting out of the zone, but they didn’t.
Both coaches said as much in our other story from last night.
“I was expecting a decent scoring game, but it’s tournament time. You’ve got to do what you have to do to win the game,” Wolverines coach Chuck Taylor said. “We thought Fenwick did a good job packing it in on our big guy and our shots wouldn’t fall, so we just decided if we got a lead, we had to make those guys play man-to-man.
“We put the ball in their court. If they wanted to sit back, we were going to hold the ball.”
Fenwick coach Pat Kreke said he had no regrets.
“It wasn’t a good game to watch, but if I didn’t think it was working to our advantage, we’d have come out of the zone right away,” Kreke said. “I thought that was to our advantage, and we had a shot to win. I thought the kids played their butts off.”
Good enough for me.
The bottom line is the shot clock works as a disincentive to running good offense without really encouraging teams to play fast either, which means it isn’t worth it as far as I’m concerned.
Next up for Dunbar is a district final against Cincinnati Woodward on Saturday in Hamilton…
Meanwhile, the next basketball game that counts Justin Ahrens will play will be in an Ohio State uniform.
Ahrens’ Versailles team was knocked out of the Division III tournament by Cincinnati Madeira last night.
The Midwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year had 13 points while twin brother AJ led the Tigers with 15.
On the bright side for Versailles, the Tigers girls’ team is still going after a throttling of Williamsburg.Follow @marcushartman
Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 1:05 PM
CINCINNATI — About six weeks ago, Cincinnati Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman talked to his club about setting short-term goals.
“Let's go catch that fourth-place club,” Riggleman said. “Then after that, let's go get that third-place club.”
The Reds seemed destined to spend all season in the National League Central Division basement at the time, and that still seemed the case earlier this month. The Reds were 21 games under .500 on June 9.
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However, after winning nine of their last 11 games, including six in a row entering Sunday’s game against the Chicago Cubs, the Reds (31-45) have moved within five games of fourth-place Pittsburgh.
Riggleman hasn’t given any motivational speeches to get the team going. He gave those speeches more often in the first month on the job. Now he talks to the team after each game and reviews the game while looking ahead to the next one. He’s more selective about when he makes big speeches.
With the Reds playing almost every day, Riggleman can’t approach the job as a football coach would.
The @daytondailynews coverage from April 12, 1983, of the last four-game sweep by the #Reds of the #Cubs in Cincinnati. Reds began a series in Atlanta after sweep and also travel to Atlanta after this series. pic.twitter.com/mGyZVG5WTg— David Jablonski (@DavidPJablonski) June 24, 2018
Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 12:32 PM
— The Kansas City Royals are considering signing Oregon State pitcher Luke Heimlich, who pleaded guilty as a 15-year-old to molesting his 6-year-old niece, The Kansas City Star reported.
“We continue to seek information that allows us to be comfortable in pursuing Luke,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said.
In 2012, Heimlich pleaded guilty to child molestation in Washington, Sports Illustrated reported.
Heimlich and his Oregon State teammates advanced to the College World Series championship series on Saturday, beating Mississippi State 5-2.
For the second straight year, Heimlich was not selected in the Major League Baseball Draft.
Even though Heimlich is a two-time Pac-12 pitcher of the year, activist Brenda Tracy told the Star the 22-year-old should not be signed.
“I’m sorry, but Luke does not deserve to be on that platform and pedestal, (potentially) looked up to and adored by millions of people, including young kids,” Tracy, a survivor of a gang rape in Corvallis, Oregon, said Saturday. “We should never normalize, we should never minimize (what Heimlich pleaded guilty to). If the Royals bring him on their team, they are complicit in normalizing and minimizing.”
In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Heimlich denied touching his niece despite his guilty plea.
Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 10:36 AM
— NASCAR pit reporter Wendy Venturini suffered a skull fracture and concussion Saturday after she was hit by a car while jogging in Novato, California, according to a news release from Venturini Racing.
Venturini, 39, was in California to cover Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Cup race in Sonoma. She will remain in the hospital for several days, the news release said.
“She’s completely coherent and conversational, and I have talked to her on two occasions today," said Doug Rice, president and general manager of Performance Racing Network. "They told her she would have a really good headache for a couple of days.”
Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 12:09 PM
DAYTON — The three newest members of the Dayton Flyers women’s basketball team — Ella Skeens, Amari Davidson and Kyla Whitehead — arrived on campus this weekend. The University of Dayton’s second summer session begins Monday and ends with exams Aug. 3-4.
“Very excited to finally have these three on campus!!” Dayton coach Shauna Green wrote on Twitter. “Can not wait to see what the future holds for them.”
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“Excited to have Ella, Amari and Kyla on campus!” assistant coach Calamity McEntire wrote on Twitter. “They have a sign hanging in their apartment that says, ‘Don’t wish for it, work for it.’ I loved it!!”
Here’s a quick glance at the three Dayton freshmen:
• Skeens, 5-foot-11 wing: She finished her career with 2,283 points. She’s the all-time leading scorer in the history of Chillicothe Southeastern High School, Ross Country and the Scioto Valley Conference. Skeens committed to Dayton on June 4, 2017.
• Davidson, 6-2 forward: The Avon High School graduate committed to Dayton on Aug. 17, 2017. She’ll be the third member of her family to play college basketball. Sierra Davison, a 6-0 forward, played in six games last season as a junior at Cleveland State. Shay Davidson, a 5-11 forward, played in 18 games last season as a freshman at Notre Dame College.
• Whitehead, 6-2 forward: She helped lead Pickerington Central to the Division I state championship in March. She had nine points and five rebounds in a 49-45 victory against Solon in the title game. Whitehead committed to Dayton on Sept. 26, 2017.
Guess who is finally in town?!? Our Flyer Family is excited to welcome our three incoming freshmen to campus...@skeensella @DavidsonAmari @kyywhite5 #OneWay #Family #ClassOf2018 pic.twitter.com/3dWMZAeJcm— Dayton WBB Team (@DaytonWeAreOne) June 23, 2018
Dropped Amari off today ..... Sad goodbye with her #1 pup Hennessy ..... We laughed and joked the ride down to Dayton ...... and then she walked off to her next chapter ..... and the WE CELEBRATED !!!!! Three College Athletes ! Now EMPTY NESTERS !!!!— Sue Davidson (@othaswife) June 24, 2018