Mens basketball: Quick Hitters (Dayton)

By Jeff Fasoldt @Jeff_Fasoldt

The end of a season: Like every conference tournament in college basketball, only one team and its fans goes home happy. This year it was not St. Bonaventure, and it’s students and loyal alumni who showed up in the masses to support their team. However, finishing 18-14 with tremendous careers from Chris Dees, Andell Cumberbatch and Youssou Ndoye is nothing to hang your head too long about. Next year, Jay adams will be back as he missed the whole tourney and a large part of the latter half of the season with a broken finger. Dion Wright will be back, and so will most of the core of this Bonnies team so don’t worry Bonnies fans, the future is bright.

Hot shooting not enough: All season long the Bonnies have struggled to make shots from outside, leading teams to play zone against them to negate the big men, Ndoye and Wright, inside. Today was a different story. The Bonnies shot 67 percent from the field in the first half, and 58 percent overall in the game. Wright and Posley accounted for 50 of the Bonnies 71 points.

Wright for three: Dion Wright had made one three pointer all season long. Tonight he went 4-5 from three and 10-11 from the field, playing in all 40 minutes. And, if that wasn’t enough he also led the Bonnies in rebounds with nine.

Ndoye’s struggles: Youssou Ndoye had a nightmare of a time facing Dayton’s Kendall Pollard. Pollard held Ndoye to just four points in the game. Ndoye did pick up eight rebounds but his scoring was missed down low.

Sibert steps up: Jordan Sibert is an NBA-caliber player on this Dayton team. Tonight he went 5-12 for 19 points. He also hit the biggest three of the game, a dagger that put Dayton up by two with just seconds to play and ultimately the final blow to end St. Bonaventure’s season.

Quotes:

Jordan Sibert: “We just wanted to get the ball out of Posley’s hands.” (talking about last play of the game)

“Kendall did a great job being aggressive.” “We piggybacked off his energy.

Archie Miller: “We didn’t talk about it.”  (on attempting to beat a team three times on the season. “The one thing about beating a team twice in the regular season in my opinion is you beat them twice so you can do it again.”

“Dion Wright from three threw a monkey-wrench into what we were doing.” 

Mark Schmidt: “I thought that Dion couldn’t have played better. Marcus couldn’t have played better.” “Im really proud of our guys, disappointed about how it ended, but I can’t complain about the effort.” 

 

 

Bonnies Rally Late, Fall To No. 14 Flyers

By Ryan Lazo, Editor-In-Chief, @RMLazo13

Game Story: Attempting to end a six-game losing streak, St. Bonaventure hosted No. 14 Dayton in the Reilly Center. And these Bonnies may have turned in their best effort of the season. Bona tightly contested each and every Flyers’ shot limiting them to just ( ) shooting for the night. But a late-rally would fall short, Bona fell to the Flyers, 67-63.

Frantic Finish: Trailing by 13 points with just 37 seconds remaining, the Bonnies went on a 9-0 run to pull the gap to just four points, 65-61. But Bona would not score again until an Alaina Walker jumper went through nylon with just one second remaining.

Moral Victory: Facing the No. 14 team in the country and the A-10’s top-scoring offense which averages 77 points per game, Bona played up to their opponents. They battled Dayton point for point and did not relent until the final whistle, possibly making this game something to build on not only for this season, but for the future.

Board Problems: Bona was out rebounded on the glass by a 50 to 35 margin including Dayton’s 20 offensive rebounds. However, Bona battled Dayton on each possession, limiting the Flyers to just 32 percent shooting on the game. 

Senior Strong: The lone starting senior Alaina Walker turned in another solid outing. Walker led all scorers with 17 points on 6-for-10 shooting, grabbed five rebounds while also dishing out two assists and nabbing two steals

Ortega’s Streak: Doris Ortega has now scored in double figures for the seventh consecutive game after dropping in 12 points on just 4-for-7 shooting. 

Solid Half: The Bonnies, losers of six straight, played an all-around first half. The Brown and White only stared at a 32-24 deficit because of limiting their turnovers (eight) and holding Dayton to just shooting 31.4 percent in the half. Emily Michael’s 3-pointer as time expired in the half pulled Bona to within eight at the half.

Freshmen Impact: Emily Michael, Katie Healy and Nyla Rueter once again made significant contributions to Bona’s effort against the Flyers. The trio combined for 32 of the Bonnies’ 63 points on the games, showing the hope for the future with such a young team.

Young Flyers: Dayton graduated seven seniors from last’s championship winning squad, including four starters but have not missed a beat. Their victory over Bona keeps them undefeated in Atlantic 10 Conference play

Rematch: These two team’s faced off in last year’s Atlantic 10 Conference Championship game as the Flyers raced out to a 27-5 lead. But the Bonnies did not wilt, battling back to take a lead in the second half, but Jessica Jenkins’ 3-point attempt as time expired went off back iron.

Quotes: Jim Crowley “This can only be a victory if we understand that if we play hard all the time then this is what can happen. For the first time in a while, we played the game hard. We didn’t worry about the scoreboard, we just played the game hard.”

Crowley, “That looked like a Bonaventure basketball team. Whether it was an extra pass, helping each other out, we did it. We blocked nine shots. That’s covering up for on another.

Doris Ortega “They thought they were going to come in here and blow us out by 30, but they didn’t. We didn’t get the win, but I’m really proud of my team. We could have given up but we just kept coming back, especially in the last minute.”

Dayton coach Jim Jabir, “St. Bonaventure deserved to win. I’m in no way happy with my team. Our record is gaudy. Our ranking is nice. But it doesn’t in anyway shape or form show how we are currently playing.”

Jabir “Coming to hear is like going to the dentist where you know you have to go, but it’s going to hurt. I don’t think people realize how good Jim Crowley truly is.”

First Round Of NHL Playoffs Provide Thrills

[Photo courtesy of usatoday.com]

By Taylor Nigrelli, Staff Writer, @Nigrelli93

For those who believe the best team always wins the Stanley Cup, then first round action certainly erased that thought.

Both of the Vegas favorites to win the Stanley Cup — the Pittsburgh Penguins and Vancouver Canucks — were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

To prove the point even further, no recent champions advanced to the second round, including the defending champion Boston Bruins.

First round action proved to violent and entertaining as the level of animosity between teams were clearly seen. In no series was that point more clear than the one featuring the Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers.

Game three alone featured 200 penalty minutes, several brawls, four ejections, two suspensions and countless questionable hits. However, the violence was not limited to this series as an elevated amount of fighting was seen in every one.

Head Disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan took some heat for what some perceived as inconsistent punishments among players. For example, Nashville Star defenseman Shea Webber received no suspension and a $2500 fine for repeatedly and deliberately slamming Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg’s head into the boards. However, Phoenix’s Raffi Torres was handed a 25 game suspension for a slightly late hit on Chicago’s Marian Hossa. 

However, it was as memorable of a first round as the NHL has had in years.

In the No. 1 versus No. 8 matchup in the Western Conference, it was Los Angeles who knocked off the Canucks in five games, mainly behind the superb play of Goaltender Jonathan Quick. He surrendered just eight goals in the entire series.

However, it was no such surprise that No. 7 seed San Jose Sharks were sent home without reaching the cup for the 13th time in the past 14 seasons. They fell to the St. Louis Blues and their impenetrable goalie tandem of Brian Elliot and Jaroslav Halak.

In the No. 3 and No. 6 seed series, it was Phoenix who sent home the 2010 Stanley Cup Champipn Chicago Blackhawks in six games. Even though they were out of the playoff picture as late as March, Phoenix has the talent to bring home the cup.

In the Eastern Conference, it was the Flyers and Penguins who stole the show with an exciting seven game series filled with brawls and plenty of goal scoring. First it was a 4-3 Flyers win, followed by a 8-5 Flyers win before Philadelphia would take all momentum by taking an 8-4 victory in game three. 

But the Penguins were not done and would force a seventh game, using a 10-3 victory along the way, before the Flyers eliminated them in the finale.

The other seven game series featured the New York Rangers and the Ottawa Senators. The Senators gave New York all they could handle as the upstart team would not back down and took the Rangers to the brink of elimination, holding a 3-2 series lead. 

However, New York would prevail behind the leagues best goaltender in Henrik Lundquist, but they could be hurt with the lack of secondary scoring behin Bran Richards and Marion Gaborik.

This exciting first round sets up an interesting scenario going forward. Only New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia have won Stanley Cups before. 

On the Western side, none of the four teams have made a Stanley Cup Finals appearance in the past 19 years. 

No matter what happens these next few rounds, we’re sure to be in for a unique and memorable Stanley Cup.

nigreltn11@bonaventure.edu