Guyana lose to Jamaica 82-67 in final of JamRockerz Classic

first_imgIT was a disappointing finish for the Guyanese contingent who lost to the Jamaica Jamrockerz in the final of the inaugural Mega Mart/SDF JamRockerz Classics, 82-67.It was the Guyanese side’s second matchup against the same opponents who had won 93-87 in the first game of the tournament. Coming into the game on a two-game winning streak after the loss, the team felt confident in their ability to win the game.From the tip-off the game proved to be a very physical one with both teams playing through a lot of contact. For Guyana, a low first quarter total of 11 saw Jamaica take a four-point lead, 15-11, behind hot shooting from Kemar McLeish who had 8 points.In the second quarter, the lead for the Jamaicans started to grow with Guyana struggling to find their offensive groove.The team managed to put up 13 points behind production from Shane Webster who had 8 while Nikkoloi Smith and Akeem Kanhai had 8 and 4 respectively.The quarter finished with Jamaica up by 11 points 35-24.In the second half the game started to drift away from the Guyanese who had their worst defensive effort, allowing Jamaica to score 27 points to their 15. For Jamaica, Damian Staple, Lynford Brown and Anthony White were the main contributors to the 27-point explosion.While Jamaica were able to score at will Guyana struggled and the 8-man rotation did not help. Top producers in Terron Welch, Stanton Rose and Nikkoloi Smith found it difficult to find their groove.The final quarter was the best scoring period for the Guyanese, who garnered 28 points to Jamaica’s 20 but at that point the game was already over.For the visiting side, Rose finished with 16 points and 8 rebounds while Welch, Smith and Kanhai ended with 15, 12 and 12 respectively. On the Jamaican side it was balanced scoring with Brown leading all scorers with 22, McLeish 16 and Staple and White 10 points each.According to assistant coach Junior Hercules, “It’s a disappointing loss for us, of course we wanted to win the entire tournament. We should have beaten this team the first night we played them.”Hercules was also of the opinion that the experience was good for the youngsters on the team who got a firsthand assessment of the higher level of play required.In the third place game, the Jamaican U-21 side defeated the U.S. Libertyville Vipers 63-60. For the winners, Ronaldo McKenzie finished with 14 points and 6 rebounds with Daniel Martillier adding 10 points and 17 rebounds. For the Vipers, Mike Skinner had 14 points, 11 rebounds, 5 steals and 6 assists with Morris Roberts scoring 12 points and 6 rebounds.For the Guyana team who will return home today, the bright spots include Terron Welch and Stanton Rose who led the team in scoring with almost 50 points apiece throughout the games.However, the limited use of the Under-23 MVP Travis Belgrave and shooter Nathan Saul in the new-look team will prompt many persons to ask questions.last_img read more

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Senior Amanda Rodgers reflects on time at Syracuse, looks ahead toward professional career

first_img Published on April 15, 2015 at 8:53 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ When she was as young as 4 years old, Amanda Rodgers would often accompany her parents to their favorite tennis courts in Bradenton, Florida, her hometown. Rodgers would bring her black Labrador, with whom she played a tennis rendition of keep-away.It was then when she began to fall in love with the sport she now plays for Syracuse. A senior, Rodgers plays No. 1 singles for the Orange (7-11, 2-10 Atlantic Coast) and will partake in her last two regular-season home matches in meetings with North Carolina State (10-13, 1-11) on Friday and Georgia Tech (11-8, 7-5) on Sunday at Drumlins Tennis Center.One of three seniors on the team, Rodgers admitted she’s going to be upset when she steps off the court for the last time Sunday. But she also said she plans on not letting those emotions affect her prior to or during her matches.“We need to win,” said Rodgers, a contributing writer for The Daily Orange. “These are very important matches this weekend, so I’m just going to try to fight as hard as I can.”Rodgers has spent the past three seasons as the team’s top singles player, and sports a 43-33 career record for SU. This season — Syracuse’s second in the ACC since moving from the Big East — she’s 6-11 at the No. 1 singles spot.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDespite that record, head coach Younes Limam said he’s seen strides in Rodgers since the end of last season.“She’s improved tremendously,” he said. “As far as her game, being more aggressive, being closer to the baseline, dictating play, playing on her terms and stuff like that.”Rodgers’ production on the court has been matched by her value off of it, Limam said. He pointed to his No. 1 singles player’s leadership, saying she consistently shows up early for practice and sets an example for the underclassmen.Of its seven-player roster, the Orange has three sophomores and one freshman, all of whom Limam said look up to Rodgers.It will make saying goodbye to SU that much tougher for Rodgers.“I was talking to someone in the athletic department the other day and they were asking me if I was excited to graduate,” she said. “I said no. They started laughing because they said Syracuse is the only place they’ve ever heard a senior say they don’t want to graduate.”Though her collegiate career is quickly coming to an end, Rodgers isn’t yet finished playing tennis. Her next step will be joining the professional circuit, which she plans to do as soon as she graduates.Limam, who previously played in the men’s professional circuit, said he believes Rodgers can have success at the next level.The head coach said he expects Rodgers will go to Europe to begin her pro career. There, Limam said, she could enter a number of tournaments.Rodgers, however, isn’t yet sure where she’ll play next.Said Rodgers: “I’m just going to go with the flow.” Commentslast_img read more

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Tiger Woods not thinking about 18 as Jack Nicklaus says: ‘I’m shaking in my boots’

first_img“I’m sure that I’ll probably think of it going down the road. Maybe, maybe not. But right now, it’s a little soon, and I’m just enjoying 15.”In a phone call to the Golf Channel, Nicklaus joked that Woods had “got me shaking in my boots,” as he pointed out the fact the next two major championships will take place at courses where Woods has previously won the U.S. Open.”I felt for a long time he was going to win again,” said Nicklaus, who famously won the Masters for a sixth time at the age of 46 in 1986.”And, you know, the next two majors are at Bethpage, where he’s won, and Pebble Beach, where he’s won.”So, you know, he’s got me shaking in my boots, guys.”15 vs. 18#LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/Z7JQMTB1BT— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 14, 2019Woods trailed overnight leader Francesco Molinari for much of the final round, but seized his chance after the Italian found water at 12 en route to a double bogey.Nicklaus added: “There wasn’t any question in my mind. After seeing Molinari hit the ball in the water at 12, and Tiger put it on the green. I said, ‘tournament’s over.’ It doesn’t make any difference what anyone else is going to do. Somebody is going to make enough mistakes, and Tiger won’t make any, and he didn’t.” While Nicklaus said he was certain of a Woods victory from the 12th hole, the outcome certainly did not appear certain as five players shared the lead with the final group coming down the 15th.”There were so many guys that had a chance to win. The leaderboard was absolutely packed and everyone was playing well,” acknowledged Woods.The champion prompted laughter as he concluded: “You couldn’t have had more drama than we all had out there, and now I know why I’m balding. This stuff is hard.” Woods is now only three shy of Nicklaus when it comes to major wins, the latter’s record of 18 coming back into focus once more.”You know, I really haven’t thought about that yet,” said Woods, 43, in a news conference. Related News Steve Kerr, Warriors delay film session to watch Tiger Woods win Masterscenter_img Tiger Woods claimed he had not yet thought about his chances of surpassing Jack Nicklaus’ record haul of major titles, after moving to within three of the ‘Golden Bear’ with victory at the 2019 Masters.Almost 11 years on from his 14th major win, Woods sensationally added to his tally with a one-shot triumph at Augusta National, completing an improbable comeback from career-threatening injuries. Tiger Woods: I was determined to win Masters for my kidslast_img read more

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