Jackson dominates inside against Yellow Jackets, wins tournament MVP thanks to 26 total rebounds

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on November 27, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. –– Staring coldly at the box score during his stern 15-second opening statement, Paul Hewitt touched on what he felt killed Georgia Tech in its loss to Syracuse. Yes, the man sitting to the right of him, Brian Oliver, exploded for 32 points. But Syracuse’s play with its forwards and centers was the real story of the afternoon. That’s what the Georgia Tech head coach felt won the game. Rick Jackson won the game. ‘They decided to force their physical will on us,’ Hewitt said. ‘We didn’t match it. We didn’t match it at all.’ Jackson was at the forefront of the Orange’s physical style of play Hewitt harped on. The senior power forward registered another double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds while playing in all 40 minutes Saturday. The effort, when coupled with his 12 rebounds in SU’s semifinal win over Michigan Friday, gave Jackson 26 total rebounds in the Legends Classic. It also gave him the tournament’s MVP award.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Jackson wasn’t surprised by the honor, much like Hewitt wasn’t surprised at what lost the game for the Yellow Jackets. Hewitt said he thought the game would fall in Syracuse’s favor once he saw that his players weren’t fouling Jackson and the Orange’s other big men. The Yellow Jackets head coach instructed his team to force SU’s bigs to go to the line out of a perceived lack of free-throw touch. ‘Jackson was 0-for-1. (Fab) Melo was 0-for-2. And (Baye Moussa) Keita didn’t even attempt a free throw.’ Hewitt said. ‘So we fouled a lot based upon how the whistles were going. But at least put those guys at the foul line to see what they can do.’ Jackson said he expected the award. ‘No, I’m not surprised at all,’ Jackson said. ‘You go hard — when you give 110 percent, you have got to get good results.’ Giving 100 percent is exactly what Jackson did all tournament. And the results came. Playing 78 of 80 total minutes in SU’s two wins was enough to feel confident about stealing the MVP award from Kris Joseph. Joseph led SU with 22 and 19 points in each of the two wins. But Jackson was the grit that led SU to the glory. In his eyes, all of those 78 minutes were hard earned. Especially the 40 he played in the championship, without a break. The minutes full of reckless sacrifice underneath the basket. ‘I just go out there, really trying to put my body on the line,’ Jackson said. ‘This tournament has been crazy. A lot of big guys. A lot of pushing and grabbing. But you have got to keep fighting, pushing with it. And get positive results.’ The positive results that were yielded for SU came in the form of 80 total points Saturday. Thirty-four of those points came in the paint, where Jackson dominated Georgia Tech starting center Daniel Miller all night. Miller ended the game scoreless. And 19 of those points came via the fastbreak or off turnovers. In an up-and-down game, action on the break was plentiful. But it wasn’t limited to the likes of SU guard Scoop Jardine and Georgia Tech’s three starting guards — the Yellow Jackets’ strength. Jackson stayed with the pace as well, throwing down several dunks, including a game-clinching alley-oop from Jardine just under the two-minute mark. The rebounds Hewitt glared at on the box score, though, were the statistics that started it all. Jackson was the reason for the rebounds. Hewitt and Jardine acknowledged that. ‘I’m going to credit our big guys,’ Jardine said. ‘Once again, Rick was getting rebounds that were allowing us to get on the break.’ aolivero@syr.edulast_img read more

Oyefule Wins Ikeja Captain’s Day Tourney

first_imgLas Ali Shobande won in the veteran category with a score of 72-net while another former captain at Ikeja Golf club, General Olayinka Sule ducked in the second position.The prize staked in the guest men category went to Ayo Fagbemi while Tope Melodi was runner-up.In the Ladies event, Chichi Alamu emerge winner after a net score of 65, leaving Lola Mamud in the second position.Other winners in the keenly contested event include, Ruth Oluwatosin, Magdalene Quaye, Queen Adam and Maria Asuni.Others are Toyin Akinola, Uche Dimgba, Omini Ofem, Yomi Egbe, Uche Nwokocha and Tolani Ilesanmi.Impressed with the turnout at the occasion, the Captain Ajomale thanks every member of Ikeja Golf Club for the opportunity to serve them.While saying his vision for the club had been largely achieved, Ajomale promise to continue to contribute to the development of the club.Newly installed Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi was the special guest at the event closing ceremony.Ooni Ogunwusi led a team of other Yoruba Obas and prominent Yoruba sons and daughter to the closing ceremony.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The 2016 edition of the annual Ikeja Captains Day tournament; a week-long competition put in place to mark the end of tenure of Cdre Tokunbo Ajomale (rtd), came to a thrilling end on Saturday with Femi Oyefule emerging the winner of the competition.To emerge victorious, Oyefule shot a score of 67-net, leaving Henry Okpe with a net score of 71 in the second position. Former club captain, Kunle Ogunleye placed third in the competition while Ebiyemi Pinnick, also a former golf captain at golf section of Ikoyi club came fourth.last_img read more

Clippers looking forward to clash with Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks

first_imgAgain, George concurred.“This is really the fun part of the season, when you have stretches to be together,” said George, who has started his Clippers tenure by averaging 25 points on 44.6 percent shooting, 6.3 rebounds and 4.7 assists through six games.“We’ve been at home and you love being at home, but everybody’s kind of with their families when we’re playing at home. When we’re on the road, we’re together, we’re bonding, there’s chemistry built, there’s dinners to be had. So that’s what’s gonna really start to mold and build this team.“And then you just have fun being the hated being on the road, playing in hostile environments. You have fun with that and then you build off that. That’s what I think builds the chemistry.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory How ’bout that red-hot Luka Doncic?“He’s the head of the snake over there,” Kawhi Leonard said Sunday night.So, dangerous?“He’s the head of the snake,” reiterated Paul George minutes later, the Clippers’ two new superstars on the same page of the scouting report regarding Doncic. Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime TAKING THE SHOW ON THE ROADThe Clippers said Sunday that they’re ready to try to translate their success at Staples Center, where they’ve won seven straight, into wins on the road – an important exercise considering nine of their next 11 games are away.“We are going to find out a lot more about our team, we have some tough games on the road,” said Rivers, noting that the Clippers might have benefited from playing 12 of their first 17 games at home, but few of those early victories were gimmes.The Clippers, according to ESPN, have played the NBA’s fifth-toughest schedule so far – and they were without at least one of either Leonard or Paul until both stepped on the court together for the first time just three games ago.“It’s funny,” Rivers said, “we had the home games, but we have had one of the toughest schedules in the NBA so far. The home games have been hard teams. (And) we haven’t had our health, really, through it, and we came out of it OK. Now we are going on the road, but we have our guys back.“And I am looking forward to it.”Related Articles “I was on-board first, last year, with him,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers claimed. “I just think he is a special, special basketball player. He is. And he’s hard to stop. This year he has come back with more. Offensively, he’s tough.”George concurred.“We know the dynamics of the game and we know where he’s taking his game,” George said. “So Dallas, talent-wise, I think they’re really performing higher than people would expect and he’s the reason for it. He’s really doing everything. So I’ve been watching, I’ve been keeping up and following what he’s been doing. And, man, he’s doing it.“He’s in the MVP conversation right now, so it’s kind of hard to not know what’s going on in Dallas.” What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Whether the Clippers packed enough antivenom to subdue the 20-year-old triple-double machine and his surging Mavericks will be determined Tuesday in Dallas (5:30 p.m., Prime Ticket, NBA TV), when the teams meet for the first time this season, both winners of five consecutive games.The Clippers (12-5) fly in fresh off Sunday’s convincing 134-109 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans, the cherry on a perfect 5-0 homestand in which they allowed an average of 104.2 points per game, scored an average of 120.6 points and extended their franchise-record best home start to 11-1.Meanwhile, the Mavericks (11-5) have been on a roll too. They defeated the Houston Rockets 137-123 on Sunday afternoon to extend their streak of 135-plus-point games to three, something no previous Mavericks team has done and no team in the NBA had since the Phoenix Suns in 2009, according to ESPN.The proverbial head of the snake, as the Clippers’ two superstar analysts described it: Doncic, the flashy Slovenian guard who recently joined LeBron James as the only other player in league history to have multiple outings with at least 40 points and 10 assists before his 21st birthday, per ESPN.Doncic’s 42-point triple-double in a win against the Spurs on Nov. 18 kickstarted a streak of four consecutive games in which he’s had at least 30 points and 10 assists. Consider: Only four players in NBA history have had longer such streaks: Oscar Robertson (twice), Nate Archibald, Michael Jordan and Russell Westbrook.last_img read more