The team is leaving a day earlier than usual for its Jan. 2 game against Maryland to get a personalized tour of the U.S. Capitol building with Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse. Sasse reached out to the program about the possibility of the tour not long after the season’s schedule came out.
“There might not be fog machines or Runzas, but the U.S. Capitol building is a special part of America’s history. We love sharing it with Nebraskans.” Sasse said in a statement. “Plus, I’m always looking for excuses to wear Husker red at work.”
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The team will visit the Senate, the Capitol Rotunda, the Statuary Hall and the Senate Subway.
“Coach Miles and this year’s team have a chance to make some of their own history. Nebraskans can’t wait to see what they can do,” Sasse said.
Miles joked that he didn’t want any girls chasing his guys on New Year’s Eve, so that’s why the team was getting out of town.
“Senator Sasse is going to show us around the Capitol, which I’m guessing is going to be flowing with lawmakers ready to go for the new term,” said Miles, referring to the current government shutdown.
Nebraska forward Isaac Copeland smiled when asked about heading out early for the tour.
“I mean, I ain’t gonna lie, we don’t care for it,” Copeland said, laughing. “But, I mean, it’ll be nice to do something as a team and be out there a little bit. Have some down time. Hopefully we’ll be able to walk around and shop and spend a little bit of this Christmas money.”
James Palmer, 17.2 ppg, 44.4 percent shooting from the field
Tai Webster, 17.0 PPG, 42.1 percent shooting from the field
Andrew White, 16.6 PPG, 48.1 percent shooting from the field
Terran Petteway, 18.2 PPG, 39.6 percent shooting from the field
Terran Petteway, 18.1 PPG, 42.6 percent shooting from the field
Dylan Talley, 13.7 PPG, 37.2 percent shooting from the field
Bo Spencer, 15.4 PPG, 41.0 percent shooting from the field
Lance Jeter, 11.7 PPG, 47.3 percent shooting from the field
Ryan Anderson, 11.3 PPG, 45.3 percent shooting from the field
Ade Dagunduro, 12.8 PPG, 52.0 percent shooting from the field
Aleks Maric, 15.7 PPG, 57.5 percent shooting from the field
Aleks Maric, 18.5 PPG, 56.5 percent shooting from the field
Wes Wilkinson, 11.9 PPG, 43.5 percent shooting from the field
Joe McCray, 15.5 PPG, 39.8 percent shooting from the field
Nate Johnson, 12.8 PPG, 46.8 percent shooting from the field
Andrew Drevo, 13.9 PPG, 41.1 percent shooting from the field
Cary Cochran, 14.3 PPG, 42.7 percent shooting from the field
Cookie Belcher, 16.4 PPG, 44.9 percent shooting from the field
Larry Florence, 13.1 PPG, 40.2 percent shooting from the field
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Here’s our final rundown of top 10 individual boys basketball performances from Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky for 2018. This list is based on games played during the week of Dec. 24 to Dec. 30.
10. Ross’ Cooper Shields vs. Northwest
Led by Shields, the Rams got a big early-season road conference win over Northwest Dec. 28 to improve to 7-2. The senior guard tallied a game-high 18 points, making 6-of-9 shots including a pair of three-pointers to help Ross turn a six-point halftime deficit into a 52-51 victory.
9. New Miami’s Deanza Duncan vs. Hillcrest
The sophomore guard continued a string of big-time performances with a 26-point outing in New Miami’s 71-46 victory over Hillcrest Dec. 28. Duncan has scored 20-plus points in three of the last four games, helping anchor the Vikings to a 6-2 record.
8. Hamilton’s Jaylen Robinson vs. Lebanon
In a low-scoring, non-conference affair with Lebanon, Robinson was the game’s top scorer. The senior guard totaled 22 points and added five steals and five assists in the Big Blue’s 48-47 win. At 16.4 points per game, Robinson is the fourth leading scorer in the Greater Miami Conference, with teammate D’Marco Howard occupying the top spot at 20 points per clip.
7. Western Hills’ Montev Ware vs. Riverview East
The sophomore helped Western Hills snap a four-game losing streak Dec. 28 with a game-high 25 points in the Mustangs’ dominating 72-32 triumph over Riverview East. One day later, Ware had 18 points and five boards in a loss to Fairfield.
6. Fairfield’s Steven Taylor vs. Western Hills
Fairfield snapped a five-game skid with an 80-67 win over Western Hills Dec. 29. Taylor, a senior forward, led the Indians with 24 points and was a flawless 8-for-8 from the field, only misfiring from the charity stripe, where he went 8-for-12.
5. Beechwood’s Scotty Draud vs. Wayne County and Somerset
Draud had 27 points and six rebounds as the Tigers outlasted Wayne County 67-62 in the opening round of the Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops Classic Dec. 27. One day later, Draud had 21 points in an 81-74 victory over Somerset.
4. Newport’s Makhi McGuire vs. Simon Kenton
The senior forward came up big in the Traditional Bank Holiday Classic, scoring 27 points as Newport outlasted Simon Kenton 84-71. One day later, McGuire had 18 points in a 54-51 victory over Lexington Catholic. Over the first three days of the tournament, McGuire shot 50 percent from the field (22-for-44).
3. Campbell County’s Reid Jolly vs. Oldham County, Lexington Christian and West Jessamine
Jolly led the Camels to a pair of wins in the Central Bank Classic. Jolly had a 24-point, 11-rebound double-double in Campbell County’s 72-48 first-round win over Oldham County, then went for 28 and 14 boards in a 53-51 loss to the Lexington Christian. In the tournament finale, the senior forward had 32 in a 72-50 handling of West Jessamine.
2. D’arris Dean vs. Madison County and Beechwood
The senior was named the Most Valuable Player of the Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops Classic last week. Dean had 33 points and 10 rebounds as the Falcons’ edged Madison County in overtime, 94-66. In the tournament championship, Dean had 14 points and six boards to lead Aiken past Beechwood, 63-59. The Falcons are 9-1 and tied atop the Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference.
1. Hughes’ Paul McMillan IV in Nature Coast Holiday Tournament
The standout freshman lit up the Sunshine State last week and was named to the all-tournament team in the Clearwater, Florida event. McMillan scored 28 and 21 points in respective victories over host Clearwater and Alonso, then dropped a tournament-high 40 in the Big Red’s 88-77 loss to Wesley Christian in the championship game. Winners of five of its last six, Hughes opens the 2019 portion of its schedule with three consecutive CMAC clashes.
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Dirk Shaw’s 15 points led a balanced offense that carried Rossville to the Indiana Kitchen Holiday Classic championship Saturday night with a 54-46 boys basketball victory at Delphi.
Bryce Oliver added 12 points and Dawson Jacoby had 11 for the Hornets (7-2).
Zach Townsend led the Oracles (6-4) with 13 points. Garrett Tomson and Blake Carroll added 12 points apiece.
Delphi won’t have to wait long to get a rematch with Rossville, as it hosts the Hornets on Saturday.
Caleb Elmore scored 16 of his game-high 25 points in the first half, helping Covington grab an insurmountable lead on its way to a 57-40 victory over Seeger in the championship game.
Elmore missed just one of his 13 field goal attempts and nearly completed a double-double with a team-high nine rebounds.
Joseph Waling led Seeger with 18 points.
Clinton Central Tournament
Grant McGraw found the range from behind the 3-point arc, making 4 of 8 on his way to a team-high 13 points as Clinton Prairie captured the championship with a 51-34 victory over the host Bulldogs.
Haden Sorrell’s 13 points led Carroll past Tri-Central 43-37 in the third place game.
Benton Central rolled to the championship, getting 22 points and nine rebounds from Audrey Strawsma in a 57-37 victory against Bismarck-Henning.
Emma Fisher added 14 points and Kelsey Coffman had 13 for the Lady Bison. Kennedy Tolen matched Strawsma with nine rebounds, as BC held a 40-19 edge on the boards.
Attica’s 58-32 victory over Fountain Central in the third place game was marred by injuries on both sides.
Mackenzy Linville, Fountain Central’s leading scorer and rebounder, left the game with a dislocated elbow. Attica’s Charlie Martin was injured when she fell on her back. Although she was taken off the court on a stretcher, an exam at a local hospital found no fracture.
Dakota Borman led the Mustangs with seven points. Freshman Jerzi Hershberger grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.
Indiana Kitchen Holiday Classic
Jamie Will’s game-high 17 points and a big third quarter helped North Newton top host Delphi 53-39 in the championship game.
Lillie Smith had 11 points for Delphi, which led 23-20 at halftime but managed just three points in the third quarter to fall behind 11 points.
Other than Madison Miller with 20 points, Rossville mustered little offense in its 45-35 loss to North Montgomery in the third place game.
The tragedy of Feb. 14, 2018, when a gunman killed 17 people at the school, happened a day after the basketball team ended its season. Now the Eagles are happy to be back on the court and playing to help heal their community. Wochit
Stoneman Douglas High School basketball players during the national anthem before their game with Golden Gate High School during the Kelleher Firm Gulfshore Holiday Hoopfest on Thursday.(Photo: Chris Tilley/Special to USA TODAY NETWORK-FLORIDA)
When the Marjory Stoneman Douglas boys basketball players started the season, it had been more than nine months since a gunman walked into their high school and murdered 17 of classmates and teachers.
While the school and the Parkland community are trying to move past the tragedy, they don’t want to forget the victims. That’s why, although Stoneman Douglas coach Orlando McCorvey has been asked about the events of Feb. 14 many times, he doesn’t shy away from talking about it.
Reliving the painful memories is a sort of catharsis. So is basketball.
“For me, (talking about the tragedy) has helped me kind of get over it the more I talk about it,” McCorvey said. “Initially, if you’d asked me a month after, I’d have been a mess. Every time I’ve had the opportunity to talk about it and share my experience, it’s helped heal that open wound.”
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Stoneman Douglas is in Naples this week playing in the Kelleher Firm Gulfshore Holiday Hoopfest at Golden Gate High School. Even though the national media left Parkland long ago, the players still are healing, and basketball helps.
Stoneman Douglas High School head basketball coach Orlando McCorvey during their game with Golden Gate High School in the Kelleher Firm Gulfshore Holiday Hoopfest on Thursday. (Photo: Chris Tilley/Special to USA TODAY NETWORK-FLORIDA)
When a former student opened fire in the school on Feb. 14, killing 17 and wounding 17 more, it was one day after the boys basketball season ended with a loss in the district tournament. The 2017-18 season tipped off Nov. 19, and the players couldn’t wait to get back.
“It means a lot,” senior Robert Lamour said of returning to the court. “I was really eager (to play) after the tragedy. The first things that came to mind (after the shooting) was coming back and being back on the court with my brothers.
“We lost a lot. I lost one of my friends. I was hurt. Now that I’m back on the court, I feel good.”
No one directly involved with the basketball team was among the victims, but the players knew the victims. Athletic director Chris Hixon was killed. Assistant football coach Aaron Feis, who was shot while protecting students, drove the basketball team bus on occasion.
The Eagles have channeled their pain into their playing, and they know basketball can help not only themselves but the entire Parkland community.
“Every day we use (the tragedy) as motivation,” senior Matt Fisher said. “There’s so much more we’re playing for than us. It’s something much bigger than that. Every game we come out knowing we’re playing for the name on the front of our jerseys, Stoneman Douglas, which means so much to us and the community around us.”
Despite the distractions outside of the gym, the Eagles have been inspired on the court.
Stoneman Douglas went 8-15 last season, losing in the first round of the district tournament. It was their second straight losing season.
A handful of players from last year’s team left the school, deciding to start over elsewhere, which McCorvey understands. The Eagles have two returning starters in Lamour and Fisher, and that’s about all they had back this season.
But something surprising happened in the offseason. In spite of the dark cloud hanging over Stoneman Douglas, five players decided to transfer into the basketball program. Three of them are starting, and all five have provided a big boost.
After starting the season 0-4, the Eagles won six of their next seven games, including a victory in the first round of the Hoopfest. Stoneman Douglas lost in the second round, but McCorvey still can see a difference in his team in the past few weeks.
“After everything that happened, it gave us a nice little jolt of motivation to get back at it and play for a bigger purpose,” said McCorvey, in his seventh season with the Eagles and his fourth straight year at the Hoopfest. “We have five new kids. That helps turn the ship around from last year as well.”
McCorvey said this is one of the most talented teams he’s had at Stoneman Douglas. The Eagles are dreaming big this season, setting their sights on a district championship. The team has only won three district titles, the last one in 2015 when the Eagles made it to the regional finals.
It won’t be easy. Stoneman Douglas plays in Class 9A, the state’s largest classification. The Eagles share a district with Deerfield Beach, which is 11-2 and went to the regional finals last year. Deerfield Beach also is in Naples this week and played in the Hoopfest semifinals on Saturday.
“We’re playing with big hearts this year,” McCorvey said. “I think (the coaches) have done a pretty good job letting the guys understand what we’re playing for. Overall these guys have done a good job responding to adversity to start the season.”
The Cooper boys basketball team bounced back from a tough loss to open the FiberMax Caprock Classic KTBlack bracket on Thursday with a big win on Friday morning.
Four different Cougars (10-8) scored in double figures as they pulled away in the second half to beat Australian all-star team Frankston Blue 70-56. Deven Bailey led with a game-high 22 points and Josh Henry added 20 with Noah Garcia chipping in 16 in the victory at Lubbock Christian High School.
Cooper led by four after the first quarter, but trailed 36-35 at halftime. That all changed in the third quarter as the Cougars put up 20 points, including nine from Bailey, and the defense allowed just four to turn the game around.
The victory moves the Cougars into the consolation semifinal Friday at 9 p.m. against Richland.