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The Palmetto State rival’s men’s basketball edition resumes at 2 p.m. in Columbia as South Carolina hosts Clemson in the annual clash between SEC and ACC programs. The Gamecocks (4-6) are in a three-game losing streak while the Tigers (8-3) have won their last two. 

Tip-off essentials

Opponent: Clemson (8-3)
Time: 2 p.m.
Place: Colonial Life Arena
Television: ESPN2 with Mike Morgan and Chris Spatola
Radio: Gamecock Radio Network with Derek Scott and Casey Manning
Sirius: 134; XM: 190
Series: USC leads 90-78
Last meeting: 64-48 Clemson win on Dec. 19, 2017 at Littlejohn Coliseum

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Gamecocks staring lineup:
Tre Campbell
AJ Lawson
Keyshawn Bryant
Felipe Haase
Chris Silva

Marcquise Reed not listed in Clemson’s starting lineup. Clyde Trapp is in his place. Mitchell, Thomas, Skara, Simms fill out rest of Tigers lineup. 

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UPDATED: Chugiak transfer player receives waiver; team can still make playoffs – KTUU.com


ANCHORAGE (KTUU) – Updated 12:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21:
ASAA Executive Director Billy Strickland says the organization has granted a waiver to the player who transferred to Chugiak.

“ASAA believes that the former Chugiak coach’s failure to be truthful was not within the student’s control and therefore met the criteria of a hardship,” Strickland wrote in an email.

Strickland also said the Association would not ban the team from post-season play, but would fine the school $250.

Posted Thursday, Dec. 20:
Chugiak high school has released head basketball coach Jocquis Sconiers of his coaching duties on Thursday.

Sconiers admitted to a violation of state athletics rules after coaching a senior player who transferred from Noatak who played on his summer league team.

In a statement from ASD Director of Communications Catherine Esary, it states that the school will be appointing an interim coach for the remainder of the season.

Activities principal Ben Johrendt says Josi Schultz will be interim coach of the boys basketball team.

Executive Director of ASAA, Billy Strickland, says the player in question as it stands is ineligible to play, according to the bylaws, however, depending on his circumstances, he could be granted a waiver. Waivers are only granted for hardships.

Strickland went on to say that since Chugiak self-reported the violation, at this point, Chugiak will not be banned from post-season play.

Sconiers says he was unaware of the ASAA rule which states, “A student who participates as a member of an out-of-school team coached by another school’s coach, and who subsequently transfers to that coach’s school, will be ineligible in that sport for one full season at the receiving school.”

The recruiting allegation against Sconiers first came to light in a story published by the Anchorage Daily News and Chugiak Eagle River Star.

“I mistold the truth about my involvement with this player, to save the kid,” Sconiers told Channel 2 Thursday morning.

“I feel like this a bad rule. I hope they change the rule,” Sconiers said.

“I really feel like, if a kid wants to transfer, to a school, no matter what that school is, give them a one-time transfer,” Sconiers said.

ASAA met with administrators from Chugiak to reach a decision on the consequences of breaking this rule.

According to ASAA rules, the first offense of recruiting or undue influence should result in the school being placed on probation, fined $500 and losing playoff privileges. The coach will be suspended from coaching for up to one year. The school, if it allows a suspended coach to coach a team, including practices, could forfeit all contests in which the team competes.



Delaware overmatched by No. 5-ranked Maryland in women's basketball – The News Journal


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Delaware State notched its first win of the season against a Division I school by beating UD with a bucket in the final seconds Wednesday.
William Bretzger, The News Journal

The last time Maryland made a women’s basketball visit to the Carpenter Center, a University of Delaware team bound for the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 still lost by 16.

That didn’t paint very pretty prospects for Thursday’s return visit by the Terrapins.

Maryland was ranked No. 9 nationally for their 2012 visit and No. 5 for this trip, and it showed against the young, injury-riddled Blue Hens.

Delaware was scrappy and persistent on defense but ultimately overmatched in a 77-53 loss played in front of 1,423 fans, many of them clad in red, not for Christmas, but to support the visitors.

“I never saw us concede,” Delaware coach Natasha Adair said.

The Terps (11-0) shot 36.8 percent from the field, well below the 48.2 season average they arrived with. But they also beat a path to the foul line, going 21-for-29 there, and outrebounded Delaware 55-46 with 24 offensive rebounds.

Delaware shot just 29.7 percent from the field, was 1-for-8 on three-pointers and rarely got to the foul line (8-for-11).

Makeda Nicholas scored 12 points and Rebecca Lawrence had 10 for Delaware while freshman Jasmine Dickey had 11 rebounds.

“We were ready,” Nicholas said. “We were screaming, ‘Upset! Upset! Upset!’ so we really wanted to get this win today. We were all hyped. … Like coach said, their height definitely bothered us a little bit. It’s not often I play against 6-5, 6-3 couple girls. They use that to their advantage.” 

The 6-foot-5 freshman Shakira Austin’s 17 points, 13 rebounds and eight blocked shots in her first career start sparked Maryland.

The game tipped off at 3 p.m. at Maryland’s request so some of its players could catch flights to return home for Christmas.

Delaware (4-7) will host Saint Joseph’s Dec. 28 in its final nonconference game before beginning Colonial Athletic Association play Jan. 4 at home against James Madison.

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Delaware had future WNBA MVP and Olympic gold medalist Elena Delle Donne when Maryland last came here Dec. 20, 2012. The Blue Hens were within three in the second half as a crowd of 5,089 rejoiced before Maryland took charge that night in a 69-53 win.

Delaware later won its second straight CAA title and beat West Virginia and North Carolina at home in the NCAA Tournament before losing to Kentucky in a 32-4 season.

The year before, Delaware’s only regular-season loss in a 31-2 season was at Maryland 85-76.

This is a different time, and Delaware is rebuilding under second-year coach Adair, who lost 2018 CAA Player of the Year Nicole Enabosi and highly regarded freshman Lolo Davenport to season-ending knee injuries. Delaware hopes to have both when it plays at Maryland next year.

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Delaware guard Paris McBride changes direction on Maryland’s Channise Lewis. The University of Delaware women’s basketball team takes on No. 5 University of Maryland at the Bob Carpenter Center Thursday.  (Photo: Daniel Sato, The News Journal)

Preseason All-CAA pick Samone DeFreese also missed her second game with an ankle injury. Only junior point guard Abby Gonzales has started all 11 games for Delaware.

“The thing I told our players was, ‘We belong on that same stage,’ and being on our home floor, we didn’t look like we didn’t belong,” Adair said. “Now there were some things – rebounding really stood out to me – and those are things that we will work on.”

The right mindset was critical, Adair added.

“If you’re intimidated,” she said, “you’re already 15 points down before the ball goes up, and this group is not.”

A 10-point run allowed Maryland to take a 20-10 lead into the second quarter. A couple baskets by Nicholas helped the Hens get within 27-21 in the second quarter before a Maryland resurgence led to a 35-23 halftime cushion.

Delaware didn’t get closer than 11 points in the third quarter, which ended 56-41.

“They came out with just a ton of energy,” Maryland coach Brenda Frese said of the Hens. “We had a hard time initially on the glass with them.”

Ultimately, she added, “I thought they had no answer for us inside.”

Contact Kevin Tresolini at ktresolini@delawareonline.com. Follow on Twitter @kevintresolini.

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UNI basketball: Panthers sputter late in home loss to Grand Canyon – Des Moines Register


CEDAR FALLS, Ia. — It took more than a month, but Northern Iowa’s first Division I home game finally arrived Wednesday night. Ailing amid a rough stretch that’s spanned three-plus weeks, the Panthers hoped a decent trip home would generate some positivity.

Offensive life came in spurts — but not consistently enough to stop this extended skid. Grand Canyon exited the McLeod Center with a 73-62 win, sticking UNI (4-7) with its fourth straight double-digit loss and fifth defeat in the last six games.       

AJ Green did all he could. The sharpshooting freshman had a career-high scoring night, punctuated by back-to-back treys that gave UNI a 50-49 lead with 6:58 to play. The Panthers, down eight at the break and double figures in the first half, had brief signs of life.  

Then the juice fizzled.

Over the final minutes, Grand Canyon essentially doubled Green the second he cross midcourt — and UNI didn’t have enough offensive firepower elsewhere. Wyatt Lohaus hit a few treys down the stretch, but the Antelopes pulled away for a solid road win.

Ben Jacobson tinkered with some lineup changes in hopes of finding a spark, opting to insert Miles Wentzien and Tywhon Pickford for Lohaus and Isaiah Brown. Wenztien — who can handle the ball and thus, move Green off it — played his biggest role Wednesday since coming to UNI.

But the Panthers still weren’t crisp enough.

Dargan Southard covers Iowa and UNI athletics, recruiting and preps for the Des Moines Register, HawkCentral.com and the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Email him at msouthard@gannett.com or follow him on Twitter at @Dargan_Southard.



No. 3 North Meck vs. No. 7 West Charlotte boys basketball – Charlotte Observer


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Royce Jarrett, Ardrey Kell: career-high 13 points and career-high 15 rebounds in a 76-45 win over West Meck. It was the first double-double of his career. Kam Flynn had 20 points for the Knights (8-1, 2-0 SoMeck)

Latin’s double-team: Charlotte Latin got 25 points, five assists from John Beecy and 19 points, five rebounds from Graham Calton in an 84-66 win over Metrolina Christian Tuesday.

Mallard Creek defense: Mavericks outscored Lake Norman 22-6 in the third quarter of a 76-66 win. Demitrius Dixon had 23 for the Mavericks (6-3, 2-0 I-MECK)

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Sage Alexander, Community School of Davidson: honored for scoring his 1,000th career point Tuesday before a 60-59 win over Pine Lake Prep. Alexander had 19 points in Tuesday’s game. He made 4-of-8 field goals and 8-of-10 free throws.

Brandon Beidleman, Vance: 25 points in an 71-70 win over Hopewell. He added nine assists, four rebounds and three steals.

Andra’ McKee, Independence: 15 points, eight assists, three rebounds and one steal in an 82-50 win over East Meck. Teammates Anthony Allen (12 points, four rebounds, four steals, two blocks, two assists, Tyler Harris (12 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals) and Omarion Bodrick (12 points, five blocks, three rebounds) also had good games.

Tristan Maxwell, North Mecklenburg: 21 points, a team-high, in an 85-78 win over rival West Charlotte.

Hamidou Sidibe, Covenant Day: 36 points in an 81-69 win over Christ The King. Jaylen Steele had 36 for Christ The King.

North Meck stops West Charlotte on the road

A couple of top-ten teams in the Charlotte Observer’s Sweet 16 basketball teams went to battle Tuesday looking for superiority. When the dust settled the North Mecklenburg Vikings held on for an 85-78 victory over the West Charlotte Lions in a packed gym at West Charlotte.

The Vikings, ranked No. 3 in the Observer’s Sweet 16, built a 20-point third quarter lead. But the Lions, ranked No. 7 in the Sweet 16, rallied in the fourth quarter and cut the North Meck lead down to three points before succumbing by eight.

West Charlotte’s Cartier Jernigan personally willed the Lions (4-3) back into the game after the Lions trailed by 15 at the half. Jernigan took over the game with 18 third-quarter points while finishing the contest with a game-high 34 points. Florida State recruit Patrick Williams had 27 for the Lions.

North Meck’s balanced scoring proved to be a key ingredient in the victory. The undefeated Vikings (7-0), placed four players in double figures. Tristan Maxwell led the Vikings with 21 points, while Demar Anderson finished with 19. Chris Ford and Trayden Williams had 17 and 15 respectively for North Meck.

“When we came into the game we knew it was going to be a big crowd so we just stuck together,” said Maxwell. “We know it was going to be a big game, a lot of talking going on.”

THREE WHO MATTERED:

(Cartier Jernigan – West Charlotte): Senior guard had scored 27 of his game-high 34 points in the second half to give the Lions a chance to win the game late.

(Tristan Maxwell – North Meck): Junior guard led the Vikings with 21 and scored baskets at key times in in the second half to thwart the West Charlotte comeback.

(Patrick Williams – West Charlotte): Senior power forward’s 27 points were the game’s second most as he joined Jernigan to nearly help the Lions pull out the victory

WORTH MENTIONING:

  • North Meck’s Maxwell and Ford, plus West Charlotte’s Jernigan all fouled out in the fourth quarter.

  • Former University of Florida and NBA star Vernon Maxwell attended Tuesday’s game. Vernon is the father of the Vikings Tristan Maxwell. The elder Maxwell played a partial season for the Charlotte Hornets in 1998.

THEY SAID IT: “We still we’re feel good enough to play a great Norcross, Georgia team, a top-team in the country, a Cox Mill team early and actually going to John Wall (Holiday Invitational Basketball Tournament in Raleigh). We definitely feel like we’re good enough to play against those teams, but we’ve got to get some wins while we’re playing this tough schedule. And I think we will.” — West Charlotte coach Jacoby Davis on the Lions difficult early-season schedule.

WHAT’S NEXT: West Charlotte plays next on December 26 at the John Wall Tournament, while North Meck gets right back to it Wednesday playing at Concord JM Robinson.



BOYS’ BASKETBALL: MELHS rallies for victory at Triad – The Edwardsville Intelligencer



TROY — The Metro-East Lutheran boys’ basketball team turned up the pressure, and it turned a potential lopsided loss into a come-from-behind win.


MELHS trailed by 19 points at halftime, but rallied for a 71-66 victory over Triad at Rich Mason Gymnasium.

Metro had 21 turnovers while the host team had 19. But 11 of Triad’s turnovers came in the third quarter, when the Knights whittled an 11-point halftime deficit to one point.

“We’ve got to buy into the fact that the ball has to take a certain turn and we can’t just play free-wheeling basketball,” Metro coach Anthony Smith said. “In the first half, we were doing all the things that we talked about that we don’t want to do.

“You have to do things out of the offense. From there, the rest of it will take care of itself. In the second half, we looked like a different team.”


The win was the fifth in a row for MELHS, which improved to 8-3.

The loss dropped Triad to 5-4.

“This is one of the more disappointing losses of my career,” Triad coach Josh Hunt said. “They obviously amped up the pressure a little bit, but I thought we took some bad shots and some selfish shots.

“They turned us over quite a bit. We didn’t do a very good job of handling their pressure.”

Triad took its biggest lead of the game, 33-14, with 4:45 remaining in the second quarter.

Metro’s comeback actually started after that, as MELHS pulled within 34-25 on a free throw by A.J. Smith with 40 seconds left.

A layup by former MELHS player Jonah Ogden gave Triad a 36-25 lead at halftime.

With four minutes remaining in the third quarter, Metro took its first lead at 40-39 on a steal and a layup by Jason Williams, who had a career-high 27 points.

“We just couldn’t keep (Williams) in front of us,” Hunt said. “To their kids’ credit, they didn’t quit. When look back at the film, I think we’re going to regret some of the decisions we made and some of the things we did tonight.”

During the first four minutes of the quarter, Triad committed six turnovers, with MELHS converting them into six points.

After Metro took the lead on Williams’ basket, Triad answered with an 8-0 run to go up 47-40.

MELHS came back with a 7-0 run of its own to tie the score at 47-47, including three consecutive layups by Jonah Wilson.


At the end of the quarter, Triad was clinging to a 50-49 lead, with Metro scoring 12 points off turnovers during the eight-minute stretch.

A layup by DaMonte Bean, off a steal by Williams, gave MELHS a 60-55 lead with 4:49 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Two free throws by Cooper Krone gave Metro its biggest lead, 64-56, with 2:47 to play.

Triad pulled within 64-62 with 1:43 to play on a pair of free throws by Nate Winslow, but couldn’t come back all the way.

“Our defensive effort definitely turned it around for us,” Bean said. “We were moving the ball more and running through our offense and getting stops.

“In the first half, I think we just came out lackadaisical and not moving the ball. We were throwing up some bad shots.”

Metro spent much of the game trying to come back from an awful first quarter.

An 8-0 Triad run made the score 12-4 midway through the first quarter, and a 12-0 run pushed Triad’s lead to 25-8 early in the second quarter.

“When we do things we’re not supposed to do and turn the ball over, it sticks out like a sore thumb,” Smith said. “In the first half, we looked like a sore thumb.”

MELHS shot 59 percent (26 off 44) from 2-point range, including 75 percent (18 of 24) in the second half. Many of those baskets came on layups after steals.

Metro was 1 of 8 from 3-point range.

Triad shot 54 percent (20 of 37) from 2-point range but only 20 percent (4 of 20) from 3-point range.

Wilson had 18 points for MELHS while Bean added 15 points.

Luke Cox led Triad with 27 points. Sam Yager and Winslow added 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Metro doesn’t play again until Dec. 26, when it faces Nashville at 10:30 a.m. in the first round of pool play at the Mater Dei Christmas Tournament.

The Knights, who were 0-5 at the tournament last year, drew the No. 10 seed in the 10-team event event despite their winning record this season.

“They gave us the No. 10 seed, but that’s alright,” Smith said. “We’ll be ready to go for that first game on Wednesday morning.”