No. 3 SFA Upends No. 1 Lions, Punches Ticket to NCAA Tournament

first_imgAt the start of the game, Southeastern forced three turnovers on the Lumberjacks’ first three possessions followed by senior guard Eddy Polanco knocking down a three-pointer to make it 5-0 before Kyle Keller called an early timeout.The Jacks’ senior guard Ty Charles gave the team its first points of the game with a three-pointer that woke up the Lumberjack offense coming out of the timeout. SFA garnered its first lead at 8-7 and used two big stretches in the opening period to take the 32-25 lead at the break.Down 13-8 with 13:16 remaining in the first half, sophomore guard Aaron Augustin used a jumper to spark a 9-0 run with Holyfield capping it with a triple and layup to take the four-point lead.MBB: FINALLY back in the locker room,?? time for @coach_keller12. #AxeEm #SouthlandStrong @SFA_MBB— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) March 11, 2018 That’s when another Holyfield tip-in turned the tide. Veal tallied his fourth assist of the game with 8:10 left in the first when he fed Greenwood for a layup to cut the SFA lead to 22-19. It would be the last field goal for Southeastern in a six-minute stretch that saw the Lumberjacks net eight-straight points, including a monstrous slam by Holyfield, to go up 30-18.In the first half, Holyfield and junior guard Shannon Bogues each registered seven points to lead the Lumberjack offense while Polanco scored seven points paired with four rebounds and Veal had four points along with five assists for the Lions. SFA had eight second chance points to SLU’s zero and led the battle of the boards 15-10. SFA outrebounded Southeastern 34-27 for the night, 13 of those coming on the offensive side. The Lumberjacks put up 16 second chance points compared to the Lions’ two. They also led the turnover game, forcing 15 though the Lions scored a game-leading 18 points off 11 turnovers.“They do a great job defensively and play a style of defense that is not very common,” Ladner said. “I have this great respect for Kyle Keller and the Stephen F. Austin program. They did a great job of really disturbing Marlain Veal. Veal makes our team go. They did a great job of helping take him out of the game.” The Lumberjacks will await its fate in the NCAA Tournament when the bracket is announced Sunday at 5 p.m. CT on TBS.center_img Box Score | Photo Gallery | ESPN2 Replay | HighlightsKATY, Texas – After a one-year absence, Stephen F. Austin is headed back to the NCAA Tournament.The Lumberjacks won their fourth Southland Conference Tournament Championship in five years when they defeated top-seeded Southeastern Louisiana 59-55 on Saturday at the Leonard E. Merrell Center.“That was a great night for our school and these players,” SFA head coach Kyle Keller said. “I sat here about 12 months ago and told people that would listen that we’d be back. Thankfully our players did that for us. I’m very gracious our players listened.”SFA led by as many as 14 in the second half, but it was the last 4:46 of the game that proved all the difference for the Lumberjacks. In that span, the No. 3 seed outscored its opponent 16-6 to regain the lead and claim the 2018 title.The Lumberjacks jumped out to a 9-2 start to the second half to extend their lead to 14, but Southeastern strung together a couple runs of its own to regain the lead. After a 7-0 stretch came to a halt from a TJ Holyfield tip-in, junior forward Moses Greenwood and senior guard Joshua Filmore combined for 15 consecutive points to give the Lions a 49-43 lead with 5:45 left in the game, keeping SFA scoreless for almost nine minutes. Holyfield, the eventual Tournament MVP, led a six-point stretch to tie the game at 49 apiece which forced Southeastern head coach Jay Ladner to call a timeout at 3:51 left in the game. All-Tournament selection Marlain Veal completed a pair of shots at the charity line to give the Lions a 51-49 lead, but senior guard Ivan Canete answered with a three-pointer, and the ‘Jacks never surrendered the lead after that. All-Tournament TeamTournament MVP: TJ Holyfield, Stephen F. AustinMarlain Veal, Southeastern LouisianaShannon Bogues, Stephen F. AustinJosh Delaney, Sam Houston StateEddy Polanco, Southeastern Louisianalast_img read more


first_imgCOMPETITION: Voodoo Venue have teamed up with Michael Murphy Sports to give Donegal Daily readers the chance to win a fantastic Rugby World Cup Giveaway!The Rugby World Cup 2015 kicks off this September and whether you’re rooting for the wallabies, the reds or your own home team, what better way to enjoy the games than in Donegal’s Official Rugby Bar – Voodoo Lounge Letterkenny!! What to Expect:Enjoy your favourite players in action on our massive plasma screens!!The beer’s will be flowing with all pints during all the games only €3, with a free mineral for the kids.Forget the salt and vinegar crisps, as all guests will be treated to complimentary light bits and dips during all Ireland games, semi-final’s and the final as well as the very first opening match kicking off on Friday 18th September at 8pm.Complimentary Pint of Heineken for the first 30 customers!!*Voodoo Venue have teamed up with Michael Murphy Sports to Give-Away Exclusively branded Customised New Rugby Kits at every Ireland Game!!*To be in with a chance to win one of these fantastic Rugby Kits you need to be in Voodoo Lounge during half time. The official kits will be launched next week.Check out our Facebook page for more information: into Voodoo Lounge this season and enjoy great food with a variety of beverages available for all guests, including our signature Rugby Cocktail Specials with a friendly atmosphere and comfortable soft seats.Complimentary Pint of Heineken for the first 30 Customers!!Voodoo Venue – Donegal’s Official Rugby Bar!!!Opening Game – Friday 18th Sept 8pm Ireland V Canada – Saturday 19th Sept 2.30pmIreland V Romania  – Sunday 27th Sept 4.45pm Ireland V Italy – Sunday 4th Oct 4.45pmFrance V Ireland – Sunday 11th Oct 4.45pm VOODOO VENUE TEAM UP WITH MICHAEL MURPHY SPORTS FOR SUPERB RUGBY WORLD CUP GIVEAWAY was last modified: September 11th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Entertainmenthome-page featuresnewslast_img read more

Will Modi Unshackle India

first_imgWhile the outcome of India’s election had been a forgone conclusion for months now, the scale of the BJP victory caught even political pundits flat-footed. The BJP-led NDA coalition was expected to either eke out a narrow victory, or score handsomely enough to be able to cobble together a governing coalition. Instead, the party won an outright majority on its own, which signals a tectonic shift in the Indian political landscape.The ruling Congress Party was reduced to just 44 seats, below even the threshold to qualify as the official opposition in the 545-member Lok Sabha. One hopes that the drubbing the Congress received in this election will dislodge from the saddle for good the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, which has ruled India for more than 40 years since Independence.Already there is mutiny in the ranks. Rajasthan Congress legislator Bhanwar Lal Sharma complained: “Rahul (Gandhi) is directionless and has no policy. He and his advisers are responsible for the party’s embarrassment and defeat in the elections as there is no mass support for him. The people who are around him are jokers. He (Rahul) is the MD of a team of jokers.”There remains a good chance that the cabal of sycophants and leeches, who have been feeding off the public trough for decades, will turn to Priyanka Gandhi for succour. That would be tragic; a pathetic denouement of a proud party that led the country’s independence struggle against one Raj only to yoke itself to another.The election results also scrambled the political deck, which in recent years, benefited bit regional players, who exercised oversized influence upon the central government, contributing to the economic and legislative paralysis that has gridlocked the country. Freed from the shackles of intransigent coalition partners, Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds an enviable hand to reshape the economic and political landscape of the country.By all accounts, he is making all the right moves. He has emphasized good and efficient governance. He has abolished 30 inter-ministerial groups created by the Congress government, which should help speed up decisions and promote accountability. There is discussion about implementing a performance-based incentive system for central employees. He has advocated for transparency in decision-making and, as someone personally unburdened with familial ties, has admonished ministers and party officials against nepotism.Modi has even discouraged a personality cult, batting down proposals from BJP state governments in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh to include content about his life in schoolbooks, tweeting: “I firmly believe the life story of living individuals should not be included as a part of the school curriculum. India has a rich history of several stalwarts who made India what it is today. Young minds should read about these greats and emulate them.”Modi comprehends well that the mandate he received is for his promise of result-oriented economic development, which will be undermined if he became bogged down in divisive social issues and political conflict.It is instructive that although BJP won a decisive victory, that is only a function of India’s winner-take-all system, which enabled the party to bag 52 percent of the parliamentary seats with just 31 percent of the votes. By contrast, the Congress won 8 percent of the seats with almost 20 percent of the vote. Fully 50 percent of the country’s vote was split among dozens of regional parties, none of which topped 4 percent.For all the talk of a Modi-wave, the BJP attracted under one-third of all votes cast. A shift of just two percentage points in the next elections could well overturn the BJP applecart.No doubt, with his smart political instincts, Modi knows this only too well. Social peace and strong economic performance in this term will almost surely silence any remaining nagging doubts voters might have had about Modi and the BJP and return them with an even greater majority in 2019.On the other hand, should the Hindutva crowd distract the Modi government into opening up old sores and contentious political issues (as some have with reckless talk of abrogating Article 370 granting autonomy to Jammu & Kashmir), both the BJP and India will be losers. Related Itemslast_img read more