Obanor lifts Oral Roberts past W. Illinois 113-70 February 27, 2020 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTULSA, Okla. (AP) — Kevin Obanor had 24 points on 10-of-11 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds as Oral Roberts easily beat Western Illinois 113-70 on Thursday night.R.J. Fuqua had 18 points for Oral Roberts (15-13, 8-7 Summit League), which earned its fourth consecutive home victory. Francis Lacis added 16 points. Deondre Burns had 15 points, 10 assists and six rebounds.Oral Roberts registered season highs with 17 3-pointers and 26 assists and scored at least 100 points for the first time this season. ___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Oral Roberts scored 63 points in the first half, a season high for the team.Ben Pyle tied a career high with 21 points and had seven rebounds for the Leathernecks (5-20, 2-13), who have now lost 10 games in a row. Kobe Webster added 17 points.The Golden Eagles improve to 2-0 against the Leathernecks for the season. Oral Roberts defeated Western Illinois 87-70 on Jan. 16. Oral Roberts finishes out the regular season against Purdue Fort Wayne at home on Saturday. Western Illinois finishes out the regular season against Denver on the road on Saturday.___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25
THE MUSLIM Youth Organisation (MYO) registered an eight-wicket win over the New Amsterdam Central Mosque in the Inter-Jamaat Softball Cricket competition which continued yesterday at the Woolford Avenue ground.New Amsterdam, who won the toss and batted first, reached 114-7 before their allotted 15 overs expired.Middle-order batsman Safraz Kassim led the attack for the visitors. His 27 not out included a six and a four. Richard Kellowan, who scored 23 (1×4, 1×6) and opener Keon DeJesus, who also struck a four and a six in a score of 20, also had starts.Timur Mohamed and Cheddie finished with two wickets each for the home side.Needing to score at 7.66 runs per over, MYO raced to the target in 13.1 overs. Chien ‘Shaheed’ Gittens and Javed Kayume led from the front. Gittens, who hit two sixes and a four, finished with 29 runs, while Kayume, who exploded with four sixes, three of which were consecutive, finished with a game-high 37.Richard Latiff and Mohamed continued the attack after the departure of the openers to add 22 (1×4, 2x6s) and 23 runs (1×4, 2x6s) respectively.
Related Stories Syracuse offense sputters in pair of Big East losses during weekend Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse hung in as much as it could in a competitive match against Cincinnati.The effort was there and the Orange even took a late 20-17 lead in the first set. But after a late debacle that saw Syracuse commit five attack errors in the next seven points, the Bearcats seized the momentum and ultimately won the match 3-0.The Orange’s struggles on offense stemmed from the team’s lack of ball control. While SU scored 22, 20 and 19 points, respectively, in the three sets, it was the 28 attack errors that stood out in the loss. Unlike Cincinnati, Syracuse was unable to get digs without jeopardizing offensive opportunities, giving away crucial points in the process.“Cincinnati’s ball control was unbelievable,” SU coach Leonid Yelin said.Cincinnati’s (9-14, 7-3 Big East) defense thrived compared to Syracuse’s (9-15,1-8 Big East). Not only were the Bearcats well positioned, but they were also scrappier, as SU players described. The Bearcats were able to control the ball and thrive off the Orange’s frantic defense that left the middle defenders out to dry.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut it all starts with the serve.Syracuse’s serve-receiving struggled at times on Sunday. The Orange failed to win early points in rallies, ultimately exposing its frenzied defense.“When our service-receiving goes down, it’s difficult to run an offense,” Syracuse middle blocker Samantha Hinz said.While ball control is important during the serve, it is just as important during the rally. Many times the Orange was unable to set up outside hitters with effective passes after digs leading to easy defense and offense for the Bearcats.“Digging and setting up defense starts with the block and when (Cincinnati) is disregarding our block and hitting over it, it messes everything up,” said Melina Violas, Syracuse defensive specialist. “You can’t run a good offense without a good first pass, and when we struggle with that like we did today, you are going to lose.”In the third set, Syracuse managed just two blocks, leading to sporadic scrambling on defense. Four different times, Cincinnati’s Emily Hayden finished off a long rally with a kill, taking advantage of the Orange’s failure to finish points.Better ball control leads to better hitting.That was especially true with Silvi Uattara’s performance in Sunday’s game. The freshman outside hitter from Voronezh, Russia, was one of a few lone bright sports on offense for the Orange on Sunday with 11 kills. Waiting patiently on the left side of the court, Uattara would unload on shots that the Bearcats defense could rarely dig.“If you have ball control, you will make your hitters better,” Yelin said. “And ours was an issue from the beginning.” Comments Published on October 22, 2012 at 12:08 am Contact Bryan: firstname.lastname@example.org