Inter College Basketball Tourney Reaches Semifinals

first_imgFlashback: A Cuttington University player in possession of the ball against Blue Crest in their first match (Photo: Anthony Kokoi)The 2018 edition of the Inter-College Basketball tournament has reached the semifinals with four colleges including AME Zion University, University of Liberia, Blue Crest and Starz College advancing as the final four in the tournament.It was an entertaining and exciting moment at the Sports Commission in Monrovia last weekend as hundreds of college students from various institutions trooped in to cheer their teams to victory.During the knockout rounds, Zion University defeated Barshell University 54-22 points in the first match to book their ticket to the semifinals, before Blue Crest University College edged out Cuttington University by 42-27 points.In the late kickoffs, the University of Liberia saw off Stella Maris 73- 68 points before the final showpiece that witnessed Starz College defeating United Methodist University 40-39 points in a very entertaining game.Meanwhile, the draw for the semifinals of the tournament was made on Monday evening with the defending champions, Starz College, paired against the University of Liberia for the first match, while Zion will go against Blue Crest in the second. The two winners from the semifinals will advance to the final to compete for the L$10,000.The second place winner receives L$6,000 plus a trophy and a certificate; while the third place winner will receive L$4,000 and a certificate.The Semifinals are slated Friday, November 30.The tournament is organized by Scorpion Incorporated, an entrepreneur organization founded by six students from the Blue Crest University College who are concerned with technological projects and events planning.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Duke is no longer the earl of top 25 poll

first_imgThe Bruins’ run lasted 221 weeks, from the 1966-67 preseason poll to Jan. 8, 1980. North Carolina is third all-time with 172 straight weeks from the 1990-91 preseason poll to Jan. 17, 2000. “If you do it for a long period of time, it means you’ve been good that long,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said of his team’s streak that began in the 1996-97 preseason poll. “We never bring it up. It’s a nice stat thing.” UCLA and Memphis are now tied for the longest active streak at 34 straight weeks in the Top 25. Duke was No. 8 two weeks ago before losing in the final seconds to Virginia and Florida State. The Blue Devils lost to then-No. 5 North Carolina 79-73 on Wednesday and fell 72-60 at Maryland on Sunday for their first four-game losing since Jan. 3-13, 1996. “We travel a narrow road between winning and losing,” Krzyzewski said. “We were in a position to win, you have to make sure the kids know that. They are doing a lot of things to put themselves in a position to win.” Duke received 150 points, falling just eight short of No. 25 Alabama. The Blue Devils will try to end their slide Wednesday against Atlantic Coast Conference leader Boston College. The Eagles (18-6, 9-2) are finally back in the poll at No. 21 after falling out in week 3. Duke’s Top 25 streak is over. Saddled by its first four-game losing skid in 11 years, Duke fell out of The Associated Press poll Monday for the first time since the end of the 1995-96 season. The Blue Devils had been in the media poll for 200 straight weeks – the second longest streak behind UCLA. center_img Florida remained a unanimous No. 1 for the second straight week, garnering all 72 first place votes. Florida beat Georgia 71-61 on Wednesday and won at then-No. 20 Kentucky 64-61 on Saturday in front of a raucous record crowd of 24,465. It was the Gators’ fifth straight victory over their rivals. It had been 20 years since the Wildcats, college basketball’s winningest program, lost five straight games to an opponent. Tennessee was the last to do it from 1975-77. UCLA fell to fifth after splitting games this past week. The Bruins beat then-No. 19 Southern California 70-65 on Wednesday, but lost to West Virginia by the same score Saturday. The Bruins had to fly across the country and play an early afternoon game. UCLA found itself down by 19 early in the second half before clawing back. “I was really pleased with the way we fought back,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said. “Obviously it’s a long way to come to get beat.” With UCLA’s loss, Ohio State moved up to No. 2 – its highest ranking since 1991. Wisconsin and North Carolina also gained a spot, moving up to No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. Texas A&M was No. 6, followed by Pittsburgh, Kansas, Memphis and Washington State. The Cougars (21-4, 10-3 Pac-10) moved up four spots after beating then-No. 25 Stanford and California. Washington State is only a half-game behind first-place UCLA as the Cougars chase their first league title. Nevada was No. 11, followed by Marquette, Butler, Georgetown, Oregon, Southern Illinois, Air Force, Oklahoma State, Arizona and Kentucky. Georgetown made the biggest jump, moving up eight spots to No. 14 after convincing wins over Louisville and then-No. 11 Marquette. The Hoyas have won seven straight. “We’re getting better, and our guys definitely have a comfort level with how we want to skin the cat, so to say,” said Georgetown coach John Thompson III after Saturday’s win over Marquette. “We’re more poised. A lot of times early in the season teams would make a run, and we’d stand around looking starry eyed.” Oregon fell two spots after splitting games with Arizona State and then-No. 24 Arizona. Southern Illinois moved up five spots to No. 16. Boston College was followed by Southern California, West Virginia, Indiana and Alabama. Besides Duke, Vanderbilt and Stanford also dropped out of the rankings. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Making a clean sweep

first_img• Photo Gallery: Cleaning alleysWHITTIER – So what does the alley behind your home look like? Is trash piled up? Are there bulky items such as old sofas and broken TV sets? Is it chock-full of potholes? If so, the city is about to ride to your rescue with a new initiative that focuses on cleaning up those forgotten byways. Council members have authorized a new, $345,600 program to clean up Whittier’s alleys. Money from the city’s solid waste fund – which has a $5.8 million surplus – will pay for the program, officials said. The money will go toward providing street sweeping through alleys every other week. In addition, the city will hire three new employees and assign two of them specifically to collect material illegally dumped in alleys. The third employee will work in code enforcement. Officials say the city for too long has neglected its alleys. “It’s something that’s long been needed,” Councilman Owen Newcomer said. “It’s like you’ve got a nice front yard, but you’ve ignored the side and back yards.” It could take several months, however, for the program to get under way. First, the city must seek bids from street-sweeping companies. Then it must hire the new employees. While the city’s solid waste department serves only the western half of Whittier, most of the alleys are in that part of town, too, said Public Works Director David Mochizuki. Alley deterioration tends to be caused by heavy trash trucks, he said. But the alley-cleaning program does not address repairs to alley pavement. For that, Mochizuki has proposed the city spend $200,000 a year on pavement repairs. But that money won’t go far, Councilman Bob Henderson said, considering the city has about 25 miles of alleys, and officials have estimated it will cost about $9.2 million to repair them all. “Some of these alleys are just in horrible shape,” Henderson said. “Some have big pot holes. We don’t want to be responsible for leaving a $9.2 million deferred maintenance. We should set up a priority list of really damaged alleys that need to be brought back into operational condition.” That’s what Mochizuki is working on, he said, adding he plans to bring back a proposal to the City Council that addresses the city’s worst alleys. All of that was welcome news to Rita Apolitegu, who has lived next to an alley on Bright Avenue for 31 years. “It’s horrible,” Apolitegu said. “It’s a mess. They’ve got holes.” mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562)698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more