Sophomore Joey Wentz led the Lancers in scoring with 11 points (along with senior Colin Burns, who scored 11 as well), and hit the free throw that gave SM East the win.From the moment the clock started running in the third quarter of SM East’s sub-state opening game against Blue Valley High, the Lancers seemed hellbent on handing the Tigers a victory.[pullquote]Coach Shawn Hair’s postgame commentsAudio Playerhttps://dfv6pkw99pxmo.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/New-Recording-23.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Click the arrow to listen[/pullquote]SM East took the three-point lead it had at the half and promptly handed it to Blue Valley. All of a sudden, the Lancers couldn’t guard. They couldn’t hold onto the ball. And they couldn’t shoot. Blue Valley outscored the Lancers 14-5 in the third quarter, and extended their lead to nine points in the opening minutes of the fourth.By the looks of it, SM East head coach Shawn Hair’s 400th at the Lancers’ helm was going to be a tough season-ending loss.And then…Senior Colin Burns hit a three. And then another. SM East’s defense came to life and shut down the Blue Valley shooters who couldn’t miss just a few minutes earlier. With 1:50 remaining and the Lancers down by three, junior Gunnar Englund stole the ball at the top of the Blue Valley key and drove the length of the court for a layup. SM East was down by one point. The SM East gym erupted.That’s the loudest the SME gym has been in a long time— Joe Libeer (@Joekemon) March 7, 2014With around a minute to go, sophomore Joey Wentz drove on the Lancers’ basket and drew a foul. His first shot from the free throw line tied the game. His next shot gave the Lancers their improbable lead — and would be the last point of the night.Blue Valley held onto the ball as the clock wound down to ensure they would have the last shot, but SM East’s defenders locked down the Tigers’ shooters. Blue Valley never got a shot off. The Lancers had won, surviving to take on the top ranked team in Kansas and defending state champions, the 19-2 Blue Valley Northwest Huskies, in the sub-state final Saturday. Blue Valley Northwest beat SM North Thursday night, bringing the Indians’ season to a close.Wentz and Burns led the Lancers in scoring with 11 points each. Sophomore Jay Guastello scored 9 and junior Lucas Jones scored 8. The win improved SM East to 12-3 all time against Blue Valley, and made Hair’s record against the Tigers 6-1.Hair said after the game he was impressed by how his team pieced together their comeback, but that they’ll have to bring a better game to the Huskies’ gym if they want to advance to the state bracket.“They’re state champions for a reason,” he said. “They’re a winning machine. We’re going to have to play a lot looser than we did today.”The sub-state final will tip at 7 p.m. Saturday at Blue Valley Northwest.(Thanks to Kevin Booker for the Blue Valley-SM East stats!)The Lancers were plagued by turnovers in the third quarter, letting Blue Valley build a commanding lead heading into the fourth quarter.SM East’s Lucas Jones faced double and triple coverage under the basket all night long.
West Florida Men’s Basketball Notes & Programs Share 2010-11NotesProgram11/12/10vs. UCF2009-10NotesProgram11/16/09Week 1vs. Columbus State11/27/09Week 2UWF Thanksgiving Classic12/04/09Week 312/13/09Week 4vs. Delta State12/15/09Week 512/19/09Week 5 (Update)vs. Montevallo12/29/09Week 6UWF Christmas Classic01/07/10Week 7vs. West Alabama01/09/10Week 7 (Update)vs. Alabama-Huntsville01/13/10Week 801/16/10Week 8 (Update)01/20/10Week 9vs. North Alabama01/23/10vs. Lambuth (Hall of Fame)02/03/10Week 1002/06/10Week 10 (Update)02/10/10Week 11vs. Valdosta State02/14/10Week 11 (Update)vs. West Georgia02/18/10Week 1202/23/10vs. Concordia-Selma; Senior DayPrint Friendly Version
Embed from Getty ImagesAntonio Conte wants Chelsea to publicly back him amid speculation over his future.It follows reports the Italian could be replaced as Blues boss at the end of the season or even sooner.AdChoices广告“I’d like to have a statement to support against this speculation,” said Conte.“Maybe I’d like that the club prepare a statement to tell the media: ‘I trust in his job, I trust in his work’.”Conte, who led Chelsea to the Premier League title last season, has 18 months remaining on his contract at Stamford Bridge.“I’m giving all of myself for this club,” he insisted. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook See also:Conte insists he intends to stay at ChelseaConte keen for Palmieri to push AlonsoChelsea’s development side beat Leicester