UE Takes 75-44 Win Over Salukis EVANSVILLE, Ind. – In what may have been the top team performance of the season, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team led wire-to-wire as they earned a 75-44 Senior Day win over Southern Illinois at the Ford Center.Evansville (17-14, 7-11 MVC) opened the game on a 7-2 run and added to the lead from there, going up by as many as 34 points in the largest margin of win in a league game for UE since defeating Bradley, 67-35, on January 9, 2016.“We asked our guys to play for the seniors today and they did a great job today. They knocked it out of the park,” Aces head coach Marty Simmons said. “The team did a great job and we look forward to carrying this momentum to St. Louis.”Ryan Taylor was the leading scorer for the Aces for the ninth game in a row, posting 25 points on 10-of-18 shooting. Dru Smith, playing in his first game since Feb. 10, scored 14 while Blake Simmons finished with 12 in his final home game. Simmons, along with fellow seniors Duane Gibson and Dalen Traore, made the start on Saturday. Gibson had a stellar game, posting 8 points and 8 assists while Traore had 2 points and 3 rebounds.“This was a big win for us, we hope this can give us some momentum heading into the tournament,” Gibson explained.Southern Illinois (19-12, 11-7 MVC) was Armon Fletcher and Tyler Smithpeters record 11 and 10 points, respectively.It was the senior class carrying the load early on for the Purple Aces, posting the first nine points of the game. Duane Gibson had the first two buckets before Blake Simmons scored the next five UE points. His triple gave his team a 7-2 lead.After SIU got within two, Dru Smith, playing his first game in two weeks, scored on a drive to the basket to push the lead to 11-7. His basket set the Aces on a 13-0 run as the Salukis went scoreless for six minutes while missing seven shots in a row. Tyler Smithpeters ended the drought for SIU with his second long ball of the day to make it a 20-10 game with 8:08 left in the half.Despite getting back within ten, the Saluki offense continued to struggle, finishing the half at 23.8%. With under four minutes on the clock, Ryan Taylor down his second triple to push the lead to 17 and in the final seconds, Noah Frederking was true from downtown to send the Aces to the half with a 36-17 lead. Evansville shot 62.5% in the opening stanza.Four of the first five UE shots found the bottom of the net to open the second half as the lead grew to 24 points at 46-22. Taylor and Simmons each had tripled in the run. With over eight minutes left in the contest, the lead reached 30 on a jumper by Gibson and the advantage grew to as many as 34 points when another Taylor triple pushed the lead to 73-39. In the final minute, the Salukis hit a three to cut the final margin for the Aces to 31 – 75-44.UE completed the game shooting 56.4% while holding the Salukis to just 31.0%. The Aces also finished with a 35-24 advantage in rebounding.Evansville picked up its 8th win in the last 10 Senior Day games and UE’s class of Duane Gibson, Blake Simmons, and Dalen Traore will remember it forever.“I could not have asked for a better day,” Simmons said. “To have the kind of day we did is something that we will all remember for the rest of our lives.”For Traore, it was more than just a game. During his postgame speech, he proposed to girlfriend Marly Solano and she said yes.“I was pretty confident all week, but I am so happy right now,” Traore said. “I was not thinking about that beforehand, the game was my main focus. All week we have been talking about how focused we wanted to be today.”His teammates joined him on the court for the proposal and explained what they mean to him.“The team is family to me. These guys are my brothers.”Arch Madness in St. Louis is the next stop for the Purple Aces as they will open the tournament on Thursday. The opponent and game time will be finalized as soon as the latest RPI is released on Sunday morning.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Former Ghana international has cast doubts on the title ambitions of Ivory Coast ahead of the 29th Afcon tournament in South Africa.Felix Aboagye is convinced the Elephants may just exit in the first round of the competition which will begin this Saturday.Ivory Coast has been described as favorites for the tournament given its attacking repertoire and quality of players it has.Despite assembling one of the best players, Ivory Coast is yet to make it count in previous tournaments and is hoping to break the jinx in the 2013 edition.But Speaking on Joy FM and MultiTV Afcon diaries on Monday, Felix Aboagye noted the elephants are far from replicating the 1992 feat which saw them winning the competition by beating Ghana in an 11-10 penalty thriller.Citing a warm-up game the Elephants played earlier in the day, Aboagye said the players looked sluggish and didn’t look like a team ready to combat. Ivory Coast is in Group D together with Tunisia, Togo, and Algeria.Felix Aboagye was hopeful however that Ghana could pull a surprise in the competition.Ghana opens her campaign with DR Congo on Sunday before playing Mali and Niger later on in the Group B encounters.
LITTLE SILVER –The Red Bank Regional (RBR) BUC Backer Foundation inducted six distinguished alumni into its 2016 Hall of Fame on April 29. They join the ranks of the 120 honorees previously inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame over the last 14 years by the RBR BUC Backer Foundation.The new members are:• Janice A. Egeland, Ph.D., Class of 1952, Professor Emerita, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science. Adjunct Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry• S. Thomas Westerman, M.D., Class of 1952, Clinical Professor of Otolaryngology Drexel University College of Medicine, Retired Ear, Nose and Throat Physician• Dean S. Ross, Class of 1969, Community leader and small business owner• Lindsay Maggio, M.D., Class of 1998, Assistant Professor University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine• Tahj Holden, Class of 1999, Sports and Entertainment Associate, Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley, Varsity Boy’s Basketball Coach at Ranney School• Bo Olsen, Class of 2004, Captain in the United States ArmyRBR Buccaneer student newspaper writers read the biographies they each wrote on the Distinguished Alumni. In addition to a special brunch prepared by RBR’s Culinary Art students in the RBR media center, RBR Visual & Performing Art piano majors provided musical accompaniment.Every year RBR BUC Backer Foundation sponsors the induction of distinguished alumni in the Hall of Fame. All of the Distinguished Alumni have enjoyed long distinguished careers in their profession and as community leaders and volunteers. Additionally, the special student guests invited represent those with promise to become future distinguished alumni.The RBR BUC Backer Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding broad-based educational programs through teacher-requested grants at Red Bank Regional High School. The foundation also coordinates the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame and honors its inductees each year.
Health: Mosquitoes are to be taken seriously Mosquitoes on the attack; residents run, one school closed up Related Items:chickv, Chikungunya Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppSeptember 27, 2014 — While the Turks and Caicos Health Department remains tight lipped on the newest numbers for confirmed or suspected cases of Chikungunya Virus in the country, a nearby nation has seen its official Opposition Party announce that ChikV is now a “full blown epidemic” in that country. Jamaica’s shadow minister for health, Dr Kenneth Baugh (JLP) said the government was out of touch with the seriousness of Chikungunya and now the country is battling the mosquito borne virus which has surged in spread. Magnetic Media was this weekend informed that there is now at least one death in Jamaica being blamed on ChikV. Meanwhile CARPHA continues to report figures that are out-dated for member countries, explaining in a recent news story that many nations are not reporting. Our newsroom has confirmed at least three new or suspected new cases of ChikV in Provo, yet and despite weeks and weeks of requests in writing, by calling and even to the Office of the Premier; health and government officials are not forthcoming about current figures, especially important in the aftermath of severe flooding caused by August’s TS Cristobal. Media is however being told regularly of other health initiatives which the Ministry wants news organizations to help it promote. I recently pointed out to the Premier this often lopsided relationship between media and government. TCI Health warns against Zika as Caribbean counts five cases Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Monday is World Heart Day… October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and this October the country will also mark Caribbean Wellness Day with the Corporate Games. All of which are important health programs, which media enthusiastically promotes and covers. However also important is public awareness. With nations like the Bahamas charting 83 confirmed cases, Haiti with a shocking 64,695 suspected cases, the DR with a staggering 486,306 suspected cases on record and now Jamaica with 194 suspected cases (all from CARPHA as of September 22) … it is important for the general public to get an update on ongoing preventative initiatives by Health and cases recorded. Caricom recently announced a seminar aimed at coping with both Chikungunya and Ebola, as fears about their threat to the region escalate. Recommended for you