We opened the 2011-12 season last night with a win over Battle Creek Lakeview, 74-31.
After 3 weeks of practice, we came out with a ton of energy and solid defense. The guys shared the ball and executed like we had planned.
Big conference game coming up Friday against Jackson High School. They are well coached. Have to keep getting better…
Tom Markowski of the Detroit News on the sad news of former River Rouge point guard Brent Darby who passed away at the age of 30.
Brent Darby, who led River Rouge to Class B basketball titles in 1998 and ’99, died Tuesday. He was 30.
According to the Columbus Dispatch, Darby’s brother, Corwin Jones, said Darby had experienced problems from blood clots for more than a year, and they were the cause of his death.
Darby graduated from River Rouge in 1999 and played four seasons at Ohio State before graduating in 2003. He played professionally in Spain and Italy before returning to Michigan. His last season in Italy was 2009.
Lamonte Stone, an assistant at Bowling Green, coached Darby in high school and was an assistant at Ohio State during Darby’s senior season.
Stone said Darby had a history of heart problems.
“After he got done playing, that’s when it started,” Stone said. “Last year, we (Bowling Green) were in Detroit for a tournament at U-D (Detroit Mercy). He got rushed to the hospital then. I remember he was in bad shape. They weren’t able to control it.”
DesMoines Register with Northern Iowa crushing Iowa 80-60. Chalk up another big win for the MVC. UNI made 11 three’s on the game while Iowa shot 1-12 from distance. Iowa coach Fran McCaffery was ejected with 4:47 to go after drawing his second technical. Iowa shot 3-9 from FT line, UNI 29-33.
Tom Dowd of the Staten Island Advance on Wagner beating Hofstra 58-43. The Seahawks are 7-2 on the season. Danny Hurley doing great things.
Arizona Republic on the Arizona Wildcats basketball coach Sean Miller suspending a player.
Washington Post via the AP on Ben Howland suspending Reeves Nelson for a second time.
The coach said the latest suspension continues a trend of “very disappointing behavior” by Nelson, who didn’t play in the second half of last weekend’s loss to Texas. He was laughing on the bench as some fans chanted his name and the Bruins lost by 10 points.
“His behavior on the bench Saturday was totally against what UCLA basketball and our program stands for,” said Howland, who met with Nelson on Tuesday.
Asked what they discussed, Howland said, “That’s a difficult situation, a sensitive thing.”
Forward David Wear said, “In general, I don’t think that’s something that you want to do. You don’t want to be laughing when your team is losing.”
The Daily Illini on male practice players…for female sports. I have heard of women basketball teams doing the same thing. Does it help?
The use of male practice players has become a common practice in women’s volleyball. The men’s game is faster and much more physical than the women’s game, and so practicing against that style has become vital to compete on the national level.
“The girls were used to playing against guys,” Illinois head coach Kevin Hambly said. “I think for the guys it was different because all of a sudden they have a lot more responsibility.”
In a sense, they are part of the team and have to go through the same process as any Division-I athlete.
“Because they are going to be practicing with a team, they have to be eligible to do so,” Assistant Athletic Director of Compliance Ryan Squire said. “So they would have to go through the same protocol that any other student-athletes would have to do.”
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