x-clinched playoff berth
y-denotes division winner
z-denotes conference winner
The Charlotte Bobcats are happy to be home after a five game west coast road trip, and they showed it with a 96-80 win over the Chicago Bulls tuesday night.
They came out with an all around team effort where most players shot well and all starters went in double figures. Raymond Felton and Raja Bell led the way with 18 points a piece, and Felton also added 9 assists. Bell only played 28 minutes all night but they were solid as he shot 7-11, despite being listed as questionable prior to the game with a right shoulder strain he suffered against the Clippers.
Bell was humble about his contributions stating that he was shooting wide-open shots.
“When you still have something to play for and you’re playing a team that is vying and jockeying position with you, you want to get out there and help.”
The Bobcats overall shot particularly well at 48.7%, and an uncharacteristic 90% at the free throw line.
The Bulls on the other hand shot 39%, and 20% from the three point line. They also had 17 turnovers , including 5 from star Ben Gordon which proved to hurt them all night.
Bulls head coach Vinny Del Negro expressed his disatisfaction after the game.
“They outworked us. We tried to get after it in the third quarter but their toughness mixed with no urgency to our game is why we lost.”
The Bulls, playing without starter Luol Deng and veteran Tim Thomas are now just one game ahead of the Bobcats who are starting to play better and are in the midst of a four game winning streak, their largest of the season.
Charlotte Bobcats reserve big man DeSagna Diop came in and provided quality minutes off the bench scoring six points, while grabbing five rebounds, two steals, and one block. It’s efforts like his and the “execution on both ends” that coach Brown talked about at the end of the game.
Only three games seperate seeds eight-thirteen in the eastern conference playoff race.
The Bobcats who are still banged up, are getting healthier at the right time as other teams in the race like the Milwaukee Bucks have seen leading scorer Michael Redd go down for the season. This is something Larry Brown sees as an advantage to them as the playoffs arise.
“A lot of teams at this time with the position we are in might not have everybody stepping up.”
Charlotte definitely chose to step up at the right time, their starting to mold as a team, and the they look to make a serious push for what would be their first ever playoff berth as a franchise.
Johnson C. Smith used an all around team effort to bring the CIAA trophy to Charlotte for the second year in a row. They beat #1 Virginia Union 70-63 Saturday night in a game where they showed pure determination in the winding moments of the second half.
Tavaris Little threw down a dunk to crush VUU’s hopes of winning the game. Game MVP Jerry Hollis led the Golden Bulls with 19 points and five rebounds.
VUU Trojan forward Gregg Thondique score 23 points and tallied 13 rebounds and four assists. But he also had five turnovers to lead his team.
JSCU had a 34-27 lead at the end of the first half and held back a second quarter rally by Virginia Union. This was a game that you could feel how bad The Golden Bulls wanted the championship. If not only for the lady Golden Bulls who had just won the women’s tournament less than an hour before, for the hometown Charlotte fans that made noise at the Time Warner Cable Arena.
They hit the right shots when they needed to and that’s why the Johnson C. Smith Golden Bulls are the 2009 64th Annual CIAA Basketball Tournament Champions.
The ladies of Johnson C. Smith brought the title home Saturday night as MVP Wendy Stywalt went off with 30 points and 12 rebounds. The Golden Bulls also received 10 rebounds from Demetria Bell with five of them being offensive. They scored 13 second chance points and 22 points in the paint in a game that was mostly about the matchups in the middle.
Teaunsha Robinson of Bowie State seemed to be dominating the paint in the first half on the offensive end but got cold in the second. Wendy Stywalt kept it going and went off in the second half it seemed to prove to be too much.
Bowie State’s Denisha Kenion had three assists with crisp passing inside and scored 10 points to go along with 7 rebounds. Bianca Lee hit a big three in the second half to keep them in it because of JSCU’s turnovers with 16.
But in the end it was the lady Golden Bull’s lifting the trophy up high and Wendy Stywalt the MVP trophy for the 2009 CIAA 64th Annual Women’s Basketball Tournament.
Brandon Byerson took over for #1 Virginia Union Friday night to lead VUU over St. Augustine’s 57-54. He scored 21 points on 7-12 shooting in an evening when neither team shot over 32%.
St. Augustine’s lost despite dominating the paint with 26 points compared to 10 by VUU. Up 33-25 at the half, VUU was not able to sustain what was a ten point lead, and the game went back and forth with six lead changes and seven ties.
Will Gill led St. Augustine’s with 14 points and six rebounds.
Virginia Union moves on to play in the championship against Johnson C. Smith Saturday night.
The Johnson C. Smith Golden Bulls defeated the Virginia State Trojans 63-56 Friday night to move on to play the winner of the St. Augustine’s-Virginia Union contest for the championship.
Time Warner Cable Arena had a great crowd Friday night to watch an exciting matchup that was 32-30 favoring the Trojans at the half after each team exchanged baskets. VSU’s Jacobe Simpson, a Charlotte native, led all scorer’s with nine points in the first half.
The Golden Bulls held the lead early in the second half until Trojan guard Ricardo Lipscomb hit a three pointer as the shot clock expired. JSCU responded with three straight baskets and a 48-42 lead with just under thirteen to play.
Virgina State, who shot well in the first half at 48%, got cold in the second (28.6%) and weren’t able to match the points scored by the Golden Bulls. The Golden Bulls shot 50% in the second half and 42% overall led by Jerry Hollis and Ryan Scott with 16, and Ronald Thornhill with 15.
The Trojans refused to give up though and cut the Golden Bulls lead to two points with 2:06 left to play. They would never get any closer than that as JSCU went 6-10 on free throws and a great ending capped by an exclamation dunk by Brian Mobley.
#1 Virginia Union(20-5) defeated #9 Fayetteville State(13-15) decidingly Thursday night 71-55 to push the Panthers one game from the Championship.
Gregg Thondique scored 20 points and added six rebounds to lead the VUU Panthers to victory.
“When things are going right, you react more quickly.”
His sense of urgency was evident all game.
Virginia Union’s Byerson brothers combined for 26 points as three players scored 46 of the teams 71 points.
The Virginia Union Panthers will play Friday against #7 Saint Augustine’s College.
#3 Johnson C. Smith University(19-9) crushed #6 Shaw University(12-16) 82-63 Thursday night as two of JSCU’s scorers post 20+.
Ryan Scott led all scorers with 25 in just 30 minutes of play, and shooting 6-7, 12-16 from the free throw stripe for JSCU, and Jerry Hollins complimented with 21.
Shaw’s bench scored 37 compared with 26 for the starters, and overall they wasted their time at the three point line shooting only 16.7% (3-18) from three. Shaw’s Raheem Smith scored 17 points in a losing effort.
JSCU shot 53.5% for the game in an efficient victory by the Golden Bulls. They will go on to face Virginia State University Friday night.
#7 Virginia State(14-17) beat #2 Elizabeth City State(21-7) 69-66 Thursday night led by Michael Johnson with 18 points.
VSU dominated ECSU 34-20 in the paint with 12 points and nine rebounds from Jacobe Simpson on the night. ECSU’s bench put up 31 points in the losing effort as their starting five only scored 25 points.
Virginia State goes on to play the winner between #3 Johnson C. Smith University and #6 Shaw University Friday night.
#4 St. Augustine(19-9) beat #5 Bowie State(15-13) 77-53 in the second round in the CIAA Tournament Thursday to move on and play the winner of the #1Virginia Union and #9Fayetteville State game.
It was an all around effort by St. Augustine’s as Chris Jordan scored 15, Hayward Fain scored 14, and Kalvin Patterson came off the bench to score 13. Bowie State could have took a lesson from St. Aug’s on moving the ball around as the assist battle was won 16-2. St. Aug’s also shot 50.0%(27-54) from the field and 53.8% (7-13) from the three point line compared to 33.3%(17-51) and 7.7%(1-13) from the three point line by Bowie State.
This game was over early as St. Augustine’s led 42-23 at the half and look to carry a lot of momentum into the next round.