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Winning tip: Tavira, Algarve

Even the most cold-hearted atheist cannot fail to be impressed by the 37 churches of Tavira, the small town which, thanks to a slightly inland location, has avoided the overdevelopment of some Algarve resorts. And what could be more appropriate than to stay in a converted convent – Pousada Convento Tavira – in the centre of town, from where ferries run to Tavira island for beach lovers? But it’s hard to tear yourself away from the riverside restaurants and bars with views of the famous Ponte Romana bridge.
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Malcolm Matthew


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Aljezur, Algarve

Aljezur, town and moorish castle ruin
Aljezur’s moorish castle overlooks the town. Photograph: Mikehoward 2/Alamy

In October, you can smell the woodsmoke twisting and turning in the crisp morning air above the whitewashed cottages of Aljezur. The old town is a cascade of zigzagging narrow streets. They cut through a jumble of buildings – half chic Airbnbs, half crooked cottages stacked with gourds and firewood. A Moorish castle – a ubiquitous feature in the towns of southern Portugal – looms overhead. Go there at sunset to watch the light fade over the Aljezur estuary. During the day, drive through the wildflower meadows to Arrifana Beach to surf and sunbathe.
Joseph Francis

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Évora, Alentejo

View from Miradoro do Jardim Diana, Evora.
View from the Diana Garden, Evora. Photograph: Jon Lovette/Alamy

A beautiful historic city, Évora is a living museum with monuments from Roman times. The landscape is beautiful and surrounded by stunning villages with, I think, the best wine in the world, and typical Alentejo cuisine. It has excellent restaurants and bars as well as several museums and galleries. In summer, temperatures reach 40C but luckily Évora has beautiful pools and several river beaches. There is also a university, founded in 1559; this is truly a cultural city.
João Domingues

Elvas, Alentejo

The late medieval Amoreira aqueduct, Elvas, Portalegre District, Portugal. The Amoreira aqueduct. Aqueduto da Amoreira. Built between 1498 and 1622. It is five miles long. Elvas is a U
The Amoreira aqueduct, Elvas. Photograph: Ken Welsh/Alamy

Elvas is right next to the Spanish border and is full of historical meaning to Portugal, as many battles between Portugal and Spain have been fought in the area. Sites like the town fortress, the castle, the aqueduct and the army museum I found to be very interesting. The local gastronomy is amazing and it’s easy to get an excellent meal at a reasonable price. Accommodation is affordable even during the summer (£50-£70 a nigh with breakfast and outdoor pool), the place is ideal for hiking and other outdoor activities and offers the possibility of a day trip to Spain, a few miles away.
Bruno

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Piodão, Serra do Açor

Piodao on the slope of the hill with the houses in shale and slate
Photograph: Luis Costa/Alamy

There is a small village nestled up in the mountains of the Serra do Açor that looks like it is out of a fairytale. This village is called Piodão and is one of 12 classified as Aldeias Históricas de Portugal – Historical Villages of Portugal. Piódão has featured in historical accounts since the 14th century, and was probably used by medieval fugitives hiding in the wild Portuguese mountains. Indeed, on a rainy day you should look from the other side of the mountain to see the village coming out of the fog. We went to Piodão on a rainy day and it couldn’t have been more perfect. We loved exploring all the peculiar alleys made of schist rock, and tasting some the local cajadas – milk tarts.
Laura Di Stefano

Monsanto, Castelo Branco

Monsanto, Portugal
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Monsanto is a mountain village with houses built into rock formations and a fabulous pousada – inn – with a superb restaurant. It’s a truly atmospheric and ancient village where local traditions are still played out in the streets, especially during religious holidays – and it’s good walking country too. The plains of east Portugal stretch away to the west and from the castle above the village, it seems that you have a view of the whole country. The cost of food and drink is low, even for Portugal, and bars serve simple, local dishes that are as impressive as anything found in more upscale places. A truly magical little town.
James David Rattigan

Tomar, Santarém

The Knights Templar Castle and Church, Tomar.
The Knights Templar Castle and Church, Tomar. Photograph: Wayne Perry/Alamy

Tomar is truly a hidden gem, home to one of the most significant Templar strongholds, which evolved into the Convento de Cristo, now a Unesco world heritage site, as the extraordinary design of the chapel is unique in the world. It’s a delight to wander the quiet cobbled streets and alleyways of the old town or sit at one of the bars in the main square with views up to the fortifications on the hill above. While you’re there, drop into Le P’tit Français for brunch or coffee and delicious pastries sitting in a quiet sidestreet.
Gus MacLeod

Santa Comba Dão, Viseu, central Portugal

Santa Comba Dão is a beautiful small inland city that overlooks the Cris river where it joins the Dão, before the Dão joins the Mondego. The local granite buildings come with a beautifully formed wooden walkway through the old town. The centre of the local municipality, it used to provide a summer retreat for the wealthy. Now the local facilities of the cycle path, the Ecopista de Dão, and the beautiful beach of the Ribeira da Senhora on the Mondego river are available to all.
Diana

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Aveiro

Traditional moliceiro boats with hand painted bows in Aveiro
Moliceiro boats with hand painted bows in Aveiro. Photograph: Sergio Azenha/Alamy

After driving nearly the full length of Portugal late this summer, it was picturesque Aveiro that held the most surprises. It was in this historic canal city, sometimes regarded as the “Portuguese Venice”, that we discovered art nouveau buildings, vast and unspoiled beaches lined with distinctively colourful striped houses (originally huts built by local fishermen), and a range of eating options (try the traditional egg sweets ovos moles) including vegetarian/vegan, sometimes a rarity elsewhere in the country. Just like Venice, there is much to discover beyond just gliding down the canals – in this case in a moliceiro, not a gondola.
Victoria Cao

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Guimarães

People on Oliveira Square.
Oliveira Square, Guimarães. Photograph: Tasfoto/Alamy

Given its claim to be the “birthplace of Portugal”, it’s odd Guimarães isn’t on the regular tourist itinerary. A 55-minute train-ride from Porto and a 10-minute walk bring you to the old town, with elegant understated buildings, quiet streets where people bring their kitchen chairs on to the pavement to chat, royal monasteries, palaces, and the general relaxed ambience of a small Portuguese town that doesn’t flaunt its treasures. A gondola provides an easy route up Penha hill, a huge area of forest and gigantic boulders, with a remarkable mid-20th-century church drawing crowds on Catholic feast days and festivals. From here, the views across the plains to the north are spectacular.
Barbara Forbes



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James Harden delivers late to secure Nets fifth straight win, defeating Raptors, 116-103


The Beard delivered when the Nets needed it most.

The Nets defeated the Raptors, 116-103, Sunday afternoon in Toronto. With the win, Brooklyn improves to 7-3 on the young season while snapping a long 10-game losing streak in Canada. The 7-3 start ties the best 10-game start in team history, matching the starts in 2001 and 2002 when the New Jersey Nets got to the NBA Finals.

Heading into the final three minutes of play nursing an 11-0 lead after another dominant third quarter, James Harden did what was needed. The Nets superstar, who is still trying to gain confidence and play like his usual self, scored 16 of his 28 points in the fourth and nailed the 27-foot dagger from deep to seal the deal. He finished with a double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds to go with eight assists in 39 minutes of play.

“I thought in the first half, he didn’t give himself enough credit. I thought he had opportunities to attack more. I tried to implore him to go and to be aggressive. In the second half, he was excellent,” said Nash on Harden’s play. “This game, the Atlanta game and games he gets to the paint, he can really cause a lot of problems for the defense.”

Kevin Durant extended his streak of 20+ points to 10 games Sunday afternoon. The league’s leading scorer finished with a game-high 31 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in 37 minutes of action. It was his first game back in Toronto since tearing his Achillies in the Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals.

“I didn’t think about that. That this is the scene of the catastrophe sort of speak. Like we said since day one, Kevin has been unbelievable this season: both ends of the floor, rebounding, scoring, facilitating,” said Nash on Durant’s play through 10 games. “I think that’s under a team that is trying to find itself so I think we can either make things a little bit easier for him at times. That’ll take time as we keep saying. That doesn’t detract seemingly ever from how elite he is, how efficient he is and how well-rounded he is.”

Brooklyn had a total of six players finish in double figures in the road victory — Durant and Harden plus Blake Griffin (14), Bruce Brown (12), Joe Harris (11) and Mills (13). A huge factor into having six players in double-figures was the ball movement — 29 assists on 41 made shots. The Nets also had five players with three or more 3-pointers, led by Griffin’s four, the most since he joined the Nets last season.

“The defense was really strong. In the first and second, we get some slippage. I think that was down to turnovers. They got out and ran for easy baskets, so the turnovers and offensive rebounds, again were an issue. Offensively, there were pockets of play where we were really happy with,” said Nash. We still have to push to play that way naturally and from start to finish. I thought tonight, we obviously made shots but we were sharp with our intent and our purpose offensively for stretches. That’s what got us through.”

The Nets ran the same starting lineup — Harden, Harris, Durant, Brown and Griffin — for the seventh straight game. Although Brooklyn had difficulty early finding space on the offensive end due to Toronto’s length, the team found a rhythm behind the play of Durant, who scored 12 of the Nets’ 29 points to take a 29-26 lead after one. Griffin snagged six rebounds in the frame.

It was a back-and-forth second quarter, but Brooklyn’s second unit held it down defensively, holding Toronto to only 21 percent shooting from the field through the first six minutes of the second. Still, the Raptors forged a 9-2 run in the span of a minute to grab a six-point lead. Following the run, Durant picked up a technical foul for arguing with the officials over a push in the back call on Chris Boucher. “I didn’t touch him! I didn’t touch him!” KD pleaded.

In the final minute, the Raptors tough defense sent a pair of double teams at Durant in the midrange, resulting in two turnovers. Toronto, in fact, flipped Brooklyn’s nine first-half turnovers into 13 points and as the second quarter buzzer sounded, the home team hit the break nursing a seven-point advantage. The Nets did not play Griffin throughout the second quarter and instead, attempted to go small against the lengthy Raptors.

Durant led the Nets with 16 first-half points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field and 1-of-4 from deep in 19 minutes of play. Harden followed with 10 points on 4-of-11 shooting from the field but went 0-of-5 from three.

Brooklyn Nets v Toronto Raptors

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Then, when the second half opened, things changed and fast. The third quarter was all Brooklyn. The frame opened with a 9-0 Nets run behind the play of Griffin, Durant and Harden. A two-man maneuver between Harden and Durant that led to a flush from the NBA’s leading scorer served as a big catalyst to the hot start. The ball movement continued to boost the Nets’ offense and helped contribute to Toronto’s defensive confusion. The Raps picked up their fourth team foul with nearly eight minutes remaining in the fourth, allowing Brooklyn to go to the line off fouls for the remainder of the quarter.

Brooklyn’s offense was clicking on all cylinders but it was the defense that helped the Nets build their largest lead (11 points). The team held the Raptors to only five points through the first six minutes of play and a total of 17 points. Although Toronto answers with a quick six-point boost, Brooklyn concluded their dominant third on an 11-2 run to lift their advantage to a game-high 11 points.

Toronto hung around and kept clawing away to cut the deficit to single-digits, but Harden began to feel it late. Despite the Raptors forging a late 7-0 run for more breathing room, Harden scored 16 points in the fourth and nailed the dagger from deep in the 32.5 seconds remaining to seal it.

Fred VanVleet led the Raptors with 21 points in 41 minutes followed by OG Anunoby with 16 points in 38 minutes. With the defeat, Toronto falls to 6-5 on the young season.

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James Harden had his best performance of the season. Some might say he looked like himself… Debate a wall.

Much of Harden’s scoring through Brooklyn’s first 9 games had been at the three-point line — 49.7% of his scores came from behind the arc, which would’ve been the highest of his 13-year career. Essentially, Harden was living and dying by the three more than ever, supplementing for what had largely been iffy burst off the dribble.

Yet on Sunday, the three-point shot was not there. Harden finished 3-of-10 from three. And he still finished with 28 points.

How’d he do it? By driving. Just like the James Harden we know.

After a shaky start, Harden found himself a mismatch with Raptors center Chris Boucher at the end of the first half. In previous games, matchups with slower centers or smaller guards had proved to be fruitless. He couldn’t get by either one of Cory Joseph or Kelly Olynyk during Friday’s game against Detroit, for example.

Yet against Boucher, Harden got into his bag and simply put his head down. The help was late just never showed up, and what resulted was the best drive of Harden’s 2021-22 season, bar none.

“When he’s aggressive, then the defensive focus has to shift, said Blake Griffin about Harden’s scoring. “I think he’s done a great balance lately.”

That sound you’re hearing is a thunderous sigh of relief echoing down the wide streets of Flatbush and Atlantic.

The beauty of Harden’s early struggles is that it slowly but surely birthed new counters. He’s toyed with a step-back midrange shot in each of the last three games to counteract when defenses overplay his drives. Lately, he’s been making threes in spot-up situations, which was basically unheard of last year. A pass fake breaks Toronto’s zone defense and Harden cooly breaks the Raptors with a 0-dibble three.

“I thought in the first half, he didn’t give himself enough credit. I thought he had opportunities to attack more. I tried to implore him to go and to be aggressive. In the second half, he was excellent,” said Steve Nash when summarizing Harden’s performance.

Don’t look now, but he’s finding his groove. There’s a chance he’s added a few new layers in the process.

(More) Blue Collar Boys

It’s been a while since the Nets have had a bit as funny as the Blue Collar Boys. Sunday’s game gave us more priceless snippets into what appears to be a jovial locker room.

Blake Griffin provided updates on the application statuses of two potential new members, Kevin Durant and Patty Mills, both of whom have strapped into their working boots and taken some bone-crushing charges in Brooklyn’s last two contests.

Kevin Durant took a particularly nasty charge and after the game, he joked he was “nearly concussed.” It appears Blake Griffin was impressed by Durant’s commitment to the team… though he’s still got a long way to go to get into the exclusive club.

Patty Mills, meanwhile, is officially in. The news we’ve been waiting for.

Clearly overjoyed by the news of his acceptance, Mills joked that he wasn’t sure if the co-presidents of the Blue Collar Boys (Blake Griffin and Joe Harris) had sent the news to the wrong email address.

Inside goofs like this are what make the NBA season all the more enjoyable.

O Canada!

Sunday was Kevin Durant’s first time playing in Toronto since he got hurt in the 2019 Finals, famously tearing his Achilles tendon while attempting to will back his Golden State Warriors from a 3-1 deficit. Durant called it one of his “lowest moments” of his career.

“I had some great memories in Toronto. I love playing in Toronto, the fans have been amazing to me,” said Durant. “The last time I was here was one of my lowest moments as a basketball player, but it’s good to come back here, play, see the fans, and get a W.”

Sunday’s win was the first the Nets have put together in Canada’s largest city since 2015. They had lost 10 straight. It was also the first win in Canada for the team’s two high-profile Canadian citizens, head coach Steve Nash and owner Joe Tsai.

“It means a lot,” said Nash on winning Sunday afternoon as a head coach. “This is a very special place for me. Not obviously Canada but Toronto. I spent so much of my time here. I have so many close friends, relationships and memories in the city. I have a lot of admiration for the Raptors organization and Nick Nurse. To get a win here is really special for me. For me, this is definitely a sweet one.”

It was also the first time the Nets had traveled to Toronto in 638 days. Due to COVID travel restrictions, the Raptors wound up in Florida for the 2020 “bubble” and all of the 2020-21 season.

What’s next

Philadelphia 76ers v Chicago Bulls

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The Nets will travel to Chicago to face the Bulls Sunday, Nov. 8 for their second back-to-back of the season. The game is scheduled to tip at 8:00 p.m. ET. and will be televised on YES Network.

“They got three elite level scorers from all areas and one at the big man position. And then you got a point guard in Lonzo who can orchestrate it all. We got our work cut out for us. Another test for us,” said Durant looking ahead to Chicago.

When asked about the availability for Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin for Monday’s matchup against the Bulls, Steve Nash said the team will decide after the Raptors game. Griffin said he expects to play Monday after the victory over the Raptors.

“We’ll see. We haven’t made any decisions. We’ll see how today goes so we’re really just going to focus on this one and then we’ll have a chat about it after the game and see what we do tomorrow,” said Nash prior to Sunday’s game.

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Four straight for Bucks after wins over Whitehorse and Pinnacle


The Monticello volleyball team traveled south to Montezuma Creek this past Tuesday, September 28 to face the Whitehorse Raiders.

The Buckaroos dominated to win in straight sets 25-14, 25-8, and 25-5. The loss dropped the Raiders to 2-7 on the year.

Whitehorse seniors Kailee Tohonnie, Shaundiin Tenor and Mckeeda Sam all served well for the home team, as did sophomore Kaedence Lansing.

Setter and junior Deiondra Billjohn shows a lot of potential and junior Shelby Vasku was a good digger for the defense.

Senior Saydee Young served well for the Bucks and racked up four kills on the night.

Jessi Slack served consistently, collecting an ace on the night and two kills on offense.

Rosy Beh got a nice kill from the back row off a set from Taylor Barry and Taylor Lewis enjoyed several tips for kills in the third set.

Ali Barry got a number of kills, blocks, and ace serves in the victory. Senior Kylie Rogers served well and got at least one kill per set in the middle.

Abbi Christensen enjoyed several ace serves and assisted for kills. Athena Ford was successful at her jump serve and had a kill on offense.

On Thursday, September 30 Monticellolooked to continue their momentum when they welcomed the Pinnacle Panthers to the MHS gymnasium.

The girls were tough at the net for the entire match, rejecting any offense the Panthers tried to mount. They took the first two sets easily 25-15 and 25-5, but Pinnacle got their rhythm in the third.

Senior Samantha Kessler served two aces and had three attempts at the net, but MHS stayed alert and didn’t let them fall.

Pinnacle led by as much as four points and kept the third set neck-and-neck until it was 21-all. But the home team went on a 4-0 run to pull out their fourth straight win, 25-21.

Junior middle blocker Ali Barry was on fire for the Buckaroos, racking up eight kills on the night. Barry also blocked well. Freshman Alise Lewis served well and killed off the block. Kylie Rogers logged six kills in the win.

Pinnacle freshman Heather Kerr blocked well and had two kills. Senior setter Kemery Stuckenshneider got some good looks when her team got the ball to her.

Buckaroo Saydi Young enjoyed seven kills on the night including a strategic tip. Libero Rosy Beh covered well. Senior Jessi Slack served well and had two kills on the night. Athea Ford got five kills.

Monticello improved to 8-10 with the wins, and is ranked #11 in the 1A RPI standings with just eight matches remaining in the regular season.

The Buckaroos hosted the rival Grand County Red Devils for homecoming on Tuesday, October 5. They’ll travel to Green River this Thursday, October 7 to take on the Pirates.





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Kyle Kuzma’s Late Basket Gives Lakers 3rd Straight Victory 124-122 Over Rockets – NBC Los Angeles


Kyle Kuzma’s driving layup with 6.9 seconds remaining gave the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers a 124-122 victory over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night and kept the defending NBA champions’ slim hopes of avoiding the play-in tournament alive.

The Lakers led 121-113 with 2:57 remaining, but the Rockets scored nine straight points to go up by a point in the final minute. After a timeout, Kuzma was able to drive the lane and score the go-ahead points.

Houston had a final chance, but Kelly Olynyk had the ball stolen by Ben McLemore with 0.9 seconds remaining. Talen Horton-Tucker then hit the first free throw, but missed the second.

Horton-Tucker scored 23 points, and Andre Drummond added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who were without LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Alex Caruso. James was ruled out for the sixth straight game due to a high right ankle sprain, while Davis (groin) and Caruso (foot) aggravated injuries during an overtime win over the Knicks on Tuesday night.

Los Angeles had seven players in double figures as it extended its winning streak to three for the first time since the middle of March.

Horton-Tucker, who hit the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime of Tuesday night’s win over the New York Knicks, got his fourth start of the season. He also had 10 assists for his fourth double-double of the season while logging a season-high 37 minutes.

Drummond recorded a double-double for the second straight game and was 9 of 13 from the field. Kuzma scored 19 points and Montrezl Harrell added 16.

The Lakers (40-30) are in seventh place in the Western Conference with two games remaining. They are one game behind Portland and Dallas in the battle for a top six spot, which would allow them to avoid being in next week’s play-in tournament. However, the Trail Blazers and Mavericks won the season series over the Lakers and hold the tiebreakers.

Olynyk and Armoni Brooks scored 24 apiece for the Rockets (16-54) and Kenyon Martin Jr. added 20. Houston has dropped seven straight and 44 of its last 49.

TIP INS

Rockets: Danuel House Jr. and DaQuan Jeffries were unavailable after suffering ankle injuries Monday.

Lakers: Los Angeles unveiled the banner for its 17th NBA championship before the game. They held off from doing it until fans were finally allowed to attend games at Staples Center.

UP NEXT

Rockets: Host the LA Clippers on Friday.

Lakers: Travel to Indiana on Saturday.



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Moody Earns Second Straight SEC Freshman of the Week Honors



FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas guard Moses Moody scored 28 points in both wins – at South Carolina and versus Texas A&M – to earn SEC Freshman of the Week honors for the second straight week and third time this season. He shared the honor this week with LSU’s Cameron Thomas.

Moody joins elite company – Daniel Gafford (2017-18), Bobby Portis (2012-13) and Patrick Beverly (2006-07) – as the only Razorbacks to be a three-time SEC Freshman of the Week honoree.

Moody helped Arkansas win its 11th straight SEC game – the best streak in the SEC this year and the program’s best streak since winning the final 11 regular-season SEC games of 1993-94. He tied his career high by scoring 28 points in both wins while shooting 63 percent from the field and 52.9 percent from 3-point range (tying his career-high with four triples at USC only to top it with five versus Texas A&M) while playing 70 minutes with zero turnovers.

In addition to his impressive offensive performance, he made a key defensive play late in the Texas A&M game for his only blocked shot of the week.

At South Carolina (and in a pandemic-shortened season), Moody made his 117th free throw to break the school’s freshman record for free throws made. Kareem Reid previously set the mark with 116 in 1995-96 (33 games). Moody has now made 128 free throws through 26 games.

Moses Moody Highlights from the Week

  • Averaged 28.0 points and 6.0 rebounds.
  • At South Carolina: 28 points – 7 rebounds – 2 assists – 2 steals
  • Versus Texas A&M: 28 points – 5 rebounds – 2 assists – 2 steals
  • Combined 19-of-30 (63.5%) from the field and 9-of-17 (52.9%) in the two games.
  • At South Carolina, Moody scored 17 in the first half, thanks to 7-of-11 shooting, with six rebounds to give Arkansas a comfortable 17-point halftime lead … Only missed one shot in the second half in scoring 11 points … For the game, was 6-of-6 from inside the 3-point line, making 4-of-9 from beyond the arc, and was a perfect 4-of-4 at the line.
  • Versus Texas A&M, Moody once again tied his career high with 28 points and was even more efficient shooting (9-of-15 from the field) and made a career-best five 3-pointers (on just eight attempts) … Made a 3-pointer for Arkansas’ first basket and his final 3-pointer with 56 seconds left gave Arkansas a lead it would not relinquish … Prior to that (with 1:30 left and the game tied) Texas A&M looked to have a dunk but Moody blocked it at the rim … In the second half, he was 4-of-6 shooting (3-of-4 from 3-point range) … Arkansas trailed by as much as 14 in the first half but Moody scored six in a 17-6 run to close the first half, including a finger role with two seconds left to make it a 3-point game at halftime.

 

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Lamar wins three straight to keep postseason hopes alive


BEAUMONT, Texas — Senior Avery Sullivan closed out the final home game of his Lamar University career with an 11-point, 12-rebound effort, while sophomore David Muoka added 12 rebounds and 13 points to lead LU to a 66-47 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Monday evening at the Montagne Center.

Wednesday’s contest was a rescheduled game from one postponed earlier in the season and moves Big Red to 7-17 on the season and 5-10 in Southland Conference play.

“I thought our defense did an exceptional job tonight and really kept us in the game until our offense got it going,” said LU head coach Tic Price. “Both Avery Sullivan and David Muoka did a great job down low, and Kasen and Davion gave us some big baskets when we needed them.”

The Cardinals got out a slow start in the second half, but quickly picked up the pace shooting 14-of-27 (.519) in the final 20 minutes and better than 49 percent for the game. Big Red also finished the night 6-of-14 (.429) from three-point range, but for one of the few times this season struggled from the free throw line. LU also led on the boards with a 40-34 rebound advantage.

The Cardinals took advantage of Corpus Christi’s turnovers. The Islanders were forced into 17 mistakes on the night which led to a 24-10 advantage in fast break points.

Junior Davion Buster and freshman Kasen Harrison led LU with 15 points as the Cardinals finished the game with four players in double figures.

The Islanders managed to keep the game close in the first half, but the longer the game wore on the more LU’s defense began to cause problems. A&M-Corpus Christi finished the night shooting less than 33 percent from the field and just 30 percent from the three-point range.

A&M-Corpus Christi also hurt itself at the free throw line Monday. The Islanders went to the line more times than LU but converted fewer than 36 percent of their attempts.

LU didn’t allow any player on the Islanders’ roster to hit double figures as Simeon Fryer and Ladu Laku led the way with nine.

For a game that saw no more than a nine-point lead in the first half, and just a five-point advantage at halftime, the Cardinals allowed just a small bit of excitement in the final 20 minutes before putting the wraps on the contest. After a De’Lazarus Keys basket tied the game less than three minutes into the half, the Cardinals responded with a 12-2 run to take a 10-point advantage with 11:31 remaining in the contest. Four minutes later Big Red pushed its advantage to 18 points and never looked back pushing their lead to as many as 23 before the final score.

The Cardinals close out the season Saturday when they travel to Lake Charles, La., for the rematch with McNeese. The Battle of the Border – Part II, will tip of at 4 p.m. from Burton Coliseum.



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? No. 23 Kansas Outlasts No. 15 Texas Tech, 67-61, for Fifth Straight Win – Kansas Jayhawks


LAWRENCE, Kan. – No. 23 Kansas led wire-to-wire in a hotly contested battle to defeat No. 15 Texas Tech, 67-61, inside Allen Fieldhouse Saturday afternoon. The victory was the Jayhawks’ fifth-straight win.

Kansas improved to 17-7 on the season and 11-5 in Big 12 play, while Texas Tech fell to 14-7, 6-6. The Jayhawks had five scorers in double figures with junior big man David McCormack leading the way with 17 points, shooting 7-10 from the field.

Following McCormack’s lead was junior Ochai Agbaji with 14 points, redshirt-freshman Jalen Wilson with 11 points, his eighth straight game scoring in double figures. KU senior Marcus Garrett and sophomore Christian Braun each scored 10 points for the contest to mark Kansas’ fifth game with five or more players in double figures this season.

Kansas came ready to play, holding Texas Tech scoreless through the first four minutes of the game. McCormack was the hot hand in the first half, scoring 12 points on a perfect 5-of-5 from the field.

Kansas extended its lead to nine off a freshman Bryce Thompson three, but Texas Tech’s junior transfer Mac McClung answered with a three-pointer at the buzzer, to cut the KU lead to 31-25 at the break.

The Jayhawks came out of the locker room with a burst of energy. Five seconds into the second half Wilson sank a three-pointer before Texas Tech went on a mini 5-0 run. The Jayhawks responded with an 8-0 run of their own, extending their lead to 12, the largest of the afternoon.

Both teams traded baskets as Texas Tech tried to cut the lead down to a possession. They were only able to do so once late in the half. Texas Tech’s Terrence Shannon Jr. pulled up from the top of the arc, drilled a three-pointer, and cut the Jayhawks’ lead to just three points at 64-61.

Kansas, needing to respond, turned to Braun. The guard created space for himself, received the pass from Wilson, pulled up from three-point range, and swished it. The Red Raiders put up a desperation shot at the other end, Braun pulled down the rebound, and the Jayhawks dribbled out the clock for their fifth-straight win.

Kansas shot 25-61 (41%) from the field, 8-26 (30.8%) from three-point range, and 9-12 (75%) from the free-throw line. KU held Texas Tech to 22-52 (42.3%) from the field, 5-15 (33.3%) from three-point range, and 12-19 (63.2%) from the free-throw line.

Kansas outrebounded Texas Tech 36-35, while pulling in three more offensive rebounds as well. The Jayhawks also turned the ball over just six times, which ties their season low previously set against Kansas State on Feb. 2.

STAT OF THE GAME

8 – With his 11 points and 11 rebounds against Texas Tech Jalen Wilson recorded his eighth double-double of the season and scored in double figures for the eighth straight game.

MOMENT OF THE GAME

Following a Red Raiders, three-pointer the Jayhawks were up three points with 44 seconds left. Texas Tech opted not to foul meaning Kansas needed a bucket to effectively put the game on ice. Christian Braun was the one to take the shot. He pulled up from three, in rhythm with a pass from Jalen Wilson, and nailed the shot giving the Jayhawks a six-point lead, and the victory.

NOTES

  • Kansas improved to 17-7 overall and 11-5 in Big 12 play, giving KU 11 league wins for the 27th consecutive season beginning in 1994-95.
  • Kansas also improved to 11-1 in Allen Fieldhouse this season, 813-115 all-time in the venue, including 275-15 under head coach Bill Self.
  • The five Jayhawks in double figures marked the fifth time this season KU had five or more players in double figures. Kansas last had five players in double figures against No. 23/22 Oklahoma State on Feb. 8.
  • Kansas led wire-to-wire, the first time the Jayhawks led the whole game over a ranked opponent since Dec. 8, 2019, when Kansas defeated No. 20 Colorado, 72-58.
  • Junior David McCormack led KU with 17 points. This marks his 15th game of the season, including seven of his last eight, scoring in double-digits.
  • Junior Ochai Agbaji scored 14 points, marking his 42nd career game in double figures including his 20th of the season.
  • Redshirt-freshman Jalen Wilson led the team in rebounds with 11, including eight defensive rebounds. This is the sixth consecutive game he has led the team in rebounds and his ninth game this season with 10 or more rebounds.
  • Wilson also put up 11 points making for his eighth career double-double and his eighth straight game with 10+ points.
  • Senior Marcus Garrett scored 10 points which marks his 10th game this season scoring in double figures, eight of those 10 have come in Big 12 play.

UP NEXT

Kansas plays its last scheduled road game of the 2020-21 regular season at No. 12/13 Texas on Tuesday, Feb. 23. The contest will begin at 8 p.m. (Central) and televised on ESPN.

The game was originally scheduled for Feb. 22. Kansas leads the overall series with Texas, 35-10, which includes a UT 84-59 win in Lawrence on Jan. 2, 2021. Kansas leads 11-7 in meetings in Austin, with all 18 played at the Erwin Center.





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Arizona vs. UCLA final score: Wildcats unravel in second half for fifth straight loss to Bruins


At halftime of Thursday’s game, ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi said that Arizona would currently be one of the last few teams in the NCAA Tournament field if it were eligible, adding that a win at UCLA would theoretically go a long way toward ensuring the Wildcats made it.

In reality, though, the UA’s season is nearly over, and this latest result is a strong indication the team is ready to be done.

Arizona (14-8, 8-8 Pac-12) was outscored 44-29 in the second half, allowing UCLA to shoot 73 percent after halftime in a 74-60 win at Pauley Pavilion in Westwood, Calif.

It was the fifth consecutive loss against the Bruins (15-5, 11-3) for the UA, which has dropped two in a row and five of seven overall.

James Akinjo had 21 points and Azuolas Tubelis added 18, that duo making 14 of 26 shots. The rest of the Wildcats were 7 of 24, and three of those makes were from Terrell Brown Jr., as starters Bennedict Mathurin, Kerr Kriisa and Christian Koloko only took seven total shots (making three).

Arizona shot 42 percent, was 4 of 16 from 3 and turned it over 16 times, a game after having just five turnovers in the home loss to Oregon. The Wildcats had a 20-9 edge in free throw attempts but missed six, unable to use their propensity to get to the line to their advantage.

Up a point at halftime, Arizona turned it over three times in the first four minutes after giving it away eight times in the first half. That, combined with UCLA making nine of its first 10 shots and going on a 9-0 run, enabled the Bruins to lead 49-39 with 12:04 to go.

Arizona missed seven straight shots before Jordan Brown hit a hook shot with 10:08 to go, and after Akinjo hit a 3 with 6:58 left the Wildcats were only down 55-49.

The Wildcats were within five when Kriisa was called for a travel at midcourt, one of a seemingly endless supply of walks called in the game, and UCLA responded with a Tyger Campbell 3-pointer to make it 58-50 with 5:54 remaining.

Arizona got as close as 58-52 when Akinjo was fouled on a 3 and made 2 of 3 free throws with 5:46 left, but made its next five shots to pull away.

Arizona jumped out to a 10-2 start, a reversal of recent slow starts against Oregon and Colorado, and trailed for only a minute in the first half. The Wildcats started 11 of 19 from the field, with back-to-back 3s by Akinjo and Kriisa gave them a 27-20 edge with 6:59 left.

The UA then went more than five minutes without scoring, allowing UCLA to take a 28-27 lead on a Jaime Jaquez jumper with 2:12 left. Jacquez finished with 25, making 10 of 12 shots.

Tubelis’ tip-in with a minute left, Arizona’s only field goal in the final 6:58, gave it a 31-30 halftime edge.

Arizona will try to avoid another Los Angeles sweep when it visits first-place USC on Saturday. The Trojans won 87-73 in Tucson in January.



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Wildcats Face Third Straight Top-15 Opponent, Travel to No. 8 TAMU Thursday




LEXINGTON, Ky. – After earning consecutive top-15 wins vs. Southeastern Conference opponents for the first time in program history last week, the No. 10 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team continues its difficult stretch of games by traveling to No. 8 Texas A&M on Thursday for an 8:30 p.m. ET tip inside Reed Arena.
 

The game vs. Texas A&M will be televised on SEC Network with Eric Frede and Tamika Catchings on the call. The action can also be seen through WatchESPN on computers, smartphones or tablets. Darren Headrick will have the call on the UK Sports Network on 630AM WLAP in Lexington. Live stats and free live audio will be available online at UKathletics.com.
 
It was an impressive week overall for Kentucky, who began its first week of league action under first-year head coach Kyra Elzy with back-to-back wins over top-15 ranked opponents. After starting with a 75-64 win over No. 10 Arkansas, the Wildcats claimed an overtime thriller Sunday at No. 12 Mississippi State, 92-86. The Wildcats won both games in different ways, defeating Arkansas with its best defensive performance of the year, while it claimed the win against Mississippi State with an impressive offensive performance.
 
Against Arkansas, UK held the Razorbacks to a season-low tying five 3s and a season-low in points. Arkansas was limited to less than 20 points in every quarter for the second time on the year. Against Mississippi State, UK scored 92 points, going over 90 for the second time this season. The Wildcats recorded 15+ assists for the sixth straight game and won the rebounding margin for the sixth straight game. UK hit 10 3s against Arkansas and followed with a season-best 14 against Mississippi State – the first time this season it has hit 10 or more 3s in consecutive games. The Wildcats had a season-high eight blocks against Arkansas. In all, five different UK players scored in double figures during the week.
 
The consecutive top-15 wins has given the Wildcats and junior guard Rhyne Howard national praise. Howard, who led UK in scoring in both games with 24 against Arkansas and 33 against Mississippi State, has been named the espnW National Player of the Week, Naismith Trophy National Player of the Week, College Sports Madness National Player of the Week and SEC Player of the Week. Elzy was named the espnW National Coach of the Week and overall the Wildcats were tabbed the first-ever USBWA National Team of the Week.
 
Howard is leading the Wildcats this season by averaging 18.8 points per game with 7.3 rebounds per game and a team-best 23 3-pointers made. Howard is second on the team with 29 assists and 14 steals. Junior guard Chasity Patterson is averaging 13.8 points per game and leads UK with 32 assists and 44 steals – her steal total also leads the nation. Sophomore forward Dre’una Edwards is averaging 13.5 points per game with a team-best 8.8 rebounds per game and team-high 10 blocks.
 

Texas A&M enters Thursday’s game with a 10-0 record and ranked No. 8 in the latest Associated Press Top 25. The Aggies started league play with an impressive 92-67 win at Florida after their league opener vs. Tennessee was postponed due to COVID-19 issues within the UT program. The Aggies have defeated both ranked teams they have played this season, taking down then-No. 19 DePaul 93-91 and then-No. 25 Texas, 66-61 – both away. As a team, Texas A&M is averaging 83.2 points per game and limiting opponents to 60.6 points per game. The Aggies are hitting 50.8 percent from the field and 41.4 percent from long range with a +9.9 rebounding margin and +1.9 turnover margin.
 
TAMU has four players averaging over double figures this season, paced by Aaliyah Wilson who is averaging 13.5 points per game with 5.4 rebounds per game and a team-best 22 steals. N’dea Jones is averaging 13.3 points per game with 10.0 rebounds per game and is hitting 58.1 percent from the field. Ciera Johnson is averaging 11.1 points and 7.8 rebounds per game while Alexis Morris is averaging 10.1 points per game.
 

Thursday will be the 12th all-time meeting between Kentucky and Texas A&M in women’s basketball with all 12 meetings coming after the Aggies joined the Southeastern Conference. UK trails the all-time series 5-6 against the Aggies, but leads the series 3-2 in College Station. Kentucky had lost four straight in the series before earning a 76-54 win in Lexington last season. It was the largest margin of victory for either team in the series. Seven of the 11 meetings have been decided by 10 points or less, including four by 4 or less. This will be the 10th all-time meeting that both teams have been ranked in the top 25. UK is 5-4 all-time in those games. This will be the second game in the series with both teams ranked in the top 10. The first meeting was Feb. 18, 2013 in College Station. UK was No. 9 and TAMU was No. 10. Kentucky won the game 70-66. 
 
For more information on the Kentucky women’s basketball team, visit UKathletics.com or follow @KentuckyWBB on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL QUOTES


HEAD COACH KYRA ELZY PRE-TAMU NEWS CONFERENCE

TUESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2021

JOE CRAFT CENTER – LEXINGTON, KY.



HEAD COACH KYRA ELZY

 

On how it feels to be espnW National Coach of the Week…

“I am so honored that I received the award, but it is definitely way bigger than me. I’ve talked about it, but this staff is so amazing – Coach Amber Smith, Coach Niya Butts, Coach Lin Dunn, Daniel Boice and our support staff. It definitely wouldn’t be possible without them. Quick thing, I received the award, then I get a text message, it was from Amber Smit and she said, ‘National Coach of the Week, here is your list of recruits to call, please make sure you call these recruits and check back in with the staff.’ So, you know, way to keep you humble, right?”

 

On if you called all of those recruits…

“Yes. Coach Amber (Smith), I don’t know how the roles have changed, I recruited her and coached her at the University of Kentucky, and now she has become my boss. But yes, I do get my checklist done so that she won’t fuss at me, so I have to remain coachable.”

 

On going to No. 8 Texas A&M…

“Well, Texas A&M, they’re extremely tough. Coach Gary Blair, he is a legend, a living legend in this business, and they are extremely talented with a lot of depth. They look to push in transition, they’re hunting paint points, they play out in the ball screen as well as anybody in the country. So, we will definitely have our hands full, and obviously, Ciera Johnson in the paint, you know, she is a physical post that creates problems for us. You know, just going in, we will continue to focus on our transition defense, our one-on-one defense, keeping people out of the paint, and obviously we are working on our post defense to make sure that we’re prepared.”

 

On if there is a difference between SEC Rhyne Howard and non-conference Rhyne Howard

“Well, I don’t think there is a difference. Obviously, she is playing extremely well right now with a lot of confidence. But the thing about Rhyne Howard, I’ve said it over and over and over again, she is the best player in the nation and she showed why. Her ability to score is just uncanny, she has ice water in her veins, and she can score at all three levels. But, what I think that people don’t appreciate about her as much, her ability to pass the basketball, her IQ, and she just does things so effortless that people don’t think she is playing hard all the time, but then you look at the stat sheet and she has eight assists, 10 rebounds, seven steals, so the body of work… and she has the ability to play the 1-5 and defend the 1-5, and that is what makes her special.”

 

On how traveling for road games this season differs from traveling for road games in a normal season…

“Great question. Traveling right now during COVID, obviously it is very strict. Our medical team has done a great job of keeping us healthy. Courtney Jones (athletic trainer) has worked tiredly to make sure that we are safe. But, as far as traveling, we have assigned seats, there is no eating on the bus, there is no eating on the plane. So, it does take away from some of the comradery of being able to sit with your friends. When we get to a hotel, everyone has their own assigned rooms and they can’t be in each other’s rooms, which takes out some of the fun of it, but what I love about this team, they know the sacrifice that they have to make in order to hit the floor.”

 

On where Treasure Hunt is in practice and will fans see her more this year…

“Treasure (Hunt) continues to progress, and our freshmen are very talented, our future is extremely bright. But, it is a change of pace, coming from high school to college, learning to play at the intensity on both ends of the floor, the physicality of the game, and it is just a learning curve for everyone. So, they continue to progress. Treasure Hunt is skilled offensively, she’s still trying to learn our defensive system, which will come in time, but I am extremely happy with all of their progress.”

 

On how the players and the coaches are fostering comradery through a pandemic season…

“Our team chemistry is undeniable, just great. This team just gels, they love each other, they are sisters and they are competitive. They want to win, and they’re going to look out for each other. We have said from the beginning, we have to be resilient, we have to be tough, and we have to stay together. It’s only us in the trenches, and they really take that to heart. But, you know, they spend a lot of time together off the basketball court because they’re here, they’re together in practice, and they’re friends off the court, which I think translates to them on the court.”

 

On what Blue Magic means…

“Yes, a lot of Blue Magic. You know, Blue Magic, that could mean for a great win. You know, we want to earn everything that we have, but there is something about Big Blue Nation and the Blue Magic that comes with it, and that we want people to be a part of it, so let’s continue with the Blue Magic.”

 

On what you learned from the road game at No. 12 Mississippi State that can help you in your road game at No. 8 Texas A&M…

“Great question, you know, what I learned about this team is they are tough and resilient. Not all of the calls went our way, we missed some layups, so, there were times in that game that we could’ve folded, but we hung in there, we faced adversity, and we just had players make big play, after big play, after big play, when we had to have it. Obviously, Rhyne (Howard) came up huge offensively for us, but let’s talk about KeKe McKinney, her leadership on the floor. She made some huge defensive stops, but she hit open shots. Jazmine Massengill came in, turned the corner, hit some shots, hit a huge 3 when we needed it. But, I can go down the list, Olivia Owens, how about what she did in the paint, her post presence and her physicality. So, what we can learn from that is, we’re still a work in progress, there are still a lot of things that we need to get better at, however, when our backs are against the wall, we are going to stick together and face adversity and never give up.”

 

On what Kentucky did poorly in last game that you’d like to correct going forward…

“You know, Mississippi State is a great team. Nikki McCray-Penson has them playing very hard. But, they were dribble driving. You know, we did not stay in front of our man. We did build a wall, but we gave too much ground where they were getting easy points in the paint, and they capitalized on it. And, that’s something that you work on when you go back to practice. So, all of the things that we did not do well, you know, you go back, you reevaluate yourself as a coach, you reevaluate your team, and then you work on it in practice. That’s why I say, we are a working progress, it’s still early in the season, we are still learning as we go, and we will continue to put in the work we need.”





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