USC’s losing skid reaches four games with road upset in Santa Clara

first_imgSenior captain Bennie Boatwright watched a lot of film on Santa Clara before Tuesday’s matchup at Leavey Center. He wasn’t prepared for the onslaught that awaited them.“I’ve never seen them play this well,” Boatwright said.If USC thought it could waltz into Santa Clara for a much-needed win to snap out of a three-game losing skid, then it received much more than it bargained for. Instead of an expected easy win against an inferior WCC opponent, the Trojans fell in double overtime, 102-92, for their fourth straight loss.Andy Enfield, in a game in during the 2016 season. USC’s head coach is searching for answers after it fell to Santa Clara on Tuesday for its fourth straight loss – Daily Trojan file photo.USC had not lost to Santa Clara since 1984. More importantly, the loss continued a disturbing trend of defeats that has head coach Andy Enfield searching for answers as the Trojans fall below .500 for the first time this season.“I don’t know what to say anymore,” Enfield said.Not many of the 2,226 in attendance did, either, as they watched a Santa Clara team down to its third string center and with seven scholarship players available dominate USC early on and hold off several runs by the Trojans to pull out a double-overtime victory. Though the Trojans were shorthanded themselves, with eight scholarship players available — and freshman guard Kevin Porter Jr. not making the trip due to a quad contusion —  they still had a clear talent advantage on a Broncos squad that had not beaten anyone of consequence before Tuesday.“I’m the head coach and it’s on me,” Enfield said. “I have to figure this out and my staff. There’s only one person to blame for this loss and that’s me.”Defensive lapses felled the Trojans late, as they had leads in the final seconds of both regulation and the first overtime. With both Boatwright and junior forward Nick Rakocevic fouled out, USC was outscored 13-3 in double overtime. Santa Clara scored the game’s final 6 points to pull away.USC trailed by as many as 16 points in the second half, but rallied to take an 80-79 lead on a layup by junior guard Jonah Mathews with 24 seconds left in regulation. But sophomore forward Jordan Usher lost track of his man on the ensuing Santa Clara possession, resulting in a foul and overtime after Santa Clara’s Josip Vrankic split two free throws.In overtime, redshirt senior guard Shaqquan Aaron made a pair of foul shots to put USC ahead 89-87 with 11 seconds to play, but Santa Clara’s Trey Wertz drove right past redshirt junior guard Derryck Thornton for a game-tying layup to force double overtime.“All of our guys have had equal opportunity to step up and make plays,” Enfield said, “so it is frustrating because we have some veteran guys on this team who have made crucial mistakes on offense and defense, especially in important parts of the game when the other team goes on runs.”Wertz led all scorers with 28 points, and accounted for 11 of Santa Clara’s 13 points in double overtime. Usher had 22 points to lead the Trojans, while Mathews chipped in 20 points.USC once again started off poorly, missing its first eight shots attempts and seven 3-point shots. The Trojans shot 38.7 percent from the field in the first half, while the Broncos were at nearly 60 percent and jumped out to a 42-31 lead at halftime. Against Oklahoma on Saturday, the Trojans began the game shooting 1-of-9 from the field.“It’s a common thing,” Boatwright said. “We do it every single game. We come out slow and we have to claw our way back.”Enfield hinted at potentially making changes to the starting lineup, and called out his veterans for the sluggish openings.“In our starting lineup, we have some guys who’ve been around a lot, and that shouldn’t happen,” he said.Though the Trojans came to life in the second half, shooting nearly 50 percent, the hole they dug themselves in the first half was too deep to climb out of. And they were not going to win, according to Enfield, shooting 5-of-28 from the 3-point line. If USC’s previous three losses — which came by an average of 19 points — were not wake-up calls, losing to a team picked to finish second-to-last in the WCC this season serves as the fire alarm going off, if the Trojans want any hope of a successful 2018-2019 campaign.“We’ve got to figure out how to put our guys in position to win games,” Enfield said. “We’ll keep at it.”last_img read more

Popular Caribbean candidates win in New York elections

first_imgTwo Caribbean candidates – Jumaane Williams and Dr.Mathieu Eugene secured sound victories in New York City general elections on Tuesday.Son of Grenadian immigrantsWilliams, the son of Grenadian immigrants, and the Haitian-born Eugene will now serve another four-year term in districts in Brooklyn that are predominantly Caribbean.With 100 percent of the 121 precincts reporting, Williams, who represents the 45th Council District and ran on the Democratic and Working Families parties line, defeated Anthony Beckford, of the True Freedom Party, by a landslide.Williams – who currently serves as Deputy Leader of the New York City Council, chair of the Council’s Committee on Housing and Buildings, and co-chair of the Council’s Task Force to Combat Gun Violence – trounced Beckford in attaining 20, 347 votes. Beckford only received 613 votes.Williams, who is also among eight candidates vying to become Speaker of New York City Council in the Special Elections in January, had won the Democratic Primary in a landslide in September with 100 percent of the 121 precincts reporting. At that time, he received 8,588 votes to his then lone challenger, Lou Cespedes, who garnered 904 votes.First Haitian AmericanOn Tuesday, Democrat Dr. Eugene – the first Haitian to hold elective office in New York City and who represents the 40th Council District, juxtaposed to Williams’ 45th Council District – beat Brian Christopher Cunningham, the son of Jamaican immigrants in garnering 13, 840 votes.With 100 percent of the 104 precincts reporting, Cunningham, running on the Reform Party line, mustered 8, 370 votes. Another Eugene Challenger, Brian Kelly, who contested the seat on the Conservative Party ticket, received 767 votes.“I just want to say ‘thank you’ to the voters; ‘thank you very much,’” Williams told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) after Tuesday night’s victory. “It shows they’re [voters] happy in giving me a mandate to do what I’m doing. Now, I can focus on the Speaker’s race.”Eugene again attributed his success to God and his dedicated to community service. “Thank God for giving me the opportunity to be elected one more time, to continue do what I love doing – serving the people,” he told CMC after the results were announced. “I like to thank all the voters and supporters for putting their trust and confidence me.“I pledge to work harder, to continue to do what I can to address the issues and improve the quality of life for all, including those who did not vote for me,” Eugene added.He said, even though he has accomplished a lot in his district, his priorities are to “address the challenges facing the youth; to ensure quality education with smaller class size; to improve access to healthcare for all people; to expand employment opportunities; to improve public safety services and police/community relations; to improve affordable housing opportunities and support immigrant rights; as well as to provide strong advocacy for neighborhood preservation and homeowners.“I believe much more needs to be done, and I will do everything I can to address the challenges,” said Eugene, stating that he has been “well known and respected for more than a decade as a community leader, educator, health professional, local media personality and founder of the non-profit organization, YES (Youth Education and Sports).”For more on Caribbean-American elected official in New York, click the link: Caribbean American Congresswoman introduces body camera billlast_img read more

Daughter of Philanthropists Bob and Mary Montgomery Charged with Trafficking Cocaine

first_imgCourtnay Montgomery, the 55-year-old daughter of wealthy local philanthropists Mary Montgomery and the late Bob Montgomery, was charged this week with cocaine trafficking, as well as using, possessing or manufacturing drug equipment to transport drugs, court records state.An assistant state attorney said during a bond hearing Thursday morning that Montgomery had 110 grams of cocaine in her possession at the time of her arrest.Montgomery, who lives in Wellington, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on Wednesday morning. Palm Beach County Judge Paul Damico has set her bond at $100,000.She was first arrested for drugs back in 1995, when Palm Beach police found her passed out in her car while holding 24 rocks of crack cocaine, court records show.Her father, trial lawyer Bob Montgomery, died in 2008. Since then, allegations from caretakers and court-appointed guardians have conflicted with Courtnay Montgomery’s claims of how her ailing mother was being treated following her father’s death.Caretakers allege that Courtnay was a danger to her mother, while Courtnay says they were the ones who were taking advantage of her mother.In 2016, Mary Montgomery failed to return from a trip to visit her daughter in Minnesota. When police tried to conduct a welfare check on Mary, Courtnay allegedly threatened them. Courtnay was subsequently charged with five counts of exploitation.The following month, a judge appointed a guardian to manage Mary Montgomery’s estate. Shortly thereafter, Courtnay sued the guardian for not acting in her mother’s best interest.Two years ago, police charged Courtnay with grand theft and conspiracy to commit grand theft. They say she took a Rolls-Royce and a Bentley, in addition to $1.34 million in silverware, and $8,000 in fine wine from her family’s home. Last year, the family’s 26,000-square-foot Mediterranean mansion at 1800 South Ocean Boulevard in Palm Beach was sold for over $37 million dollars.Mary and Courtnay Montgomery both receive a monthly stipend from the $206 million settlement that Bob Montgomery won when he sued the state for cheating him on fees they owed him for a tobacco litigation case.If a settlement is reached in the guardianship case, Courtnay Montgomery would receive $73,000 per month.Courtnay Montgomery’s attorney, Cindy E. D’Agostino, has declined to comment.last_img read more

Tusker down Nzoia top pick first win of season

first_img0Shares0000Tusker FC beat Nzoia to pick first win of the seasonNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 24 – Timothy Otieno scored a goal and provided an assist as Tusker FC beat visitors Nzoia Sugar 2-1 to pick their first win of the season in a Kenyan Premier League match hosted at the Ruaraka Ground on Saturday.Tusker got their goals through Amos Asembeka and Timothy Otieno to move 12th in the standings with four points. In other results, Kakamega Homeboyz beat Vihiga United 2-1, Posta Rangers were 1-0 winners over Chemelil Sugar, Wazito FC lost 1-0 away to Bandari in Mombasa while Nakumatt FC and Sony Sugar played to a 0-0 draw.Tusker, coming into this game from a goalless draw against Posta Rangers last weekend, could have gone ahead after three minutes when Timothy Otieno found Asembeka, but the later shoot the ball straight to the defender.However, the combination of the two (Otieno and Asembeka) paid when Asembeka nodded the ball into the net to hand the Brewers the opener.However the lead did not last long as Nzoia levelled the scores in the 14th minute thanks to Elvis Rupia who utilized Luke Namanda’s measured cross.Tusker pinned Nzoia to the wall in search of the double, seeing the Sugar Millers bow to pressure and concede the second goal when Boniface Muchiri’s solo move passed the ball to Asebeka who tried to score but keeper Benson Mangala punched it wide and found Otieno who tapped the rebound in.The defeat leaves Nzoia languishing second last at the bottom of the 18-team league having lost all their opening four matches.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more