Jacob Freedman is a junior majoring in print and digital journalism. His column, “Four Point Shot,” runs every other Monday. To comment on this story, visit dailytrojan.com or email Jacob at [email protected] It makes sense that on the rainiest weekend in my nearly three years at USC, the mood of the USC men’s basketball team could be described as dour. After a Thursday night loss to Oregon State, the Trojans vowed to go out Saturday afternoon and win the final home game of five seniors’ college careers. But just as the Trojans kept up with their Pac-12 opponents, this time the Oregon Ducks, for the first 30 minutes, they faltered in the final 10. One field goal in the final nine minutes and a back-and-forth contest turned into a 15-point Ducks win.It’s the same scene we’ve seen during most of the Trojans’ 15 Pac-12 losses so far. The team puts together a half of low-turnover, watchable and coherent basketball. And the team also compiles a long period, whether it be seven, 10 or 20 minutes, in which their opponent pours in buckets while the Trojans bumble on offense and become a sieve on defense, leading to the Trojans’ eventual defeat.The issue is not that it happens. Every team blows basketball games at some point or another. The issue, instead, is that it’s happening almost every game. It’s certainly not intentional, but USC is breeding a culture of losing at basketball that goes beyond any one player on the court. Two years after winning just one conference game in a 6-26 campaign, this year’s Trojans head into their final two Pac-12 games with just one win over a conference foe.“Everyone is frustrated that we haven’t won more games, but it’s not from a lack of trying or effort,” first-year head coach Andy Enfield said. “If you had asked us before the season, we would have expected to win more, but we’re playing some tough basketball teams.”You’ll likely see pigs fly over the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before you have a coach or player admit they believe in moral victories. Yet it feels as if the Trojans’ season has turned into finding positives among the biggest negative: a loss. The Trojans did stay with Oregon for 30 minutes. They did cut a 26-point Oregon State lead to five. They did fight with then-No. 1 Arizona for a half. Those are my words and not those of anyone in the program, but as the season winds down, the sentiment seems to be, “We’ve been in almost every game,” as senior point guard Pe’Shon Howard said after the loss to Oregon.The bigger issue heading forward is whether Andy Enfield’s squad will know how to win. Byron Wesley will head into next season as the only Trojan to see significant minutes at USC beyond this closing season, and he’s been part of programs that have gone 30-63 during his nearly three years here.The talent level should be improved next fall, but the late-game experience is desperately lacking. USC only had one comeback this season worthy of praise, when they played at Dayton in December. The other two, against Northern Arizona and Cal State Bakersfield, were cases of an inferior team that the Trojans allowed to stick in the game much longer than anticipated. It’s meant more of a divot of a truth than an insult, but this group of Trojans has not shown the ability to win tough games at a college level.The issue also lies in leaders, or in the Trojans’ case, a lack of them. Enfield mentioned the strange dynamic behind USC’s five seniors this season; it was harder for them to become instant leaders because two were only at USC for one season (Howard and D.J. Haley), and two more played at USC for two seasons (Omar Oraby and J.T. Terrell). And as we’ve seen over the past two years, Terrell and Oraby have been anything but consistent on the court, while Terrell has also had to fight to stay on it, missing eight games in November and December due to academic ineligibility.Next year, the same issue might rear its ugly head. Wesley will be the veteran, but he leads by example on the court rather than vocally. The voice of the team might have to be Julian Jacobs, a freshman guard averaging 6.6 points and 3.6 assists, or incoming point man Jordan McLaughlin. Next year’s team will be young, and plenty of evidence has shown us that youthful teams struggle down the stretch of close games.Considering that the current campaign is three, maybe four games from being over, the hope has to shine on next year. But though there’s excitement for new players to put on Trojan jerseys, there’s also the intangibles, such as leadership and finishing games, that need to be harped on as much as the actual playbook if the Trojans are to avoid another grueling season. read more
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England international Hayley Davis returned from a successful first year at university in the USA to win the prestigious Astor Salver at The Berkshire.Hayley, from Ferndown, (image © Leaderboard Photography)was three-under par for the 36-hole scratch event. She had 10 birdies during the day, including four in a row from the 13th on the Red course in the first round. She won by a stroke from a trio of players which included fellow international Georgia Hall, who is also from Dorset.Georgia, who has already won three top scratch events this season, was tied with Olivia Winning, the 2011 Yorkshire girls’ champion, and Becky Harries of Wales.Hayley Davis, 19, is the current English girls’ champion and is a past winner of the English women’s amateur championship. She has just completed her first year at Baylor University, Texas, where she earned two All-American team honours. She set a single-season scoring record and achieved nine top ten finishes from 12 events.Meanwhile, Ashleigh Greenham successfully retained the McCart Trophy at the Sundridge Park ladies’ scratch open. The 15-year-old from West Essex scored a 36-hole total of 153 on a very blustery day and won by three shots from Sian Evans (Faversham) with Chelsea Masters (Highwoods) a further stroke behind. Ashleigh trains with the England Golf Select East Squad.Astor Salver leading scoresRed Course Par 73Blue Course Par 72142 Hayley Davis (Ferndown) 71 71143 Becky Harries (Haverfordwest) 69 74, Olivia Winning (Rotherham) 73 70, Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak) 72 71145 Gabriella Cowley (West Essex) 72 73146 Emma Allen (Meon Valley) 73 73, Tara Watters (Muswell Hill) 75 71147 Daisy Dyer (Chigwell) 75 72, Katharine O’Connor (Tadmarton Heath), 71 76 Natalie Lowe (Styal) 74 73148 Kerry Smith (Waterlooville) 75 73149 Nicola Dunn (Harrogate) 76 73, Charlotte Wild (Mere) 76 73 18 Jun 2012 Scratch wins for Hayley and Ashleigh read more
The Leafs tried to mount a comeback in the third. But Kimberley put the game away, once again scoring on the power play, with Nelson playing two men short.Matt Cann drilled a rebound past Brett Soles in the Nelson nets to restore the three-goal advantage.“We just really didn’t capitalize on our chances and we just really didn’t play our game,” Leaf assistant captain Carsen Willans told The Nelson Daily. “All our shots went right into the goalie and we just weren’t playing our game tonight.”Willans refused to talk about the disallowed goals that may have changed the outcome.Instead he blamed the home side for the loss.“We can’t blame anything or breaks not going our way,” Willans confessed. “It’s up to us to make our own breaks and find a way to win.”Matthew Naka completed the scoring for Nelson in the final minute of the game, beating Mitchell after he lost sight of a rebound.Nelson out shot the Nitros 37-20, including an 18-7 margin in the first period.Leaf goalie Brett Soles, seeing his unbeaten streak end at 12, was in goal to register the loss for Nelson.Nelson, losing for the first time in six games, saw its lead in the Murdoch Division drop to three points after Castlegar Rebels defeated Revelstoke 3-0 on the road Saturday.The loss is the second time this season a team from the Eddie Mountain Division has snapped a Leaf winning streak.The Golden Rockets ended Nelson’s 11-game streak with a 3-2 overtime victory.The Leafs travels to Spokane Wednesday to face the Rebels in a rare mid-week contest before returning home to host the Creston Thunder Cats.BLUELINES: The game was the final contest for Leaf sniper Colton McCarthy. The Salmon Arm product has accepted an offer to join the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League. McCarthy leaves the Leafs second in team scoring with 21 goals and 10 assists in 26 games. . . .Jacob Boyczuk was back in the lineup after missing two games with an upper body injury. Center Bryce Nielsen remains on the injured list with an upper body injury. . . .Nelson concludes the unofficial first half of the season December 19 with a home game against the Castlegar Rebels. The players have a nine-day layoff before returning to face Spokane December 28 at home. The Kimberley Dynamiters went from the outhouse to the penthouse in one week.The Nitros rebounded losing to the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s worst team to beating the best after posting a 4-2 decision over the Nelson Leafs Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.“It was an awesome win for the boys,” said Kimberley netminder Matthew Mitchell after the game.Mitchell was full value for his first star accolades, stopping 35 of 37 shots to power the Nitros to the victory.“We now have a new coach with lots of good philosophies and the boys seemed to implement them very well,” added Mitchell, playing the game despite suffering the affect from the flu.“We really proved (tonight) that we’re a top team in this league and if the boys keep doing what they’re doing we’re going to win it.”Mitchell and Company got just what a road team needs, an early lead on the current KIJHL leaders.Goals by Taylor McDowell and Dallin Wolf, the latter coming in the final two minutes of the first period, staked the Eddie Mountain squad to a 2-0 advantage.Kimberley then rode the stellar goalkeeping of Mitchell the rest of the game.The six-foot plus Mitchell, filling in for suspended starter Jeremy Mousseau, frustrated the Leafs by battling every shooter and smothering every rebound.“I think hard work, playing commitment to the systems and playing as a team unit helps along with the focus in the dressing room was the difference for us tonight,” explained the 17-year-old Mitchell.Kimberley increased its lead to 3-0 with a power play marker by Connor Kutzner. The goal came with Leaf captain Colton Schell in the penalty box serving a penalty for high sticking.Nelson’s leading goal scorer Colton McCarthy gave the home side a brief spark with a power play marker late in the second frame.The Nitros paid for one of its few mistakes on the night, leaving the Leaf sniper alone in front of Mitchell and McCarthy buried the puck into the Kimberley goal. read more